THIS VIDEO IS OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION NOT ANSWERING A CITIZEN'S QUESTIONS AFTER THE SON OF POCAHONTAS COUNTY SHERIFF ROBERT ALKIRE, SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ROBERT ALKIRE II, SHOOTS HIS GUN DURING A DOMESTIC WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND:
"...SO HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PAID - ACCORDING TO THIS STATEMENT?... IS HE UNDER ARREST? BOBBY ALKIRE, THE SHERIFF'S SON, IS HE UNDER ARREST? WANTON ENDANGERMENT IS A FELONY. IS THE SHERIFF UNDER ARREST?..."
VIDEO BY: ETATER
(If the deputy's girlfriend is who I think she is, she is a Lt. in public safety. I've chosen to not name her on the blog.)
MARLINTON - The son of Pocahontas County Sheriff Robert Alkire, a sheriff's deputy himself, was arrested for a Nov. 30 incident where he allegedly fired his department-issue pistol unsafely.
January 29, 2008
[Excerpts] The son of Pocahontas County Sheriff Robert Alkire, a sheriff's deputy himself, was arrested for a Nov. 30 incident where he allegedly fired his department-issue pistol unsafely. Special Prosecutor Dan Dotson said Robert Alkire II was charged Friday with one count of WANTON ENDANGERMENT for the incident. Bail was set at $3,000... Pocahontas County Prosecutor Walt Weiford said he asked for a special prosecutor after learning that West Virginia State Police wanted to interview him about the incident. Robert Alkire II, "HANDLED HIS DEPARTMENT ISSUE PISTOL IN AN UNSAFE MANNER AND FIRED [IT] IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT CREATED A SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER," according to the criminal complaint filed in Pocahontas County Magistrate Court... According to local newspaper The Pocahontas County Commentator, the younger Alkire drove to a woman's house in Marlinton and was in uniform when the incident occurred. After the shot was fired, Sheriff Alkire arrived on the scene to deal with the incident, according to the paper. Dotson said Robert Alkire II was placed on administrative leave shortly after the incident. Dotson said he didn't know if he is still on administrative leave.
Deputy sheriff charged with wanton endangerment
The Pocahontas Times
Pamela Pritt, Editor
January 31, 2008
[Excerpts] ...According to Special Prosecuting Attorney Dan Dotson, Alkire turned himself in Friday and was released on $3000 surety bond. The deputy was never jailed, according to magistrate clerk records... According to a file in the Pocahontas County Circuit Clerk’s office, charges may not have stopped with the younger Alkire. Robert Ray Alkire’s father, Sheriff Robert Alkire, may have “compounded a felony,” according to the file. However, [Special Prosecutor Dan] Dotson said Tuesday that was not the case. Dotson said “based on interviews conducted Friday, no criminal sanctions” will be filed against the sheriff. No hearings have been set... If found guilty, Alkire II may face a definite term of one-to-five years in a state penitentiary, be fined $250-$2500, or both...
Special prosecutor looking into allegations against sheriff's son
Charleston Daily Mail
Friday February 1, 2008
[Excerpts] A special prosecutor is investigating claims that a Pocahontas County deputy who is also the son of the sheriff fired his department-issued pistol at his girlfriend's house. Robert Alkire II, who is the son of Pocahontas County Sheriff Robert Alkire, was taken to the hospital after the Nov. 30 incident. Robert Alkire II got into a verbal altercation with his girlfriend... It was in the street that Alkire fired his department-issued weapon... "It was not fired at anybody in a malicious manner," [Special Prosecutor Dan] Dotson said. Alkire then went into [the girlfriend's] house... Police were called and Sheriff Robert Alkire arrived on the scene... Sheriff Alkire did not return a phone call Thursday regarding this story. "The sheriff responded to the scene in Marlinton. At that point in time [Robert Alkire II] was in a medical situation," Dotson said. "The sheriff and a deputy came to transport him to a medical facility. They were unsuccessful." The sheriff couldn't get his son to go to the hospital, Dotson said. Dotson declined to specify the "medical situation." Emergency workers arrived on the scene and were able to transport Alkire to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, Dotson said. Alkire II was placed on administrative leave immediately... Sheriff Alkire then talked to Marlinton Police Chief Everette Tinney and prosecutor Walt Weiford and told them what happened and that he couldn't be involved anymore, Dotson said. "The sheriff placed him on administrative leave, then talked to the city police chief and he provided him with more specific information as to what occurred. And then he talked to the prosecutor and said, 'Hey, I can't have anything to do with this. Someone else needs to come in and look at it'"... Sheriff Alkire was interviewed for about 90 minutes by Huddleston about his role in the incident, Dotson said. "He did, of course, play a dual role. He handled it both as a father and a sheriff and he handled them both correctly," Dotson said. "If we thought there was any type of coverup, charges would be brought"... Other charges could be filed...
Sheriff Off the Hook in Shooting Incident
Jan 31, 08
[Excerpts] Dan Dotson, the special prosecutor called me this evening and told me that no charges are anticipated against Robert Alkire Sr. When asked why Alkire was not being charged, Dotson explained that the initial investigation had been turned over the Chief of Police Lee Tinney of Marlinton and because of Alkire's yielding to the town policeman there would be no charges of a coverup. Some had wondered why Alkire Sr. was not charged with obstruction of justice because he took such a great time to investigate the matter and in fact never did investigate the matter. The state police from out of town had to come in and conduct the investigation... The Pocahontas Times indicated this week that their was a possibility of "COMPOUNDING A FELONY." This is roughly the same as being the person who hides the fugitive in his/her barn. Most people would think of it as an "accessory after the fact." In this case, Alkire is supposed to have sent his son to "rehab". Of course, there has been rumor that he actually hid his son out at the Marlinton Motor Inn... COMPOUNDING A FELONY IS WHEN a person catches someone in the act of committing a crime and the catcher makes an offer of some valuable consideration for ignoring the breech of law. In this case, was some offer of consideration make by one of the investigating officers? Perhaps one of these two persons will be eager to explain what is going on here...
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