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Tri-State police briefs

October 04, 2007

Information sought on purse snatching



Hagerstown Police are seeking information about a Tuesday night purse-snatching incident in the 200 block of Summit Avenue.

A woman reported that, around 10:35 p.m., a man took her pocketbook, which contained a wallet with an unknown amount of money and other personal items, police said in a press release. The victim was not hurt in the incident.

The man was white, in his 20s, and was wearing a blue-and-white polo shirt and blue jeans, police said.

Anyone with information may call Hagerstown Police at 301-790-3700.




Four plead guilty to drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Four people pleaded guilty last week to federal indictments charging them with illegal drug activity in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter said in a press release.

According to Potter, the following occurred in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg:

· Karen Denise Hairston, 53, of Inwood, W.Va., pleaded guilty Sept. 26 to distributing crack in the Eastern Panhandle. She is in custody pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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· Ben Vazquez-Escalera, 33, of Binghamton, N.Y., pleaded guilty Sept. 26 to possessing crack with intent to distribute in Martinsburg. He is in custody pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $4 million fine.

· Gerald Caesar, 34, of Binghamton, N.Y., pleaded guilty Sept. 27 to distributing crack on Feb. 22 in Martinsburg. He is in custody pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

· Javon Alexander Chase, 24, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Sept. 27 to possessing crack with intent to distribute in the Eastern Panhandle. He is in custody pending sentencing, and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $4 million fine.




Pa. man charged with trespassing



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 25-year-old Chambersburg man was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief after a man's house was broken into through the bedroom window Tuesday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said.

Russell Stiver was being held at the Franklin County Prison on $5,000 bond, a prison spokesman said.

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