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March 18, 1998

Police log

Suspects sought in armed robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were robbed at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of cash in a holdup behind Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar Tuesday night.

Martinsburg City Police Detective Kevin Miller said the robbery occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the restaurant at 755 Foxcroft Ave.

He said Dion Stickley, 21, of Inwood, W.Va., and Luke Wishmyer, 20, of Hedgesville, W.Va., were in the lot when a light purple Dodge Neon with Virginia tags drove up to them.

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Two white males armed with handguns got out of the car and demanded money from Stickley and Wishmyer, Miller said. The men handed over the money and the robbers fled north on Foxcroft Avenue, Miller said.

Miller said there were four white males, possibly juveniles, in the car. Wishmyer and Stickley were unhurt.

As of late Tuesday night, police had not made any arrests. Anyone with information about the robbery can call Martinsburg City Police at 1-304-264-2100.

City man charged with armed robbery

A Hagerstown man has been jailed on $60,000 bond in connection with Saturday night's armed robbery at Halfway Liquors on Virginia Avenue.

Jack Thomas Guyer, 19, of 485 Antietam Drive, was charged Monday with armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, misdemeanor theft, and first- and second-degree assault.

Guyer appeared before Washington County District Judge Noel Spence Tuesday afternoon for bond review.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Mark Wolfe told Spence that Guyer was convicted in 1997 on disorderly conduct and telephone misuse charges and was on probation for the latter when the robbery occurred.

The robber went into the store around 9:50 p.m. Saturday, opened his coat and displayed a handgun, police reports said.

He demanded money and after getting less than $300, left on foot, police said.

Man sentenced for breaking court rules

ELKINS, W.Va. - A Charles Town, W.Va., man had his supervised release revoked and was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Elkins by Judge Robert E. Maxwell, according to a press release from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

David Twyman, 22, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school on July 8, 1994, in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to the release.

Twyman was initially sentenced in June 1995 to one year and a day in prison and six years of supervised release, according to the press release. His supervised release was revoked Tuesday for failing to report to his probation officer as directed by the court, failure to maintain consistent employment and failure to appear for drug screens as directed, the press release said.

Twyman was put in custody of the U.S. Marshal, according to the press release.

W.Va. man charged in stabbing incident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An argument over cigarettes led to a fight and subsequent stabbing in Martinsburg Sunday night, according to Martinsburg City Police.

Timothy Perry Wagoner, 24, of 113 Swartz St., was in the Eastern Regional Jail Monday night, charged with malicious wounding and battery for the attacks just before 10 p.m.

Martinsburg City Police said Shawn David Wasson, 18, of 118 S. High St., and Dennis Lease, 116 S. High St., were wrestling with Wagoner at Lease's home.

Wagoner asked Lease for a cigarette; Lease told him he didn't have any, police said.

Wagoner called Lease a liar and a fight ensued between the three men, police said.

Police say Wasson left and went home, where he told his mother, Barbara Roach, 43, that Wagoner struck him.

Roach went next door and confronted Wagoner, according to police.

She told police a man struck her. Wasson told police he saw a knife hit the floor and attacked a man with a baseball bat.

When police arrived, Roach told them a man had stabbed her and ran down an alley. She had a 3/4-inch gash on her abdomen, police said.

Officers gave chase, but the suspect wouldn't stop, police said.

Police found Wagoner at his home.

Fish, pool liner taken from nursery

ADAMSTOWN, Md. - About 10 to 15 Koi fish have been stolen from a nursery, Maryland State Police said.

The fish, which range in price from $80 to $175, were taken from the Country Side Nursery, police said. The store owner told authorities that he left Sunday afternoon and returned Tuesday morning to find the fish gone.

A fishnet and a pool liner were also stolen, police said.

The fish were in a pond inside a canopy-enclosed hut, police said.

"It's an unusual theft," Sgt. Kevin Gardner said. "Anything that's not nailed down, and sometimes things that are nailed down, people will steal."

Gardner said the thieves most likely plan to sell the fish for profit.

"Unless, they took them for retaliation purposes, to kill them," he said. "Just like somebody cutting a tire on a car."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Maryland State Police at the Frederick, Md., barracks at 1-301-663-3101.

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