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Police log for 12/23

December 23, 2002

W.Va. women face felony theft charges



The Washington County Sheriff's Department charged two West Virginia women Sunday after they allegedly left Valley Mall without paying for more than $2,000 worth of items.

Police said Robin Leigh Morenn, 46, of Falling Waters, and Janet Bernadette Stubbs, 39, of Martinsburg, were both charged with felony theft and conspiracy.

Security personnel at Hecht's watched the women on video surveillance allegedly concealing items in a baby stroller and going to the fitting room, according to police.

The security tags were allegedly cut off, and the merchandise was put in shopping bags and the stroller, police said.

The stroller was left at an exit and the women left the store with the bags, police said. They were stopped by Hecht's security, police said.

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The items, valued at $2,006.44, were recovered.

Morenn and Stubbs each posted $10,000 bond Sunday, a Washington County Detention Center employee said.

Deputy 1st Class Thomas Routzahn was the investigating deputy.




N.Y. man charged with stealing perfume



A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was charged with felony theft Thursday after police said he took $1,000 worth of perfume from Victoria's Secret at Valley Mall and then fled.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department said Raheen T. Edwin, 27, was seen by the manager and two employees taking the perfume off a display and fleeing.

Deputy 1st Class Thomas Routzahn, the investigating deputy, was told later that the manager and mall security were following Edwin in the mall, police said.

Routzahn caught Edwin after he tried to flee in the mall parking lot, police said.

Edwin was being held Sunday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $75,000 bond.




Two face drug charges in Frederick



FREDERICK, Md. - Two people are facing drug charges after the Frederick Police Department conducted a surveillance operation in the Sagner Housing Community Saturday night.

Police charged Monroe Daniel Slick, 35, of Monrovia, Md., and Mark Wayne Forsythe, 40, of Pennsylvania, with possession of cocaine.

The Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the surveillance operation after receiving numerous complaints from citizens about drug activity in the area.




Citizen's tip helps lead to drug arrest



FREDERICK, Md. - A citizen's tip helped the Frederick Police Department charge two men Saturday night with drug possession and other related charges.

George Blevins, 47, of Chantilly, Va., and William Spencer, 41, of Landover, Md., were each charged with possession of drugs and conspiracy to possess crack cocaine.

Police said they received a tip from an anonymous caller that a vehicle with Virginia tags stopped by the caller's location asking where the John Hanson apartments were so they could buy drugs.

The caller provided police with a description of the vehicle and its tag.

Police located the vehicle in the John Hanson area and witnessed a drug transaction, they said.

After police conducted a traffic stop, police allegedly found crack cocaine in the vehicle.

Police said they encourage citizens to call the department with tips and that callers may remain anonymous.

The department's number is 1-301-694-2100.




Police chase ends in charges for N.C. man



FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick Police Department's K-9 caught a North Carolina man after the man led police on a several-mile-long car chase early Sunday.

Officer William Forder was on routine patrol with his K-9, Bex, when the officer attempted to pull over Darrell Christopher Snow, 23, of North Carolina, after he spotted Snow traveling the wrong way in a pickup truck in the 500 block of West South Street, police said.

The incident happened at about 3:30 a.m.

The truck accelerated and fled, and Forder and other officers joined the pursuit, which went northbound on U.S. 15 near South Jefferson Street.

The truck traveled northbound on U.S. 15 for several miles until it got to the area of U.S. 15 at Willow, adjacent to Beckley's Motel, police said.

There, the truck slowed in the fast lane and Snow allegedly jumped from the vehicle as it continued northbound across the median strip and across the southbound lane before coming to rest against a guardrail.

Snow ran toward Beckley's Motel but was caught by the K-9.

Police later discovered there was a passenger lying in the back seat of the truck. The passenger was unaware of what had happened, police said.

Police said Snow and the passenger were extremely intoxicated. Snow was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital for minor lacerations to his back and head. The passenger was uninjured.

Snow and the passenger had been staying at Beckley's Motel, police said.

Snow is charged with possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, driving with an out-of-state suspended license, fleeing and eluding in vehicle, fleeing and eluding on foot, hit and run, going the wrong way on a one-way street and exceeding the speed limit.




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