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Two face prostitution, drug charges in Martinsburg

March 14, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man and a woman were arraigned over the weekend in connection with an apparent prostitution-for-crack cocaine deal, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Tammy Annette Norton of 515 S. Kentucky Ave., Martinsburg, was charged by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy S.D. Myers with prostitution and arraigned by Magistrate Harry Lee Snow, who set a $5,000 bond for the case Saturday.

Anthony Newby of 510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, was charged by Myers with solicitation of prostitution and possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and arraigned by Snow, who set a $20,000 bond for his case, records show.

Deputy Myers found Norton in Room 121 at the Relax Inn off Winchester Avenue on Saturday after being notified that a witness had seen a woman stumble to the ground on two occasions, the deputy said in his complaint

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Once at the hotel, Myers said he was told Norton went into the motel room, where he discovered her and Newby together.

Neither said they had rented the room, instead claiming they were staying with a friend.

Describing Norton as "acting very strange," Myers said he was told by her that she had been to the room a couple times previously to perform a sex act on Newby for crack cocaine.

Joined by another deputy, Myers said drug paraphernalia was found in the motel room trash can and said Newby later admitted to him that he offered Norton $20 to perform a sex act on him.

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