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August 29, 2006

Backhoe DUI, battery case continued

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County, W.Va., magistrate agreed Monday to allow a defense attorney more time to review video evidence in the state's case against an Inwood, W.Va., doctor charged with operating a backhoe while intoxicated and allegedly hitting a deputy who arrested him.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow said he agreed to delay proceedings for 30 days to allow attorney Craig Manford to resolve technical difficulties that apparently prevented examination of the video footage involving his client, John C. Veltman.

Veltman, 52, was charged earlier this year with DUI, battery on an officer, obstructing an officer and refusing to be fingerprinted, court records show

Witnesses told deputies Veltman drove the backhoe through a fence that separates a gas main, backed up and hit a building, then ran into a garage door before driving through another yard and into a tree, records show.


Two men charged following traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were arrested Sunday for allegedly dealing marijuana in north Martinsburg after police initially spotted a green Mercedes-Benz parked outside of an apartment complex, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show

The sight of the vehicle about 6:45 p.m. apparently prompted closer scrutiny by Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies T.D. Heckman and B.F. Leake, who arrested Terrell Vance Carr, of 96 Stayman St., Ranson, and William Douglas White Jr., of New York City, records show.

White, 36, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, specifically at Washington Mews Apartments off Edwin Miller Boulevard.

Carr, 22, was charged with aiding and abetting delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver it.

Both were arraigned Monday by Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey, who set a $35,000 bond for each case, records show.

Police said they seized six small bags of marijuana and $2,345, records state.

Man being held in Hagerstown shooting

A man suspected in a shooting in Hagerstown was being held Monday night at Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said.

According to Washington County District Court documents, Shaundu Carter, 25, of 113 Doub Way, is charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, illegal possession of a firearm and using a handgun during a violent crime.

Carter was arrested early Thursday morning after police said he was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima allegedly at a high rate of speed shortly after a shooting on the 100 block of Buena Vista Avenue, a charging document states. According to witnesses, Carter and several other people were arguing after one man was beaten up with a golf club, and one of the people pulled a .380-caliber gun and fired into the air, the document states.

Police found a gun matching witnesses' description on the 900 block of West Washington Street, according to the charging document.

In a hearing Friday, bail for Carter was set at $100,000.

City man sentenced on possession charge

BALTIMORE - A 25-year-old Hagerstown man who dropped his gun as he tried to flee from police was sentenced to eight years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

John Hollis was sentenced Friday to prison followed by three years of supervised released, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced.

According to the statement of facts presented to the court on June 19 at his guilty plea, the Hagerstown Police Department dispatched officers on Aug. 31, 2005, to investigate a report of a home invasion on Clarendon Avenue in Hagerstown. A police officer observed a vehicle five blocks from the scene that was operating as if the driver was unfamiliar with the equipment. When the officer stopped the vehicle, Hollis, who was sitting in the vehicle, fled, dropping a handgun.

The driver of the vehicle, Antoine Jeffrey Pope, 39, of Hagerstown, was sentenced on April 21, 2006 to 15 years, eight months, in prison followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had a loaded .38-caliber revolver between his legs at the time of the vehicle stop, the press release states.

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