Va. residents charged following bar brawl

October 04, 2002

Shepherdstown, W.Va. - Three Winchester, Va., residents were charged following a melee at a Shepherdstown bar early Thursday, police said.

Shepherdstown Police patrolman C.M. Roper was conducting routine patrols in Shepherdstown at about 3:05 a.m. when Raymond Staubs, the owner of Stonewalls Pub, stepped outside and yelled for the officer to help him control "a serious situation" involving a group of patrons in the bar, police said.

The bar is in the basement of the building that houses Tony's Pizza Den at 126 E. German St.

Believing the crowd was out of control and might become violent, Roper called for the assistance of two more officers, police said.

The situation escalated and members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Ranson Police, Charles Town Police, Harpers Ferry Police, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, Martinsburg Police and West Virginia State Police responded, police said.


Roper, Shepherdstown Police patrolman Robert Maraugha and Jimmy Dunn of the Shepherd College Police Department were assaulted, police alleged. Dunn and Maraugha suffered minor injuries, they said.

Charged in the incident were Michael W. Harris, 23, David Charles Johnson Jr., 29, and Sara Elizabeth Johnson, 27, police said.

Harris was charged with three counts of battery on a police officer, two counts of obstructing a police officer, destruction of property and disorderly conduct, police said.

David Charles Johnson was charged with obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer, police said.

Sara Elizabeth Johnson was charged with battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer, police said.

The three were taken to the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va. They were not being held Thursday night.

Police could not be reached Thursday for more details.

The police department issued a press release saying it was concerned about such situations.

"The Shepherdstown Police Department is concerned for the safety of Shepherdstown's citizens due to the increasing number of incidents at Stonewalls and other establishments serving alcohol in Shepherdstown," the press release said.

Staubs could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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