Police log 11/17

November 18, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Saturday blaze has today claimed its second victim from among three small children who were critically injured in a fire at their Liberty Street home.

A spokesman at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., confirmed this morning that Mason Howard, 4, died at 12:08 a.m. today at the hospital.

His sister, Brandi Howard, 3, is still in critical condition at the hospital

Brandi's twin brother, Corey, died Saturday night from smoke inhalation and complications from the 2:43 a.m. fire that morning at their 211 E. Liberty St. house.

Their mother, Sara Howard, escaped the fire uninjured by climbing out on a roof, where she screamed for someone to help her children.


Martinsburg City Police are investigating the fire as possible arson, said Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies raced to a Trego Road home early this morning for a report of an accidental shooting.

Initial reports were that a teenage boy was accidentally shot in the upper leg around 7:30 a.m.

He was transported to Washington County Hospital by Boonsboro Ambulance personnel.

The victim's name, condition and further circumstances of the incident weren't known this morning.

A steady stream of victims has been calling the Washington County Sheriff's Department since early Tuesday reporting a rash of thefts from vehicles in the Oak Ridge area.

Among the victims was one person who reported the theft of $8,000 worth of vinyl records.

Stereo equipment of all kinds was taken from a large number of vehicles. In one instance, weapons were also reported taken one vehicle.

Anyone with information on the thefts is urged to call 301-791-3020.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with domestic battery Tuesday after a mother and son tried to defend themselves with a baseball bat, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

George W. Frick, 37, of Golf Course Road, was charged with felony unlawful assault and misdemeanor unlawful domestic battery, court records state.

Magistrate Sandra Miller originally set a $25,000 bond for Frick, but on Tuesday afternoon she retracted that and had Frick held without bond at the Eastern Regional Jail. Miller would not explain the change.

In court records Barbara Parkinson alleged Frick came to their home intoxicated early Tuesday and started fighting with her 14-year-old son.

Parkinson alleged that she was knocked into a chair, choked and struck in the eye, court records state.

She called for her son to help her after her assailant tried to gouge out her eye with his finger, according to court records.

The boy hit the man in the head with a baseball bat and the man turned on the boy, Parkinson alleged in court records.

At that point Parkinson hit Frick with the baseball bat, court records state.

Parkinson was struck in the right shoulder, on the arms and had cuts on her head, court records state.

A breathalyzer test showed Frick's blood-alcohol level to be 0.4, court records allege. A blood-alcohol level of 0.1 is considered legally intoxicated.

Parkinson and Frick were treated and released from City Hospital on Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Charles Town, W.Va., residents pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court to distribution of crack cocaine in the Evitts Run Mini Park in Charles Town, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Nathaniel Downing, 43, of 605 Eagle Ave., pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to distributing crack in the park on June 23, according to the office.

Michael Luckett, 21, of 603 Eagle Ave., pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to distributing crack in the park on July 27, the office states.

The maximum penalty for conviction on distribution of crack cocaine is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was sentenced last week to three years and 10 months in prison for distributing morphine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Tammy Sanders, 34, pleaded guilty July 28 to distributing morphine on April 13, 1998, from her previous home in Inwood, W.Va., according to the office.

Her prison term is to be followed by three years supervised release, according to her Nov. 9 sentencing in U.S. District Court.

GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Gerrardstown man faced several charges Tuesday morning after West Virginia State Police made a traffic stop on W.Va. 51, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Joseph Andrew Williams, 18, of 3030 Possum Hollow Road, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a seatbelt, underage drinking, possession of marijuana, having a loaded gun in a vehicle, not having a drivers license and not having insurance, court records state.

Williams was driving west on W.Va. 51 Monday night shortly after 9 p.m. when police saw a blue 1991 Chevrolet Blazer drive off the roadway, court records state.

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