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December 17, 1997

Police Log

Fire damages room in W.Va. home

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Fire damaged the dining room of a brick house on High Pointe Road next to Runnymeade Road in Bunker Hill Wednesday night.

About 20 firefighters from the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Company and the Frederick County, Va., fire department put the blaze out in about 10 minutes, said South Berkeley Capt. Richard Petry.

The cause of the blaze, which started in the dining room, was unknown, he said.

The family fled the house before firefighters arrived, he said, and no one was injured.

Youth charged with assaulting teacher

A 12-year-old girl was charged with second-degree assault after throwing a chair at her teacher and pushing her down on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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The unidentified teacher at Brook Lane Psychiatric Center in Leitersburg received first aid from the institution's nurse, police said.

The juvenile was being held Tuesday at the juvenile detention center, police said.

Pellet shot through Amoco window

A pellet shot through a large window at the Leitersburg Amoco caused $300 worth of damage, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The damage to the 7-by-3-foot window at 21322 Leitersburg Pike was reported at 8 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Cash stolen from Toys R Us

Maryland State Police are asking merchants to keep an eye out for strange behavior to prevent thefts during the holiday season.

A woman stole $520 from a cashier at Toys R Us by the Valley Mall on Sunday afternoon by distracting the cashier, police said.

The woman led the cashier to believe she was only going to buy a pack of gum, police said. While the cashier was getting the change, the woman started screaming and talking in a foreign language and grabbed the cash, police said.

Police said the woman was described as white with a stocky build, about 5-foot-4, and red hair. She was wearing glasses, police said.

Missing W.Va. teen found safe

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The search for a 16-year-old boy ended Wednesday afternoon when his father called the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department to report that he had been found in another county.

The search involved a helicopter, dogs, mounted deputies and firefighters Wednesday morning in a wooded area by Gantt's Trailer Park off W.Va. 9 near Martinsburg, according to Lt. Kenny Lemaster.

Lemaster said the boy's mother reported him missing from their home at the park at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and deputies searched the area on foot for about an hour. The search resumed Wednesday at about 9 a.m.

Lemaster said the boy's father contacted the sheriff's department late Wednesday morning, saying he had talked to the boy late Tuesday night.

"The ground and air search was called off because we believe he's in another county," Lemaster said.

While Lemaster was relating details of the incident, another call from the father was received at the sheriff's department at 1:50 p.m. The man said he had found his son alive and well.

Lemaster said the boy called his father from Morgan County. The father and mother do not live together, he said.

Lemaster said a number of deputies and deputy reserves participated in the search, including seven members of the mounted unit.

Another deputy reserve, Mike Hampshire, flew his helicopter over the area looking for the youth.

Three dogs from the volunteer Evac K-9 Search and Rescue Team were also used in the search, along with about 15 firefighters from the Hedgesvile and Bedington volunteer fire companies.

Md. fugitive caught in Martinsburg

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A Maryland fugitive was arrested Wednesday morning by Martinsburg detectives, FBI agents and U.S. Marshal's Services officers at a used car dealership in Bunker Hill.

Detective George Swartwood said Ronald Lee Moorman, 43, of 9155 Bryant Ave., Laurel, Md., was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. at Community Auto Sales. He was arrested on a warrant from Prince Georges County, Md., he said.

Moorman is charged in Prince Georges County with threats of arson, stalking, telephone misuse and violation of a court order, according to Swartwood. He is also wanted on a federal felony arrest warrant for kidnapping issued by a U.S. District Court in Maryland, he said.

Swartwood said Moorman was arrested without incident. He was arraigned before Magistrate Ruth Donaldson on the fugitive warrant and taken to the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Moorman is awaiting an extradition hearing, Swartwood said.

Investigators were led to Berkeley County because Moorman apparently arrived in Martinsburg Tuesday on a MARC train from Maryland. Swartwood could not say what led authorities to find him at the car dealership.

Gunshot damages windows at home

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two glass windows at a Hamilton Township home were damaged early Tuesday morning by a gunshot, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

A small-caliber weapon was used to damage the 36-by-28-inch windows at 7155 Fort McCord Road, police said.

The value of the damage was $125, police said.

Anyone with information can call the Pennsylvania State Police at 1-717-264-5161.

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