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October 13, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

W.Va. man faces counterfeit charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 41-year-old Martinsburg man charged with counterfeiting allegedly told police he printed it to play a joke on his wife and two daughters, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Taurus T. Thornton of 138 Brookdale Ave., was arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set a $2,500 bond for the case.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Walker seized a computer from Thornton's residence last month and found the shredded remains of a counterfeit $50 bill in a waste basket, in addition to a matching image on the system, records show.

When questioned, Thornton told police he printed an "enlarged" bill in order to hang it on the wall, Walker said in his complaint. Thornton's wife said she never saw any such image hanging on any wall.

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Thornton also told police he printed the bill several times, attempting to get the "alignment" correct and then made three bills.

"...Mr. Thornton stated he did advise (another man he knew) that he could print additional counterfeit money if he had a better printer," Walker said.

"Thornton indicated after that, he started to lie to (the man), advising him he could sell ($100,000) of counterfeit bills to an individual in Philadelphia, Pa., for $50,000."

Thornton then told police he did not know anyone in Philadelphia and later added that "he was just playing" with the man, who ultimately contacted police about the counterfeit money.




Argument over sex toy leads to arrest



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County, W.Va., man was arraigned Thursday on charges of public intoxication and domestic battery that apparently stem from an argument over a sex toy, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

David Gilbert Shader, 61, of 1527 Kelly Island Road, was arraigned by Magistrate James A. Humphrey, who set a $3,600 bond for the case.

Shader was detained by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Cpl. W.E. Henderson Wednesday evening at the agency's headquarters where the accused arrived Wednesday after the altercation, allegedly under the influence, records state.

Shader's girlfriend told police they had been drinking together at a club Wednesday and later began arguing over the toy upon arriving home.




Woman charged with DUI after crash



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 28-year-old woman was arraigned Thursday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident that happened while she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and her young children were riding in the vehicle with her, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Kellie Michelle Titus of 394 Phillips Lane, Bunker Hill, W.Va., also was charged by West Virginia State Police Trooper M.S. Armentrout with DUI with minors, failure to maintain control and driving a vehicle with no proof of insurance, records show.

A $11,100 bond was set in an arraignment hearing held by Magistrate James A. Humphrey.

Armentrout stated in his complaint he was advised of an accident involving two vehicles on Sulphur Springs Road near Inwood, W.Va., at 7:22 p.m., records show.

Armentrout stopped the Honda Civic that Titus was driving on Presidential Drive and discovered her 2-year-old and 2-week-old sons were riding with her, the officer noted in his complaint.

An intoxication test administered to Titus about an hour after Armentrout was dispatched revealed the amount of alcohol in her blood was .132, records show. The state legal limit is .08.

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