Grand jury indicts 3 in Berkeley

October 22, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Berkeley County Circuit Court on a child abuse charge and for possession of heroin with intent to deliver, stemming from an arrest on Feb. 21.

According to court records, Kevin M. Wroe, 24, and a girlfriend were found unconscious and intoxicated in a car with the engine running.

A Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy found a 3-week-old infant in a car seat buried under a pile of clothing and a blanket.


Sgt. K.C. Bohrer said in his report the child was in danger of suffocation. Wroe is the child's father, the report said.

In the car's glove compartment and in a coat, police found 56 packets of heroin, court records said.

Other indictments handed down by the grand jury include:

* A Martinsburg man was indicted by the grand jury on numerous charges stemming from a June 3 chase with police in which he allegedly pointed a gun at a sheriff's deputy.

Gordon E. Morse, 35, was indicted on charges of felony attempted assault against a police officer, fleeing and eluding police, brandishing a deadly weapon and numerous traffic offenses in the incident, which began at about 4 p.m. that day, according to court records.

Cpl. G.J. Scappini was on the lookout for a shoplifting suspect who had fled Newbraugh's Hardware in Martinsburg when he spotted a man who fit the description gassing up a white Grand Am with a broken window at a 7-Eleven store on U.S. 11 near Inwood.

Scappini pulled into the parking lot and approached the man, but he fled in the car, court records said.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy followed the car to the parking lot of the Sportsman's Inn near Darkesville. Traffic had come to a standstill and the Grand Am and cruiser were blocked into the parking lot, according to court records.

The driver of the Grand Am rammed the police car and Scappini got out of the cruiser. The man allegedly tried to run the officer down and pointed a gun at him from the car, the report said.

Scappini fired at the car, which escaped the parking lot by driving through several yards. Morse was later arrested when he wrecked the vehicle while trying to avoid a roadblock, court records said.

* A woman who allegedly stole $77,179.46 from a business was indicted for embezzlement, obtaining services by false pretense, depriving others by false pretense and cashing worthless checks.

Susan Marie Frick, 32, of Inwood, was the office manager at Greenfield's Heating and Air Conditioning when the crimes allegedly took place between January 1995 and June 1996. During that time, West Virginia State Police allege she used business checks to overpay herself, pay for personal expenses for herself and a friend and write herself checks to cash.

Frick also reportedly racked up $886.20 in long distance and calls that were billed to the business. Court records said she also cashed $2,389.31 in worthless checks written on a closed account and used other people's West Virginia driver's license numbers.

Those indicted Tuesday will be arraigned before a trial judge next month and have their trial dates set, according to the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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