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Police log for 10/28

October 28, 2002

Bartender cited at W.Va. tavern



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A bartender at Stonewalls Pub was cited Saturday night for serving alcohol to a person younger than 21, police said.

Joshua Hines, 28, of Charles Town, W.Va., faces a possible fine for the charge, said Shepherdstown Police Cpl. Keith Knotts.

An official with the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, along with an underage informant, was inspecting bars in Shepherdstown Saturday night, Knotts said.

The underage informant was refused alcohol at every bar except Stonewalls, located at 126 E. German St., Knotts said.

The identification of the informant was checked at the door and he was given an armband to designate he was underage, Knotts said.

When he went to the bar, he was served, Knotts said.




Fire causes minor damage to W.Va. home



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The state fire marshal's office is investigating a suspicious fire that started in a house at 252 Loop Road early Sunday, a fire official said.

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It appears a family member arrived at the house about 12:06 a.m. and noticed the fire, said Rick Petry, chief of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co.

A neighbor went to the house to help fight the small fire, which was mostly extinguished when firefighters arrived, Petry said.

The fire caused about $1,000 damage, Petry said.

Loop Road is located west of Martinsburg in the Arden area.




Pa. man extradited to Md. on theft charges



FREDERICK, Md. - A Fulton County, Pa., man wanted in Maryland and West Virginia in connection with a theft ring has been extradited by Maryland State Police and is being held on $1 million bond at the Frederick County Detention Center.

Robert Stanley Painter Jr., 39, of Needmore, Pa., was brought back to Maryland on Oct. 18, police said Sunday.

State police said police in two states have arrest warrants for Painter in a felony burglary/theft ring in which more than $200,000 in lumber products were stolen from Lowe's and Wicke's home improvement stores in Frederick and sold in Jefferson County, W.Va.

In addition, there are charges of failure to appear in court, driving while revoked, burglaries and thefts in Montgomery County, Md., police said.




Frederick man faces several drug charges



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged Saturday at 10:24 p.m. with numerous drug offenses during a narcotics operation in the area of Lincoln Apartments.

Charles Edward Bowens, 47, of the 100 block of South Market Street, was charged with two counts of possession of cocaine, and one count each of distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, said Frederick City Police.

The enforcement effort Saturday was in response to complaints from citizens in the apartment complex in the 200 block of Phebus Avenue, police said.

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