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Police log March 16

March 16, 2001

Police log March 16



Armed robbery reported at W.Va. convenience store


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 7-11 convenience store on W.Va. 9 East near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center was robbed Thursday morning, Berkeley County sheriff's deputies said.

A man who walked into the store about 4:50 a.m. Thursday "said he had a weapon, although there was no weapon exposed," said Chief Deputy Kenneth LeMaster.

Officers searched the immediate area but found no one who fit the description, he said. The robber was described as a black man about 25 years old, just under 6 feet tall and of average build.

Berkeley County chief deputy appointed by Sheriff Smith


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Capt. Kenneth LeMaster has been appointed chief deputy of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office by Sheriff Randy Smith.

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LeMaster, 45, has been with the Sheriff's Office almost 24 years. Born and raised in Martinsburg, he attended West Virginia University, studying industrial and chemical engineering.

He replaces John Vanorsdale, who retired in August. He becomes the top administrative officer of the department, second in command to the sheriff.

He had been doing the job without the title until he was officially promoted.

Money taken in service station heist near Charles Town, W.Va.


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man with a mask covering part of his face fled with money after an armed robbery early Thursday at the Somerset Texaco station along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town, police said.

The man entered the store about 12:30 a.m. and made a demand to a clerk inside, said Jesse Jones, chief deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

The man fled with money and was seen crossing U.S. 340 toward the Northgate Inn, Jones said.

The man did not show a weapon during the incident, but he kept his hand inside a jacket pocket, Jones said.

A light blue mask covered the lower half of the man's face. The man, described as a black male in his late 20s, was also wearing light blue latex gloves, Jones said.

Blue canvas bag taken while car parked at Jefferson Memorial


RANSON, W.Va. - Someone broke into a car and took a blue canvas bag while the car was parked at Jefferson Memorial Hospital Wednesday, according to Ranson Police.

The owner of the car noticed it had been broken into after the car's alarm went off about 2:30 a.m., police said.

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