Police briefs

December 11, 2008

Police probe ROCS robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police are looking for a man who was armed with a handgun when he robbed the ROCS convenience store just east of Martinsburg off Shepherdstown Road and Jenny Wren Drive early Wednesday.

The robbery happened about 12:40 a.m., according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The man showed the weapon and demanded money as he was making a purchase, police said.

The sheriff's department was assisted by the Martinsburg Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information about the crime can contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999. Crime Solvers offers a reward up to $1,000 for anonymous information about any crime.

Man wanted in February shooting arraigned

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Ranson, W.Va., man accused of shooting another man in the leg in February 2008 was arraigned Tuesday on felony counts of malicious wounding, conspiracy and two counts of wanton endangerment, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.


Joshua L. Dillow of 77 Robelei Drive, was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on a $50,000 bond.

The victim was shot outside his home at 391 Fegan Road on Feb. 11 and taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center for treatment, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Bowman.

Fire damages portion on insulation production plant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Tuesday evening fire at Guardian Fiberglass Berkeley County plant caused an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 in damage, according to South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department chief Richard "Rick" Petry.

Reported as a structure fire at about 7:30 p.m. by a person traveling past the plant at 4812 Tabler Station Road, the blaze appeared to have originated at a "cooker" used in the production of insulation, Petry said.

The building's sprinkler system was activated and "pretty much put the fire out," but left two to three inches of water on the floor throughout the facility, Petry said.

Also responding to the scene were members of the fire department for 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard based at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport and Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

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