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July 29, 1998

Man in custody after fights

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man charged in the attack of a Virginia man in a parking lot early Sunday was in custody in Winchester, Va., Tuesday on charges of felonious assault there Sunday night, according to Winchester authorities.

Warrants were issued in Berkeley County, W.Va., for Sauel Castillo, 20, of Center Street, on one count of malicious wounding and two counts of brandishing a weapon stemming from an attack at the Coach House on 1100 S. Queen St. around 2:30 a.m., according to Martinsburg City Police Cpl. Brian Yost.

According to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records, a man was brandishing a handgun at another man in the parking lot when Ricardo Fernandez, 23, of Harrisonburg, Va., intervened, and was struck in the face and head with the gun. The man had left by the time officers arrived, Yost said.


Fernandez was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, according to a nursing supervisor.

Castillo was arrested at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday after police responded to report of a fight at the Bellview Avenue Apartments in Winchester, according to Patrolman Leonard Bauserman of the Winchester Police Department.

He gave authorities another name but later was identified as being wanted on outstanding warrants in West Virginia, Bauserman said.

He was charged with felonious assault, trespassing and two counts of giving false information, he said.

Castillo was being held in Winchester on $75,000 bond Tuesday night.

W.Va. man charged with obstructing

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was charged with obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct following a disturbance at the Lightsdale Trailer Park Monday evening, according to court records.

Jody Lynn Horner, 26, of P.O. Box 288, also faces a charge of public intoxication in the incident, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

A man was yelling obscenities from the porch when state troopers responded to a domestic call from lot 46, records show.

The man became more aggressive as troopers attempted to talk to his girlfriend, according to court records. Troopers had to take him to the ground and use pepper spray to arrest him, according to court records.

Teen facing assault charges

A 16-year-old girl who got into an argument with her mother over a tattoo early Tuesday was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after her mother was threatened with a knife, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Holdover Facility shortly after the 12:25 a.m. episode, police said.

The argument began as a war of words between the girl and her mother, police said. The cause of the argument was apparently a homemade tattoo the girl gave herself, police said.

The mother was slapped, police said.

When the mother said she was going to call police, she was threatened by a girl holding a 7-inch serrated bread knife, police said.

When police arrived, the girl was in a fight with a witness who was trying to end the confrontation, police said.

In addition to assault with a deadly weapon, the girl was charged with second-degree assault.

2 charged with drug possession

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine after police searched two homes on Saturday.

Harold Dean Welsh, of 430 Black Ave., was released from Franklin County Prison Monday after posting $25,000 bond, according to a prison official. He was taken into custody after the Chambersburg Police Department's Crime Impact Team searched his home at 9:10 p.m.

The affidavit of probable cause said the search warrant was issued by District Justice Gary L. Carter. The affidavit alleged police searched Welsh when they got to the home and found a pill bottle in his pants pocket.

The report said the bottle was filled with half an ounce of suspected crack cocaine. Police said the drugs had a street value of about $2,000.

Police also searched the home of Benjamin Bowers, of 258 E. Queen St., where they seized "a large quantity of crack pipes and items used in the manufacture of crack pipes," according to the report.

The report said Bowers was charged with manufacturing drug paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said Bowers would be arraigned at a later date.

Fire guts workshop

DRY RUN, Pa. - Damage was estimated at approximately $60,000 from a fire Tuesday evening in Fannett Township, Pa., according to an officer with the Fannett-Metal Volunteer Fire Company.

The fire was reported at 6:45 p.m. in the wood-frame workshop of Dan Peachy, 18321 Dry Run Road West, according to 2nd Lt. Jason Peterson. He said the fire gutted the structure, causing about $20,000 in damage to the building and another $40,000 to the contents.

Peterson said the cause of the fire was undetermined and he did not know if anyone was working in the shed when it started. He said the fire was not considered suspicious.

Fannett-Metal firefighters were assisted at the scene by units from Metal Township and Pleasant Hall in Franklin County, Pa., Shade Gap in Huntingdon County, Pa., the Vigilant Hose Company in Shippensburg, Pa., and an air unit from Cumberland County, Pa., Peterson said.

He said firefighters were on the scene until 8 p.m.

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