Police log for 8/12

August 12, 2002

Woman charged with forging prescription

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police allege a Martinsburg woman tried to use a forged methadone prescription Saturday, but was caught by a pharmacist familiar with the doctor's writing.

Rachael M. Santamaria, 24, of Blair Street in Martinsburg, faces one felony count of uttering - or using a forged item.

The incident began after Martinsburg Police Department Officer K.D. Snuffer responded to Pattersons Drug Store on Queen Street Saturday.

The pharmacist told Snuffer that Santamaria had a prescription for Lopressor, used to treat high blood pressure; Elavil, an antidepressant; and methadone, used to treat heroin addiction. The pharmacist said the writing for the methadone section of the prescription did not match the handwriting of Santamaria's doctor.

Tractor-trailer driver charged with DUI

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A tractor-trailer driver from Virginia was arrested after police allegedly caught him driving drunk on U.S. 11 early Sunday.


Michael Patrick Malone, 35, of Salem, faces one count of driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence. The truck belonged to an Oklahoma City company, according to Berkeley County Deputy G.W. Bradshaw.

A woman called 911 and said she saw Malone, who appeared drunk, get into his cab outside Piggy's Bar in Ridgeway, W.Va., court records show. A reserve deputy followed Malone, who crossed the center line and was speeding, police allege.

W.Va. man faces kidnapping charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man already facing one felony count of second-degree sexual assault was charged last week with kidnapping following allegations that he forced a woman into a car and made her have sex with him.

Edward C. Fletcher Jr., 25, of Edsel Avenue in Martinsburg, faces up to life in prison if convicted of the capital kidnapping charge.

The alleged assault happened on Aug. 1. The victim told police that she and Fletcher were together at the Tri-Lake Park in Morgan County. After a police cruiser drove by, Fletcher, who was wanted in Virginia for a parole violation, "flipped out," the woman told police.

Upon seeing the cruiser, Fletcher allegedly grabbed the woman by her hair and forced her into her Ford Probe. As they drove, Fletcher tried to wreck the car several times, the woman told police.

They eventually ended up at Fletcher's mother's home, where Fletcher forced the woman to have sex with him, police allege. The victim escaped after Fletcher fell asleep, police said.

Owner says steer was shot after it got loose

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Trooper John Lupey is investigating the shooting of a Jersey steer Saturday in Thompson Township.

The owner of the steer told police one of the steers he boards at a farm got loose and while the animal was at large, he was shot with a shotgun and had to be destroyed.

The investigation is continuing.

Pa. man remains hospitalized after wreck

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - One of two men hurt in an accident midday Friday remained in a Pennsylvania hospital Sunday night.

The two-vehicle accident occurred on Pa. 913 near the Village of New Grenada, said Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg.

A 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Wayne Carl Wilson, of Waterfall, Pa., stopped to make a left turn onto Pa. 913 from a side road when police said he pulled in front of an oncoming 1985 Ford Mustang, causing a head-on collision at 11:40 a.m.

Wilson was in fair condition Sunday night at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Pa., hospital officials said.

The driver of the Mustang, Jason Adam Treece, 25, of Robertsdale, Pa., was flown to the Altoona (Pa.) Hospital, where he was treated and then released on Sunday, according to nursing supervisors.

Police said Wilson was not wearing his seat belt and Treece was wearing his. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.

Possible stolen goods found at area campsite

DOWNSVILLE - A camper at McMahon's Mill Campground off Avis Mill Road discovered a cache of expensive electronic equipment in his campsite Saturday night and called Maryland State Police.

Found were two combination boom box/CD/radio players, both in good shape and believed to be expensive, police said. It is also believed a thief may have discarded them.

Trooper 1st Class Russ Plante is asking anyone who might be missing such items to contact police at 301-739-2101.

Motorcyclist injured after crashing cycle

FREDERICK, Md. - Seen riding on one wheel of his motorcycle at a high rate of speed just before crashing into a curb on Hillcrest Drive Sunday, a 31-year-old Frederick man was flown to a Baltimore hospital shortly after the 7:29 p.m. accident.

Michael Leroy Savage was wearing a pair of shorts, sneakers and a helmet but no shirt when he lost control of the Yamaha super bike and was propelled some distance through the air, said Frederick City Police.

A check revealed Savage wasn't properly licensed to operate a motorcycle and the motorcycle was found to be unregistered, police said.

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