Police briefs for 5-27

May 27, 2008

Two men hurt in club stabbing in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were stabbed Sunday morning in an incident that was being investigated by West Virginia State Police.

Police said a trooper who had stopped a vehicle on Apple Harvest Drive near Lowe's was approached by three men at 1:25 a.m. Sunday requesting an ambulance. One of the men, Paul Ernst Joseph, 23, of 14048 Village Mill Drive, Maugansville, was bleeding heavily from several stab wounds, including one to the liver, police said.

The men told police that Joseph had been stabbed during a fight in the parking lot of Club Zero. A bouncer at the club, John Andrew Redman, 37, of 621 N. High St., was stabbed in the hand when he tried to intervene in the fight, police said.

Joseph was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, police said.

Police said they have the name of the suspect, but were not releasing it pending further investigation into the cause of the fight.


There were several potential witnesses to the stabbing in the parking lot and police are asking anyone with information to call them at 304-267-0001 and ask for Trooper Roden. Tips can also be e-mailed to

Hancock woman hurt in motorcycle crash

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Hancock woman was injured Saturday while riding a motorcycle in Fulton County, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release.

Denise Copeland, 39, was pulling out of an intersection to go west on Timber Ridge Road, when she lost control of the 1978 Yamaha, police said. The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m.

Copeland lost control of the motorcycle and struck a metal guardrail on the right side of the road, injuring her leg, police said. She was taken by helicopter to Washington County Hospital for treatment.

Copeland was in fair condition there Monday afternoon, according to a nursing supervisor.

Burglary investigated at Pa. business

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police were investigating a burglary at Striegel Supply Inc. in Brush Creek Township, according to a press release.

Someone tried to enter the business through a door sometime between Friday and Saturday, police said. The business is at 11027 Pa. 126 in Crystal Spring, Pa.

Anyone with information about the incident may call police at 717-485-3131.

Catalytic converter cut from vehicle

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Hagerstown man said a catalytic converter was cut from his vehicle at Conway Trucking in Antrim Township, Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release.

The man reported the theft May 7.

Hagerstown woman charged in crash

SMITHSBURG - A Hagerstown woman was cited after a two-vehicle accident Sunday morning on Md. 64 at the entrance to Food Lion in Smithsburg, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Police say Christine Fornwalt, 54, failed to yield the right of way as she made a left turn from the Food Lion parking lot onto westbound Md. 64 at 11:39 a.m.

Her 1996 Infiniti collided with an eastbound 2003 Honda Civic, police said.

The driver of the Honda, James Shriner, 41, of Mont Alto, Pa., and a passenger, Shirley Clabaugh, 40, also of Mont Alto, were taken to Washington County Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Both had been treated and released by Monday evening, according to a nursing supervisor there.

W.Va. police cite 21 in seat-belt checkpoint

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg Police issued 21 citations Saturday during a seat belt checkpoint in support of the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign, Cpl. C.M. Phelps said in a news release.

Officers contacted 865 vehicles during the checkpoint, Phelps said. The citations included five seat belt violations, two child safety seat violations and other traffic violations, he said. In addition, police issued one written warning and numerous verbal warnings, he said.

Two arrested for DUI in Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police arrested two people Sunday morning for driving under the influence, according to a news release.

At about 1:12 a.m., Albert B. Warren, 32, of Chambersburg, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after a traffic stop of Fetterhoff Chapel Road in Guilford Township, police said.

At about 2:28 a.m., Roberto Alvarez-Pagani, 30, of Shippensburg, Pa., was arrested for DUI after troopers saw him cross the double yellow lines and white line several times in the area of Pa. 53 at Westover Road in Southampton Township, police said.

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