6/06/2007 Former Grantsville Volunteer Policeman Under Investigation

 This is a story about a volunteer police officer who was giving a concealed weapons course in the area using false credentials. This person was brought to our attention a few months ago when it was discovered that he had posted a MYSPACE page with questionable content. With his motto being “kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out”, and something to the effect of “call the best, call SWAT”, his character was called into question – after all, he WAS only a volunteer cop, he later removed the offensive items from his myspace page.

I seriously question the motives of these courses to begin with. I recently saw a poster advertising these classes. It was printed on a TARGET. No, not a bullseye target, but the outline of a human body, with a scoring system which gave the most points for shoot-to-kill hits in the head and torso area and least points for hits in legs, arms, and hands… I found the poster to be quite offensive, as anyone with a mind can see it’s intention is to encourage the death of another human being.

Who FINDS and HIRES these people??? What criteria must a “volunteer” police officer meet for heavens sake? Any? Or do their names just get pulled out of a hat because they express an interest in guns and power?

It’s high time that police officers, who are charged with the responsibility of “protecting” the public, and who are given the power to carry weapons and use them at their discretion, are held to a HIGHER standard. In fact ANY police officer should be held to a higher standard than your average citizen who generally has no training in such matters, and definately does not have the power that a police officer is given to effect another person’s life.

This article was taken from the HurHerald on 6-6-07

There is another problem with police creditability in Calhoun County.

A former volunteer police officer with the Grantsville Police Department is now under investigation by the State Police for allegedly using false credentials.

Sgt. C. Shane Dellinger has either been removed from duty or resigned, after he reportedly gave a concealed weapons class using credentials he did not have.

The Wirt County Sheriff is also looking into the matter, since Wirt residents reportedly took the class.

Calhoun Sheriff Carl Ballengee said Sgt. Dellinger did not produce adequate credentials showing he was qualified to give the class.

“He presented a certificate that was not proper,” said Ballengee, and “I contacted Charleston, who said he was not certified.”

Ballengee said he advised Dellinger he would not issue concealed weapons permits under such conditions, stating the class was not sanctioned by the Calhoun Sheriff’s Department.

The number of individuals who took the $35 class has not been made available.

Dellinger, who was given the rank of sergeant by Grantsville Chief of Police J. D. Nicholson, reportedly had problems while serving as a sheriff’s deputy in Braxton County.

Nicholson indicated problems with volunteers have been corrected.

Braxton Sheriff Howard Carpenter indicated at the time Dellinger was on personal leave related to stress he was suffering from a divorce.

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  1. As usual, there is so much more to the story. Our information is exclusively gathered from other news sources unless someone personally steps foreward with information not commonly known. Calhoun Underground encourages anyone with pertinant information in matters such as this to post in the appropriate comments section. We certainly wouldn’t want anyone to think that the police and the media are the only ones who know anything…

    And with that, I’m posting another news article, this time taken from the Lone Meth Ranger site.


    The Lone Meth Ranger Newsletter was contacted by Grantsville’s ex-police officer, C.S. Dellinger with evidence that proves local news outlets were wrong in their reports claiming Dellinger used credentials he did not have to instruct a Concealed Weapons Course.

    After researching WV Code and investigating the matter, The Lone Meth Ranger Newsletter has determined that there is concrete evidence that Sgt. Dellinger was authorized and certified to instruct the Concealed Weapons Course. Upon reviewing West Virginia State Code and after contacting the State Law Enforcement Training Coordinator Mr. Chuck Sadler it was verified that Sgt. Dellinger is a Law Enforcement Instructor and he is also currently employed as a Lieutenant in a Law Enforcement Agency in Kanawha County.

    Another report that Sgt. Dellinger was let go by the Grantsville Police Department was also inaccurate. I have reviewed Dellinger’s letter of resignation address to the Grantsville Police Department.

    Further investigation has uncovered the fact that Sgt. Dellinger was in the process of working with the United States Attorneys Office and the Clarksburg Office of the FBI regarding Government Corruption in Grantsville.

    Sgt. Dellinger reported mishaps in the department to Mayor Kerby, and shortly thereafter was informed that he himself was under investigation by the Grantsville State Police regarding his involvement with C.T.S. who is a local confidential informant. It seems someone with power in Grantsville didn’t want Sgt. Dellinger to get C.T.S. to the FBI as a meeting was scheduled for the informant to meet with an FBI agent along with Sgt. Dellinger.

    According to reports from the State Law Enforcement Training Coordinator, Mr. Chuck Sadler, it is quite obvious that Sgt. Dellinger was indeed authorized and certified to instruct Concealed Weapons Courses but, someone perhaps the local State Police made Carl Ballengee believe that Sgt. Dellinger was allegedly using false credentials to teach the course. It is thought the local state police concocted the false credentials story in an attempt to take credibility away from an honest cop that was not playing along with the local gang of rogue officials.

    The Lone Meth Ranger Newsletter and its allies are deeply concerned that the West Virginia State Police are conducting the investigation regarding the Dellinger matter. There is a concern that these State Troopers who have been proven time after time to be untrustworthy will unjustly allege a crime took place or as these troopers are known to do, “Create Crime” essentially to take some of the heat off themselves for all their misconduct in the area.

    More on the Dellinger matter soon.

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