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July 26, 2002

Man charged in fatal crash posts bond



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A dump truck driver who allegedly slammed into several cars on W.Va. 9 east July 10, killing three people, was released after posting a $300,000 bond Thursday.

Brian William Strobridge, 37, of Martinsburg, was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of driving under the influence of cocaine causing death. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Marion Rao, 51, of Martinsburg; Carleton Wilcox, 20, of Charles Town, W.Va.; and Terry Lee Walker Jr., 17, of Leetown, W.Va., died in the wreck. Strobridge was not seriously injured, police said.




Man charged with sexually assaulting teen



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who allegedly sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter numerous times was arrested this week.

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Police charged the man with 19 felony counts of sexual assault/abuse and one felony count of using obscene material to seduce a child.

The man slept with the girl while her mother was at work, said West Virginia State Trooper R.C. Copson. The girl kept a log of the dates the abuse occurred, Copson said.

Police said the man abused the girl 19 times, including once when he watched a pornographic video with her.

No additional information was available Thursday.




Police arrest W.Va. man after car, foot chase



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police arrested a Berkeley County man Thursday after he allegedly led deputies on a car-and-foot chase, ran into a barbed wire fence and had to be subdued with a taser gun.

Howard Leon Milburn II, 40, of Specks Run Road in Bunker Hill, W.Va., was charged with one felony - fleeing while DUI - and several misdemeanors, including DUI second offense, possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana and reckless driving.

The pursuit began around 3 a.m. Thursday when Berkeley County Deputy Steve Vigh clocked Milburn speeding as Milburn headed north on U.S. 11 in Bunker Hill. Milburn allegedly drove recklessly on several roads before crashing into a fence. He then ran on foot and had to be stopped with an electrical charge from the taser, Vigh wrote in court records.

Milburn refused to take an Intoxilyzer test, but police said his breath smelled of alcohol and he required help to walk, allowing them to move forward with the DUI charges.

Milburn faces more than eight years in prison if he is convicted of all charges.




PlayStation, games stolen from area home



The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating several incidents reported Wednesday and Thursday.

  • A PlayStation, 15 games and four controllers worth a total of $1,000 were reported stolen Wednesday afternoon from a home in the first block of East Potomac Street in Williamsport.

  • A purse was reported stolen at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday from a vehicle parked outside Garfield's Restaurant & Pub at the Valley Mall.

  • A stereo was reported stolen at 6:45 a.m. Thursday from an Isuzu Rodeo parked at the Sealy Mattress Co., 16114 Elliott Parkway near Williamsport.






Safety seat checkpoint set today and Saturday



Motorists traveling on Halfway Boulevard near the Valley Mall and in the area of Prime Outlets off Oak Ridge Drive today and Saturday will be encountering seat belt/child safety seat inspection points set up by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The objective of the enforcement effort is to increase the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats to reduce injuries and deaths.

Violators will be cited.




Police: Suspicious vehicle report unfounded



FREDERICK, Md. - An investigation last week into a suspicious vehicle approaching juveniles in the Stonebridge development on Crestwood Boulevard has determined that any fears were unfounded, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

The complaint led deputies to believe that children in the neighborhood were being stalked and an investigation was launched, Detective Dave Dewees said.

The vehicle and its occupant were in fact approached by a juvenile who saw the person looking at a map book and tried to help the motorist with directions, Dewees said.




FREDERICK, Md. - Several long firearms were reported stolen Wednesday morning in a residential burglary in the 10000 block of Putman Road, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies said.

The robber's vehicle may be either a black or green passenger car, deputies said.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or the burglary is asked to call 301-631-3677.

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