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July 05, 2008

Three men arrested in robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three men were in Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday evening after being charged with robbing two men hours earlier, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court and jail records.

Casey Shannon Silver, 18, of 53 Crown Court; Brandon Claud James, 21, of 23 Crown Court; and Jucobe Johnson, 28, of 64 Royal Crest Drive, each were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Sgt. D.L. Steerman.

Johnson also was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, records show.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $50,000 cash bond for Silver and James, and a $75,000 bond for Johnson, records show.

The robbery victims told police they were driving on Jenny Wren Drive when they heard a female screaming and then stopped to see if she needed some help. After getting out of the vehicle they were riding in, the victims said they were attacked, beaten and robbed of about $100 in personal items, including a mobile phone, earrings, bracelet and a necklace, according to a complaint filed by Steerman.

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The deputy said the men were stopped at Grapevine Road and Apple Harvest Drive in a Ford Probe, and heroin, ecstasy and cocaine were found along with a medical receipt bearing the name of Johnson's infant daughter in a backpack in the car, records show.

Office manager charged with embezzlement

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 26-year-old woman was arraigned Friday on one count of embezzlement for allegedly bilking $33,106 from her employer, an auto dealership in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Melinda D. Lowe, of 136 Janesa Drive in Martinsburg, was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, who set a $5,000 bond.

Lowe is accused of embezzling the money between March 6 and June 23 of this year from the business where she was the office manager, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper Brian W. Bean.

The trooper said the defendant admitted to taking the money from Opequon Motors by swiping her debit card through the business credit card machine and listing the transactions as refunds, according to Bean's complaint.

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