Former Martinsburg High football standout arrested

August 08, 2007|By Matthew Umstead


A standout member of Martinsburg High School's 2006 football team was arrested Wednesday after an alleged scuffle with at least two Martinsburg Police Department officers, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Joshua Ray Twyman, 19, of Washington Avenue in Martinsburg, was arraigned on charges of battery on an officer, underage consumption of alcohol, obstructing police and destruction of property, according to court records.

According to a complaint filed by Patrolman C.R. Williamson, the officer and Patrolman Bleigh responded to 820 Winchester Ave. to investigate a disturbance report.


The officers were about to leave the home when a female who apparently complained about the disturbance asked the police to stay until a man, identified in the complaint as Twyman, and other "unwanted occupants" left her residence, according to Williamson's complaint.

Police said the man eventually became upset and started yelling and swearing at the female, who he said was his sister, and began kicking items in the house, according to Williamson's complaint.

Though handcuffed after a short struggle, the man dented the police cruiser's hood and kicked Williamson in the right leg before he was stunned with a Taser, Williamson said.

Williamson said the man later told him he was under the influence of alcohol and Xanax.

Twyman was named The Herald-Mail's offensive player of the year in December 2006 after helping take his team to the Class AAA state championship game in Wheeling, W.Va. Twyman, who also was named first-team all-state his senior year, dropped out of Martinsburg High School during the 2006-07 school year and did not graduate, according to Jaimee Borger, Berkeley County Schools director of communications.

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