Police briefs for 6/30/05

June 30, 2005

Three sentenced on cocaine charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In separate cases, three men were sentenced recently in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on crack cocaine charges.

-- Emilio Chase, 29, of 397 Grove Farm Road in Martinsburg, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison, followed by six years of supervised release. He also must pay a $1,100 fine.

Chase had pleaded guilty on Feb. 28 to one count of an indictment.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston's office said in a news release that the indictment accused Chase of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Martinsburg North Middle and Opequon Elementary schools on Nov. 13, 2003.

-- Rozell Alonza Johnson, 33, of 725 Shepherd St. N.W. in Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. He also must pay a $1,100 fine.


Johnson had pleaded guilty to three counts of an indictment.

The U.S. Attorney's office said the indictment accused Johnson of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine from October 2003 to April 2004.

The indictment also said that on April 9, 2004, in Charles Town, W.Va., Johnson possessed 108 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and 129 grams of cocaine hydrochloride with intent to distribute.

-- Wallace Johnson, 24, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison followed by three years supervised release and was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000.

Wallace Johnson had pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2004, to one charge of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and two charges of distribution of crack cocaine. Two of the incidents occurred in Martinsburg, the third in Charles Town, according to the news release.

Police: Boy stabbed man during argument

FREDERICK, Md. - A 15-year-old boy on Wednesday stabbed a 21-year-old man who was arguing with the boy's sister, Frederick Police said in a news release.

The man, whose name was not released, was stabbed in the left thigh. A relative took him to Frederick Memorial Hospital, but his injury was not life-threatening, police said.

The boy, who lives in Frederick, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and having a deadly weapon with intent to injure, police said.

The confrontation took place about 2 a.m. in the 100 block of Water Street.

Police said the man, who also lives in Frederick, was arguing with his ex-girlfriend when the argument became physical. The female's brother got involved and stabbed the man, police said.

N.Y. residents face drug charges

Three New York residents were charged with drug-related offenses Tuesday after a search of their car yielded 201 grams of "magic mushrooms," 22 grams of marijuana and $862 in cash, according to a release from Maryland State Police.

Jonathan Coon, 26, of Marcellus, N.Y., Charnley Marsden, 24, of Marcellus, N.Y., and Michael Cunningham, 18, of Syracuse, N.Y., each were charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

At 9:05 a.m., a white 1992 Buick Century, driven by Cunningham, was stopped on northbound Interstate 81 near U.S. 40 because the right front-seat passenger, Marsden, allegedly was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

A Washington County Sheriff's Department dog scanned the vehicle, leading police to the mushrooms, marijuana, three glass smoking devices, a digital scale and a box of clear plastic baggies, police said.

All three had been released from the Washington County Detention Center as of Wednesday night, a jail spokesman said.

Sheriff's deputies respond to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Tuesday, Cpl. Roy Harsh said:

  • At 11:20 p.m., alleged domestic violence was reported in the 16000 block of Spielman Road. No arrests were made.

  • At 3:06 p.m., tools were reported stolen from a shed in the 16400 block of Leon Grimm Drive. The tools were valued at about $1,500.

  • At 3:35 p.m., an antique doll was reported stolen in the 100 block of North Artizan Street in Williamsport. The doll was valued at $150.

  • At 6:34 p.m., a PlayStation and miscellaneous items were reported stolen from a home in the 17700 block of Virginia Avenue.


  • At 12:52 a.m., alleged domestic violence was reported at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at 16519 Lappans Road. No arrests were made.

  • At 6:31 a.m., a mailbox was reported damaged at Paramount Elementary School at 19410 Longmeadow Road. About $150 in damages were reported.
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