Police log

February 04, 1998

Man charged with passing fake bills

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man charged with passing counterfeit bills in Hagerstown Saturday has been charged in Martinsburg with the same offense.

Rickie Lee Nash, 30, of 406 S. Kentucky Ave., was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of uttering a counterfeit bill, Martinsburg City Police said.

Police say a fake $20 bill was used for a purchase at Provision Pawn Shop, 203 Winchester Ave., at about noon Saturday. A clerk found the bill in her money bag a few hours later and notified police.


Martinsburg City Police learned Nash had been charged by the Washington County Sheriff's Department in connection with counterfeit bills passed at the Valley Mall Saturday night.

When arrested in Hagerstown, he had six counterfeit bills on him, police said. Four of those bills had a serial number matching the bill found at the Martinsburg pawn shop, according to police.

Nash was in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday on $10,000 bond.

In West Virginia, passing a counterfeit bill is a felony, conviction of which carries a two- to 10-year prison sentence.

W.Va. man pleads to drug, mail charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to one count of unlawfully using the U.S. mail in the commission of a felony and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Marc C. Long, 35, pleaded guilty to committing the crimes on Feb. 26, 1997 in Inwood.

Long, who is free on bond, faces a penalty of four years in jail and a fine of $250,000 for the illegal use of the mail and five years in jail and a $250,000 fine on the possession charge.

Pa. man sentenced in summer stabbing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 31/2 to 12 years in state prison for a stabbing last summer in Chambersburg.

Maxwell Noble, 65, of Martinsburg, Pa., was also ordered to pay $11,600 in restitution to his victim, Jerome Thomas, of 430 W. Loudon St., according to court records. The sentencing order from Judge Douglas Herman also recommended that Noble not be allowed to reside in the county after his release from prison.

Noble was convicted of aggravated assault for the stabbing, which occurred Aug. 2 at 61 S. West St. According to borough police records, Noble attacked Thomas with a large butcher knife.

The report said Thomas was watching several other people playing cards when he heard someone yell, "What are you doing?" He turned around to see Noble coming at him with the knife, the report said.

Thomas put his hand up to defend himself and the butcher knife went through his palm with the blade exiting the back of his hand, the police affidavit stated.

The house where the stabbing occurred was also where a shootout that injured two men occurred on Jan. 8, according to another borough police report.

Man charged with writing bad check

An accused Army deserter was charged Tuesday with writing a bad check for a 1988 Jeep Cherokee last week, Maryland State Police said.

L'Roy Eugene Snyder, 19, of 75 Manor Drive, Apartment 103, was charged with motor vehicle theft and uttering a bad check over $300, police said.

According to police, Snyder wrote a personal check for the purchase price of the jeep of more than $7,400 to Route 11 Auto Sales Inc. on Jan. 28. That check was later determined to be written on a closed account of a Chambersburg, Pa., bank, police alleged.

Snyder was detained by U.S. Army military on desertion charges and was later turned over to Maryland State Police, authorities said.

Snyder was being held Wednesday night at the Washington County Detention Center on 5,000 bond. The military also placed a detainer on him, meaning that he will be transferred to a military jail if he posts bond.

The vehicle had not yet been recovered, police said.

Fire damages milk parlor

LIBERTYTOWN, Md. - Fire damaged a small milk parlor that was converted into an apartment on Bridle Path Lane on Tuesday, authorities said.

Martin Tracy returned home and found the 20-foot-by-30-foot floor structure on fire, according to the state fire marshal's office. Authorities have determined the blaze was caused by combustibles that were placed too close to a wood-burning stove.

The room and the contents of the building were destroyed, but the structure is still standing, authorities said. Damage was estimated at $6,000.

The building was a one-story block-constructed milk parlor that was attached to a dairy barn.

Fire companies from Libertytown, Walkersville and New Market responded to the blaze. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to Tracy.

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