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November 21, 2002

Woman found hanged in W.Va. nursing home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman was found hanged from her neck inside IHS Nursing Home near Charles Town Wednesday night, Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge said.

A nursing home employee walked into a bathroom at the facility and found the woman dead, Aldridge said.

Aldridge said he did not have many details, but it appears the woman was hanging from some type of shower head extension.

Investigators may have to order an autopsy to determine if foul play was involved in the woman's death, Aldridge said.

Police were describing the case as an "unattended death" Wednesday night.

Charles Town Police were notified of the incident at about 8:15 p.m. and were still at the scene at about 10:30 p.m., Aldridge said.

Detectives Steve Harris, Mark Johnston and John Jeffries were conducting the investigation, Aldridge said.

IHS Nursing Home is along W.Va. 115 east of Charles Town near the entrance to the Charles Town Bypass. Up to 114 people have lived in the nursing home.


Police seek man wanted on burglary charge

Hagerstown City Police were looking for information on the whereabouts of Robert Lee Edwards, who is wanted on one count each of third- and fourth-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

Edwards is 26 years old, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds. He is bald and has brown eyes, police said. His last known address was in the 11500 block of Englewood Road.

Calls can be made to 301-790-3700 or to Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Martinsburg Police make drug arrests

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two arrests in two days in the area of North Church Street have been made by Martinsburg City Police - one during an alleged drug buy and the other on a warrant for a prior drug offense.

Larry Bernard Cooper, 45, of 112 S. Raleigh St., was being sought on a charge of delivery of crack cocaine. It was alleged in the warrant that Cooper delivered illegal drugs to a confidential informant on Nov. 14 at 1:50 p.m.

Cooper was being held Wednesday night on $10,000 bond at the Eastern Regional Jail.

The other arrest occurred Wednesday at 2 p.m. and led to the arrest of a 16-year-old girl on a charge of felony delivery of crack cocaine, police said.

The teenager was picked up after an encounter with a confidential informant, police said. She was released to a family member pending proceedings in juvenile court, police said.

Three fined for park service violations

According to court records, the following people appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo on Nov. 15 on charges brought by National Park Service rangers on C&O Canal property:

  • James Kline, 43, of 17402 Apple Blossom Court, Hagerstown; misappropriation of government funds (while a volunteer); $140 fine, restitution, two-year ban from parks, two years probation.

  • William Merriman, 25, of 562 Cascade Way, Frederick, Md.; possession of weapon; $100 fine.

  • Ray Reece, 63, of 471 Falling Waters Drive, Falling Waters, W.Va.; failure to report accident; $300 fine, alcohol treatment, two years probation.

    Minimal damage in laundromat fire

    Damage was limited to a few floor tiles when someone set fire to a flammable liquid poured on the floor of a laundromat at 151 S. Potomac St. Wednesday night.

    Hagerstown Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Horn said the incident was reported at 7:20 p.m. as a fire that had been put out.

    "Several sections of the floor were melted," Horn said. "And there was a lot of soot but little other damage."

    Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven also responded to the scene and was continuing to investigate.

    Man burned in fire in critical condition

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man pulled from a mobile home fire Tuesday night remained in critical condition Wednesday night at Johns Hopkins/Bayview Hospital in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

    Donald Thore was pulled from his trailer by firefighters, then taken by ambulance to City Hospital in Martinsburg. A helicopter took him to Baltimore later Tuesday night.

    Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department estimated Thore is in his 40s. He did not know Thore's exact age.

    A fire marshal and deputies continue to investigate the cause of the blaze, Lemaster said.

    Firefighters found Thore in a back bedroom of his trailer, which was nearly gutted by the blaze. Fire crews were dispatched to the blaze at around 7:15 p.m. Thore was found and wheeled out on a stretcher about 20 minutes later.

    Investigators stayed on the scene for several hours. At around 10 p.m., a deputy used a crowbar to break off a piece of plywood used as skirting for the trailer. Underneath the home, they found blackened duct work.

    Chuck Summers, deputy chief of Baker Heights Fire Department, said the fire started in the trailer's living room.

    Man charged with assault, burglary

    CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police have charged a Charles Town man in a Nov. 9 incident in which another man suffered a broken jaw and fractures to the head after being struck with a board, court records said.

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