September 27, 2007

Abduction try reported to police

FREDERICK, Md. - Officers Wednesday were investigating an attempted abduction, the Frederick Police Department said.

A man was following a 12-year-old girl in the area of Old Camp Road and Andover Lane, police said in a news release. The girl said he pulled over to the curb, rolled down the window and waved. She was frightened and walked faster, but he sped up, the girl told police. She used her cell phone to call for help, police said. Several adults in the area detained the man until police arrived.

The man was arrested for driving without a license, police said.

Man charged with sexual abuse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 51-year-old man from near Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court for allegedly abusing a young girl sexually for several years, according to court records.

Forrest Wayne Brown, of P.O. Box 1055, was arraigned on one count of sexual abuse by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, who set a $50,000 bond, court records show.


According to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober, the victim told police in March 2007 that the accused had dozens of sexual encounters with her, beginning before she became a teenager.

Boober said in his complaint that the victim's description of specific physical characteristics of the accused appeared to match what he reviewed.

Tractor-trailers collide on I-81

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - A Berkeley County 911 dispatcher said at least two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 81 Wednesday night about three miles north of the Virginia line.

A West Virginia State Police spokesman said he was not sure how many tractor-trailers were involved because troopers were still working at the scene.

"It's a big mess," the dispatcher said.

The 9:15 p.m. wreck occurred in heavy rain and visibility was "just about nothing," the dispatcher said.

Both southbound lanes were shut down late Wednesday while state police and other officials worked at the scene, officials said.

Further details were not available.

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