HANCOCK COUNTY DRUG SWEEP
An early morning arrest operation took place today during which 22 defendants were taken into custody. The sweep was spearheaded by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force and was supported by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force of Wheeling, the Marshall County Drug Task Force, the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team, the Greater Harrison County (W.Va.) Drug Task Force, and the United States Marshals Service.
For more information please click on the press release found to the right of the photos from the press conference, which was held at the Hancock County Courthouse.
MHIT “Blitz” Patrols Prove Successful
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger, Ohio County Sheriff Patrick Butler, and Captain James Merrill of the West Virginia State Police today announced the results of an enhanced operation by the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team (MHIT) that occurred over the past week in the Wheeling area.
Leaders of the MHIT agencies explained that an “MHIT Blitz” took place between May 2 and May 5 with increased patrols on secondary roads throughout the area. Neighborhoods in East Wheeling, North Wheeling, and Center Wheeling received extra attention as part of the project.
Chamber Youth Leadership Legal Day
On April 18, 2013, the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce and Ohio County Circuit Clerk’s Office held their annual Chamber Youth Leadership Legal Day at the Federal Building in Wheeling, West Virginia. High school students from Bellaire, Bridgeport, Linsly, John Marshall, Shadyside, St. John’s Central Catholic, Wheeling Central Catholic, and Wheeling Park were selected to represent their schools.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II visited Calhoun County Middle-High School on March 27, 2013 where he spoke to more than 320 high school students about Project Future and social media. On the same day, he also visited Gilmer County High School where he spoke to more than 435 students. He was joined by Project Future partner, Philicia Barbieri.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office delivered Christmas gifts to the St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling in December of 2012. Members of the staff made contributions and then purchased gifts for the boys that reside at the home.
Pictured from left to right are U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, Amy Pramesa of the St. John’s Home, and Cathy Northcraft and Steve Vogrin, also of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Fifty-Two Convicted on Drug and Gun Charges in “Operation Blue Haze”
Pictured from left to right are Fairmont City Manager Jay Rogers, Resident Agent in Charge Dewayne Haddix, ATF, Police Chief Kelley Moran, Fairmont PD, Fairmont Mayor William Burdick and U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld.
In January of 2012 U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II, and Criminal Chief Shawn Morgan announced the convictions of 21 individuals involved in heroin and gun trafficking in Harrison County. The case, which put a significant dent in the heroin trade in the area, was investigated by the Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and the ATF. DeWayne Haddix, Resident Agent in Charge of the ATF, is shown in this photo answering a question at the press conference in Clarksburg, WV.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld and Law Enforcement Coordinator Gary Gaus recently spoke to the 7th and 8th grade students at Wellsburg Middle School about the dangers of drugs. They were welcomed by principal Jennifer Schiffbauer and they fielded many outstanding questions from the student body. This visit was one of the many community outreach presentations made to school children in 2012 by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II, and other local law enforcement leaders recently announced the results posted by the Mountaineer Highway Interdiction Team in 2011 as well as plans for expansion in 2012. Pictured above from left to right are Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler, DEA Special Agent Mark Simala, Ihlenfeld, Wheeling Police Chief Robert Matheny, and Captain James Merrill of the West Virginia State Police.
Each December the United States Attorney’s office makes donations to charitable organizations in need of assistance. In 2011 the office donated toys for children who reside at the St. John’s Home in Wheeling, WV, and to Youth Services System, also of Wheeling. Lori Farmer and Chris Frizzell organized the toy drive and helped to make the deliveries just before Christmas.
A ceremony was held on May 2, 2011, in Chief Judge Bailey’s courtroom to honor the winners of the 2011 United States Attorney’s Awards. Recipients were recognized for their outstanding service in the areas of law enforcement, victim assistance, and community education. Members of the U.S. Attorney’s office staff helped to nominate and present the awards, and then hosted a reception afterwards.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II, visited Warwood Elementary School and participated in Red Ribbon Week activiities.
On February 23, 2011, the Steenrod Brownie Troop #8043 was recognized by United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, for its contribution to the Carry-On Campaign. Each member of the troop donated a bag or suitcase loaded with essential items for a foster child, and a special award was given to troop leader Betsy Delk to honor the efforts of the Brownies. The Carry-On Campaign was initiated by Mission West Virginia, Inc. and is a statewide collaborative effort aimed at assisting children in West Virginia’s foster care system to make a smooth transition to their new home. The United States Attorney’s Office from the Southern District of West Virginia has also made significant contributions to this initiative.
Stop Domestic Violence Training Tour
Photo from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors Meeting (held on January 13, 2011) in Bridgeport, West Virginia. (Left to Right): William J. Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney; Angela Rosser, Communication Specialist; Sue Julian, Team Coordinator; and Tonia Thomas, Team Coordinator.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld recognizes a young Bethany girl, along with a representative of Bethany College, for their efforts in connection with the “Carry On” Campaign. The “Carry On” Campaign is a statewide collaborative effort aimed at assisting children in West Virginia’s foster care system.