(10/19/2021)
By Bob Weaver

A hearing has been set for Thursday (October 21) before Magistrate Laura Davis regarding a case filed in Grantsville by the WV State Police against a man for impersonating a police officer in Calhoun County.

Sam Sloan Schrader, 29, of Erbacon, was issued a misdemeanor charge by Trooper Brian Young, the complaint indicating Schrader met with Grantsville Mayor Robert Petrovsky in August, "presenting himself as a current law enforcement official working for the State of West Virginia as an investigator."

Inquiries have failed to disclose whether or not Schrader had been hired by the Town of Grantsville, or what was his to an apparent two-month relationship, including being attached to the Calhoun Sheriffs Department, having been photographed with the officers.

Mayor Petrosvky declined to comment, after being contacted by phone and in-person, to confirm Schrader's status with the town.

STATE POLICE ARREST MAN FOR IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER, GRANTSVILLE POLICE CHIEF CONTENDER - Grantsville Mayor Denies Public Information Request, Sutton Mayor Says Schrader Not Officer There

By Bob Weaver

A man from Erbacon WV appears to have used false credentials toward becoming Grantsville's new police chief, was arrested Wednesday by the WV State Police for falsely representing himself as a police officer.

Sam Sloan Schrader, 29, was issued a misdemeanor charge by Trooper Brian Young of Grantsville, the complaint indicating Schrader met with Grantsville Mayor Robert Petrovsky in August, "presenting himself as a current law enforcement official working for the State of West Virginia as an investigator."

Mayor Petrosvky declined to comment for this Hur Herald story regarding Schrader, after being contacted by phone and in-person, after saying he would issue a public information statement about the matter.

Sam Shrader (left) in a published photo allegedly standing in front of a Grantsville Police cruiser

Schrader, according to the complaint, had indicated he was "currently working for the WV State Investigators office as a fraud/special investigator."

The complaint says Schrader displayed a badge and was always carrying a gun "to re-enforce the premise," further alleging he had a skill-set in "interviewing subjects, maintaining order, arresting subjects, and issuing citations."

The complaint indicates that Schrader attached himself to Sheriff Warren Basnett and Deputy Sheriff C. J. Myers on patrols, and had been driving the Grantsville police cruiser.

Trooper Young, according to the complaint, checked with a number of WV credentialing agencies about Schrader, including the WV State Investigations Office, Secretary of State's investigations office and the WV Attorney General's office, who confirmed they were unaware of any association.

The investigation did indicate Schrader likely worked as a Level II Corrections Officer, but had resigned the position on December 30, 2019, reportedly to become a police officer with the Town of Sutton.

Mayor J. D. Hoover told the Hur Herald that Schrader had not been employed as an officer in Sutton, although the professional web site LINKIN has him listed as a Sutton officer.

The WV Department of Corrections said they were unaware of any special duties performed by Schrader.

Schrader was charged with a misdemeanor related to impersonating an officer in Calhoun Magistrate Court.


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