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February 29, 2008

Pa. man arrested after pursuit in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Mercersburg, Pa., man was arrested early Friday after he wrecked a vehicle he was driving at high speeds while intoxicated and attempting to flee from a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy, according to police accounts in magistrate court records.

Mitchell K. Deike, 24, of 11661 Sylvan Drive, was arraigned on charges of fleeing while driving under the influence, DUI, fleeing with damage, fleeing on foot, failure to maintain control, reckless driving, speeding and three other traffic-related violations, according to court records.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington set a $30,100 bond for Deike, who Deputy S. Lane said admitted to drinking at a bar before the pursuit, according to the officer's complaint.


Layne said he was patrolling Winchester Avenue when he noticed a black Subaru go south on the road at a high rate of speed.

After turning on Gerrardstown Road, Layne said the vehicle began to "pull away" from him at a greater distance and then turned onto Interstate 81 before leaving the highway and turning onto Apple Harvest Drive, according to Layne's complaint.

In the 13000 block of Apple Harvest Drive, the vehicle crashed into a yard after it crossed the center line to travel through curves, Layne said.

Layne said he temporarily lost sight of the vehicle and didn't realize it had crashed until 911 dispatchers notified him of the wreck site.

Deike fled from the vehicle but was found in a tree line and refused medical treatment, Layne said.

He failed at least one intoxication test at 2:41 a.m., Layne said.

W.Va. woman found with 14 packets of cocaine

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police on Friday said they found 14 packets of cocaine in a purse belonging to a Berkeley County woman who was wanted on an outstanding warrant that alleged she sold heroin to a confidential informant in January.

Vanessa Jianeeny, 31, was arraigned on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington set a $60,000 bond for Jianeeny, who Harmison said could not post bond and was in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday.

The cocaine was found after Sheriff's deputies with the agency's criminal investigations division executed a search warrant at 76 Bedington Road, Harmison said in a news release.

Police also found a large amount of cash in the purse, Harmison said.

Juveniles break into W.Va. home to steal marijuana

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three juveniles were caught by police Friday after they broke into a home along Henshaw Road to steal marijuana being grown there, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

One of the juveniles was released to a parent while the other two were detained at the Vicki Douglas Juvenile Center, according to a news release from Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison.

Harmison said information about the break-in came from a deputy on Friday who was assigned to security detail at Musselman High School.

Two bags of marijuana that appeared to be still "green and not dried" was taken from the juveniles, Harmison said.

A search of the home yielded items consistent with the growing of marijuana, and a small amount of marijuana was found, Harmison said.

"A room was located behind a false wall but nothing was inside," Harmison said. "It appeared that the marijuana had been removed prior to our arrival."

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