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March 12, 1998

Police log

Stolen property seized from trailer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department seized nearly $10,000 in stolen property Tuesday night after searching a mobile home in Audley Mobile Home Estates.

Capt. Curtis Keller said a search warrant was executed shortly after 11 p.m. and deputies found appliances, furniture, curtains and stereo systems taken from other mobile homes.

No arrests have been made, Keller said. The investigation is continuing.

The Winchester, Va., Police Department, the Frederick County Sheriff's Department and the Rockingham, Va., Sheriff's Department also are involved in the investigation.


Keller would not say who owned the mobile home where the property was found because the investigation is continuing.

Man hospitalized after beating

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was in Washington County Hospital Wednesday, two days after he was found badly beaten behind the 50 Yard Line Club on W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Timothy Honeycutt, 42, of 116 Opequon Drive, was found at 4:50 a.m. Monday outside the club, according to Capt. Curtis Keller.

An employee from Waste Management, which is adjacent to the club, called the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department to report the assault, Keller said.

Honeycutt had been severely beaten and was suffering from hypothermia when found, Keller said. It was not known whether Honeycutt was beaten outside the club or attacked somewhere else and dumped there, Keller said.

Honeycutt was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and listed as a John Doe because he was in and out of consciousness and didn't have identification, Keller said. He was transferred to Washington County Hospital, where his condition was not available Wednesday.

Police have not been able to interview him about the assault, Keller said. They have leads on two possible suspects, he said.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the assault can call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 1-304-267-7000.

Man charged with resisting arrest

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Police charged a man with aggravated assault and other offenses after an incident Tuesday night near the intersection of West Liberty Street and Black Avenue.

The report said police on patrol saw a man standing next to a car that was stopped in traffic at 8:48 p.m. When the officers approached the vehicle, the man became belligerent and threatening, according to the report.

When Cpl. Robert Kean tried to restrain the man, the report said he resisted, struck Kean in the face and tried to flee.

Police charged Darryl L. Parker, 19, no fixed address, with aggravated assault, resisting and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned before District Justice John Weyman and jailed on $75,000 bond.

Man charged with domestic battery

RANSON, W.Va. - A Ranson man was charged and police seized a handgun from under the seat cushion of a sofa after responding to a domestic violence call late Monday.

Howard W. Ainsworth, 35, of 503 Ranson Estates, was charged with domestic battery and domestic assault. He was being held Wednesday at the Eastern Regional Jail on $3,500 bond.

Police were called to the home after Laura Ainsworth said she had been kicked in the buttocks.

She said earlier in the evening a man had taken the gun out to a vehicle and threatened to kill himself, according to charging documents.

The man then went back inside the house, where two young children were, and refused to let her back inside, charging documents said.

Ranson Police Cpl. Steve P. Harris arrived at the house and went inside. The loaded .22-caliber handgun was found under a seat cushion on the sofa, according to charging documents. Several items inside the house had been smashed and a large knife was on the stove next to a carton of cigarettes that had been cut up, according to charging documents.

Pa. man facing porn charges

A Waynesboro, Pa., man has been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography that authorities found in a Hagerstown self-storage bin.

James Vincent Hughes Jr., 49, of Mentzer Gap Road, was taken before a Washington County District Court commissioner Tuesday. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Maryland State Police executed a search-and-seizure warrant on the storage bin and recovered pornographic photos, Sgt. G.R. Turano said.

The investigation, conducted by Trooper 1st Class R.T. Bachtell, revealed there was a lone victim who had been photographed during the 1980s when she was a child, police said.

The maximum penalty for possession of child pornography is one year in prison and/or a $2,500 fine on each count.

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