Berkeley Springs police K-9 helps track down man

October 16, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A 29-year-old Berkeley Springs man was charged recently after Town of Bath police officers caught him with the help of Butch, the department's K-9 officer.

Michael Waugh, of 363 Wilkes St., was charged with domestic violence/battery and fleeing from a police officer on Friday.

Bath Police Cpl. Craig Pearrell and Butch responded to a domestic violence dispute about 6 p.m. last Friday, Minton said.

According to the police report, Pearrell said a man would not come to the front door and then left the house through a back window and ran into the woods. Pearrell first yelled to the man to stop but received no response and then commanded Butch to pursue the escaping man.

Minton said Butch tracked the man to a vacant house at 436 Wilkes St., and Pearrell yelled three times for the man to come out, but received no response.

Pearrell entered the house with Butch on a lead and Waugh was apprehended, handcuffed and searched, Minton said, according to the report.


Butch is a dual-purpose K-9 and is used for patrol work and drug searches, Minton has said. He is trained in tracking, building and area searches and suspect apprehension.

The 3-year-old German Shepherd joined the Bath Police Department last March.

"Butch did another great job," said Bath Police Chief, James Minton. "Cpl. Pearrell gave Butch the command to track and find the suspect, and Butch did an outstanding job in locating and assisting in the apprehension and guarding the suspect."

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