Police log 4/29

April 30, 2001

Police log 4/29

A 36-year-old Martinsburg man has been charged with car theft after a Hagerstown City Police officer stopped him in the 800 block of Lanvale Street at 3:13 a.m. Friday.

Roy Wesley Butts Jr., of 306 Bernice Ave., is also charged with felony theft, driving suspended and with no license, police said.

Officer Chad Woodring ran a routine check on the temporary tag displayed on the 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Butts was driving and found the vehicle was listed as stolen in Martinsburg, police said.

Three vehicles were vandalized and another was stolen last week at Kirk Ford in Hancock, Maryland State Police reported.

A red 1991 Ford Probe was recovered later after a Pennsylvania woman contacted police in McConnellsburg, Pa., to report the car on her property.


The investigation is continuing.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 19-year-old Chambersburg man was arrested Thursday evening when an egg fight got out of hand on Musser Road east of U.S. 11, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The egg fight is a traditional - though unsanctioned - event associated with the annual Color Day festivities at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Eldon Jay Helman Jr., was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct when police responded to a report that people involved in the egg fights were injured and possibly needed medical attention, police said.

Police said Helman refused an order to put down his eggs and made gestures like he was going to throw the eggs at the investigating officer. Helman allegedly struck the officer in the arm and a struggle ensued.

He was later released on personal recognizance.

BROWNSVILLE - Multiple sheds were burning Saturday night on Brownsville Road in south Washington County, a dispatcher said.

Firefighters were still on the scene at 9:45 p.m., and no further information was available.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Winchester, Va., man was cited for improper passing after his car flipped over in the Interstate 81 median late Friday night, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Stephen Arnold, 31, was driving a 1988 Oldsmobile south on Interstate 81 shortly before 11 Friday night when his car flipped twice and landed on its roof, police said.

The car was in the southbound passing lane with its lights flashing and horn blaring until at least one tractor trailer moved into the slow lane, police said.

After passing three vehicles, the Oldsmobile cut back in front of a tractor trailer too closely and the truck hit the car, police said. The car went spinning into the median.

The tractor trailer was driven by Jerry Calhoun, 56, of Midland City, Ala.

The car landed near the 12-mile marker, which is near the exit for Martinsburg Mall, according to police and Berkeley County Emergency Services.

Arnold also was cited for failure to maintain control, police said.

He was treated at City Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Another tractor trailer received minor damage from dirt and debris kicked up when the car rolled onto the median, police said.

A 2-year-old Hagerstown girl was returned to the custody of her mother Friday after the child was found wandering in traffic at least one block from home, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The 26-year-old mother said the child was watching television when she left the room to take a bath, police said. When the mother returned about 20 minutes later, the girl was gone.

Motorists notified police when they saw the girl walking in and out of traffic at 11:22 a.m. in the first block of East Franklin Street, police said.

The girl lives in the first block of East Avenue, police said.

The child was taken to the Department of Social Services and then returned to her mother. Social services will be following up on the matter, police said.

A 12-year-old Hagerstown boy received scrapes and bruises Friday afternoon when he was hit by a car on Salem Avenue, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The driver stopped to check on the boy and then left, police said. The boy did not go to the hospital.

When the boy's parents found out about the incident, police were notified around 4 p.m.

Police are investigating it as a hit and run.

The boy lives in the 200 block of High Street, police said.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Summit Point, W.Va., man is accused of leading police on a brief foot chase Saturday after crashing his van into a parked car in Martinsburg, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

James Dwithe Burns, 29, allegedly fled after his Windstar van struck a parked car in the 500 block of North High Street about 2:30 p.m., police said.

Police responding to the scene pursued and caught Burns. They charged him with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, obstructing, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and possession of drug paraphernalia - a crack pipe.

Burns was being held Friday night at Eastern Regional Jail pending arraignment by a state magistrate, police said.

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