Police Briefs

October 15, 2007

BB gun shot shatters vehicle window

Someone shooting a BB gun in Hagerstown shattered a vehicle's window Friday evening, Sgt. Elmer Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The vehicle was parked in the area of Cannon Avenue and Mulberry Street, Hurd said.

Someone driving by shot out the window, he said.

No one was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Police had no suspects Friday evening.

Fairfax County, Va., officer arraigned on battery charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 22-year-old Fairfax County, Va., police officer was arraigned Friday by a Berkeley County magistrate on a misdemeanor battery charge, which police said resulted from an altercation with his roommate at their home near Spring Mills, W.Va.

Trevor A. Steranko II, 22, of 29 Effie Lane, is accused of hitting his roommate in the mouth during an argument Oct. 1, according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy S. Myers.


Magistrate Jo Ann Overington set a $2,500 bond for Steranko, who was still employed with Fairfax County's police department as of Friday, according to public information officer Dan Gotthardt.

"Due to the nature of the circumstances, I cannot comment any further," Gotthardt said.

The victim told police that Steranko began an argument about eviction and then told him to get his belongings and leave the home, according to Myers' complaint.

Refusing to leave because he had "paid up," the victim said he told Steranko was going to call the police if he didn't stop.

The victim told police that Steranko said "there is no need to call the law, I am the law" and then hit him in the mouth, said Myers, who also noted in his complaint that the victim's mouth was bleeding.

Shoplifting allegation leads to drug charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man detained Friday by loss prevention officials at Wal-Mart in Martinsburg for allegedly attempting to shoplift baseball cards was later found in possession of heroin, $1,535 in cash and two mobile phones, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Chad Lee Lamp, 26, of 3028 Winchester Ave., was arraigned by Magistrate Jo Ann Overington on one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Overington set a $50,000 bond for Lamp, who Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman D.L. English said in a complaint was convicted of shoplifting in March 2005.

Though the drug was individually packaged, English said the man denied he was selling it, and denied that the money belonged to him, according to the officer's complaint.

Lamp also told police he didn't have a job, English said.

Lawyer's bookkeeper charged with embezzlement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A defense attorney's part-time bookkeeper in Martinsburg was arraigned Friday on a felony count of embezzlement, after the lawyer told police she discovered two unauthorized checks written out by the employee, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Donna M. Green, 43, of 313 E. Burke St. in Martinsburg, was arraigned by Magistrate Jo Ann Overington, who set a $5,000 bond for the woman, according to court records.

Green was employed by Laura Faircloth, who told police that $1,556.47 was improperly authorized last month through the use of a rubber stamp that the attorney said her employees were allowed to conditionally use for checks, according to a complaint by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman B.L. Rouse.

Man lunges at EMS personnel at hospital

RANSON, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was charged with assault and battery of three EMS workers who had taken him from Charles Town Races & Slots to Jefferson Memorial Hospital on Thursday night, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

In addition to two counts of battery and one count of assault, Arthur Leonard Turner, 51, of 27 Meadow Bluff Lane, was charged with assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and obstructing an officer, according to a complaint filed by Ranson Police Department Officer Adam C. Watson.

Magistrate William E. Senseney set a $10,000 bond for the man, who was arrested after Watson responded to the hospital for a reported fight about 10 p.m., according to Watson's complaint.

It wasn't immediately clear why the man was taken to the hospital, but Watson said the accused told him he had four drinks at the track.

The EMS personnel told Watson that after being put in a room at the hospital, the man walked into the emergency room and started cursing, according to the officer's complaint.

Upon seeing one of the medics who transported him to the hospital, the accused threatened to "snap his neck" as he walked toward him, Watson said. Two other personnel then stepped in front of the paramedic to protect him and the accused lunged at them and pushed them several times, the officer's complaint said. When Watson arrived, the officer said the man nearly kicked him in the shin.

Frederick police investigate deaths

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Police Department was investigating an apparent murder/suicide in the Wheyfield Drive area, police said in a news release Friday afternoon.

At a family member's request, officers performed a welfare check Thursday evening in the 1800 block of Wheyfield Drive. Officers found a man slumped against the house on an upper deck and a dead woman in an upper bedroom, police said.

After an initial investigation, officers determined that the woman died from blunt force trauma to the head and the man consumed prescription pain medication that caused his death, police said.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner was conducting an investigation to determine the exact causes of death, police said.

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