Police log for 2/8

February 10, 2003

Hair salon, health food store robbed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A hair salon and a health food store were robbed about two hours apart Friday, Martinsburg Police said.

A man with a knife or a similar metal object robbed the Big Tease Hair Salon at 102 W. Burke St. about 5 p.m. He demanded money from the woman who owns the shop and left on foot after getting about $80, police said.

At about 7 p.m., a man with a rusty tire iron or crowbar with tape or cloth on it robbed two female clerks at Health Way Foods at 740 Foxcroft Ave. He got about $300 and left in a white Ford Escort, police said.

A witness reported seeing a white Ford Escort driving erratically near the Martinsburg Mall around that time. He said the car appeared to have gone behind the 400 block of Winchester Avenue.


Police said they found the car parked behind a home on that block. A tire iron was found on the front passenger seat.

Police said they found shoe prints leading up to a residence there and they questioned several people, but didn't find the robber.

Martinsburg Police are asking the person who reported seeing the Ford Escort to call them at 304-264-2100.

The hair salon robber was described as a thin black man, about 5-foot-4, wearing dark clothes and a toboggan pulled down around his face. His hair was styled in small dreadlocks.

The health food store robber was described as a black man, about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, with freckles on his face. He was wearing a navy blue coat with a knit collar, a dark knit hat and gloves.

Man arrested, charged with felony drug count

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man police allege sold a confidential informant six OxyContin pills for $180 was arrested Thursday and charged with one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance.

William Johnston, 40, is accused of selling the pills from a room at the Krista Lite Motel, said Sgt. Russell Shackelford of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Johnston is being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bail.

Former paramedic arrested at pharmacy

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former paramedic who allegedly phoned in a false prescription was arrested Thursday evening after she went to the pharmacy to pick up the medication, police said.

Wendy Gail Scheuch, 34, of Martinsburg, was charged with one count of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation and fraud.

Cpl. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Scheuch is accused of pretending to work at a doctor's office when she called in a prescription for Lortabs to Reed's Pharmacy in Hedgesville, W.Va. She allegedly said the prescription was for a patient, and gave her ex-husband's name, Harmison said.

Employees at the pharmacy became suspicious and called the doctor's office, where workers indicated no such prescription was called in, Harmison said.

Police staked out the pharmacy. When Scheuch arrived, she spotted a deputy's car and said she had come to the pharmacy to pick up a friend, Harmison said.

Later, she admitted to calling in the prescription, Harmison said.

Scheuch, a former paramedic for the county, was free on bail in connection with four counts of prescription fraud at the time of her arrest Thursday, Harmison said.

Man charged in December burglary

FREDERICK, Md. - A Montgomery County, Md., man has been charged in connection with a December burglary in which $8,939.25 worth of goods were taken.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office charged Brian Scott Mangum, 33, of 4 Leafy Overlook Court, Gaithersburg, Md., with first-degree burglary, theft over $500, malicious destruction of property over $500, forgery and uttering a false document.

Police said they responded to a burglary on Dec. 4, 2002, on Arlington Manor Circle West in the Kingsbrook subdivision. A sliding glass door had been smashed and jewelry, coins, two cameras and personal checks had been taken.

Police said they traced a check taken from the home to a credit union in Prince George's County. Police also said stolen goods from the home turned up in pawn shops in Montgomery County the day of the robbery.

Mangum is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on charges unrelated to the Frederick crime for a total bond of $115,000, a jail official there said Friday.

La. man faces charges after Internet contact

FREDERICK, Md. - A Louisiana man faces charges in his home state stemming from a discovery of purported child pornography in a Frederick home, Maryland State Police said Friday in a press release.

Police said that upon investigation they found that a 15-year-old girl had developed an Internet relationship with a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy from Louisiana. The Louisiana person also had sent the girl a compact disc with digital images of child pornography, police said.

Maryland State Police investigators said they were notified by parents who found child pornography in their home. Police tracked the girl's Internet chat-room conversations to a computer at a local school board in Plaquemine, La.

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