Police log for July 23

July 22, 2000

Police log for July 23


Suspect flees police station

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police in Martinsburg are searching for a man who fled the police department last week while being processed on a drug charge, police said.

The incident started Thursday, when officers responded to the intersection of Race and Raleigh streets for a reported large fight in progress.

There was no fight when police arrived.

Patrolman Terry Shetley arrested Wallace Johnson and charged him with obstructing an officer and possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, police said. Police said they found about five grams of suspected cocaine.

After Johnson was photographed and fingerprinted, he was placed in a room and handcuffed, police said. He freed himself from the handcuffs and fled out the back of the police department, police said.


Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Johnson, 20, of 228 North Raleigh St., Martinsburg, can call the police department at 1-304-264-2100.

City man faces bad-check charges

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police said a Hagerstown man is accused of writing four bad checks totaling $710 to the Mont Alto Fire Department for bingo games.

Pennsylvania State Police identified the accused as Mark Blum, 30.

Charges of bad checks were filed before District Justice Larry Pentz, police said.

Center detainee charged in assault

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A life skills worker at the Cornell Abraxas Youth Center on South Mountain Road was assaulted by a female detainee Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Amy Becker, 24, required medical treatment after being assaulted, police said.

The suspect, who is 17, was charged with aggravated assault and harassment, police said.

Small fire set at Target store

A small fire was set in an aisle in the Target store on Cole Road Saturday night, the Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. reported.

Employees used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out, said fire department spokesman Alan Matheny.

The fire department was initially dispatched to the store for smoke in the building, Matheny said.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the 8:32 p.m. fire, Matheny said.

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