W.Va. court briefs

December 30, 2008

Alleged lewd behavior leads to drug arrest

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 53-year-old Martinsburg man accused by a neighbor of exposing himself to her family was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine after police responded to investigate the alleged lewd behavior over the weekend.

Allen Rogers Emmert III of 107 Rosewood Drive, was arraigned Sunday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow, who set a $25,000 bond, according to court records.

On Saturday, a resident in the 400 block of South Illinois Avenue told police that a male repeatedly flashed the lights on and off at a neighboring home and "once they would look out, he began to (commit a sexual act) in front of her children," Martinsburg Police Department patrolman E.L. Chrisman said in a criminal complaint.

When Chrisman arrived at the house, the officer said he saw through a window a man who appeared to be trying to get dressed and hide something before answering the door, records show.


After being allowed inside, Chrisman said he noticed the man had a "white powdery residue" under his nose, and was sweating and sniffling, according to the officer's complaint.

Chrisman said in his complaint that the man admitted to snorting cocaine and showed the officer where he had 10 grams of the drug in an Altoids tin in the bathroom and a small amount in the kitchen.

Three arrested on drug charges in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg men each were arrested twice this weekend on drug-related charges, according to complaints filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

William Lee Cooper, 26, of 518 W. Addition St., and Elan Bell-Veney, 22, of 109 Gemstone Drive, were in Eastern Regional Jail on $75,000 cash bonds Monday evening, according to jail and court records.

Cooper and Bell-Veney, along with a juvenile, were arrested Saturday near Cooper's residence on charges of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and marijuana, and conspiracy to deliver the drugs, according to court records.

They were arrested again Sunday on additional drug charges after police went to the home on a follow-up to the first investigation, according to a complaint by Martinsburg Police Department patrolman J.L. Harper.

Jessica A. Linton, 22, of 162 Stadium Circle, Inwood, W.Va., also was arrested on drug possession charges in the second visit to the West Addition Street home, police said.

Police confiscated 5.8 grams of cocaine base, 5.8 grams of crack cocaine, 1.6 grams of marijuana and more than $1,500 Saturday, and 33.6 grams of marijuana packaged in more than two dozen bags Sunday, according to Harper's complaint.

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