Police briefs

July 08, 2006

Man hurt after car flips into I-81 median

RIDGEWAY, W.Va. - A man was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center Friday night after the black sedan he was driving north on Interstate 81 crashed near the Virginia state line, West Virginia State Police said.

The man's identity was not immediately known, but Sgt. G.S. Petsko said he was operating what appeared to be a Pontiac model car with Tennessee license plates. A woman and a boy riding in the vehicle were not injured, police said.

The vehicle left the interstate about 7 p.m. near the one-mile marker and flipped on its top in the median. Traffic was backed up for eight miles in the southbound lanes, causing congestion for at least an hour, police said.

The accident was being investigated by Trooper Z.L. Nine.

1 arrested, weapons are seized in search

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A search of four Martinsburg residences by police Friday afternoon led to the arrest of an individual, and authorities also seized two semiautomatic pistols and a flak jacket, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department.


Leslie Pena Fletcha, 49, of 507 W. King St., was charged with possession of marijuana, according to Detective Sgt. G.B. Swartwood.

The weapons, flak jacket and some drug paraphernalia were recovered from a residence at 106 N. Maple Ave. Other homes searched were at 224 W. Race St. and 99 Porter Ave., according to the release.

Martinsburg police were assisted by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, according to the release.

Man faces weapons charge after dispute

A Keedysville man who police found carrying a loaded handgun Thursday was arrested and charged with wearing and carrying a deadly weapon, Washington County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mark Knight said.

Randall Edward Sebold III, 42, of 19827 Dogstreet Road in Keedysville, was being held Friday night on $7,500 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.

Sebold was being held on charges of disorderly conduct and wearing and carrying a deadly weapon.

Knight said Sebold also was served with an arrest warrant charging him with driving while revoked.

When deputies arrived at a home in the 800 block of Orchard Manor Drive in Boonsboro, responding to a reported domestic dispute, they allegedly found Sebold carrying a loaded .357-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, Knight said.

Two men face drug possession charges

FREDERICK, Md. - Two men who were sleeping in a car parked in Frederick on Thursday face drug possession charges after the Frederick Police Department said officers could see marijuana in the vehicle, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department.

Marcus Troy Whitaker, 25, and Brett Stefone Godette, 24, both of 725 Fallsgrove Road in Rockville, Md., were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

At 5:26 a.m., police saw a "suspicious vehicle" parked on Progress Drive off Monocacy Boulevard and when they checked it out, they found two men asleep inside with marijuana in plain view, according to the release.

The men were brought before a Frederick County District Court Commissioner and released on personal recognizance, according to the release.

Sheriff's Department responds to calls

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the following calls Thursday, Lt. Mark Knight said.

· At 8 a.m., a garage in the 400 block of Links View Drive was reported broken into. A bicycle, two radar detectors and a garage door opener were reported stolen.

· At 11 a.m., a vehicle was reported broken into in the 11900 block of Harp Road. Cash and a credit card were reported stolen.

· At 3 p.m., a Pioneer stereo was reported stolen at Hahn's BP at 22305 Jefferson Blvd. The stereo was valued at $120.

Blackpowder pistol found in Pa. township

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A blackpowder pistol was found Friday afternoon in the 600 block of Mount Cydonia Road in Greene Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The firearm was found about 4:30 p.m., police said. To claim the pistol, police said the owner must be able to describe the weapon and provide a serial number.

Pa. State Police investigate car theft

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the theft of a car that occurred between Monday and Friday.

Police said the 1995 Ford Contour belonging to Eric Mellott of Waynesboro was taken during that time from 5034 Altenwald Road in Quincy Township. The car later was found on Molly Pitcher Highway and returned to Mellott, police said.

Anyone with information about the theft may call police at 717-264-5161.

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