Police briefs

January 04, 2008

Caretaker charged with stealing money from elderly woman

SHEPHERSTOWN, W.Va. - A Shepherdstown caretaker was arrested Friday and charged with allegedly stealing money from an elderly woman for whom he worked, according to police.

Police arrested Philip P. Meadors, of unknown age and address, after he was suspected of withdrawing large sums of money from the woman's bank account for personal use, according to a press release from the Shepherdstown Police Department.

Meadors was charged with obtaining money or goods under false pretenses, fraudulent schemes and misappropriation of an incapacitated elder's funds, police said.


He was arraigned in Jefferson County Magistrate Court and was being held Friday at Eastern Regional Jail on $300,000 bond, according to police.

Fire damages brick home

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A fire Friday afternoon caused about $100,000 in damage to a ranch-style brick home near Woodbrier Country Club golf course north of Martinsburg, officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze at 190 Topflite Drive, according to Bedington Volunteer Fire Department chief Andrew DeHaven.

An adult son of the owner, Ronald Devall, was home when the fire started but was not hurt, DeHaven said.

The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Berkeley County Fire Investigation Team, and DeHaven said an assistant state fire marshal was contacted.

DeHaven said the fire appeared to be accidental and determined it began in a bedroom area of the home sometime before firefighters were dispatched at 1:57 p.m.

Approximately one-third of the home had significant damage and smoke spread throughout, DeHaven said, but the flames did not make it through the roof.

"It was a pretty good stop," DeHaven said.

Assisting Bedington volunteers at the scene were members of the Berkeley County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Hedgesville volunteer firefighters filled in at Bedington's station until responders cleared the scene about 90 minutes after being dispatched, DeHaven said.

Five fugitives captured by Task Force

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Five people wanted on federal charges were captured Friday, according to U.S. Marshals Service deputy Mike Ulrich.

Alice Mitchell of Pennsylvania Avenue in Martinsburg and Tina Winston of Advantage Drive in Berkeley County were wanted for violating probation, Ulrich said in a news release.

Jeffery Shambaugh, 43, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., was arrested for violating probation conditions.

Gregory Ballard, 38, of Martinsburg, was arrested on a federal warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and two other distribution counts.

Assisting the U.S. Marshals Service with the arrests were members of the West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Man arrested, two women injured in accident

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 23-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man was charged Friday with driving under the influence with injury after wrecking a red Ford Escort into a tree off Grade Road and injuring two female passengers, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Shawn Gary Turner of 124 Stephanie's Place also was charged with failure to maintain control and was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set a $5,100 bond, records show.

According to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police trooper Z.L. Nine, Turner failed field sobriety tests and a chemical breath test revealed he had blood alcohol level of .213. The state limit is .08.

Nine said the females injured, Carmilla Hurtman and Amy Heath, were treated for injuries at City Hospital in Martinsburg. Their condition was not available.

Deputies seek information in Super 8 robbery

HANCOCK - Deputies on Friday were investigating an early-morning armed robbery at the Super 8 Motel in Hancock, the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Two men jumped the Super 8 counter at about 1 a.m. and while one held an employee at gunpoint, the other took money from the cash register, deputies said in a news release.

One of the men wore a mask and hat, and the other wore a mask, deputies said.

Anyone with information may call investigators at 301-197-3020.

Police looking for Chambersburg man

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were seeking the public's help Friday in finding a man missing since Wednesday.

Steven Baird, 33, of Chambersburg, left his home at about 7:40 a.m. to go to work at Menno Haven. Baird never arrived at work and there were no new leads as of Friday afternoon, police said.

Baird, whom police listed as a "missing endangered person," was driving a black 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Pennsylvania registration FDY-1398.

Anyone with information about Baird may call police at 717-264-5161.

Chambersburg man involved in standoff with police

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Police Department was involved in a standoff that ended Friday morning after more than eight hours.

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