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October 27, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Trio faces heroin distribution charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three residents of the Falling Waters, W.Va., area were arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance (heroin) with intent to distribute it and conspiracy to deliver the drug, records show.

Tessa A. Whittman, 30, Brian J. Stoner, 24, and Donna J. Stoner, 20, were arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $100,000 bond for each case.

On Oct. 18, West Virginia State Police troopers arrived at 1896 Broad Lane off Koonztown Road to serve the residents with warrants and arrested them on unrelated charges, according to a complaint filed by Trooper J.S. Chumley.

Chumley said police were given permission by Brian Stoner to search the residence, which led to the discovery of 16 capsules of heroin in a dresser. Another four capsules found were empty, Chumley said.


The trio were arrested Oct. 19 on a number of forgery and uttering charges, court records show.

Suspect: 'Bullets fell from the sky'

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man who allegedly shot himself in the foot and then shot his friend's foot in April told police that "bullets fell from the sky and hit both of them," Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Michael D. Barrett of 29 Barrett Lane was arraigned Thursday on charges of wanton endangerment and malicious wounding by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $15,000 bond for the case.

Investigating Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies who arrived at the scene of the April 30 shooting at 200 Barrett Lane, found Barrett and the victim, David Greenfield Jr., intoxicated, records allege.

Barrett told the deputies that he and Greenfield were butchering a pig, even though no pig was observed around or in the mobile home, according to a complaint filed in the case.

Both refused to be taken to the hospital, but were treated by medics at the residence, police said.

Three charged with taking hay

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three Berkeley County men were arraigned Thursday on charges accusing them of making and taking nearly 500 round bales of hay from fields leased by a former state lawmaker and his wife, a Martinsburg attorney, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Arthur Henry Renner Sr., 62, of Mt. Olive Road, and Arthur Henry Renner Jr., 41, and Marvin Barrett, 42, both of 923 Douglas Grove Road, each were charged with grand larceny by police and Magistrate Joan V. Bragg set a $2,500 for each case, records show.

Former Republican Del. Larry Faircloth told investigating Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies last month about the alleged theft of hay from fields that he and his wife, Laura, lease from Continental Brick Co.

Company officials confirmed they did not give permission to anyone to bale the hay, records show.

Mother charged with child neglect

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The mother of a 12-year-old Martinsburg boy was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of child neglect resulting in injury after the victim told police about instances of being punched, kicked and poked, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

The 35-year-old woman's identity will not be released to protect the victim, who also told authorities that his stepfather kicked him several times when he forgot to dispose of cat litter. The boy recounted other instances of physical abuse, according to a complaint filed by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman R.R. Bleigh.

The mother was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $25,000 bond for the case.

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