(11/15/2002)
DRUG RAIDS SPREAD TO WIRT - Three home-based methamphetamine drug labs have been raided in Wirt County, according to the West Virginia State Police.

Dozens of meth labs have been discovered in nearby Wood County.

Donald Ferrell,30, of Walker and Richard Lawson, 48, and Clifton Phillips, 20, both of Elizabeth have been arrested after authorities searched their homes and found the drug labs.

Participating in the raid,in addition to the State Police, the Wirt County Sheriff's Department and members of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.

STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING WIRT RESPONSE- State Police from the Spencer and Wood County detachments are investigating problems related to the handling of a 911 call on Straight Creek, Wirt County, on November 9.

Officials have obtained copies of a 911 tape from Calhoun's 911 center, after senior officers got in conflict with State Trooper Fred Hammack over the incident.

Hammack, assigned to the Grantsville Detachment, and numerous other officers from the region responded to the incident before daybreak, after a distraught and often incoherent woman reported what seemed to be an assault at a hunting cabin in the remote area.

After interviewing the alleged victim, Trooper Hammack told responding officers en-route to the scene, no assault had happened and the woman did not want to press property damage charges against her brother for breaking out a window with his fist. Officers did say there was evidence of blood.

The problem apparently surfaced during radio communications between Hammack and senior officers coming from the Wood and Wirt detachments.


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