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Police briefs

December 12, 2008

Church property damaged, audio equipment stolen



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Martinsburg Police Department was investigating the theft of audio equipment from Church of Bible Covenant at 706 Sheridan Ave., according to a news release.

Police received a report of the breaking and entering Friday and the responding officer, Patrolman M. Jones, discovered the building apparently had been damaged when the crime was committed.

Anyone with information about the break-in may contact the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Man sentenced in October 2007 shooting



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 22-year-old Berkeley County man was ordered Friday to serve a one- to 5-year prison sentence for shooting another man at a Centre Street apartment in Martinsburg in October 2007.

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D'Angelo Antoine Alston, of 38 Class Vanville Road, was sentenced by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.

Alston entered a guilty plea to unlawful assault after originally being indicted on counts of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

Wilkes told Alston that he wouldn't order probation after a presentence investigation of the defendant showed that he had received "numerous chances" in previous brushes with the law.

After responding to a report of shots fired Oct. 7, 2007, at 316 Centre St., police found four bullets had struck the apartment building. They later learned that a man was treated at City Hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Woman arrested 34 times receives sentence



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 23rd Judicial Circuit judge, who ordered a 44-year-old woman on Friday to serve a one- to 15-year prison term for heroin distribution, noted in a sentencing hearing that she had been arrested more than 30 times.

Kathleen Christine Lebon of Falling Waters, W.Va., also failed four terms of probation and had been charged with 50 to 60 different crimes in her arrests, Judge Christopher C. Wilkes said in the hearing.

"Not in my community," Wilkes said of the prospects of ordering probation again.

Listing a litany of charges, including shoplifting, identity fraud, assault and drug-related offenses, Wilkes concluded the defendant probably should have been "dealt with a little more harshly" years ago.

The prison sentence came after Lebon entered a guilty plea to delivery of heroin in July 2007. Two other drug-related charges, including one outlined in an indictment, were dismissed.

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