Police log

February 05, 1998

Police log

W.Va. woman facing DUI, fleeing charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday, charged with hitting a snowplow with her car and fleeing the accident while intoxicated.

Martinsburg City Police charged Victoria Elizabeth Hess, 18, of 1120 W. King St., with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to maintain control and fleeing an officer while under the influence of alcohol in the Thursday morning accident.

Police said they received a 1 a.m. call about a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Rock Cliff Drive and Pendleton Drive. A vehicle had struck a West Virginia Department of Highways Operation plow head-on.


Minutes later, Officer Leslie Witt saw the vehicle driving eastbound near King and Raleigh streets, according to police.

Witt stopped the vehicle and began to approach, when the driver sped away, police said. Witt and Lt. Rick Swartwood stopped the vehicle a second time at King and Queen streets, police said.

Frederick deputies nab robbery suspect

A man wanted for failure to appear in court in Washington County on robbery and maiming charges was picked up by Frederick County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday.

Jeffrey Scott Bartholomey, 34, was returned to the Washington County Detention Center after Frederick, Md., officials handed him over Wednesday on South Mountain at the county line.

Police believe an argument over Vietnam sparked a July 27, 1996, assault that hospitalized a Pennsylvania man and led to charges against Bartholomey.

The victim spent two days at Washington County Hospital for treatment of a broken jaw and several broken teeth.

Bartholomey did not show up in January at Washington County Circuit Court.

2 charged with assaulting minors

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two men were in Franklin County Prison after being charged Wednesday with sexual assault of minors.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Justin Lee Smalley, 19, of Harrisonville, Pa., was arrested at his grandmother's house on outstanding warrants from state police in Franklin County.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed with District Justice Larry Meminger's office, a 13-year-old girl told state police she had sex with a man on July 4 at a house on the 8000 block of Lincoln Way East in Greene Township.

The criminal complaint said Smalley lived at that address at the time.

Meminger's office also had a copy of an affidavit filed with District Justice Larry Pentz's office in Waynesboro, Pa. Police stated in that document that an 11-year-old girl said a man picked her up at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Mont Alto Road and took her to an apartment in Mont Alto.

The girl alleged the man asked her to play Truth or Dare and then had sex with her, police said.

Smalley was charged with rape, indecent assault, statutory sexual assault and two counts of corruption of a minor. He was jailed on $75,000 bond.

In an unrelated case, Chambersburg Police charged Eric D. Abney, 22, no fixed address, with two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and statutory sexual assault.

Arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter, Abney was jailed on $20,000 bond.

According to allegations contained in the complaint, a 13-year-old girl said she had sexual relations with a man on at least three occasions in November at apartments on South Main and West Washington streets.

Teen charged with carrying air pistol

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police charged a 14-year-old with possessing an air pistol after they received a call Tuesday of a boy with a handgun.

The report said the boy was stopped as he was riding a bicycle in the downtown area. Police said the air pistol was stuck in his waistband.

The juvenile was released to his mother, according to police.

Man sentenced for firearm possession

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Judge W. Craig Broadwater sentenced a Martinsburg man on Jan. 30 in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to 12 months and one day for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm shipped through interstate commerce.

Jerry W. Cave pleaded guilty on Oct. 14 to the charge for a Feb. 9, 1997 incident.

His jail time will be followed by three years of supervised release, according to court records.

Firefighters battle trailer blaze in W.Va.

TOMAHAWK, W.Va. - Firefighters were still at the scene of a trailer fire on American Fruit Growers Road in Berkeley County Thursday night at press time.

No injuries from the fire were reported as of 10:45 p.m., emergency services officials said.

The fire was called in at 10 p.m. and firefighters had it knocked down in about a half-hour, fire officials said.

2 charged with selling drugs

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force, working in conjunction with the Hagerstown Police Department's street crime unit, charged two people with selling drugs Wednesday night, officials said.

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