Police log

January 22, 1998

Woman pleads in embezzlement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman charged with embezzling $37,839.50 from the Hedgesville, W.Va., Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. avoided jail Thursday when she entered a plea agreement in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Nelda Gayle Peggs, 42, of Hedgesville, was given a suspended sentence of one to 10 years and was placed on probation by Judge Thomas Steptoe. Peggs was also ordered to pay restitution and court costs and perform 200 hours of community service, according to records in the circuit clerk's office.

According to the affidavit, Peggs was treasurer of the fire company when the money was taken between January 1, 1995, and Jan. 20, 1997. State police were contacted by members of the fire company on Feb. 17, 1997.


The affidavit by Trooper E.D. Burnett said four checks "were made out to Nelda Peggs, but the check stubs showed that the checks were supposed to go to the WV Insurance Company."

The court records said other funds that were supposed to be spent at area businesses for the fire company were "used to pay for goods for Nelda Peggs," according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said she used the fire company's checking account to "pay personal expenses and supplement her regular salary."

New leads sought in stolen rifle case

More than six months after the theft of eight antique Revolutionary and Civil War rifles and two handguns, a Washington County sheriff's investigator is hoping to get new leads to solve the case.

Investigator Roy Harsh said the thefts, reported on June 14, occurred at a home in the 14200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The victim said the weapons - valued at more than $10,000 - were displayed in his home and that they might have been missing for some time before he noticed they were gone, Harsh said.

In addition, the victim told Harsh he believes someone working around the exterior of his home may have stolen the items.

It is Harsh's hope that antique dealers and collectors might have information about someone who attempted to sell or who sold the guns.

Anyone with information can contact Harsh at 1-301-791-3300, Ext. 117.

Driver charged with DWI, negligence

WILLIAMSPORT - The driver of a truck involved in a single-vehicle accident on Wright Road Tuesday was charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The accident happened just west of Hopewell Road shortly before 5 p.m., deputies said.

Steven Pike Shollay, 30, of 15914 Clarence Pike Drive, was headed east on Wright Road when his truck swerved off the road, went through a fence and struck a tree, deputies said.

Shollay was also charged with negligent driving, deputies said.

Teens charged with theft, destruction

Two juveniles have been charged in the theft of a car and vandalizing of a truck and van. The vehicles were almost stolen from a restaurant parking lot Monday afternoon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

A 1990 Nissan truck parked at Tony's New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 14224 Pennsylvania Ave., was broken into and its steering column damaged during an unsuccessful attempt to hot- wire the truck, deputies said.

Other vehicles were damaged by the teens, a boy and girl, both 16, who fled when police arrived but were apprehended.

Both teens were charged with motor vehicle theft, malicious destruction of property, tampering with a motor vehicle and driving without a license, deputies said.

They were taken to the Juvenile Holdover Facility on Jonathan Street.

Car, bus collide

A car ran into a Washington County school bus on Clopper Road around 7:30 a.m. Thursday but no one on the bus was injured, according to school personnel.

Reportedly, the driver of the car was "dazed," according to rescue personnel.

"We sent a standby driver and a spare bus to the scene this morning," said Chris Carter, director of transportation for Washington County schools.

The three students on the bus were transferred to the other bus and taken to Old Forge Elementary School, Carter said.

Man charged with rifle possession

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 49-year-old Romney, W.Va., man was charged with possession of a Chines rifle Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

John George Horton was sentenced by Judge W. Craig Broadwater to five years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.

Horton entered a guilty plea on June 18, 1997 to possessing the 7.62-by-39 rifle on Dec. 8, 1993 in Hampshire County, W.Va., according to court records. The rifle had been shipped in interstate commerce, court records show.

Fourteen hurt in 3-vehicle accident

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Fourteen people were injured, none seriously, when a packed commuter van rolled over several times in a three-vehicle accident Thursday.

Most of them suffered only scrapes and bruises but one man was flown to the trauma center at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, where he was listed in fair condition.

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