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K-9 helps nab fugitive

February 26, 2003

INWOOD, W.Va. - A police K-9 helped nab a fugitive wanted in Delaware on burglary charges and in Virginia for a parole violation, according to police.

West Virginia State Police troopers, including T.C. Kearns and his dog Bram, went to a home on Chantilly Lane in Inwood Monday night after learning a fugitive may have been there.

They made contact with the man, identified as John Wayne Wortman, 19, but he went out the home's back door, police alleged. Police chased him back inside, where he went into the basement and tried to escape through a side door, Sgt. Deke Walker said.

After Wortman struggled with police, Bram was let loose and bit Wortman on his right arm and leg, Kearns alleged. Wortman was treated at City Hospital for puncture wounds and released, Kearns said.

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Bram, a Belgian Malinois, joined the state police force a month and a half ago, Kearns said. A small German shepherd-type dog, Belgian Malinois dogs are more nimble than shepherds, Kearns said.

Wortman was wanted in Lewes, Del., on a burglary charge, in Georgetown, Del., on a failure to appear on a burglary charge and in Loudoun County, Va., on a parole violation charge, Walker said.

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