Police briefs

August 08, 2008

Martinsburg man charged with kidnapping

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man allegedly forced his ex-girlfriend from her apartment at knifepoint early Thursday and held her captive for several hours before letting her go, according to court and jail records.

Steven William Grieco, 30, of Boyd Avenue, was charged with kidnapping and burglary by Martinsburg Police Department patrol officer K.M. Barrett.

Grieco was arraigned Thursday evening by Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey, who set a $200,000 cash bond. Grieco was in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday, according to court and jail records.

The victim told police that Grieco was holding a large serrated knife to her throat when she awoke about 5:30 Thursday morning, according to Barrett's complaint.


She was taken to Aspen Hall at 405 Boyd Ave., where Grieco was staying, and was released after convincing him she would not call police and that she would meet him Sunday, according to Barrett.

While being held captive, the victim told police she saw the tools he used to break into her apartment and kidnap her, Barrett said.

Once he released her, the victim immediately called for help, Barrett said. The officer indicated in her complaint that the victim apparently filed a family protective order against her ex-boyfriend, who repeatedly asked her why she took the legal action.

Fire causes $65,000 to Charles Town-area home

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Damage caused by a fire Friday evening that started in a log home south of Charles Town largely was contained to the sauna room where firefighters determined it originated, Independent Fire Co. Lt. Donnie Lanham said. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office was expected to investigate the cause of the fire at 667 Huyette Road.

No one was believed to be living at the home. Firefighters were dispatched at 7:37 p.m., Lanham said.

Firefighters from Ranson, W.Va., were joined by units from Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town and John H. Enders Fire Co. in Berryville, Va. They had the fire under control in less than 15 minutes, Lanham said.

Lanham said no one was injured. Fire, heat and smoke damage was estimated at $65,000, Lanham said.

Volunteers from Shepherdstown (W.Va.) and Blue Ridge Mountain fire departments assisted with fire station coverage, Lanham said.

Hagerstown police respond to calls

Hagerstown police responded recently to the following incidents:


  • At 11:06 a.m., theft was reported in the 700 block of Forest Drive. A blue, 20-inch Huffy Rocket bicycle was taken.

  • At 1 p.m., a wallet was found in the 100 block of North Potomac Street.

  • At 3 p.m., second-degree assault was reported in the central parking lot.

  • At 7:12 p.m, solicitation was reported in the 100 block of North Walnut Street.

  • At 9 p.m., a cell phone was found in the first block of West Washington Street.

  • At 11:09 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 900 block of Mulberry Avenue. A laptop and garnet ring were taken.


  • At 12:50 a.m., damage to a vehicle was reported in the unit block of East Avenue.

  • At 3:11 a.m., counterfeit currency was reported at Sheetz, 301 E. Washington St.

  • At 8:09 a.m., theft was reported in the 300 block of Vale Street.  

  • At 8:11 a.m., theft was reported in the 100 block of Fairground Avenue. A white-and-brown Mongoose Rebel bicycle and an orange, silver and black Mongoose bicycle were taken.

  • At 10:11 a.m., a pocket organizer was found in the 300 block of Vista Street.

  • At 10:39 a.m., theft and damage to a vehicle were reported in the 500 block of Lynnhaven Road. A CD player, satellite radio and CDs were taken.

  • At 3:37 p.m., bigamy was reported in the 700 block of Guilford Avenue.

  • At 4:21 p.m., theft was reported in the unit block of North Potomac Street. A wallet was taken.

  • At 6:11 p.m., attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment was reported in the 400 block of North Locust Street.

  • At 8:03 p.m., theft was reported in the 200 block of South Locust Street. A blue, 20-inch Mongoose bicycle was taken.

  • At 8:56 p.m., damage to a vehicle and theft from a vehicle were reported in the 500 block of Lynnehave Drive. A window was damaged and a CD player was taken.

  • At 10:08 p.m., damage to property was reported in the 300 block of South Locust Street.

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