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Police log 8/9

August 09, 2003

W.Va. rape suspect returned from S.C.


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man wanted in connection with the rape of a teenage girl in February has been brought back from South Carolina and was arraigned Thursday night on two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping.

Kevin Ray Fowler Jr., 19, of 419 Western Ave. in Martinsburg, is being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $100,000 bail.

Fowler was picked up in Horry County, S.C., records show.

Police allege that on Feb. 8, Fowler and his brother, David Anthony Tith, 19, of Tavern Road in Martinsburg, picked up two 16-year-old girls. Tith allegedly drove his brother and the girls to the end of Hyslip Ford Road in Bunker Hill, W.Va., records show.

Fowler is charged with raping one of the girls in the car's back seat, making her get out of the car and sexually assaulting her again, police said.

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During the incident, Tith allegedly sat in the front seat, ignored the girls' pleas for help and told them to "shut up," police said. He was charged in April with one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of accessory to sexual assault. Those charges have been forwarded to Circuit Court for possible trial.

Fowler told police he had had consensual sex with one of the girls, records show.




Hagerstown police bring drug charges


Hagerstown city police arrested a man on drug charges Thursday during an undercover operation that targeted street level drug dealing in the downtown area.

Michael Preston Williams, 22, of no fixed address, was charged with possession of a noncontrolled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute a noncontrolled dangerous substance and distribution of a noncontrolled dangerous substance, police said.

Williams was released from the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said Friday night. Bond was set earlier at $15,000.

At 9:46 Thursday night, a confidential informant in the first block of East Franklin Street was contacted by a man and the informant bought suspected crack cocaine, which turned out to be fake drugs, police said.




Man accused of selling Oxycontin


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Roman Rios Varela, 22, of 111 Centre St., Martinsburg was free on $20,000 bond Friday after being charged by Martinsburg Police on an outstanding warrant for delivery of a controlled substance (Oxycontin), police said.

The warrant stems from an investigation in which Varela, also known as Montie, is accused of selling the substance to an undercover police officer at a home in the 100 block of Centre Street, police said.

Varela turned himself at the police department, police said.




Fire in Pa. silo called spontaneous


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Spontaneous combustion ignited silage in a silo on Shoemaker Road on Friday afternoon and kept firefighters from four companies on the scene for more than two hours before it was extinguished.

It took firefighters on two ladder trucks pouring water on the smoldering green silage to finally get the fire out.

Waynesboro Fire Marshal Jerry Hoffman, who also is a paid driver for the Waynesboro Fire Department, said the farm, at 15407 Shoemaker Road not far from the Maryland line, is owned by Isaac Hostetter.

There was no damage estimate.

Units from Leitersburg, Smithsburg and Long Meadow responded.

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