(05/20/2001)
No changes have been announced since State Police informed Calhoun Control last week they will not be taking after hours calls from their 911 center. Sheriff Allen Parsons learned about the policy change from the control center.

A directive to Calhoun Control-911 from the agency advised "We cannot take night calls from Calhoun Control. Please do not call my officers direct or South Charleston for night calls. Each independent department should be answering their own after hours calls." The order was issued by Sgt. John Bonazzo of the Grantsville Detachment.

Bonazzo says the action has been taken because of manpower shortages and scheduling problems.

Sheriff Allen Parsons has advised Calhoun Control to call his department after midnight.

Sgt. Bonazzo said "We will still answer after hours calls phoned into the State Police," apparently referring to calls placed directly to his agency. The West Virginia State Police number in Grantsville is 354-6334, which is call forwarded to Spencer or South Charleston when the barracks is not attended.

He has declined to offer further clarification. The text of the directive is in a Herald story on May 11th.


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