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Man arrested at courthouse

February 20, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man was arrested Friday at the Berkeley County Judicial Center after police found him with a poorly clothed child and in possession of a small amount of heroin and suboxone, a drug used for opioid addiction, according to court records.

Arthur Lee Hairston Jr., 30, of 246 McGuire Lane in Gerrardstown, W.Va., was arraigned by Magistrate W. Randy Smith on misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct, according to court records.

Smith set a $5,500 bond for the defendant, who told West Virginia State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard he came to the courthouse to get a family protective order against his girlfriend, according to the officer's complaint.

Hairston arrived Friday morning at the courthouse at 380 W. South St. with a young boy who was "shaking uncontrollably," -- apparently because of exposure to the weather -- while the defendant was sweating profusely, Maynard said.

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Court security officials told Maynard, who arrived at the judicial center for administrative purposes about 9:30 a.m., the child was not properly clothed for the weather.

After being informed a report of Hairston taking the child from her home had been filed with the Martinsburg Police Department, Maynard went to the Magistrate Court Clerk's office to talk with the defendant.

While checking for weapons, Maynard said he found the defendant with a pair of scissors in his pants pocket and two suboxone pills. A brown 0.7-gram piece of heroin was found after Maynard said Hairston was placed in custody in the judicial center after becoming upset, according to the trooper's complaint.

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