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August 24, 2007

Two men charged in home invasion



MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Two Martinsburg, W.Va.-area men have been charged in the Aug. 10 invasion-style robbery of a Berkeley County, W.Va., home, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said.

Steve J. Taylor and Darryl L. Ford are charged with burglary, abduction, sexual assault and malicious wounding. No ages or addresses were available this morning.

Interviews and a Crime Solvers tip led to the arrest, police said. There might be additional suspects in the incident, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 1-304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 1-304-267-4999.




Wanted man found in taxi cab in W.Va.



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A medic call early Wednesday to Sheetz on West King Street for an incoherent person in the back of a taxi led to the apprehension of a fugitive from Winchester, Va., according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

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When police arrived at 3:30 a.m., they removed the man from the taxi and found a pill bottle containing 14 pieces of suspected crack cocaine. The man, who identified himself as Michael Louis, was taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, police said.

A fingerprint check on Thursday revealed the man was Sauncoir Michael Francois, police said. The 27-year-old was found to be a fugitive for a bond revocation in connection with the violation of pre-trial conditions of release, police said.

Francois was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail.




Suspect in incident turns himself in



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who allegedly pointed a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol at a Martinsburg Police Department officer early Thursday turned himself in to police this morning after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

Jeffrey Allen Miller, 32, of 675 Broad Lane in Falling Waters, W.Va., was being sought on the charge of wanton endangerment, police said. He was taken to the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment by a Berkeley County Magistrate.

On Thursday at 12:45 a.m., Sgt. Shannon Armel stopped a 1980 Cadillac DeVille in the 300 block of North Queen Street for driving erratically, police said.

Patrolman Erin Gibbons ordered the driver and passenger out of the car and the driver took off on foot, police said. Gibbons ordered the driver to stop, but instead he turned and pointed a pistol at Gibbons, who then used his Taser, police alleged.

The man then dropped the pistol and resumed running, police said. The pistol was recovered at the scene.

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