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Police briefs

May 22, 2009

Shed fire investigated as arson



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire early Thursday at a shed behind a residence in the 200 block of Burdette Drive in the Opequon Meadows subdivision was being investigated as an arson, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.

The Bedington and Baker Heights volunteer fire departments responded to the fire in a 12-foot-by-20-foot outdoor storage shed, deputies said.

The structure and its contents were a total loss. There was not an estimate for the cost of damages, deputies said.

The residents were home at the time of the fire, which was reported at 12:52 a.m., deputies said.

Anyone with information on the fire may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Vehicle break-ins reported in W.Va.



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins Thursday morning in the Spring Mills subdivision off T.J. Jackson Drive in northern Berkeley County, according to a sheriff's department press release.

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Vehicles at three separate residences were entered Thursday between 10 and 11 a.m., deputies said. One of the vehicles was inside a garage, deputies said.

Electronics, wallets and other personal items were taken in the break-ins, deputies said.

Anyone with information on the thefts may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Man wanted for desertion arrested



FREDERICK, Md. -- A man wanted by the U.S. Department of Defense on a felony warrant for desertion from the U.S. Army was arrested Thursday morning during a traffic stop, according to a press release from Maryland State Police in Frederick.

Douglas Adam Dabney, 25, of Hopewell, Va., was stopped about 11 a.m. by a Maryland State Police trooper working a seat-belt initiative in the area of Crestwood and Westview boulevards, troopers said.

Dabney, who was driving a 2001 GMC box truck, was not wearing his seat belt, troopers said. A check revealed Dabney was driving on a suspended Virginia driver's license, troopers said.

Dabney was taken to the Frederick County Detention Center to appear before a commissioner. He also was referred to the Provost Marshal's office at Fort Detrick, deputies said.

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