May 12, 2006
TRUE CRIME: Huntington Couple’s Spat Leads to His Being Struck by Car Driven by Significant Other; Second Fairfax Shooter Arrested in Mich.
By Tony Rutherford
Huntington News Network Writer
Huntington, WV (HNN) -- Officers responded to an accident about 12:10 p.m. May 9 with an injured pedestrian in the 3600 block of Riverside Drive only to discover that a domestic dispute had nearly turned deadly.
According to witnesses, a 40-year-old man was retrieving some of his belongings from the residence when a blue 1993 Chevy Lumina turned from Elm to Riverside, sped up at the intersection, and plowed into the front yard striking both the 40-year-old man and a 41- year -old “witness.” The witness was struck by a table, but the victim was hit by the car. After the vehicle hit him, a woman --- who carried a child on her left arm --- punched, slapped and hit the victim in the head and arms. Another witness said the victim was hit on the head, too.
Cabell County paramedics had already loaded the 40-year-old man into the ambulance when officers arrived. The victim complained of shoulder pain and had a possible broken foot.
The driver of the car, Amy Flanigan, 25, claimed that her brakes were defective. However, an officer drove the vehicle and concluded otherwise.
Flanigan was charged with unlawful wounding and arraigned before Magistrate Black, who set bond at $10,000.
On May 10, Flanigan filed a police report claiming that a pair of shoes and $70 were missing from the Riverside Drive home.
The Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested Christopher Henderson, who is suspected in the January 2006 bullet barrage on Fairfax Drive in Huntington.
Approximately 80 rounds were fired from an AK-47 at the residence. The shots fired lead to a community town meeting called by council member, Dr. Calvin Kent, to examine the growing violent crime dilemmas in Huntington.
At least one group threatened the city with a lawsuit if action against so-called absentee and non-background checking landlords.
In March the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Philip Wilson, at 509 4th Street on two felony wanton endangerment counts in connection with the Fairfax incident.
After the arrest, the urgency seemed to subside, but, residents of other neighborhoods have brought up multiple shots fired incidents in other neighborhoods that have not been given equal coverage to the Fairfax incident.
According to a U.S. Marshals service press release, Henderson is now in the Wayne County (Detroit) Jail awaiting extradition back to West Virginia.
Two Huntington police officers nabbed a man about 6 p.m. May 10 who was wanted in Lawrence County, Ohio. On May 9, Ohio officers chased the suspect across the bridge before he eluded them.
At the Speedway, one officer broke the driver’s side window of the suspect’s car after he attempted to drive off from the gas station at 1531 6th Avenue. Shawn Stevens, 27, was charged with third offense DUI, transferring and receiving a stolen vehicle, obstruction, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, and as a fugitive from Ohio.
The following are among those individuals arrested by members of the Huntington Police Department:
- David Frazier, 26, in the 700 block of Lincoln Place, for domestic battery and domestic assault after allegedly grabbing a 30 year old woman, chasing her outside, and grabbing a knife and telling her to kill him
- Roger Merritt Sr., 55, in the 1900 block of Adams Avenue, on a felony capias, a fugitive from justice warrant and carrying a concealed weapon
- Wilbert Turner, 28, of Toledo, Ohio, in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue, for possession with intent to deliver approximately 40.2 grams of crack and 2.5 grams of marijuana
- Stefon Ferguson, 21, and Dagel Napier, 28, in the 1100 block of 16th Street, for misdemeanor marijuana possession
- Thomas Reau, 53, in the 700 block of 7th Avenue, on a misdemeanor capias
- Christopher Lynch, 28, of Ashland, Ky., in the 5100 block of James River Road for petit larceny
- Robert Craig, 32, in the 300 block of 9th Street, for battery after allegedly striking a man in the face
- Timothy McComas, 41, in the 1500 block of Washington Avenue, on a destruction of property warrant and an outstanding capias
The following are among items reported missing to members of HPD:
- Dell Inspiron notebook, MPS player, and running shoes from the 600 block of Elm Street
- Copper pipes from the 800 block of 27th Street
- MSP riding lawnmower valued at $1,500 from the 700 block of Eastwood Drive/