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Police briefs

May 10, 2007

Texas man detained on drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Texas man was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after police stopped the large truck he was driving because it was traveling at an "extremely" slow rate of speed on Interstate 81, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show.

Rene Cardenas, 46, of Houston, was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set bond at $10,000.

West Virginia State Police trooper C.A. Ellwanger, with the assistance of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, recovered about 80 grams of marijuana and 8.7 grams of mushrooms from the refrigerator unit of the camper trailer Cardenas was hauling, according to the trooper's complaint.

Ellwanger said he smelled a strong odor of marijuana when he spoke to Cardenas who was stopped by the trooper about 11:30 p.m. near mile marker 20 of I-81, records show.Report of hanging body training




Training mannequin seen hanging around



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A report of a hanging at the intersection of Wilson Street and New York Avenue in Martinsburg on Wednesday morning turned out to be a mannequin being used by Allegheny Power for training purposes, an emergency official said.

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Berkeley County's 911 dispatch center was contacted at 8:11 a.m. by a passer-by who reported seeing a body hanging from the top of a pole, Martinsburg Fire Department Lt. Donald Shirley confirmed.

"It was an honest mistake," Shirley said.




Man charged with arson in house fire



HANCOCK - A 28-year-old Hancock man is charged with arson after he allegedly set fire to the second-floor bedroom of a home he rented, according to a press release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.

Shane Douglas is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning and two counts of malicious destruction of property, the Fire Marshal said.

A fire Tuesday caused about $155,000 in damage to the home at 14411 Hollow Road, where the Fire Marshal said Douglas lived with his wife and children. No one was home at the time of the fire, which was reported at 5:03 a.m., the Fire Marshal said.

The Fire Marshal said Douglas surrendered Wednesday.




Man charged with drug violations



FREDERICK, Md. - A 28-year-old Frederick man was arrested and charged with drug violations after police pulled over the vehicle he was driving for failing to stop at a stop sign, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department.

Shaun W. Hiltner, of the 2800 block of Ballenger Creek Pike, was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without a license, possession of a marijuana and possession of a controlled-dangerous substances paraphernalia after the traffic stop late Tuesday, police said.




Man arraigned on drug charges



FREDERICK, Md. - A 27-year-old Frederick man who allegedly sold a substance believed to be crack cocaine allegedly had marijuana with him when police arrested him, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department.

Jason Amos McDaniel, of 119 W. South St., is charged with distribution of non-controlled-dangerous substances paraphernalia, possession of non-controlled-dangerous substances with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.

Police said he allegedly sold a substance to an undercover officer resembling crack cocaine, but the substance later was discovered to be counterfeit.




Police respond dispute on Potomac River



A report of a domestic dispute in a boat in the Potomac River off Dam No. 5 late Tuesday brought out quite a few police - on the ground, on the water and in the air.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. as a result of a cell phone call from a woman in a boat saying she was being assaulted by the man who was with her on the river, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police responded to the incident along with deputies. A helicopter was deployed to help locate the couple.

A 24-year-old Hagerstown man was taken off the boat and charged with assault, obstructing and hindering police, deputies said.

Ronald William Curry III was taken before a bond commissioner Wednesday morning and released on personal recognizance, deputies said.

According to records at the commissioner's office, Curry's address was listed as 209 Belview Ave.

Deputies drove the woman home.




Man on motorcycle strikes bear in Pa.



BURNT CABINS, Pa. - A motorcyclist had a close encounter with a bear early Wednesday as he was traveling north on Aughwick Road in Fulton County, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said.

Willie Lamb III, 38, of Mount Union, Pa., received minor injuries in the 12:20 a.m. incident, police said.

Lamb was operating a 1986 Yamaha when he struck the bear which was crossing the road in front of him. Police said Lamb laid his cycle down on the right side, coming to a stop in the center of the northbound lane.

A passing motorist stopped and assisted Lamb until an ambulance from Hustontown, Pa., arrived.

The bear left the area.

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