Police briefs

October 05, 2007

Fire destroys barn, woodworking shop

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire that destroyed a barn and a woodworker's shop near Charles Town early Friday was under investigation, Independent Fire. Co. Chief Ed Smith said.

Volunteer firefighters from all five Jefferson County companies responded to 226 Fry's Lane off John Rissler Road near the Shenandoah River shortly after the call was dispatched at 2:15 a.m., Smith said.

Damages to the 20-foot-by-40-foot barn and 20-foot-by-30-foot shop, and the loss of equipment and hay inside them, totaled about $70,000, Smith said. Firefighters were able to spare a chicken coop and nearby storage building, he said.

"We know that it started in the barn," Smith said. The property owner, Richard Fluke, was home at the time of the fire, which happened about 75 feet from the residence, Smith said.


Smith said crews cleared the scene at 3:37 a.m. No one was injured, Smith said.

Personnel from Independent Fire Co., Citizens Fire Co., Friendship Fire Co., Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze.

3 face drug charges after traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A motorist stopped for speeding Friday on Interstate 81 and two passengers were arrested on drug-related charges after the driver could not produce a driver's license, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Oscar Fernando Flores-Bustos, 23, and passengers Julio Caesar Acebedo, 24, and Chris Rios, 18, all of Winchester, Va., were arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court records.

Flores-Bustos was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine), according to court records. Acebedo and Rios each were charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (cocaine) and conspiracy, according to court records.

In Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. W. Henderson's complaint against the trio, the officer said the Chevrolet Blazer the men were in was traveling at 88 mph on I-81 near Exit 12. The highway's speed limit is 70 mph.

A bag of cocaine that weighed 13.5 grams was found in Acebedo's shoe, and Rios had a bag of cocaine in his shoe that weighed 1.3 grams, police said. The drugs were found after Henderson's K-9 partner, Bear, smelled drugs in the vehicle, according to the officer's complaint.

The charging documents indicate no driver's license or Social Security numbers were available for any of the men.

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