Snavely Log Falsified --

Snavely Log Falsified --

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Andre Linoge

Beckley, WV

#1 Jul 17, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- July 17, 2010 - West Virginia State Police didn't tell Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants that a former trooper likely committed a crime, according to court documents provided to the Gazette-Mail.

State Police say in the documents that former trooper Derek Snavely falsified his duty log -- a fact they left out of their criminal investigation report to Plants' office. A Charleston woman had accused Snavely of forcing her to have sex with him.

Based on the report, Plants decided not to prosecute Snavely. The woman has since sued Snavely and the State Police.

Plants said that if State Police knew Snavely -- who is now the police chief in Hinton -- had falsified his duty log, it should have been included in the case file.

"I don't know that file. I'll have to take your word on it," he said. "What's important here is ... if that [falsified document] exists, that is something that we should have been made aware of. It should have been included in the report that I received."

The 14-page Criminal Investigation Report, prepared by State Police 1st Lt. L.A. Bailes for Plants' office, makes no mention of a duty log, let alone of it being falsified. The log is also not listed in the list of exhibits attached to the report.

But State Police, in response to a series of questions from the woman's lawyer, Mike Clifford, said Snavely clearly altered his duty log:

"A copy of Defendant Snavely's duty log has previously been disclosed (to Clifford). Notwithstanding, it is apparent that he falsified that log from the time that he met with Plaintiff until the end of his shift. Upon information and belief, the actions represented prior to Defendant Snavely's involvement with Plaintiff are accurate."

Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the State Police, said he could not talk about the Snavely case.

"I have discussed that with our legal counsel. I am not at liberty to make a statement on that case because it is currently in civil litigation," he said.

Altering public records is punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine, according to State Code 61-5-22. The law reads that if any public officer "fraudulently make a false entry, or erase, alter or destroy any record in his keeping and belonging to his office ... he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

Had Snavely been convicted of a misdemeanor, he probably would have been reviewed by the state Law Enforcement Training Subcommittee, which has the power to decertify police officers.

The subcommittee has decided to consider decertifying officers only if they have been convicted of a jailable offense, Chuck Sadler, state law enforcement training coordinator, has said.

Even if Snavely were decertified, he still could be Hinton's police chief, Sadler said.

Snavely resigned from the State Police in December 2008, after the woman accused him of rape.

Kanawha County prosecutors declined to bring charges against Snavely after reviewing the evidence presented to them, assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein has said. Two assistant prosecutors independently reviewed the case and agreed that there was no prosecutable offense, Holstein said.

Jama Jarrett, spokeswoman for Gov. Joe Manchin, said the governor will not tolerate wrongdoing in any state agency.

"If someone partakes in criminal activities or is in compliance, then we will investigate and determine the consequences," she said, before noting that Snavely no longer works for the State Police and that the case was turned over to Plants' office.

"From that point, it's the responsibility of the judicial system to hear all applicable evidence and make a decision based on information presented," she said.

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Citizens of Hinton: When will you get rid of this scumbag and the mayor that brought him to your town?
WILL IT HAPPEN

United States

#2 Jul 17, 2010
joe blankenship and snavely are a disgrace to the town of hinton no beter then the person walking the streets of hinton they just walk the strets of bllepoint is it going to take one of our young girls to be raped before something can be done will joe blankenship ever have to pay for putting this man in his position good luck town of hinton my hometown it is sad to let this kind of stuff continue please joe open your eyes you were elected to serve the people not serve your famly do what is right let him go before something bad happens to our young ladies
Andre Linoge

Beckley, WV

#3 Jul 17, 2010
Well.. folks. we NOW KNOW that SNAVELY is a LIAR.

He falsified his log.
Taxpayer

Beckley, WV

#4 Jul 17, 2010
Andre Linoge wrote:
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- July 17, 2010 - West Virginia State Police didn't tell Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants that a former trooper likely committed a crime, according to court documents provided to the Gazette-Mail.
State Police say in the documents that former trooper Derek Snavely falsified his duty log -- a fact they left out of their criminal investigation report to Plants' office. A Charleston woman had accused Snavely of forcing her to have sex with him.
Based on the report, Plants decided not to prosecute Snavely. The woman has since sued Snavely and the State Police.
Plants said that if State Police knew Snavely -- who is now the police chief in Hinton -- had falsified his duty log, it should have been included in the case file.
"I don't know that file. I'll have to take your word on it," he said. "What's important here is ... if that [falsified document] exists, that is something that we should have been made aware of. It should have been included in the report that I received."
The 14-page Criminal Investigation Report, prepared by State Police 1st Lt. L.A. Bailes for Plants' office, makes no mention of a duty log, let alone of it being falsified. The log is also not listed in the list of exhibits attached to the report.
But State Police, in response to a series of questions from the woman's lawyer, Mike Clifford, said Snavely clearly altered his duty log:
"A copy of Defendant Snavely's duty log has previously been disclosed (to Clifford). Notwithstanding, it is apparent that he falsified that log from the time that he met with Plaintiff until the end of his shift. Upon information and belief, the actions represented prior to Defendant Snavely's involvement with Plaintiff are accurate."
Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the State Police, said he could not talk about the Snavely case.
"I have discussed that with our legal counsel. I am not at liberty to make a statement on that case because it is currently in civil litigation," he said.
Altering public records is punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine, according to State Code 61-5-22. The law reads that if any public officer "fraudulently make a false entry, or erase, alter or destroy any record in his keeping and belonging to his office ... he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."
Had Snavely been convicted of a misdemeanor, he probably would have been reviewed by the state Law Enforcement Training Subcommittee, which has the power to decertify police officers.
The subcommittee has decided to consider decertifying officers only if they have been convicted of a jailable offense, Chuck Sadler, state law enforcement training coordinator, has said.
Even if Snavely were decertified, he still could be Hinton's police chief, Sadler said.
Snavely resigned from the State Police in December 2008, after the woman accused him of rape.
Kanawha County prosecutors declined to bring charges against Snavely after reviewing the evidence presented to them, assistant Kanawha County prosecutor Dan Holstein has said. Two assistant prosecutors independently reviewed the case and agreed that there was no prosecutable offense, Holstein said.
Jama Jarrett, spokeswoman for Gov. Joe Manchin, said the governor will not tolerate wrongdoing in any state agency.
"If someone partakes in criminal activities or is in compliance, then we will investigate and determine the consequences," she said, before noting that Snavely no longer works for the State Police and that the case was turned over to Plants' office.
"From that point, it's the responsibility of the judicial system to hear all applicable evidence and make a decision based on information presented," she said.
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Citizens of Hinton: When will you get rid of this scumbag and the mayor that brought him to your town?
READ and You as a citizen will know what Joe Blankenship has done to our FINE CITY.
Andre Linoge

Beckley, WV

#5 Jul 17, 2010
Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text> READ and You as a citizen will know what Joe Blankenship has done to our FINE CITY.
If you have the balls, testicles that is, STATE IT OPENLY.

I see nothing going on in Hinton except crime, corruption, barney fife cops, arsons, dilapidated buildings, streets so narrow you can barely ride a bicycle on them, run down disgraced skeletons of what was once tried.. and failed. Corruption usually kills all small towns. They stay small. So the corruptors can operate without a lot of attention. Hey, didn't some female council member have some run ins with the admin recently? Its a little Peyton Place down there on the river. Sickening
maybe

United States

#6 Jul 17, 2010
What the heck!! You'd think Joe would want this man as far as possible from his little princess. Even before reading this, I thought it was crazy to appoint him chief before all that business was settled, now I know it for sure.
How can a woman call HIM after getting raped? There were a lot of rapes going unreported before, now what? Any cop, especially the chief of police, is supposed to make the average, law-abiding, citizen feel safe and protected, not the opposite.
Andre Linoge

Beckley, WV

#7 Jul 17, 2010
He needs decertified .. stripped of his police authority.... made to register like a sex offender, because he is just that. He is a liar. A fraud. He falsified a log book. Too bad it is only a misdemeanor. "Altering public records is punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine, according to State Code 61-5-22. The law reads that if any public officer "fraudulently make a false entry, or erase, alter or destroy any record in his keeping and belonging to his office ... he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." In his position, it should be a FELONY. He knows in his heart what he did.

Now WE ALL KNOW. Hey SNAVELY -- COME OUT FROM HIDING AND RUN YOUR ILLEGAL RADAR FOR THE MAYOR AND HIS DAUGHTER THERE, BIG BOY.
learn to live with it

United States

#8 Jul 17, 2010
Andre Linoge wrote:
He needs decertified .. stripped of his police authority.... made to register like a sex offender, because he is just that. He is a liar. A fraud. He falsified a log book. Too bad it is only a misdemeanor. "Altering public records is punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine, according to State Code 61-5-22. The law reads that if any public officer "fraudulently make a false entry, or erase, alter or destroy any record in his keeping and belonging to his office ... he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." In his position, it should be a FELONY. He knows in his heart what he did.
Now WE ALL KNOW. Hey SNAVELY -- COME OUT FROM HIDING AND RUN YOUR ILLEGAL RADAR FOR THE MAYOR AND HIS DAUGHTER THERE, BIG BOY.
not guilty at this time hey snavely hang in there buddy
Andre Linoge

Beckley, WV

#9 Jul 18, 2010
learn to live with it wrote:
<quoted text> not guilty at this time hey snavely hang in there buddy
You are stupider than snail shit
CITIZEN

Beckley, WV

#10 Jul 18, 2010
Andre Linoge wrote:
He needs decertified .. stripped of his police authority.... made to register like a sex offender, because he is just that. He is a liar. A fraud. He falsified a log book. Too bad it is only a misdemeanor. "Altering public records is punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine, according to State Code 61-5-22. The law reads that if any public officer "fraudulently make a false entry, or erase, alter or destroy any record in his keeping and belonging to his office ... he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." In his position, it should be a FELONY. He knows in his heart what he did.
Now WE ALL KNOW. Hey SNAVELY -- COME OUT FROM HIDING AND RUN YOUR ILLEGAL RADAR FOR THE MAYOR AND HIS DAUGHTER THERE, BIG BOY.
JOEAND SNAVELY, WHY DON'T BOTH OF YOU JUST CALL IT QUITS. lOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR CITY IN THE LAST YEAR. pLEASE STOP ALL THIS.
Breaking up the Mafia

Lerona, WV

#11 Jul 18, 2010
But since Snavely falsified a duty log to cover up a felony would that make him guilty of perjury which is a felony? How could he ever testify in court since he is a liar also? Did the City of Hinton even do a good through background on him with all of this baggage I wonder? Why didn't the state police charge him or file charges now? Wouldn't that fall under a civil rights violation also? Since state police don't want to prosecute one of their former own then let the FBI do it and do all of us in Hinton a favor.
hINTON CITIZEN

Beckley, WV

#12 Jul 18, 2010
Breaking up the Mafia wrote:
But since Snavely falsified a duty log to cover up a felony would that make him guilty of perjury which is a felony? How could he ever testify in court since he is a liar also? Did the City of Hinton even do a good through background on him with all of this baggage I wonder? Why didn't the state police charge him or file charges now? Wouldn't that fall under a civil rights violation also? Since state police don't want to prosecute one of their former own then let the FBI do it and do all of us in Hinton a favor.
HAS ANY ONE CALLED AND TOLD ANY MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL ABOUT THIS?? i DON'T THINK THEY KNOW ABOUT IT, OR BE AT THE COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT AND TELL THEM. wE NEED THIS STOPPED NOW.
mtnndn

Marlinton, WV

#13 Jul 18, 2010
i'm sure they know about it. it was in the paper.

guess what. since he wasn't tried, and only investigated the first time, he can be investigated, charged and tried later.

hm..........will snavely spend a year? i doubt it. the boys in the pokey would love to know there is a cop in there with them.
hINTON CITIZEN

Beckley, WV

#14 Jul 19, 2010
mtnndn wrote:
i'm sure they know about it. it was in the paper.
guess what. since he wasn't tried, and only investigated the first time, he can be investigated, charged and tried later.
hm..........will snavely spend a year? i doubt it. the boys in the pokey would love to know there is a cop in there with them.
GET YESTERDAYS CHARLESTON GAZETTE PAPER. hmuch longer will joe the mayor hold on to this chief?????????? CALL the council members and tell them. Our great pat jorgan, larry meador and the rest.
daisygirl

Clear Spring, MD

#15 Jul 19, 2010
If he has to pay the $1,000 fine- he has no worries... daddy Joe will pay it for him!!
Outraged

Charleston, WV

#16 Jul 19, 2010
learn to live with it wrote:
<quoted text> not guilty at this time hey snavely hang in there buddy
Since we know Snavely lied and we know the State Police hid this from the Prosecutor because they KNEW he could be charged for it, how do we know that they didn't alter the facts to make sure he wasn't charged with rape? Snavely, the State Police and their investigation have zero credibility and he needs to be removed as chief of police NOW!
GWW

Beckley, WV

#17 Jul 19, 2010
Be at council meeting tomorrow night (TUE.20th)News will be there. how long can the cou ncil let this go?
GWW

Beckley, WV

#18 Jul 19, 2010
be at meeting
officer

United States

#19 Jul 19, 2010
GWW wrote:
Be at council meeting tomorrow night (TUE.20th)News will be there. how long can the cou ncil let this go?
be there it's nothing going happen at the meeting with the police dept.
officer

United States

#20 Jul 19, 2010
the chief is well liked and he's doing great at this time we'll see ya'll at the meeting tue. 20 th. at7:00 pm

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