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May 29, 2009

Man acquitted of distributing cocaine



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A jury in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg found a man not guilty of aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine earlier this month, according to court records.

Lorenzo James Parson of Marquette Drive and Gilbert Coleman Shepherd of Douglas Grove Road near Martinsburg were arrested in October 2008 after police alleged they took part in a crack cocaine deal.

The jury returned the not-guilty verdict for Parson after deliberating for about three hours at the end of a two-day trial earlier this month, attorney Kirk Bottner said in a news release.

Shepherd entered a guilty plea earlier this month to seven counts of an indictment that included the one count that named Parson, according to court records.

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According to a complaint filed against the men last year in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, a $1,200 crack cocaine purchase occurred at Shepherd's home. After the deal, a Mercedes Benz that Parson was driving on Kelly Island Road near Martinsburg was stopped by West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.D. Burkhart and Parson was arrested, according to court records. The case was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Martinsburg man charged with possession



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged Friday with drug crimes after police responded to his home for a domestic disturbance, police said.

While at the home, officers found about 12 grams of suspected crack cocaine, Martinsburg police said in a news release. The drugs would have a street value of about $1,200, police said. They also found about five grams of suspected marijuana, which would have a street value of about $25, police said.

Brian James Grove, 19, of 317 S. Maple Ave., was charged with possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine, officers said.

Jefferson County man found not guilty of armed robbery



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A jury found a Jefferson County man not guilty of armed robbery in a trial earlier this month.

Michael A. Miller Jr. was indicted for the robbery of a local convenience store, according to attorneys who handled the case. 

The verdict was returned after about 35 minutes of deliberation by the jury, according to attorney Kirk Bottner.

The defendant was represented by Bottner's partner, David P. Skillman.

Martinsburg woman facing drug charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was charged with drug crimes Thursday, police said in a news release.

She agreed to deliver marijuana to a confidential police informant during an undercover police investigation, Martinsburg police alleged in a news release.

Tabitha Nicole Yancey, 27, of 305 S. Rosemont Ave. in Martinsburg, was charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana, police said in a news release.

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