Police log for 12/17

December 17, 2002

BMW destroyed by fire in theater parking lot

A Saturday night fire that destroyed a $30,000 car in the parking lot of the Leitersburg Cinema 10 was being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

The white BMW sedan was intentionally set on fire and investigators are looking for witnesses who might have seen someone around the vehicle or anything else that might have seemed out of the ordinary around 10 p.m.

Anyone with such information may call 877-890-0199 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

W.Va. man pleads guilty to drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Guilty pleas Thursday to drug and weapons charges could result in prison sentences of up to 10 years and fines of $500,000 for a Martinsburg man, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Johnston in a Monday press release.

Travis Winfield Johnson, 28, of 800 Buxton St., was allowed to remain free pending a March 3, 2003, sentencing hearing at 10 a.m. set by U.S. District Court Judge Craig Broadwater.


Johnson entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and using/carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, Johnston said.

The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

W.Va. woman faces petty larceny charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman arrested Monday in connection with the theft of money from the Foxcroft Avenue Shell Station earlier this month was being held Monday night at the Eastern Regional Jail on $34,500 bond, jail officials said.

Dorthea Teresa "Teri" McCoy, 32, of 126 Rumsey Terrace, was charged with petty larceny by Martinsburg City Police in the Dec. 4 incident in which approximately $100 was stolen.

McCoy faces additional charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and larceny in connection with other thefts in Berkeley County on the same day, police said.

Slots employee charged with embezzlement

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A floor attendant at Charles Town Races & Slots was charged with embezzlement Monday after he was allegedly caught on video tape pocketing $100, police said.

Justin A. Rehanek, 20, of 503 Tuscawilla Hills, Charles Town, was free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

An investigator with the track told police a payout on one of the slot machines on Nov. 23 was manipulated to show excess winnings, court records said.

A patron had won $157.70 but the payout was recorded for $257.70, court records said.

Rehanek then went to a vault where he received $257.70, court records said.

As Rehanek was returning to the slot machine, the video tape shows him putting $100 in his pants and paying the patron $157.70, court records allege.

Teen charged with stealing car

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A car was recovered in Gaylord, Va., last Thursday night after it was stolen earlier in the evening from in front of a North Church Street residence, according to Charles Town Police.

A woman had left the car running at 213 N. Church St. and someone got into it and drove off, said Cpl. Richard Jenkins.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with grand larceny in the case, Jenkins said.

The boy is free while awaiting trial, Jenkins said Monday.

Intruders force their way into Pa. home

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Two people forced their way into a Montgomery Township, Pa., home early Monday and exchanged gunfire with a resident, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The people entered a home in the 5800 block of Bradley Road around 2:30 a.m. Shots were fired between the intruders and the victim before the intruders fled, police said.

There were no known injuries.

Teens charged in high school break-in

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Two teenagers have been charged with burglary in connection with a break-in at James Buchanan High School earlier this month, police said.

During the investigation of the Dec. 1 incident, a 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male confessed to committing the burglary by breaking a window in a garage bay and entering the school, police alleged.

Several doors were damaged and money was taken from two rooms. The money was raised through student sales of soda and food items.

Police did not say how much money was taken.

Woman hospitalized following car crash

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - A McConnellsburg, Pa., woman whose car rolled over on U.S. 30 Thursday remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, police and hospital officials said.

Debra Jones, 44, was westbound on U.S. 30 near Hawbaker Road just before 7 p.m. when she lost control of her 2000 Nissan Sentra and it crossed the center line, Pennsylvania State Police said. The car struck a culvert and rolled over, and Jones was thrown from the car.

Jones was flown to York Hospital with major injuries, police said.

She was listed in critical condition in the trauma-surgical intensive care unit Monday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Sound system, lawn ornaments stolen

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