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W.Va. men charged with carrying loaded guns

July 18, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A police officer checking out a parked car early Wednesday allegedly found two loaded guns inside and arrested two men.

Ansenio William Washby, 18, of 418 W. Avis St., Charles Town, W.Va., and Tyriek Kearney, 22, of 2156 Martins Way, Apt. 322, Martinsburg, W.Va., were each charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Berkeley County Magistrate Kristy Greer arraigned the men and set bail at $5,000 for each.

Kearney was still being held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg Wednesday evening, but Washby had been released.

Just after midnight Wednesday, Sgt. Glenn Macher of the Martinsburg Police Department was patrolling on a bicycle.

He saw a 1986 Pontiac with a Pennsylvania license plate parked on the 400 block of West John Street in a space for handicapped drivers, charging documents say.

When Macher asked Kearney, who sat in the front passenger seat, for identification, Kearney let a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol drop to the floorboard, charging documents say.

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Washby, who was asked to get out of the back seat of the car, did not have a gun on him, but a 9-millimeter semiautomatic rifle was found wrapped in a shirt on the seat near him, police alleged.

Both guns were loaded, police said.

Charging documents say that the driver of the car fled the area and was not found.

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