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Couple charged with invading woman's home

June 22, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who was chased from a Martinsburg house by a gun-wielding homeowner Tuesday morning was charged with battery after police said he kicked a sheriff's deputy in the face outside the Berkeley County Magistrate Courthouse, according to court records.

Randall Johnson, 44, and his wife, Lori Johnson, 34, no address given, were both held being Tuesday in the Eastern Regional Jail following a chain of events that started shortly after 9 a.m. in a home on Old Shepherdstown Road.

Police said a woman entered the home of Dawn Cole demanding to know where her trailer and belongings were.

Cole told the woman there was no trailer there and picked up the phone to call her husband, according to court records.

While Cole was calling her husband, a man entered the home and pushed Cole in the chest and hit her in the face, police said.

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Cole then grabbed a handgun out of a nearby gun cabinet, at which point the pair left the house, according to court records.

Police officers responding to the scene found two people in the area, placed them under arrest and took them to Berkeley County Magistrate Court for arraignment.

Randall Johnson was charged with felony daytime entering without breaking into a residence, misdemeanor battery and assault and a worthless check charge out of Jefferson County.

Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer.

Police alleged that charge was lodged because he refused to make room for another prisoner in the back of a police cruiser for a trip to the Eastern Regional Jail, according to police.

Police said he lay down in the back of the cruiser and ignored repeated orders from a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy to move.

The deputy's lip was cut when he was kicked in the face, according to court records.

Additional police officers were called to the scene, and police batons were used after the man resisted efforts to be handcuffed, according to court records.

Johnson was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $5,655 bond.

Lori Johnson was charged with felony daytime entering without breaking into a residence and was being held on $5,000 bond.

Conviction on a felony daytime entering without breaking charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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