Four arrested after brawl

September 13, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four people were arrested Saturday night after police found a group armed with baseball bats fighting on West King Street in Martinsburg, police said.

A .40-caliber handgun and a shotgun were also found at the scene and seized, police said.

Martinsburg City Police were called to the 700 block of West King Street just before 7:30 p.m. for a report of a fight in progress, police said.

The fight appears to have started over broken car windows, Martinsburg Police Cpl. C.R. Ellis said.

The windows of a Lincoln parked on King Street had been broken an hour before and police arrived to find the windows of a Geo Tracker had been smashed in apparent retaliation, Ellis said.

The windshield and two side windows in the Geo had been shattered with a bat and a brick, Ellis said.

"We're still trying to determine what exactly this was over," Ellis said.


No one was injured in the fight, Ellis said.

Michael Dwayne Hess, 25, of 111 S. Illinois Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with brandishing a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed dangerous and deadly weapon without a permit and disorderly conduct, police said.

Hess was also found to be wanted on an outstanding bench warrant through Martinsburg Municipal Court, police said.

Hess was released on $800 bond and issued a summons to Berkeley County Magistrate Court on a charge of marijuana possession, police said.

John Franklin Collins, 19, of 97 Porter Avenue, Martinsburg, was charged with giving false information to a police officer and was found to have an outstanding bench warrant in Martinsburg Municipal Court, police said.

Collins was being held Sunday on $421 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail, police said.

Jonathan John Butts, 25, of 220 Shenandoah Road, Apartment 2D, Martinsburg, was charged with battery and disturbing the peace and released on $364 bond, police said.

A male juvenile was charged with two counts of destruction of property and released to his mother pending a juvenile court hearing, police said.

Several other warrants are pending further investigation, Ellis said.

Martinsburg City Police arrested six people earlier in the week after a similar fight involving clubs and baseball bats.

Police were called to West Race and Auburn streets at 7:31 p.m. on Wednesday and found six men and one woman fighting.

One of the men charged in that fight was treated for an injured knee at Martinsburg City Hospital and released.

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