Police log

January 27, 1998

Police log

Couple safe after dining room fire

RANSON, W.Va. - Two residents escaped a blaze at their home early Monday at 404 E. 12th Ave. in Ranson.

The fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m. when the couple was awakened by the sound of their smoke detectors activating, said Independent Fire Co. Chief Ed Smith.

"That probably saved their lives. That was a lucky one," Smith said.

The house was equipped with two smoke detectors, he said.

Firefighters found the dining room ablaze, he said.

About 15 firefighters from Independent and Citizens fire companies put out the blaze in about 10 minutes, Smith said.

No one was injured. The fire was contained to the dining room but the blaze caused heat and smoke damage throughout the one-story rancher, Smith said.


Damage was estimated at about $40,000, Smith said.

The cause of the fire was unknown but appeared to have started near a China cabinet, Smith said.

"We've been unable to pinpoint the exact source," Smith said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about two hours making sure the fire had not extended to hidden areas of the house, he said.

W.Va. man charged with armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged Jan. 9 in an armed robbery in Martinsburg was charged over the weekend with an earlier armed robbery.

Evan Lemarr Sears, 20, of 605 State Circle, was arraigned Sunday before Magistrate Joan Bragg on charges of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sears, who is in the Eastern Regional Jail, had bail set at $21,067 on the new charges.

According to city police, Sears was charged with a Jan. 2 robbery outside an apartment building at 401 East Road. The report said two men robbed Tony Feliciano of Martinsburg as he walked from his car to the building.

The incident was reported at 11:21 p.m. The report said Feliciano told police he was walking from his car to the building when two men attacked him and stole a wallet containing $250.

He said one of the men held a knife to his throat during the robbery.

Sears was arrested Jan. 9 with three other people and was charged with armed robbery, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and other charges in connection with a holdup at a house on the 400 block of Porter Avenue, court records stated.

City police charged him Sunday with being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Jan. 9 robbery.

The criminal complaint stated he was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine on March 19, 1996, in Washington County Circuit Court.

3 face drug charges following W.Va. raid

INWOOD, W.Va. - Three men face drug charges after the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant Friday at a house on U.S. 11 near Inwood.

Carl Robert Johnson, 51, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and Ronald E. Roomsburg, 34, and Mark Kevin Crown, 36, both of Winchester, Va., were arrested in the raid, according to the report by Cpl. G.J. Scappini.

Johnson was charged with criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine and obstructing an officer. He was arraigned before Magistrate Joan Bragg and jailed on $10,587 bond.

Police said when they attempted to execute the search warrant, a man ran and hid in the house. While searching the house they found Johnson, police said.

Scappini said Johnson lived at the house, although he gave them another address.

Police charged Roomsburg with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and he was jailed on $10,000 bond. The report said five packages of cocaine were found on Roomsburg when he was searched.

Crown was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was jailed on $10,000 bond. Police said two packages of cocaine were found on him.

The report said the department obtained a search warrant for the house after getting statements from people who claimed to have bought cocaine there and after surveillance of the house.

City man charged with possession

A 28-year-old Hagerstown man was charged late Sunday with trying to sell marijuana to the driver of a vehicle who gave him a ride, Hagerstown City Police said.

Paul Grayson Jordan, of 212 Summit Ave., was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, police got a call from the driver of a Ford Tempo saying his passenger had just tried to sell him marijuana, police said.

The car was stopped on Potomac Street and Jordan was found to be a passenger in the rear seat. A search of Jordan turned up suspected marijuana, police said.

Jordan was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

Firefighters tackle blaze at Pa. house

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Firefighters Monday were called out for a house fire on the 300 block of West Main Street, according to Franklin County's 911 center.

The fire was called in at 10:36 p.m., according to a dispatcher, and units were still on the scene an hour later. Firefighers from the Fayetteville, New Franklin, Franklin and West End Shippensburg fire companies responded to the blaze.

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