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Policeman gets nose bloodied in struggle

February 24, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A man who allegedly bloodied a police officer's nose after arguing with another man about a parking space was charged Friday with battery on a police officer and obstructing police.

Jason W. Baker, 20, of West John Street in Martinsburg, is free after posting $4,000 bail.

Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman J.D. Fornwalt responded to the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and John Street after receiving a call from a resident there. That man, Dan Carlomany, told Fornwalt that he parked his car at the intersection around 7 a.m. When he returned about eight hours later, he noticed somebody had blocked in the front and back of his car with snow, court records indicate.

Carlomany then saw a man on a backhoe, whom police identified as Baker, blocking in the side of his car with snow, records show.

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Carlomany asked Baker to move the snow, but Baker refused, saying he had paid to have the snow cleared from the space, records show. Carlomany then called police.

When Fornwalt arrived, he talked briefly with Baker until Baker "became irate" and walked away, records show. Baker refused to stop and a struggle ensued between he and the officer, records show. Fornwalt pepper-sprayed Baker, but the spray got into his own eyes, so he was not able to see how exactly his nose was injured, records show.

Eventually Fornwalt was able to subdue Baker. Several other Martinsburg officers and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene.

Fornwalt was taken to City Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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