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Two charged in firearms burglary

January 08, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.-Two men were charged in connection with a Nov. 11 firearms burglary after one of them went to Martinsburg City Hospital Thursday with a gunshot wound to the leg, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Investigators found that during an attempt to move the stolen firearms from a storage location on Williamsport Pike, one of the firearms discharged and struck Herman Terrell Govan in the leg, the department said.

Govan, 25, of no fixed address, and Jacob Charles Kesecker, 24, of Bedington Road in Martinsburg, were charged with burglary, deputies said.

Investigators found all but one of the stolen weapons and several other pieces of stolen property from the burglary, deputies said.

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Along with the burglary charge, Govan was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and transferring stolen property, deputies said.

His bond was set at $37,000 and he was being held at Eastern Regional Jail Thursday morning, deputies said.

Kesecker's charges, in addition to the burglary, were conspiracy to commit burglary, transferring stolen property and wanton endangerment, deputies said. His bond was set at $32,000 and he was also being held at Eastern Regional Jail Thursday morning.

Govan and Kesecker were found at a local motel, and during the attempt to arrest them, Miranda Sage, 24, of Martinsburg, was arrested for obstructing, deputies said. She was released after posting bond.

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