Police log

January 22, 1998

Police log

Search continues for Sheetz robber

The man wanted for the Monday morning robbery of the Maugans Avenue Sheetz store is described as white, 5 feet 7 to 10 inches tall, short brown hair, blue eyes, 160 pounds, 28 or 29 years old.

He was wearing a denim jacket and blue jeans and a ball cap when the robbery occurred at 2:30 a.m.

The clerk told Washington County Sheriff's deputies that the robber suggested he had a weapon, although none was displayed.

The man left with an undetermined amount of cash.

Anyone with information about the robber can call Cpl. Roy Harsh at 301-791-3300, Ext. 117.

Shooting victim in fair condition

HERSHEY, Pa. - Shooting victim Jessica Baker was in fair condition Wednesday and was moved into a regular room at the Hershey Medical Center, a spokesman said.


Baker was shot with a high-powered rifle Sunday by her boyfriend, who turned the gun on himself after shooting her, according to police.

Gordon "Shawn" Howell, 27, of Mont Alto, Pa., died from a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Baker, 25, was hit in the neck and shoulder with one bullet fired by Howell, police said.

The two had been living together in an apartment at 315 Cleveland Ave., Waynesboro, for about a year, police said. Howell became angry with Baker last weekend when she told him to move out, police said.

Pa. woman faces drug charges

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Pennsylvania woman was jailed on marijuana charges after the car she was in was stopped for speeding Tuesday night on Interstate 81, according to West Virginia State Police.

Joppa Lee Cornell, 48, of Saxton, Pa., was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana after the 11:30 p.m. stop, police said.

Senior Trooper J.A. Laing pulled over the northbound car for doing 78 mph in a 70 mph zone, according to police.

Laing's report said he saw the driver climb into the back seat and try to assist a woman from there to the front seat. The report said Laing stopped them at gunpoint while they were halfway over the seat.

The report said Laing found four packets of marijuana in Cornell's purse while he was looking in the purse for her driver's license. He later found another plastic bag of marijuana in the car, the report alleged.

The report said the drugs measured out to 21.2 grams.

Cornell was jailed on $10,000 bond.

The driver, Gary M. Kenyon, 42, of Saxton, was jailed on $2,073 bond. He was charged with possession of marijuana, giving false information to police, speeding and driving on an expired license.

The report alleged that Kenyon gave police a false first and middle name.

Man charged with battery, possession

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg City Police Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old man on drug and battery charges stemming from a Sept. 27 incident.

Samuel Nathaniel Ferguson, of 306 W. Moler Ave., was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of cocaine and battery on a police officer, according to Detective Kevin Miller.

Ferguson, who was arrested at the intersection of Queen and Martin streets at about 9 a.m., was jailed on $50,067 bond, Miller said.

According to the criminal complaint, two plainclothes city police officers were in a car in the parking lot at the corner of Race and Raleigh streets on the night of Sept. 27 when a man approached them and offered to sell them crack cocaine.

During the sale, the man said he had a gun and put his hand in his pocket.

"The male stated if we ripped him off, he would shoot us," the report said.

When one of the officers got out of the car and identified himself as a police officer, the man fled.

W.Va. woman in ICU following accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was in the intensive care unit of City Hospital Wednesday after her car struck a tree Tuesday afternoon, West Virginia State Police said.

A nursing supervisor said Lorretta Lynn Miller, 24, was in satisfactory condition.

State police said the accident occurred at 2:41 p.m. on Greenhouse Road. Miller was northbound about a mile north of W.Va. 45 when her 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix ran off the east side of the road and struck the tree head-on.

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