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January 28, 1997

Man sentenced in federal court

WHEELING, W.Va. - A 23-year-old Charles Town, W.Va., man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Jan. 22 to 13 years and 6 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distribution of cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney William D. Wilmoth.

Chief Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. also ordered Shawn Stanton, of 410 S. West St., to pay a $5,000 fine, the report said. Stanton was charged on Nov. 12, 1993, in the Northern District of the state.

W.Va. man gets 34 years in prison

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - A 52-year-old Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Jan. 24 to 34 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney William D. Wilmoth.


Judge Irene M. Keeley sentenced Ernest Melvin "Sonny" Tucker, of Stonehedge, on charges including one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine on October 13, 1994, in Martinsburg, one count of use/possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking in June 1994, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in the summer of 1994 in Martinsburg, Wilmoth said in a prepared release.

Judge Keeley ordered Tucker to serve 29 years of the sentence concurrently with the life sentence he is now serving and that the remaining five years be served consecutively to the life sentence, the release said.

One charged after bat incident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One person was charged after three people using baseball bats became involved in a fight in the 500 block of North Queen Street Tuesday afternoon, according to Martinsburg City Police.

One person was taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg following the 2:15 p.m. fight, but his injuries did not appear to be serious, said Patrolman Mike Womble.

Womble declined to identify the injured man because of an ongoing investigation.

Arrested and charged with disorderly conduct was James Taylor, 32, no fixed address, Womble said.

Burglar hits Shell station office

A burglar took at least $300 from the office at the Virginia Avenue Shell Station on Monday, according to Maryland State Police.

There was evidence that the door to the station's office was forced open, police said.

The crime has been called felony theft, which in Maryland means at least $300 was taken. State police wouldn't be more specific.

Vandals damage Hagerstown hedge

Vandals caused $2,000 in damage to a hedge at the Western Maryland Center at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., according to Hagerstown City Police.

Someone destroyed 75 spirea plants, police said. Hospital officials told police it would cost $2,000 to replace the hedge.

The incident was reported Monday.

Eight comic books stolen

Eighty comic books, valued at $1,500, were stolen from an apartment at 40 E. Washington St., Hagerstown City Police said.

The crime was reported Saturday.

Woman charged following chase

FREDERICK, Md. - A 29-year-old Jefferson, Md., woman was arrested early Tuesday after a high-speed chase by Frederick City Police.

In addition to numerous traffic offenses, Katherine Marie Heino, of 1329 Arnoldstown Road, faces charges of possession of cocaine and a deadly weapon, police sai;d.

Cpl. Sean Stuart was on patrol on West All Saints Street at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a vehicle with no front tag turn off Ice Street.

When he approached to stop the vehicle, it sped off, police said.

The chase continued through city streets, and several stop signs, police said.

Heino was stopped on Sherman Avenue and charged with the plate violation, running stop signs and red lights, fleeing and eluding, negligent driving, unregistered motor vehicle, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and a knife, police said.

Robber takes money from center

FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland State Police were seeking information about an armed robbery at the Southern States Service Center just before 9 p.m. Monday.

At 8:55 p.m., a black man entered the store at 5841 Buckeystown Pike, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

He ran out with an undisclosed amount of money.

Described as 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt or light jacket, blue pants and brown work boots.

A search by police and bloodhounds turned up no clues, police said.

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