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Police log for 7/21

July 21, 2002

Man charged after rifle is fired into a group



A Hagerstown man was charged with three counts of first-degree assault after a rifle was fired toward a group of people on Fairchild Avenue early Saturday, Hagerstown City Police said.

No one was injured, police said.

Michael Leroy Blickenstaff, 22, of 1212 Fairchild Ave., also was charged with three counts each of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count of discharging a firearm within city limits, police said.

Blickenstaff was being held Saturday night on $50,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail official said.

Police were called to the home around 2:15 a.m. for a report of shots fired.

Blickenstaff's sister had invited people over for a party, police said. When Blickenstaff discovered his father's handgun was missing it led to a disagreement and a .28-caliber Remington rifle being fired, police said.

Police said they confiscated two rifles found in the basement.

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Tractor trailer loses trailer on Interstate 81



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A tractor fell off a tractor trailer on northbound Interstate 81 on Saturday morning, Berkeley County Emergency Services said.

The tractor landed in the middle of three lanes, so traffic could continue around it, an emergency services dispatcher said. The incident happened shortly before 10 a.m. north of Martinsburg between Exit 16 and Exit 14, which is under construction.

The tractor leaked oil so the West Virginia Department of Transportation was called to spread sand on the highway, a dispatcher said.

No one was injured and the incident was cleared by 11:30 a.m., the dispatcher said.




Car hits telephone pole and bursts into flames



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man escaped uninjured Saturday when his car burst into flames after striking a telephone pole, West Virginia State Police said.

John Woodberry, age unavailable, was driving a Nissan passenger car in the 4500 block of Poorhouse Road shortly before 1 p.m. when he lost control of the car around a curve and hit the pole, state police said.

State police did not know if any utility services were affected.

The road was open to only one lane of traffic for about an hour, police said.




Man charged with possession of crack



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick, Md., man was charged with having crack cocaine in a vehicle Friday night, Frederick Police said.

Raynard Jerome Wars, 40, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia.

Police arrested Wars after responding to DeGrange Street and West South Street for a complaint of drugs near a vehicle.

Wars was a passenger in the vehicle, police said.

Wars was jailed on $65,000 bond.




Man sentenced for crack distribution



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday to four years and 10 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine.

Destini Reon Allen, 21, of 411 Shumans Ave., will be on supervised release for three years after he serves prison time, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston's office.

Allen pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on May 2 to one count of distributing crack cocaine on Aug. 29, 2001, in Martinsburg, Johnston's office said.




W.Va. man sentenced for firearm possession



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man was sentenced Thursday to five months in prison and five months of home detention.

George Glover Jr., 51, of 167 Chopwood Drive, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on April 29 to one count of unlawfully possessing a .380-caliber pistol and ammunition in Martinsburg in June 2001.

Because of a previous conviction of misdemeanor domestic battery, Glover was prohibited from possessing a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston's office.

Glover was also ordered to be on supervised release for three years after his prison time and home detention time.




Woman pleads guilty to drug distribution



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to one count of distributing hydrocodone, a pain reliever and cough suppressant.

Kimberly Wilt, 36, of Lot 17, Pine Crest Trailer Court, admitted to distributing hydrocodone on July 16, 1998, in Berkeley County, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston's office.




Two men sentenced for threatening witness



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were sentenced to prison terms Monday for threatening a witness who testified in criminal cases in U.S. District Court.

John Samuel Leigh, 27, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Andrew Charles Jackson, 24, also known as Sway and as William Benbow, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Both men were convicted after a trial on March 21.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston's office said that on Aug. 17, 2001, in Martinsburg, Leigh and Jackson threatened to hurt the witness in retaliation for his testifying.

Both men were previously sentenced to prison for other cases.

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