Gym owner's goods sold at auction

October 24, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Auctioneer Darwin Plumlee rattled off dollar figures like a machine gun Thursday as bidders nodded, flashed numbered cards or raised fingers to make their bids on the belongings of Randall and Sonja Coyle.

In just about 20 minutes, the items, ranging from paintings to a 1990 Mercedes Benz, were sold for a total of $17,247.50 to help satisfy a $40,000 Washington County Circuit Court judgment against the Coyles to North Village Development Co. Inc. of Hagerstown.

More than 30 people gathered in the chain-link fence enclosure behind the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for the auction of the Martinsburg couple's personal property.


A Martinsburg man who declined to give his name made the biggest purchase of the day - he paid $14,500 for the Mercedes, which had more than 192,000 miles on the odometer. He also purchased one of the three paintings on auction and one of three Oriental rugs.

Linda Sullivan of Martinsburg purchased a 4-year-old big-screen television for $900. Plumlee said the set originally cost about $2,000. Sullivan also bought a modern sculpture and a painting.

"It's all for my daughter," she said. Jamie Sullivan said she had just moved into a house nearby and her mother got a good price on the statue.

"It's for my wife. Our anniversary was the 8th of October and I didn't get her anything. Maybe I can make peace with her," Sonny Spurgeon of Martinsburg said with a laugh. He had just spent $700 on a grandfather clock.

The lawsuit that resulted in the Martinsburg gym being closed was not related to the public auction Thursday. That suit was filed by a Delaware company, GBR North Queen Street Limited Partnership, which claims Rando Enterprises defaulted on its lease and a promissory note.

Next Tuesday two properties, one belonging to the Coyles and another to Rando Enterprises, are scheduled for a trustee's sale in front of the Berkeley County Courthouse. A Martinsburg woman, Eleanor A. Pritts, holds liens on both properties, which are located on Circle Drive in Martinsburg and Paynes Ford Road in the county.

Rando's Fitness Center on Maugans Avenue in Hagerstown is still open for business.

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