Court briefs

October 11, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

W.Va. man faces sex assault charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 20-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday on nine felony counts of third-degree sexual assault involving a 13-year-old girl, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Dustin Andrew Parsons, of 938 All American Way, Martinsburg, listed his address on a public defender application as 488 Harrison Ave., Berkeley Springs, W.Va., after he was arraigned by Magistrate James A. Humphrey. Humphrey set a $45,000 bond for the case.

On Oct. 1, the victim's parents told West Virginia State Police troopers J.D. Burkhart and J.R. Barker that they discovered their daughter with Parsons on the couch together and she was plucking his eyebrows.

The girl initially denied any sexual encounters happened between her and Parsons and then admitted multiple occasions of sexual contact took place between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2, according to complaint filed by Barker.


Barker said Parsons later told him and Burkhart of several encounters, amounting to the charges filed, records show.

Martinsburg man faces drug charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine) after police Monday responded to a Boyd Avenue residence for an "unknown disturbance," Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

David Lee Bowman, 50, of 221 W. Race St., Apt. 2, was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate James A. Humphrey, who set a $25,000 bond.Bowman was seen by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman C.R. Williamson leaving the residence in question at 315 Boyd Ave., with a shopping bag and was asked to "stay where he was" until the report was investigated, the officer noted in a complaint he filed with the court.

The officer said he saw Bowman reach into the bag and drop an item by a nearby fence along another residence and later determined it was a pill container filled with 10 individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine, amounting to 3.5 grams, according to the complaint. The shopping bag also contained an air pistol and Bowman had $316 in cash in his back pocket, Williamson reported.

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