Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 29
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 29

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
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»B--Aug. 6, 1972 Swwfcy Clurlialen. Cabell Man Held, Denied Bond Ph In Milton Police Chief Death HUNTINGTON --(JW-A 23-year old Cabell County man WL lodged in jail here without bon Saturday, accused of killin Milton Police Chief Melvin Ra Lucas. Police identified the suspec charged with murder, as Ray mond Leonard Wallace. His ft ther, 64-year-old Alonzo Wa lace, also was held in Cabe County Jail. State police said Lucas, 37 was shot to death late Frida night with a single blast close range from a 12-guag shotgun. Lucas and Constable Robert Black had gone to the Wallac home near Milton, a commu nity of about 1,600 persons lo cated 18 miles east of Hun ington, to serve warrants o Wallace and his son. Police said the warrant charged the two men with as sault involving another Milton police officer, stemming from an incident earlier Friday. WHEN THE TWO law officer arrived at the home, Black said Mrs. Wallace told them her husband and son were in their respective bedrooms. Both offi cers went to the elder man' room where Black said Chie Lucas told Wallace to get out of bed and get his shoes on. Meanwhile, Black said he went to the son's room. Black told state police he then heard a commotion in the living room. Black said he left the son and went into the living room There, he found the elder Wallace and Lucas fighting. "I heard Mr. Wallace yell 'Raymond' and then from behind me, he (the son) shot Lucas," Black said. The constable said both he and Lucas then opened fire on the son. The young Wallace received minor bullet wounds on the neck and shoulder, police said, but was taken to jail following examination and treatment at a Huntington hospital. Black said as soon as the shooting was over, he noticed how badly the police chief had been hit. He loaded Lucas on his back and tried to get through the door but the screen door was locked "so we tore through the screen door." Black helped the wounded chief, who had been hit in both thighs, out of the house. The constable said he was about 40 feet from the house and near the police car when Lucas collapsed. Black said he went to a nearby residence and telephoned state police and called for an Five Fined In Funeral Disruption HAMLIN-August b l e w to strange to this town this year. The state police, Koontz Funeral Home, Justice of the Peace Conard Lambert, and five others should remember August for a long time. The five were charged before Lambert with disrupting a funeral and charged a total -of nearly $500. The funeral they disrupted was at the Koontz Funeral Home here. Cpl. C.N. Cook of the state police here said: "I was summoned to the funeral home by the director who said he had a disturbance. When I got there I noticed five people had taken over the service. "They were speaking in this unknown tongue and the director said they had tried to take the body out of the casket. "They were irrational and unreasonable. I could see they weren't going to respond to me when I spoke. They even took a couple of swipes at me. I cleared the chapel and summoned more help." Members of the Hamlin city police department and the Lincoln County sheriff's department arrived 1 at that point to assist Cook. "I went back in there and advised them that they would be removed physically if they did not talk. When we approached then, they jumped on us. They were finally subdued after a long struggle," The five were identified as Charles Steven Jackson, Phyllis Gene Actions* and Letha Jo Smith all of Sherman, and Marla R. Jackson and Fredorika Bowers, both of Ravenswood. Charles Jackson was fined $113.50 for disrupting the funeral and an additional $61 for dis- truction of property. Miss Adkins was also fined $113.50. The rest were fined $63.50 each. A spokesman for Lambert said Charles Jackson and Miss Adkins were fined the greater amount because they were "the ringleaders." Cook theorized 1 the five were some part of a religious cult and said 1 they seemed to be "high on rekgion." He thought the five were very serious in their intervention in the funeral, although he could not explain what they were after. ambulance. The county coroner pronounced Lucas dead at the scene of the shooting. When state police arrived, they ordered the Wallace men to come out of the house. Mrs. Wallace appeared and said her son was "hurt bad." After police convinced the elder Wallace to surrender, they went into the house and custody of the son. took younger Wallace was arraigned at 3 a.m. Saturday before a local magistrate. His father also was arraigned, police said, on a charge of obstructing an officer. He was remanded to jail in lieu of $1,000 bond. The father also was held in lieu of $1,000 bond in connection with the previous warrant charging assault on a police officer. State police said further charges might be made against the elder Wallace. * * LUCAS WAS a veteran of the Korean War. He was police chief in Milton since 1967. Surviving: wife, Jean; sons, Timmy and Bobby, both at home; daughter, Denise, at home; moth- STATE P O L I C E said theer, Mrs. Dorothy Lucas of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Oscar, Wallace, Jerry, and Arthur, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Jack of Kansas. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Heck Funeral Home, Milton. Burial will be in Templeton Cemetery, Milton. Friends may call after 2 p.m. today. Ex-Dunbar Dies at 65 Dr. Walter B. Gott, 85, of 524 56th St., Des Moines, Iowa, for. merly of Dunbar, was dead on arrival at Charleston General Friday after a long illness. He was a member of the Elks I Club, the West Virginia Society of Osteopathic Medicine, the Polk County Osteopathic Medical Society in Iowa, the Ameri-| can Osteopathic Assn., was on the board of trustees of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Des Moines, Iowa, a governor of the Civitan Club, and has served as police commissioner of Dunbar, past president of the West Virginia Society of Osteopathic Medicine, past vice president of the American Osteopathic Assn. Surviving: wife, Frances E.; daughter, Mrs. Patricia Garcia of New Providence, N.J.; son, Dr. Walter B. Golf U of Jewull, Iowa; sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Curren of Sunbury, Ohio, Mrs. Julia Hewitt of Punta Gorda, Fit.; brothers, Frank of Colum bus, Ohio, Robert of Westerville, Ohio, Harry of Powell, Ohio, Janes of Kokomo, Ind. The body is at tlie Hafer Funeral Home in Elkview and will be moved today to Devpre Funeral at Sunbury for service and burial. FAIVS WAREHOUSE SHOE SALES FAMOUS BRANDS Use Want Ads. 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