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St. Albans man arrested following incident at water stop

By Staff reports

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- A St. Albans man was arrested Sunday after allegedly causing a disturbance at a water distribution point.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said deputies had stopped traffic on West Main Street at about 11:30 a.m. as a tractor-trailer delivering water was trying to exit the West Side Volunteer Fire Department near St. Albans, when John D. Copen, 67, got angry because the truck was blocking the road.

Humphreys said Copen was waving his arms and cursing, and became combative when confronted by deputies.

Copen allegedly had a rifle in the passenger seat of his car, and kept reaching for his left pants pocket while being questioned, Humphreys said. Copen allegedly told deputies he would not be handcuffed and scuffled with them, but they eventually subdued and handcuffed him. Deputies allegedly found a knife in Copen's left pants pocket and a magazine of ammunition in a breast pocket.

Copen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Copen was taken to the South Central Regional Jail, but was free on bond Monday.


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