Police log

December 31, 1997

Police log

Pair sought in attempted holdup

INWOOD, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police are looking for two men who attempted to hold up the Food Lion store early Monday morning.

The attempted strong-armed robbery was reported at 2:57 a.m., according to Sgt. Rob Blair. Two black men entered the store and shoved a cashier away from a checkout cash register, he said.

The suspects, however, were unable to get the register open and fled the store without any money. The unidentified employee was unhurt, Blair said.


One of the suspects was wearing a plaid hooded coat and blue jeans. The other was wearing a beige parka, a black knit cap and dark pants.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Trooper T.C. Kearns at 1-304-267-0000.

W.Va. man charged with wounding

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman walked into the Eastern Regional Jail early Tuesday morning to report that she had been beaten, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Russell L. Lee, 33, of Lot 343, Dodson's Trailer Park, was arraigned before Magistrate Ruth Donaldson Tuesday afternoon on a charge of unlawful wounding and was taken to the jail in lieu of $2,500 bond.

According to the sheriff's report, Jennifer Davis suffered bruises and swelling to her face and needed eight stitches to close a cut to her lip after being beaten and kicked.

The report said she found her live-in boyfriend in a pickup truck with another woman at the 50 Yard Line Club and then followed them when they left. On Grapevine Road, Davis rammed the rear of the woman's truck, the report said.

Both vehicles stopped and a man got out and pulled Davis from her vehicle by her hair, the report alleged. She then went to the nearby jail to report the assault.

Magistrate drops sex assault charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A sexual assault charge against a Martinsburg man was withdrawn Tuesday when the victim failed to appear at his preliminary hearing.

Magistrate Ruth Donaldson said Harry Wayne Rogers, 47, of 120 Swartz St., remains in the Eastern Regional Jail on other charges.

Rogers was charged with having sexual intercourse with a mentally defective person, according to a copy of the criminal complaint. The 52-year-old woman was assaulted Oct. 11 at her home on East Burke Street, the city police report said.

The report said the victim was the wife of a friend of Rogerses'.

Meter sparks outside building

WILLIAMSPORT - An electrical meter sparking outside the Butler building at 13 W. Frederick St. Monday night brought firefighters from three companies out during the start of winter's first major snowstorm.

Lt. Carl Witmer of the Williamsport Fire Company said the building wasn't damaged although there was some damage to the meter and adjacent wiring.

Firefighters from Halfway and Fairplay also responded to the 10:44 p.m. call. All units left by 11:15 p.m., Witmer said.

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