Police log

August 18, 1998

FBI in charge of identifying body

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The FBI has taken over trying to identify skeletal remains found July 7 in a Johnstown, W.Va., home, West Virginia State Police Sgt. J.A. Humphrey said Tuesday.

Police hoped to use dental records to identify the remains, believed to belong to a Maryland man wanted by Baltimore County police, but couldn't get a positive ID, Humphrey said.

The FBI has agreed to run tests on the femur and rib bones, comparing the DNA with samples from the man's mother to see if a positive match could be made, he said.


The remains, clothed in two pairs of pants, five shirts and an Army coat, were found in a small attic room of the house, according to police.

A shotgun was found on top of the body, police said.

Foul play isn't suspected based on the evidence, Humphrey said.

Shooting suspect arrested in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man wanted in connection with a shooting in Berryville, Va., was arrested Tuesday at a Martinsburg restaurant, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

James Frank Hart, 18, of Route 2, Box 4256, was apprehended by Martinsburg City Police Patrolman Jeff Pepple at Hardee's on Foxcroft Avenue based on an alert for his car from authorities in Clarke County, Va., according to court records.

Hart initially was charged with being a fugitive from justice, according to court records.

Charges of receiving stolen property and concealing a deadly weapon were added after police found a .25-caliber, semiautomatic handgun hidden under a back seat in the black 1990 Mazda 323, records show. The weapon was reported stolen in February, according to court records.

The gun was discovered in the seat base during an inventory of the car's contents, according to court records.

Hart told police he bought the Phoenix Arms gun, valued at $100, from a teenager in Martinsburg, according to court records.

The Berryville Police Department wasn't releasing information about the shooting on Tuesday night.

Hart was being held at Eastern Regional Jail on $23,567 bond Tuesday night.

Woman identified as passenger in wreck

NEERSVILLE, Va. - Police have identified the passenger in a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Harpers Ferry, W.Va.-area man over the weekend as a Purcellville, Va., woman, a Loudoun County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The accident happened around 4 a.m. Saturday on Harpers Ferry Road, near Loudoun Heights Lane, in Loudoun County, said spokeswoman Judi Lukens Torian.

Driver Jeffrey B. Smith, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene, Torian said.

Passenger Kimberly F. Heffner, 19, was flown to Washington Hospital Trauma Center in Washington, D.C., where she was listed in fair condition Tuesday night, according to a hospital clerk.

The 1994 Ford Explorer in which the two were riding went off the road and hit a tree, Torian said.

Inmate charged with soliciting perjury

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged a Franklin County Prison inmate with solicitation to commit perjury after a letter was received by a witness in a case against him.

Peter J. Jefferson, age and address unavailable, also was charged with solicitation to commit false swearing and attempting to obstruct the administration of law or other government function, according to the police report.

The report said the witness received the letter on Aug. 11 at Peck's Trailer Court in Ayr Township, Pa. The report said the letter asked the witness to change testimony in a case scheduled for trial on Oct. 1.

Police said the unidentified witness on Jan. 21 provided police with a statement concerning a Jan. 17 burglary at a Citgo service station. As a result of that statement and other evidence, police said Jefferson later was charged in that and another burglary, as well as in other offenses.

Police obtained warrants on the solicitation to commit perjury and other charges and said they would be served to Jefferson at Franklin County Prison, where he is awaiting trial.

Hedgesville man charged with DUI

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was charged Monday night after a West Virginia state trooper spotted his wrecked truck off Old Mill Road, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The blue 1989 Chevrolet Blazer ran off the east edge of the road in the 100 block of Old Mill Road and struck a telephone pole, mailbox and tree, according to court records.

Daniel Leon Schell, 46, of Route 5, Box 52, was charged with driving under the influence, according to court records.

He failed three roadside sobriety tests and refused to take an Intoxilizer test, according to court records.

Schell also was charged with going off the pavement, according to court records.

Home damaged in kitchen blaze

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Damage was estimated at $15,000 from a fire at a Greene Township, Pa., home Monday afternoon.

According to a report from the Fayetteville (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Company, the fire at 4017 Main St. was called in at 4:38 p.m. The fire in the kitchen took about 10 minutes for firefighters to put out, according to the report.

Firefighters from Chambersburg, Shippensburg and Letterkenny Army Depot assisted Fayetteville and were on the scene for about 90 minutes, the report said.

The report said the cause of the fire had not been determined. The tenants were not home at the time, according to the report.

The names of the tenants and the owner of the house were unavailable.

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