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Martinsburg briefs

May 28, 2008

84-year-old charged with possession of child porn



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 84-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man was arraigned Tuesday on one felony count of possession of child pornography, nearly a year after police seized a computer and related equipment from his home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

David Hammerman Abuhove, of 72 Buglers Way, Apt. 4, was arraigned by Magistrate Jim Humphrey, who set bond at $25,000, according to court records.

The results of digital forensic examination of two hard drives taken from the defendant's home in June 2007 yielded "hundreds of images, which appear to be obvious child pornography," West Virginia State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober wrote in his complaint.

Boober said he did not receive the results of the examination by the State Police Digital Forensic Unit until Monday.

The items were seized in June 2007, said Boober, whose investigation continued a probe by the Bedford County (Va.) Sheriff's Office.

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Boober received the case in January 2007, and the investigative report he received from Virginia authorities was prompted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber tip line. The tip line received a complaint on Nov. 30, 2006, Boober said.




Mason faces more charges after alleged attempted murder



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man who has been in jail since May 6 on felony charges stemming from a May 3 shooting along North Spring Street has been charged with five additional felonies since, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

On Monday, Matthew Quinn Mason, 20, of 65 Bowie Drive, Apt. 18, was arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on a felony of charge of burglary and misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, battery and fleeing on foot, according to court records.

Snow set a $27,000 bond for Mason, aka Q, who police have said was involved in a string of crimes, beginning with another shooting April 30 at Martin's Landing apartment complex in Martinsburg, according to court records.

Mason was arraigned on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment in the April 30 incident, according to court records. Last week, a federal grand jury named Mason in a three-count indictment that alleges his target in the April 30 shooting was a person who testified in a federal trial.

Police have said the trial witness testified against a defendant who later received a life sentence in prison, according to court records.

Mason also faces charges of daytime burglary and domestic battery that resulted from an altercation with his girlfriend May 4.

Several hours later that same day, police allege Mason also had an altercation with his ex-girlfriend. The investigation of the second incident by Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy A. Boothby led to the filing of three of the charges for which Mason was arraigned Monday. The fourth, fleeing on foot, stemmed from the April 30 incident, records show.

Police also allege Mason also assaulted a young man April 6 with a piece of concrete, according to court records.

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