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Police log

October 21, 1997

Man facing weapon, drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man was arrested by Martinsburg City Police Saturday after he was allegedly seen brandishing a weapon from a car on the 600 block of North Queen Street.

Clarence Emerson Boyd Jr., 43, was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to the report. He was released after posting $17,134 bond.

The incident occurred at 11:35 a.m. when city police overheard radio traffic from a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy about a man in a car making threats.

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A search of the vehicle turned up no firearm, but police found nunchucks, a martial arts weapon, on Boyd. The report said police also found a total of 48 grams of marijuana on Boyd and in two plastic bags and another container inside the car.

Boyd was also carrying $3,481.66.

Trio of burglaries investigated in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is investigating three break-ins reported on Sunday.

At 10:21 a.m., a burglary was reported at a riverside cabin owned by William Donaldson of Hedgesville, W.Va., in the Little Georgetown area. The back door had been forced open and a telephone answering machine, microwave oven, socket set and propane torch were reported stolen.

The burglary took place between Thursday and Sunday, the report said.

Nu-Look Cleaners at the Inwood Shopping Center was reported broken into sometime prior to 4:25 p.m. The business was entered through a broken window and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

The home of Ken Rice, of 587 Rock Cliff Drive, Martinsburg, was broken into sometime prior to 8:08 p.m., according to another report. A safe was reported stolen.

2 men charged with felony theft

FREDERICK, Md. - Police charged two people with theft after a routine traffic stop turned up a large amount of stolen car stereo and related electronic equipment, according to the Frederick Police Department.

Jose E. Majano, 19, of Hyattstown, Md., and Ramell G. Martinez, 20, of Hyattsville, Md., were charged with possession of burglar's tools, four counts of malicious destruction of property, four counts of felony theft and theft under $300, police said.

In addition, Majano was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were being held Monday night at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $75,000 bond.

Officer Joseph Bourke stopped a vehicle after it went the wrong way down on West South Street just before 4 a.m., police said.

The occupants of the vehicle appeared nervous and one ran away from the car, police said.

Bourke searched the vehicle and found the stereo equipment, along with burglary tools and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police discovered the stereo equipment had been reported stolen from numerous cars in the area earlier in the morning. Many of the vehicles had been severely damaged, police said.

The stolen items were returned to their owners, police said.

Martinsburg man sentenced for arson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court for setting fire to his mother's home on Valentine's Day.

Tim Turner, 29, received a two-to-20-year prison sentence for first-degree arson. He had also originally been charged with brandishing a weapon, but that was dismissed when Turner entered a plea agreement on Aug. 15.

At 2:30 a.m. Feb. 14, police responded to 214 Berkeley Station Road for a report of a man threatening a woman with a knife. When they arrived, they found the back of the house in flames from a fire set in a bedroom.

Turner's mother, Sylvia Robinson, told police that she and her son had been arguing and she fled next door to call police. The police report said Turner told her minutes later that he had set the fire.

Car, tractor-trailer collide on U.S. 15

FREDERICK, Md. - A Sterling, Va., man escaped injury late Sunday when his vehicle crossed the center line on U.S. 15 and ran into a tractor-trailer head-on, according to Maryland State Police.

Walter V. Thompson, 52, was northbound just north of Md. 464 at 7:30 p.m. when Thompson's vehicle hit Jerry Hammett's rig, which swerved unsuccessfully to avoid the collision.

Thompson was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with no insurance and expired tags and failing to drive right of center, police said.

Pa. teen remains in serious condition

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Saxton, Pa., teen remained in serious condition at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown Monday evening after the car he was driving struck a tree and a telephone pole late Sunday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Robert Eldon Wise, 19, of 920 Main St., was traveling west on Pa. 16 at Letzburg Road in Antrim Township at 11:23 p.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1989 Pontiac Grand Am, causing it to slide sideways and leave the road, police said.

The car continued sliding west and struck a tree with the left front fender and a telephone pole with the left driver's door, police said.

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