Former Clarksville man will face W.Va. grand jury

January 10, 2014
Allen Eugene Hager

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – A former Greene County man was released from Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, W.Va., Jan. 4 on $15,000 bond for a standoff with police following a domestic dispute involving a chainsaw Christmas Eve.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Bill Helms said Allen Eugene Hager, 46, of Moundsville, was involved in the dispute with his girlfriend at her 2358 Waynesburg Pike residence.

“We were dispatched on a domestic violence call with a fight in progress at around 9:19 p.m.,” Helms said. “While a deputy was en route, the dispatcher called to say a man was using a chainsaw and attempting to cut down a bedroom door.”

Helms said Hager’s girlfriend and her young son were able to escape the residence safely. She provided authorities with information that Hager was alone and armed inside the residence. Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the West Virginia state police, set up outside of the home to try and talk Hager to come outside.

“At some point, Sgt. Mercer contacted (Hager) by phone inside the house and he wasn’t willing to come out but after some time he was able to talk him into coming out without any resistance,” Helms said. “The deputies then went inside and photographed evidence at the scene.” Hager surrendered about 11:30 p.m.

He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and taken to the Northern Regional Jail on charges of wanton endangerment, brandishing a deadly weapon and domestic battery. A preliminary hearing was held before W.Va. Magistrate David M. Buzzard with charges being bound over to the W.Va. Circuit Court for the grand jury.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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