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W.Va. man awaits extradition

May 20, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man remains in Eastern Regional Jail without bail, awaiting extradition to Philadelphia on a murder charge.

Clarence Douglas Grantham, 19, of 322 Boyd Ave., was charged Monday with being a fugitive in connection with a June 22, 1997, slaying in Philadelphia.

U.S. Marshal Jeff Stine said authorities here learned about the Philadelphia warrant through U.S. marshals in Philadelphia.

"The Philadelphia Police Department is on a task force with the U.S. marshals in Philadelphia and whenever they get a fugitive who's wanted, they give it to the marshals to find," Stine said.

Philadelphia officials found an old address for Grantham and passed it on to authorities here, Stine said.

"We knew this guy and knew where he lived, and we just conducted the investigation from there," Stine said.

Grantham was on his way to the federal building to pick up some papers when he was apprehended, Stine said.

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In the Philadelphia warrant for Grantham's arrest, he was listed as armed and dangerous, Stine said. Grantham was wanted in connection with a shooting death at 5214 Girard Ave., in West Philadelphia.

Detective Eugene W. Blood of the Philadelphia Police Department's homicide unit, could not be reached Tuesday for more details about the shooting.

This isn't the first criminal charge filed against Grantham involving a firearm.

On Oct. 30, 1997, Grantham was being booked at Eastern Regional Jail for failing to appear in court when a .25-caliber automatic was found hidden in his waistband.

Grantham was searched once and put into a holding cell, where he stripped and the gun was hidden, jail officials said at the time. The gun wasn't found until Grantham was searched a third time, officials said.

He was charged with transporting a firearm into a jail facility and carrying a concealed weapon.

Extradition hearings for Grantham have not been set.

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