Police log

September 18, 1998

Va. man charged in pistol-whipping

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man wanted in connection with a pistol-whipping in a Martinsburg restaurant parking lot on July 26 was arrested Thursday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Sauel Castillo, 20, who listed an address of Braddock Street, Winchester, Va., was charged with malicious wounding, brandishing a weapon and failure to appear in magistrate court, according to court records.

The incident happened in the parking lot of the Coach House on South Queen Street, according to court records.

Ricardo Fernandez was struck three times in the head with a gun after he tried to stop a man from waving the gun in another man's face, according to court records.


Fernandez fell unconscious and had to be treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg, according to court records.

The assailant got into a blue Toyota Tercel and left, according to court records.

Homemade trailer slips off road

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Traffic was slowed on Greensburg Road Wednesday morning after a truck pulling a homemade trailer was pushed off the road at the crest of a hill, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Michael Leroy Shade, 22, of Route 1, Box 202, Martinsburg, was driving the Arden Equipment Repair truck when the accident occurred at about 8:15 a.m., according to the accident report.

The truck, permitted to carry a wide load, was hauling a storage shed on the trailer, according to the report.

The "very wide load" was extending over the center line when Yvette Diane Fisher, 28, of 3008 Glenn Drive, Martinsburg, crested the hill from the other side in a 1991 Ford Explorer, according to the report.

Fisher's vehicle skidded into the truck, then struck the trailer, sending it off the west side of the road, according to the report.

The Explorer suffered severe front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene, according to the report.

The shed was damaged beyond repair, according to the report.

Equipment stolen from city church

Someone broke into the Hagerstown Bible Church at 203 Summit Ave. Wednesday and took $1,900 worth of computer equipment, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The burglars removed the window from the office to gain entry, police said.

Shot fired into car

RANSON, W.Va. - A man fired a shotgun into a car about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Apple Tree Gardens Apartments, along W.Va. 9 in Ranson, during a domestic dispute, said Ranson Police Chief William Roper.

Police believe the man shot once into the air and once into the car.

No one was injured, police said.

The suspect, a white male, was driving a light blue Nova, said Roper.

$2,000 in tools taken from van

Thieves took more than $2,000 worth of power tools Wednesday from a Tony's Electrical Service van parked in the 1200 block of West Church Street, Hagerstown City Police said.

The stolen items included saws, a rotary hammer and cordless drills, they said.

Vandals damage parked vehicle

Vandals damaged a car parked in the 200 block of Frederick Street in Hagerstown on Wednesday, Hagerstown City Police report. They punctured all four tires and put numerous scratches on the body, police said.

Graffiti found on church building

Undecipherable graffiti was put on the wooden trim of the office/educational building of Otterbein United Methodist Church at 108 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown late Tuesday, Hagerstown City Police report.

the vandals used a red-orange marker on the building, they said.

Allegany Dental reports break-in

Someone broke into Allegany Dental Care on the Leitersburg Pike early Thursday and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the office, said Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Officers said an alarm at the business went off at about 1 a.m. Deputies who responded to the call found thieves had broken into the building through an office door.

Anyone with information can call deputies at 301-791-3020.

Pellet shot through window

A pellet was shot through the living room window of a home at 15915 Dellinger Road in Williamsport between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Washington County sheriff's deputies report.

Damage was estimated at $100.

Flag stolen

Thieves stole a decorative flag and lawn ornaments from a home at 307 Beaver Creek Road Wednesday night, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

The value of the items is $50.

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