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State Police named in unlawful entry suit

July 18, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A lawsuit filed this week against three West Virginia State Police officers alleges they unlawfully entered a man's house two years ago, causing the man to suffer rib fractures.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleges that the officers, Michael Cole, Richard Shockey and Frederick Hammack, were not invited into the home of Raymond L. Shorb I and did not have "any legal justification for entry."

After Shorb was injured, the officers conspired to make a false claim that Shorb had committed a crime, the suit alleges.

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The suit, which also names the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and West Virginia State Police as defendants, is seeking more than $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

The suit did not go into detail about the alleged incident.

State Police spokesman Jay Powers said Thursday he spoke with a department attorney who thinks he remembers the incident. But state police cannot comment further on the suit until they receive paperwork about the suit, Powers said.

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