5 NEWS UPDATE: Details Released in Former Shinnston Police Officer's Arrest
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 13, 2013 @ 7:57PM
Created on March 13, 2013 @ 12:03AM
UPDATE: March 13
According to a press release from the City of Shinnston, Charles Henning was arrested as he went on duty at the department around 11:30 Tuesday night. Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano didn't want to release too much about the investigation or the arrest but he said deputies caught up with Henning in Shinnston.
Henning is currently facing seven charges of unlawfully obtaining possession or a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.
According to police, on some of the occasions, Henning executed search warrants at homes in Shinnston. Other times he would tell people that he was investigating allegations that they were selling pills. Henning would often tell the person that he had to take their hydrocodone pills as evidence. Sometimes he would put the pills into the evidence locker but other times there were no pills logged into evidence. On some of the occasions, when the lockers were looked at again, pill containers would be there but the pills would be gone. Henning never gave the victims property receipts for the pills he took.
These instances go back as far as August 2011. The most recent one was just last week. The investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department took weeks and Sheriff Marano said it's still on going.
Shinnston fired Henning immediately as a result of the charges. He had been with the department since June 2010. He's currently behind bars on a $175,000 bond.
If you think you may have been a victim or have more information for investigators, call Lieutenant McCarty of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at 304-623-6655.
ORIGINAL: March 12, 11:30 p.m.
A Shinnston Police officer has been fired after being arrested Tuesday night by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department SWAT team.
Law enforcement officials said Officer Charles Henning was arrested around 11:30 p.m. as he was coming on duty. He will be arraigned on multiple charges related to the theft of narcotics.
Henning was hired by the department in June 2010.
More information will be released during a press conference on Wednesday.
Stay tuned to 5 News for the latest.
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