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Several indicted in W.Va.

February 20, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -The following people were indicted Friday by a grand jury in Berkeley County.

- Cornelius Alexander, 37, of 106 N. Queen St., Apt. 4A, Martinsburg, was indicted on one count of aggravated robbery. Police allege that Alexander, who acted as if he had a gun, robbed Pepper's Newsstand on Queen Street in February 2003, stealing $183.

A BB gun was found in a nearby trash can, police have said.

- Allen L. Lowe, 27, of 1133 Grade Road, Falling Waters, W.Va., was indicted on one count of second-degree robbery. He is charged in connection with a purse-snatching that happened in August 2004.

- Bernard Anthony "Beeno" Jennings, 25, was indicted on one count of malicious wounding and two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm, stemming from a drive-by shooting that happened in Martinsburg on July 19, 2004.

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The victim, William Hess, who was 18 years old at the time, was shot once in the upper thigh while he stood outside of a house on Porter Avenue. A second gunshot fired from the passing car hit an unoccupied minivan, police have said.

- Robert McDowell, 34, whose address was listed as a post office box in Kearneysville, W.Va., was indicted on one count of malicious wounding and one count of attempted murder in connection with a July 2003 stabbing.

The victim, LeRoy L. Newell Jr., was stabbed once in the neck, once in the left shoulder and once in the upper left body after an argument, police have said.

- Michael Molina, 30, of Elderberry Lane, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was indicted on one count of robbery. He is charged in connection with a robbery that happened at a 7-Eleven store in August 2004. Police have said that $68 was stolen.

- John W. Orem, 36, whose address was listed as a post office box in Martinsburg, and Ronald S. Underwood, 31, of 11012 Crum Road, Upper Marlboro, Md., both were indicted on one count of failure to register as a bail bond enforcer with West Virginia State Police and one count of entering a residence without consent.

Orem and Underwood, both bail bondsmen, were charged with entering a home in August 2004 without obtaining permission from the woman who lived there. The men were looking for a man for bail bonding purposes, according to the indictment paperwork.

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