Tri-State briefs

August 16, 2007

Waynesboro police to upgrade weapons

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro police are getting more lethal weapons after it took two officers several rounds to kill a pit bull earlier this year.

On April 5, a pit bull allegedly was chasing residents and went after police on North Grant Street.

When interviewed after the incident, officers said that the first shot into the dog's chest "barely slowed it down."

Mayor Richard Starliper said Wednesday that he researched weapons used by other departments and felt the local officers needed to upgrade from their 9 mm handguns.

"I made a recommendation that we go to .40-caliber handguns," Starliper said.

A supplier agreed to switch the old weapons for the 23 new ones with holsters at no charge, he said.

Also, Starliper said that Waynesboro could be getting a trailer for use by its officers and others in their regional task force. The trailer has a kitchenette and bathrooms, allowing six officers to use it as an operations point during special investigations or larger scale events.


- Jennifer Fitch

Man faces drug charges after search

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin) after police were told he would be returning to Berkeley County from Baltimore on Tuesday night with the drug, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Christian Lane Lanciano, 20, of 326 Pendleton Drive, Apt. 6, was arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, who set a $25,000 bond, according to court documents.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies caught up with Lanciano about midnight, soon after they spotted the car he was reported to be driving on Interstate 81 near the West Virginia-Maryland state line, according to a complaint filed by Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison.

With the assistance of a K-9, the accused ultimately removed about five grams of heroin from a body cavity, according to Harmison's complaint.

Students to leave early on Aug. 31

MARTINSBURG - An early dismissal for students in Berkeley County Schools has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, said Jaimee Borger, the school district's director of communications.

Students will be dismissed 3 1/2 hours early, Borger said. Breakfast and lunch will be served at each school before dismissal.

All classes will return to a regular schedule after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 4, Borger said.

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