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Police log

January 04, 1998

Police log

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Winchester, Va., man was stabbed several times Sunday morning outside a bar in what West Virginia State Police said may be a hate crime.

Jacob A. Bates, 21, suffered two stab wounds to the head, five to the back and one on a wrist, according to Trooper E.D. Burnett. He said Bates was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was released at about 5 p.m.

Burnett said the call came in at 3:41 a.m. from Gables Night Club on U.S. 11 South in Ridgeway. The suspect, a black male from Winchester, was not in custody as of Sunday night.

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Bates, who is white, was in the club with a black woman. The suspect and Bates got into a fight, which was broken up, Burnett said.

Bates and his date went out to the parking lot and the man followed, attacking Bates again, stabbing and slashing him several times, police said.

Burnett said charges pending against the unnamed suspect include malicious wounding and committing a hate crime.




BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A woman returned to her home early Sunday morning only to be chased outside by an intruder.

Trooper E.D. Burnett said the unnamed woman arrived at her mobile home off U.S. 11 South at about 2 a.m. to find the door open. She went inside and called a friend about the burglary.

While inside, the woman saw a man in the back bedroom of the house, according to Burnett. The man chased her outside and she fled to Valley Service Center, where she called police from a pay phone.

The intruder was described as a large black man wearing an oversized blue coat. Burnett said he was about a mile away when the call came in at 2:11 a.m., but the suspect was gone by the time he arrived.

Burnett said a search of the area failed to turn up the man.




WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Twenty-five people had to sleep somewhere else Sunday night after the apartment building they live in sustained heavy smoke damage caused by a fire on the third floor, according to Waynesboro Fire Chief Don Ringer.

A smoldering cigarette left on a bed in a third-floor apartment in the rear of the brick building at 3 East Main St. in the northeast corner of Waynesboro's square, was the cause of the 4:53 p.m. fire, Ringer said.

The resident was not in the bed when the fire started and began to spread, he said.

"It had smoldered for awhile," Ringer said.

Five residents of the apartment building were treated on the scene for minor smoke inhalation, he said, but there were no injuries.

The American Red Cross was called to help the residents find a place to stay overnight, Ringer said.

Estimated damage is more than $50,000, he said.

A first-floor office in the front of the building, occupied by Waynesboro Attorney John Lisko, was not damaged, Ringer said.

The apartment building was once the White Swan hotel, Ringer said.

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