(06/19/2014)
ARMED ROBBERY - Charleston Police offers say James McCune Jr. brought a knife into the 7-11 convenience store, demanded money and then took off.

Family members said McCune had taken a whole bottle of Lorazepam before committing the robbery.

MENTAL HEALTH CENTER LOCK-DOWN - A man police believed to have a gun was arrested at a Logan County mental health facility after troopers say he threatened to shoot everyone inside.

Dale Allen, 47, is charged with making terroristic threats.

Allen was waiting for an appointment at the Logan Mingo Area Mental Health Center when he started making the threats.

The facility had to be put on lock down.

Troopers say the staff became alarmed when they noticed Allen was carrying a red lunchbox and feared he had a weapon.

GOOD SAMARITAN - A man who was just trying to help what he thought was a stranded motorist ended up being robbed and in the hospital.

Police said Dallas Scott Shaffer, 18, is facing charges after the attack in Monongalia County. Shaffer’s vehicle had allegedly broken down along the road when David Epsztein stopped to see if he could help.

Epsztein told troopers Shaffer was using an aluminum baseball bat as a crow bar, looking for a set of jumper cables under a large load of scrap metal he was hauling.

Epsztein offered his cell phone and jumper cables. Shaffer used Epsztein’s phone and thanked him for the help. However, as Epsztein walked away, Shaffer allegedly hit Epsztein in the head with the bat and demanded his wallet.

Troopers said Shaffer hit Epsztein at least three times before stealing his wallet and cell phone. He fled the scene and was eventually apprehended on Interstate 79.

Epsztein was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for head injuries.

Shaffer has been charged with malicious wounding, armed robbery and being a fugitive from justice in Marion County.


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