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December 31, 2008

About 3,000 lose power



About 3,500 Allegheny Power customers in the Tri-State area were without electricity Wednesday as the result of high winds that temporarily damaged power lines, Allegheny Power spokesman Todd Meyers said.

Meyers said power was restored to about 3,000 of the customers by early Wednesday afternoon.

Although the outages were expected to "ebb and flow" throughout the day because of high winds, the goal was to have all of the power restored by 6 p.m., Meyers said.

A vast majority of the outages were reported in Washington County and Berkeley County, W.Va.

Man charged with bringing drugs into jail



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police say a man swallowed a small bag of heroin that he had concealed in another body cavity while being booked on additional charges at Eastern Regional Jail, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court and jail records.

Ryan Lee Henson, 22, of 104 Rudolph Court in Martinsburg, was in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night after being arraigned by Magistrate Jim Humphrey on charges of bringing a controlled substance into the jail, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and grand larceny, according to court records.

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Humphrey set a $70,000 bond for Henson, who police allege was responsible for stealing a motorcycle in October, according to court records.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sgt. B.F. Hall said in a complaint that investigators believe the heroin that Henson swallowed in a small bag was taken from a confidential informant who had paid the defendant for the drugs. Henson later took the drugs back from the informant.

W.Va. woman faces prostitution charge



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she agreed to perform a sexual act for a confidential informant in exchange for money.

Paulette Keene, 31, of Virginia Avenue, was charged with solicitation of prostitution after being taken into custody at War Memorial Park, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

Cause of Pa. fire under investigation



SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- The cause of a Tuesday night fire in the 12000 block of Loop Road in a rural section of Franklin County, Pa., is under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police.

The abandoned, bank-owned house had no electric service when the fire broke out about 10 p.m., said Jeff Sarver, a state police fire marshal.

The house, which was nearly destroyed, was near the one built as part of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in November.

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