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A West Virginia city is getting a new task force to combat drug trafficking organizations.

The Huntington Police Department on Tuesday announced a partnership with the federally-funded Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

Joe Ciccarelli during a 2017 news conference in Huntington.
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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said city police Chief Joe Ciccarelli has died following a long illness. Ciccarelli was 60.

Williams announced Ciccarelli’s death Monday in a news release.

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The Huntington City Council has agreed to transfer $325,000 from a police overtime budget to use for regular salaries for the next fiscal year.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Saturday's move will allow for the hiring of five police officers.

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The Huntington Police Department reports that crime was down but arrests were up in the city last year.

Preliminary statistics released Wednesday show that total reported offenses were down nearly 5 percent. However, arrests increased more than 6 percent.

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The Huntington Police Department will step up its recruiting efforts as the application deadline approaches

The Herald-Dispatch reports the department will start using billboards, posters, flyers, brochures, social media and recruiting videos to let people know they are hiring more officers.

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Police in Huntington will begin using an electronic billboard to display the faces of people convicted of soliciting prostitutes.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says he hopes the billboard helps in the battle against prostitution. Ciccarelli says research suggests publicly outing those who solicit prostitution instead of the prostitutes themselves is an effective tool in addressing the prostitution issue.

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Police and Marshall University are investigating a mass fraternity party involving several hundred hundred students.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that several parties at fraternity houses along 5th Avenue merged into one gathering on Aug. 22, the first weekend of college.

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A new partnership between local police and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center is already paying dividends.

Cabell County Prosecutor Sean “Corky” Hammers announced Wednesday that Oswald Gibson has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and kidnapping. Police say the attack occurred June 17th, 2004. The announcement of the indictment came during a press conference involving Huntington police, West Virginia state police and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. It’s a partnership that has the forensic science center testing rape kits and checking DNA against the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS. They’re kits from the late 90s and early 2000s that were collected before CODIS existed. Hammers said the new arrangement could be huge in cracking cold cases.

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Huntington police officers can now take publicly intoxicated individuals to a treatment facility instead of jail.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the Huntington City Council passed an ordinance on Monday to allow police officers to take individuals arrested for public intoxication to a treatment center to detox and issue a citation rather than taking them to a hospital and then to jail.

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Huntington Police evacuated Huntington High school Thursday afternoon after school administrators received reports that a student had an explosive device.

Late Thursday morning Huntington Police were called to the high school because of a report of a firework type device found in the possession of a juvenile. The student had shown the device to another juvenile who reported it. Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says the onsite resource officer, who is a member of the Huntington Police Department arrested the individual. The device was then recovered and rendered inert. 

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The Huntington Police Department was awarded a $100,000 grant Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice to study a crime ridden area of the city.

The grant is part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program.

National Drug Official Pays a Visit to Huntington

Aug 13, 2014
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Drug and law enforcement officials were in Huntington Wednesday as the Huntington Police department outlined their fight.

The National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli was in Huntington Wednesday with Congressman Nick Rahall to take a look at the efforts being made by the Huntington Police Department to fight the use and trafficking of illegal drugs. Captain Hank Dial gave an overview.

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  The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.

The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday. It will transfer funds from the city's insurance program and the street paving budget.

Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside. He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.

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A Huntington man pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges after shooting six people in a city apartment complex last year.

Thirty-one year old Antonio Michael Smith is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and of selling heroin.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Smith used two firearms in the shooting in the Northcott Court neighborhood, a Huntington Housing Authority community, on Sept. 24, 2013. He also pleaded guilty Monday to selling heroin in Huntington on Feb. 6, 2013.

Huntington Police Chief Resigns

Mar 21, 2014

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced his resignation this morning. 

Holbrook will take over the same position in Columbia, South Carolina, a city with a population over 130,000. Holbrook said he sees many similarities between the two jobs.

It starts at the top and the common similarity I saw here is they have tremendous officers, they have a tremendous management staff that were stymied or handcuffed and were not allowed or had the capacity to move the department in a certain direction,” Holbrook said.