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July 17, 2009

Sheriff's department seeking missing teen

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies were searching for a teenager reported missing from Boonsboro on Thursday just after midnight, according to a sheriff's department press release.

Kathleen Elizabeth Welch, 13, left a note saying she was leaving the state and if anyone tried to find her, she would hurt herself, deputies said.

Kathleen is described as white, about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds, deputies said.

Anyone with information on Kathleen's whereabouts may call the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 301-791-3020.

Two arraigned on heroin charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two Eastern Panhandle residents were arraigned Friday on charges of dealing heroin to confidential informants working with West Virginia State Police, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Kristy Louise Imbach of 54 Stanley Lane in Kearneysville, W.Va., was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith on felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and aiding and abetting in the distribution of a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint filed by state police Cpl. B.A. Bean.


Imbach also was arraigned on a misdemeanor count of attempting to defeat a drug/alcohol screening by substitution of a false sample, according to court records.

Imbach's boyfriend, Justin Michael Utley, of 36 Augusta Lane in Martinsburg, was arraigned by Smith on two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance (heroin).

Imbach's alleged deals with a confidential informant happened June 2 and 10, according to Bean's complaint.

Utley's charges stem from alleged deals on June 2 and 3, according to a separate complaint filed by Trooper Z.L. Nine.

Tractor-trailer crash sends eight to hospital

INWOOD, W.Va. -- A crash on Interstate 81 Friday afternoon involving a tractor-trailer and a van sent eight people to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., with minor injuries, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The 2:02 p.m. accident occurred at Exit 5 and resulted in the closure of the southbound entrance ramp to the interstate for about an hour, deputies said.

The van had 14 passengers, deputies said.

Two wanted in drug sweep turn themselves in

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two men wanted in connection with a Thursday drug sweep conducted by the Martinsburg Police Department turned themselves in Friday, according to a police department press release.

Chad Michael Spaur, 22, of 627 N. Third St. in Martinsburg, was served with a felony warrant for delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), police said.

Robert Lee Sparkman, 62, of 220 Reunion Corner Road in Gerrardstown, W.Va., was served with three felony warrants for delivery of a controlled substance (Percocet), police said.

The Thursday drug roundup resulted in 10 arrests as officers from several agencies culminated four months of police work into drug distribution activity throughout Martinsburg.

A spokesman at Eastern Regional Jail said Friday night he had no record of either man being held there.

Citizens on Patrol seeks new members

Hagerstown Citizens on Patrol logged 164 patrol hours and drove 425 miles on the streets of Hagerstown in May and June, assisting the Hagerstown Police Department in the suppression of crime.

During their patrols, the citizens located and identified eight traffic offenses, four criminal offenses, four nuisance offenses, five suspicious persons, three suspicious vehicles and three disturbances, and made five special checks of businesses and residences, CSAFE Officer Gerard T. Kendle said.

Hagerstown Citizens on Patrol is recruiting new members. For information, call Lt. Tim Wolford at 301-790-3700, ext. 248.

Sheriff's Department checks out thefts, disorderly conduct

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded recently to the following incidents, according to Sgt. Roy Harsh:

Wednesday, July 15:

  • At 9:44 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 1200 block of Mount Aetna Road.

  • At 9:57 a.m., breaking and entering was reported in the 7100 block of Wheeler Road.

  • At 11:43 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 100 block of East Chestnut Street.

  • At 6:04 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported in the 14200 block of Maugansville Road.

  • At 6:51 p.m., theft of electronics was reported in the 6200 block of Sharpsburg Pike. 

  • At 8:03 p.m., theft of a wallet was reported at Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road.  

    Thursday, July 16:

  • At 4:27 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 21600 block of Leitersburg Pike. Someone broke the window on a vehicle.

    Police looking into series of bike thefts

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Police Department is looking for information on a series of bike thefts committed in early July.

    Six bikes were taken from borough homes and churches between July 1 and 5, police said.

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