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Police log

April 12, 1997

Ill. woman pleads not guilty in Morgan County slaying

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A woman charged in the stabbing death of a former Morgan County businessman pleaded not guilty Friday in Morgan County Circuit Court, according a spokeswoman in the Morgan County prosecutor's office.

Christina Bess Richardson, 23, of Mendora, Ill., pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny, the spokeswoman said.

Richardson's trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

On April 4, Tonya Teresa Thomas, 23, of Marseilles, Ill., also pleaded not guilty to identical charges in the case.

Compton, former owner of T.H. Compton Trucking in Berkeley Springs, met Thomas and Richardson in Florida, where he often vacationed, and invited the two women to Morgan County, police said.

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Compton was stabbed to death in his Berkeley Springs home on March 17.

Debit cards lead to arrest in SU threats investigation

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police used phone debit cards to track down a Tennessee truck driver accused of threatening to rape female Shippensburg University students.

Police said Leonard A. Gentry, 34, of Cookeville, Tenn., made obscene phone calls to women in April 1995, then threatened to rape them if they hung up.

Detectives linked the phone calls to Gentry by tracing phone debit cards that he used for business and to make the obscene phone calls.

Gentry, who was convicted of similar charges in 1994, faces charges of harassment, intimidating victims and making terroristic threats. He is being held in Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Townhouse burns in W.Va.

BEDINGTON, W.Va. - Members of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department were fighting a fire in a townhouse at the Spring Mills development in northern Berkeley County late Friday.

According to Emergency Services personnel, the roof of the home had caved in from the flames. There were no reports of injuries.

No other details were available.

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