State Police Trooper Kristy L. Layne wrote four of the tickets, and Kanawha Sheriff's Department K-9 Deputies W.C. Moyers and C.M. Morgan wrote the other four. Gov. Joe Manchin, who attended the wedding, called Sheriff Mike Rutherford that night to inquire about the police presence. At the time, Manchin told the Gazette he didn't know whether the wedding appeared to be targeted, but he said there was "unusual activity in a small, remote area on the night of a very large wedding."
At the time, Ranson told the Gazette she believed the deputies and trooper targeted her wedding guests because she represented Moyers' ex-wife in a divorce case. She also said Moyers and Layne had a close relationship.
After an investigation into the incident by the Sheriff's Department, Rutherford said he couldn't discuss personnel matters but that the department "took the appropriate actions."
State Police also conducted an investigation into their officer's involvement, though details were never released to the public.
February 2008 - Kanawha Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Matthew Cummings was demoted to the rank of corporal and placed on a 30-day suspension without pay. Sources close to the investigation said Cummings, a county K-9 officer, took a county cruiser without permission and drove to his home, where his wife was staying while they were temporarily separated. Deputies found him visibly upset sitting in the cruiser outside the house.
February 2008 - Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy James Young resigned in the midst of an internal investigation, Rutherford said. Sources close to the investigation said investigators believe he repeatedly lied to them about whether he knew about alleged illegal activity going on inside his home near St. Albans.
March 22, 2008 - A 12-year-old boy was struck by a State Police cruiser driven by Trooper H.D. Stone around midnight in Beckley. According to the incident report prepared by the State Police, a man said he saw someone skateboarding in the middle of the road just before Curtis Webb was hit. His death was ruled an accident.
In the report, Stone said he was traveling in the left southbound lane of Robert C. Byrd Drive at about 45 mph when he heard a loud bang and saw that his windshield was broken.
April 2008 - Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy Brian R. Martin was fired, according to Rutherford. The sheriff said he couldn't legally provide details as to why Martin was terminated. Sources close to the investigation said Martin was fired because he was caught falsifying paperwork for the apartment complex where he lived. The paperwork involved a rent break he received as long as he was employed as a law enforcement officer.
July 5, 2008 - Desmond Demetrius Clark walked into the Taco Bell on Charleston's West Side and shot the mother of his child, Na'lisha Fiona Gravely, killing her. He was convicted of murder and is serving life in prison.
Two Kanawha County magistrates told the Gazette that police asked for leniency when setting bond on Desmond Demetrius Clark because he was providing information to police. Magistrates did not specify which agency the police officers were from.
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said an extensive internal investigation into the matter turned up absolutely no proof that Clark was an informant of any kind for police.
Sept. 12, 2009 - Charleston Police chased Brian Good from Charleston to a gravel lot along Quick Road in Kanawha County. Police said Good was shot and killed as his truck rammed into a police cruiser. Charleston Patrolman Jerry Jones was accidentally killed by police gunfire.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident.
Two weeks later, on Sept. 28, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants and Sheriff Mike Rutherford cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing.
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