Police briefs

August 05, 2009

Marijuana seized in Inwood area

INWOOD, W.Va. -- Police seized 100 marijuana plants Wednesday from the basement of an Inwood, W.Va., home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Bradley Wayne Hart, 38, of 6273 Winchester Ave., Inwood, was arraigned on one felony count of cultivating marijuana, according to court records. He was in Eastern Regional Jail on Wednesday on a $100,000 cash-only bond set by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg.

The plants were seized upon the execution of a federal search warrant, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police.

Members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the West Virginia State Police assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration in executing the warrant, according to the complaint.


Man charged with reckless driving

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 42-year-old Berkeley County man is accused of attempting to flee from a police officer Wednesday morning on a motorcycle with his 9-year-old daughter as a passenger, according Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

John Glen Catlett, of 10709 Oak Grove School Road in Hedgesville, was arraigned on misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle without a license, fleeing in a vehicle, no insurance and having no valid registration on the vehicle, according to court records.

Catlett was operating a 2005 yellow Suzuki GSX on Cannon Hill Road that state police allege passed a patrol car about 11:30 a.m. without a registration plate displayed on the motorcycle, according to court records.

The trooper followed the motorcycle onto Barrett Lane, where it had turned at a high rate of speed, according to court records.

The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle on the road, but later found the bike and two helmets about 1,000 feet from the road in a heavily wooded area, according to court records.

Police tracked Catlett to an abandoned trailer, where they found the man and his daughter hiding under a blanket in the rear of the home, according to court records.

Catlett told police he never had the motorcycle registered or insured in West Virginia, according to court records.

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