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July 06, 1998

Suspect arrested in 7-Eleven robbery

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man suspected in the unarmed robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Martinsburg early Saturday was arrested at Charles Town Races Sunday morning, according to West Virginia State Police.

At 5:30 a.m. Saturday, a man entered the store at 846 E. Moler Ave. and told the clerk to give him money from the register, according to the Martinsburg City Police Department.

He took the money, ordered the clerk to the back of the store and left in a car parked out front, police alleged.


A warrant was issued for Richard Huggins, 42, who was taken into custody by state police without incident at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday after police received a tip from racetrack security, troopers said.

W.Va. men charged in thefts

Two West Virginia men were taken into custody Sunday after police investigated two shoplifting incidents that happened within about a half hour of each other, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Police were called to Sears on Potomac Avenue at 3:13 p.m. to investigate a report that a man had stolen a power saw, police said.

Harold Lee Lamp Jr., 45, of Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with theft less than $300, police said. He was being held Sunday night in Washington County Detention Center on $5,000 bond, police said.

At 3:49 p.m., police responded to a call at Ames on Dual Highway, where they apprehended a man for stealing a cordless telephone, police alleged.

Stephen Glen Fleshman, 28, of Route 4, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was charged with theft less than $300, second- degree assault, and common law hindering, police said.

He is scheduled to appear before a Washington County District Court commissioner this morning, police said.

Police said a man assaulted a store security officer who tried to stop him. The man then tried to run from police as they were trying to get information from him, police said.

Va. man injured in motorcycle wreck

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Stephens City, Va., man was injured Sunday near Rippon, W.Va., when he lost control of his motorcycle in a turn and went off the road, according to West Virginia State Police.

The accident happened at about 5 p.m. on U.S. 340, troopers said.

Christopher B. Wahl, 28, was heading south when he went into a turn, crossed over the oncoming traffic lane and went off the road, troopers said.

Wahl apparently fell off the bike before it struck a pole, troopers said.

He was taken to Winchester Medical Center, where he was in fair condition Sunday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Fireworks eyed as cause of blaze

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Children playing with fireworks are suspected in sparking a blaze that caused an estimated $300 damage to a Martinsburg home Sunday.

The Martinsburg Fire Department was called out to 232 E. Liberty St. shortly before 7 p.m. for a fire on the home's back porch involving clothing and a chair, said Lt. Charles Eversole.

Though the cause is not official, Eversole said it is believed that errant fireworks from children playing nearby set the fire.

A smoke investigation later that evening was probably fireworks-related as well, said Eversole, who said firefighters found no fire in the area.

Frederick man charged in stabbing

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged Sunday with stabbing a fellow guest at a Fourth of July party, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Charles Edwin Stull, 37, of 10611 Bethel Road, was found at home and charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, deputies said.

The victim, Ronald Wesley Vanfleet, 27, of 10195 Gambrill Park Road, was treated and released from Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Sgt. C.I. Tobery Jr. was at the hospital shortly after midnight Sunday on another matter when a woman ran inside and told him she had driven a stabbing victim to the emergency room.

Vanfleet, who was bleeding badly from the back and lower left leg, suffered a 1-inch puncture wound and a 4-inch-long cut, deputies said.

Stull and Vanfleet went to a Fourth of July party at a home on White Rock Avenue, deputies said.

Vanfleet and another man began wrestling after an argument, deputies said. Vanfleet let the other man up when he pulled a knife and attacked Vanfleet, deputies said.

Stull was free on $45,000 bond Sunday night.

Mower, gas can stolen from shed

A riding lawn mower and a gas can were stolen from a storage shed at the Mt. Zion Church cemetery on Benevola Church Road between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a report by Maryland State Police.

The estimated value of the 2-year-old John Deere mower is $1,600, and the red 5-gallon plastic gas can is valued at $10, the report said.

Anyone with information can call Maryland State Police at 1-301-739-2101.

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