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Police, magistrates among those who remain at work during storm


PRINCETON, W. Va (WVVA)-- Even when the weather brings snow up to your knees, emergency and law enforcement workers are on the job. 

And by West Virginia state code, a magistrate must be on-duty at all times as well.

While we were visiting the Mercer County courthouse, Magistrate Mike Flanigan arraigned a Princeton man on domestic battery charges-- by video.

He said video arraignments can save law enforcement time and resources during inclement weather.

"If [prisoners] are not able to make bond, then they would have to go to [Southern] Regional Jail," he said. "It's a lot of unnecessary running. It can put people in danger."

Police, too, singing video arraignments' praises.

"We can get in here and do [arraignments] much quicker," said Sergeant Michael Crowder. "It's real efficient, and it's done."

Sometimes, deep snow can render cruisers useless. Many of them are either front- or back-wheel

drive, said Crowder. Then, they must turn to their personal vehicles, or other four-wheel drive cruisers.

Police all over the area continue to patrol the roads the best they can.

Thursday, they urged residents to stay indoors and off the roads until conditions get safer.

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