Park cameras lead to arrests


BUCKHANNON — Security cameras at Jawbone Park are helping law enforcement make arrests for a variety of charges from indecent exposure to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The cameras were installed last summer and officers review the footage on a regular basis.

“It’s definitely an asset to have that,” BPD chief Gregory said. “I know there have been complaints about illegal activities and those type of behaviors in the past. This is one way to help curb those types of issues.”

At the end of summer 2016 and into fall, BPD officers also stepped up foot patrols through Jawbone.

“We did that as we began to get more and more complaints in that area,” he said.

As temperatures rise, Gregory said the department will be exploring increasing those foot patrols again.

He hopes the foot patrols and surveillance cameras will curb the illegal activities.

Most recently, three individuals were arrested on several charges.

L.J. Anderson, 26, of Buckhannon, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, public intoxication second offense and providing tobacco to a minor, all misdemeanors.

On March 20, Anderson was witnessed consuming Captain Morgan spiced rum in the park and also giving a cigarette to a 14-year-old juvenile female.

Rodney Lantz, 56, of Buckhannon, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and public intoxication second offense and indecent exposure, all misdemeanors.

Lantz was witnessed allegedly exposing himself while at the park, drinking Captain Morgan spiced rum and giving a lighter to the 14-year-old juvenile after she got a cigarette from Anderson.

Tony K. Williams, 28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts; public intoxication third offense; providing tobacco to a minor; and purchasing beer for a minor, all misdemeanors.

Williams was witnessed allegedly drinking Captain Morgan spiced rum provided to him by Lantz, providing a 15-year-old juvenile with beer and a 14-year-old juvenile with chewing tobacco.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $8,500 for Anderson, $10,000 for Lantz and $10,000 for Williams.

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