March 14, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Charleston building that police say is home to drug and prostitution problems has been condemned and its owner arrested after a scuffle with police.
The Charleston Police Department said in a news release Thursday that 44-year-old Timothy Harold Stone pulled out a screwdriver and struggled with an officer. He also had a 10-inch open switchblade knife. He was charged with battery on a police officer, brandishing a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.
Police say Stone argued with police and inspectors at the East End building.
Media outlets report that about 15 to 20 people were living in the building, which inspectors condemned because it was infested with "parasitic insects," had no primary heat source and presented various fire hazards.
It was unclear if Stone had an attorney.