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Police log for 8/7

August 07, 2002
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The checks, which bear the name of Custom Cut Floors of East 5th Street in Frederick, are being cashed at businesses by individuals seeking cash or service, deputies said. The checks are drawn on a Suntrust Bank account that appears to be closed, deputies said.

Businesses should be cautious when accepting such checks, insisting upon picture identification from people seeking to cash the checks, deputies said.

Police ask that any business that has already accepted the checks and had them returned for nonsufficient funds or a closed account contact them.




Pa. man faces rape, assault charges from weekend incident



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with rape and related charges following an attack of a woman in his home Saturday, Chambersburg Police alleged.

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The woman, 32, told police she had been sexually assaulted at a residence in the borough and then driven to a location in Guilford Township and forced out of the vehicle.

She walked to a nearby residence and called Pennsylvania State Police and led them and Chambersburg Police to the man's residence, where her vehicle and other personal property were located, police said.

Police charged Jerry W. Payton, 39, of 829 Meadowbrook Lane, with rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse and simple assault, police said.

He was arraigned before District Justice Larry Pentz and remained in Franklin County Prison Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to police and corrections officials.




Nothing found after bomb threat called in to county 911 center



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Someone called a threat into the Franklin County 911 center Monday night warning that a bomb had been placed in a police station, Chambersburg Police said.

The unidentified male called the center at 157 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg at 6:27 p.m. from a cell phone on AT&T cellular service, police said.

The male caller abruptly disconnected the call after saying there was a bomb in a police station, police said.

All Franklin County police departments were notified, but sweeps of the stations found no explosive devices, police said.




Pa. teen charged with stealing cash, documents from vehicle



MONT ALTO, Pa. - A teenager was charged with theft after cash and documents were taken from a Waynesboro, Pa., man's parked car Sunday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said.

James Williams, 31, of Waynesboro, told police he parked his vehicle outside 16 Park St. in Mont Alto at 1:15 p.m.

He left the windows down and returned to the vehicle 25 minutes later and discovered someone had taken a day planner that held various documents including a passport, driver's license, gift cards and about $1,300 in cash, police said.

Through an investigation police charged a 17-year-old male with theft through a Franklin County juvenile petition, police said.




State police investigating sexual assault of 7-year-old girl



FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said they were investigating the sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl two years ago.

The girl said she was sexually assaulted by a male juvenile she knows three times in one day about two years ago while she was in his Fayetteville, Pa. residence, police said.




Area man arrested after police pursuit on W.Va. 9



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was arrested Tuesday after he led police on a chase on W.Va. 9, lost control of his car several times and nearly hit a deputy's cruiser, police alleged.

Jeremy Donald Smith, 21, of Aldrin Lane, was charged with a felony count of fleeing while DUI, and two misdemeanors, DUI and reckless driving.

According to court records, Smith was clocked going 80 mph near the Laurel Ridge subdivision. He ignored police lights and a siren, and passed a car in a no-passing zone, said Lt. Dennis Streets of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Smith then lost control of his 1996 Ford Mustang, which turned around and nearly hit the cruiser, records allege. He eventually pulled into the subdivision, parked in a driveway and followed commands to lay on the ground, police said.

Smith registered a .136 on the Intoxilyzer, records allege.

Conviction on all charges could result in a five-year prison sentence.




Cashier charged with embezzling from Wal-Mart



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Wal-Mart cashier accused of picking up discarded receipts and pretending the customer returned the merchandise for cash, allowing her to pocket the money, was arrested Tuesday.

Candice Whitley, 27, of Frederick Street in Martinsburg, was charged with one felony count of embezzlement.

On July 21, 2002, loss prevention officers allegedly caught Whitley acting as if someone had returned a $530 lawn mower, for which she had found a discarded receipt, records show. Altogether, she is accused of obtaining $1,380, records show.

Whitely worked at Wal-Mart for two years, and began the returns practice around five months ago, Martinsburg Police Department Officer Matt Zollinger alleged.

If convicted, she could face either one to 10 years in prison or one year in jail.

Whitley was fired from the store, records show.




Police: Man charged with beating girlfriend with hammer



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who police allege beat his girlfriend with a hammer and punched and kicked her was arrested over the weekend.

Charles William Johnson, 31, of Winchester Avenue, was charged with a felony count of malicious wounding and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

The woman also was hit with a glass plate and she was threatened, according to Deputy S. Crites of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The woman suffered severe bruising in her rib cage area and cuts and other injuries on her head, neck and arms, records show.

If convicted of both counts, Johnson could face up to 11 years in prison.

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