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Police log

January 15, 1998

Armed robbery prevented

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police said a man foiled an armed robbery attempt early Wednesday when he wrestled a gun from a man in the parking lot of Berkeley Gardens apartments.

Lynis Nathaniel Ellerbe, 18, whose last known address was in the 100 block of Warm Springs Avenue, was charged with attempted armed robbery. He was arraigned before Magistrate Ruth Donaldson and jailed on $25,000 bond.

Trooper Carl Mahood's report said he went to the apartment complex at about 1 a.m. and met the victim, Rahill Nawaz II of Martinsburg. Nawaz said he was leaving a friend's apartment and going to his Toyota 4-Runner when a man approached him and stuck a gun in his back, police said.

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The man ordered Nawaz to hand over his keys and two other men got into the vehicle. The man then told Nawaz to get in the back seat.

Instead, Nawaz reached around and grabbed the barrel of the handgun and fought with the man. During the struggle, the man pulled the trigger repeatedly, but the gun did not fire, according to police.

The two other men got out of the vehicle and began strangling Nawaz, police alleged. Nawaz managed to get the loaded .22-caliber revolver, and ran back to his friend's apartment in Building 308, the report said.

Nawaz identified the gunman by name, according to the report. He described him as wearing a gray pullover shirt, dirty brown boots and a black cap. Mahood found Ellerbe in an apartment in Building 203, the report said.

Police said the incident remains under investigation and the other two men had not been arrested.

Drug charges faced

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A city man was jailed on $50,000 bond after being charged Wednesday with delivery of cocaine and criminal conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

Craddie Sylvester Butler, 37, of 311 N. Maple Ave., Apt. 5, was arraigned before Magistrate Ruth Donaldson on charges that stemmed from a Dec. 31 purchase of drugs by an informant, according to Detective Kevin Miller's report.

The report said Miller and Detective George Swartwood gave the informant marked bills and sent the person up to Butler's apartment.

The informant gave Bulter the money and another man went into a bathroom of the apartment and returned with the cocaine, according to the report.

Barn fire causes traffic detour

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A barn fire early Wednesday at the corner of Letterkenny and Salem roads closed access to Gate 1 at the Letterkenny Army Depot, forcing workers to detour, according to fire officials.

A wood barn at 1925 Salem Road, owned by Emory Etter Jr., was destroyed in the 4 a.m. fire, said Jamie Hammond, engine sergeant with the Franklin Fire Department in Chambersburg.

When firefighters arrived, the blaze at the barn, which stored hay, was fully involved, Hammond said.

Firefighters from 10 companies, including two from Cumberland County, were at the scene for about four hours, he said.

"Our main priority was keeping it from spreading to the house" about 100 feet away, Hammond said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, Hammond said.

Estimated damage is $100,000, he said. There were no injuries.

2 injured in wreck

Two Hagerstown residents were injured Wednesday afternoon after a Chevrolet Cavalier struck a 1989 Eagle Premiere, which was pushed into a 1995 Honda Accord, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Harlan Newhouse, who was driving the Premiere, was admitted to Washington County Hospital. Carrie Lanet Leach, who was driving the Cavalier, was treated and released.

Leach, of Old Forge Road in Hagerstown, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid collision, deputies said.

The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at the intersection of Eastern and Jefferson boulevards.

The driver of the Accord, Charles Keller, was not hurt, police said.

Woman hurt in 2-car accident

A Hagerstown woman was sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after her GMC van collided with a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, Maryland State Police said.

Betty Lou Marks, 52, of Sharpsburg Pike, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

According to police, the Cherokee pulled into the path of the van on Md. 65. The driver of the Jeep, Martha Josephine Hannah, was charged with failure to yield intersection right-of-way.

The accident occurred at about 12:50 p.m., police said.

Hagerstown Fire Department cleans up paint spill

The Hagerstown Fire Department cleaned up a paint spill at a business on Dual Highway Wednesday, fire officials said.

About 10 gallons of a mixture of stain and latex paint spilled in front of Moore's at 950 Dual Highway, said firefighter Warren Keyfauber. The spill occurred at about 1 p.m., he said.

Keyfauber said the spill was contained to the store's property.

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