CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Raleigh County man was arrested Monday and charged with having a concealed weapon on Charleston's West Side.
Officers on a routine foot patrol came up to a car at Hunt Avenue and Orchard Street at about 11:15 p.m. Monday because of loud music coming from the vehicle, according to Sgt. Eric Hodges of the Charleston Police Department.
Hodges said police gave a warning to the driver, Earl Nathaniel Croner, 24, of Beckley, telling him he was in violation of the city's noise ordinance. It was then that police noticed an empty pistol holster on Croner's belt.
Hodges said Croner was asked about the holster and he allegedly told police he had a handgun under his seat. Police recovered a .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol.
Croner was charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon. He was free on bond Wednesday.Charleston police have been cracking down on illegal weapons in the city.