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Police briefs

March 18, 2009

Men face drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 49-year-old man apparently had his 15-year-old son sell heroin for him to a confidential informant over the weekend, according to a complaint filed by the West Virginia State Police in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

William R. Stefanko of 45 Harper Lane, Hedgesville, W.Va., was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and receiving and/or transferring stolen property, according to jail and court records. Magistrate W. Randy Smith set a $175,000 bond for the defendant on Sunday.

Also arrested at Stefanko's home over the weekend was Christopher L. Nottingham, 23, of 2910 Providence Church Road, Hedgesville, according to court records.

Nottingham was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and was free Tuesday night on $50,000 bond, according to court records.

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A search of Stefanko's home led to the discovery of several grams of heroin, two stolen firearms among several found at the residence and a large plastic container full of about 100 prescription drugs, according to a complaint by State Police Trooper M.D. Gillmore.

The trooper said in his complaint that the search happened about 1:20 a.m. Sunday morning after the informant purchased $25 in heroin Saturday.




Grass ignited at Pa. park



FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Someone ignited grass clippings in a train tanker on display Saturday afternoon at Norlo Park in Guilford Township, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The arson occurred at 3:37 p.m., state police said in a news release.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact state police at 717-264-5161.




Cards, cash reported stolen



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four credit/debit cards and cash were stolen from a vehicle at 1670 Sherry Drive Sunday or Monday, said Pennsylvania State Police.

The vehicle was entered through an unlocked driver's-side door, state police said in a news release.

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