Court briefs

March 06, 2007

Man charged in W.Va. robbery being held

A man accused of helping his wife rob Waffle House restaurants in Williamsport and Martinsburg, W.Va., in September 2006 was being held Monday night at Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said.

Henry Russell Powell, of 308 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg, is accused of driving the getaway vehicle after his wife, Tonya Marie Russell, 23, also of 308 W. Stephen St., allegedly showed a gun and took cash from the Waffle House on Potomac Street in Williamsport on Sept. 23, a Washington County District Court charging document states.

Henry Russell Powell is charged with multiple counts including armed robbery and conspiracy, court records show.

Bail for Powell was set at $400,000, court records show. Tonya Marie Powell was charged in a warrant, court records show.

Both were arrested in September in connection with the robberies, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

City man held on charges in shooting

A 26-year-old Hagerstown man is accused of shooting his cousin in the stomach and firing at the victim's brother, even after the gun's ammunition had run out.


Luis Esteban Santiago Jr., of 1028 Noland Drive, is charged with two counts each of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and first-degree assault and other crimes in the Jan. 20 shooting of a 31-year Hagerstown man in Noland Village.

Santiago allegedly fired five shots at the men after one of them knocked on the door of a home where he had gone to get money. All three men were planning to buy beer together, according to a charging document.

The wounded man was shot in the center of his abdomen, and the bullet went through his right side and into his right forearm, the document states.

Santiago was being held Monday night at Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said. Court records showed bail had been set at $350,000.

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