Police briefs

July 02, 2007

Girl gets surgery after dog attack

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 6-year-old girl who was attacked by a dog Saturday north of Martinsburg underwent surgery that night and has received more than 100 stitches, according to a Berkeley County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department press release.

Police said the girl was attacked by a Rottweiler on Rudolph Court off of Williamsport Pike. Her injuries extended along her upper legs and hips.

Berkeley County Animal Control and Sheriffs Department officers responded to the scene, and officials have said the dog owner relinquished the Rottweiler to animal control authorities.

Officials said the dog will be euthanized by a veterinarian.

The girl was flown to Washington (D.C.) Children's Hospital for her treatment of her injuries.

Officials said in a press release Sunday that the girl and her mother were returning home when the dog attacked the girl. The mother and several neighbors tried to get the dog to release the child, but they were unsuccessful, police said.


The dog's owner was able to get the dog to release the child and returned the dog to a contained area on his property, police said.

Pa. man faces sex assault charges

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Needmore, Pa., man was charged with several counts of indecent assault in stemming from allegations of sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl.

Pennsylvania State Police said Matthew Dennis Powell, 21, was charged with aggravated indecent assault, three counts of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

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