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Police, fire briefs

June 04, 2009

Md. man charged with forging prescriptions



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Emmitsburg, Md., man was charged with forging more than two dozen prescriptions to obtain OxyContin, a severe pain medication often abused to obtain a heroin-like high.

Jeremy Alan Fields, 23, was arraigned Tuesday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on 26 counts of forgery, uttering and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

Fields was arrested Tuesday by West Virginia State Police at the Sheetz off Edwin Miller Boulevard, according to a complaint filed by troopers involved in the case.

The prescriptions were allegedly forged and used at the Walgreen's in Martinsburg and were written between September 2008 and Tuesday, according to the complaint.

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Fields is accused of forging on a stolen prescription pad the names of two doctors who work in Frederick, Md., according to the complaint.

Each of the prescriptions was for 90, 80-miligram OxyContin tablets.

Man accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old girl



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 33-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing his 11-year-old stepdaughter while the girl's mother was not home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The man is charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse, according to court records.

The girl told authorities that her stepfather touched her inappropriately even though she told him to stop, according to a complaint by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Bowman.

The girl said she didn't tell her mother about what was happening because he threatened the girl, according to Bowman's complaint.

DUI checkpoint set in Morgan County



BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A DUI checkpoint will take place between 8:30 p.m. on June 12 and 2 a.m. on June 13 on South Washington Street in front of the Citizens National Bank, police said.

At Tuesday night's Bath Town Council meeting, Bath Police Chief Craig Pearrell said it is a coordinated effort with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

Mercer Street is an alternative route, Pearrell said.

Crews respond to fire on Fish & Game Road



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Firefighters contained a Thursday afternoon fire at 10360 Fish & Game Road in Washington Township, Pa., to the laundry room where it started.

Waynesboro Deputy Fire Chief Trayer Stoops said the first firefighters on the scene at 2 p.m. found smoke coming from the home and discovered fire in the first-floor laundry room of the split-foyer house.

A woman who lived there was evaluated by ambulance crews, but not taken to the hospital, Stoops said.

Firefighters left the scene at 3:30 p.m. The cause is under investigation, but Stoops said the fire appears to have started accidentally somewhere other than the washer and dryer.

Responding fire departments included Waynesboro, Blue Ridge Summit, Mont Alto and Fountaindale from Pennsylvania, as well as Leitersburg from Maryland.

Martinsburg residents charged in heroin bust



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg residents were arrested Thursday after investigators working on an ongoing narcotics probe entered an apartment at 200 E. King St. and found 23 packets of heroin, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

Steven Douglas Orr Jr., 30, of 200 E. King St., Apt. 2, and Amber Dawn Rockwell, 25, of 312 Athletic St., each were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, the release said.

Douglas and Orr were being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night and no bond had been set for them, a jail spokesman said.

Martinsburg Police Department officers and Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force members searched the apartment after a forced entry, the release said.

Rockwell was in the living room and Orr was near a back bedroom, police said.

The 23 packets of heroin were found in a container in a back bedroom, police said.

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