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August 18, 2009

Man charged with malicious wounding, attempted first-degree arson



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 37-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday on charges of attempted malicious wounding and attempted first-degree arson after police were told he kicked a woman in the face multiple times and chased her with an ax, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Rocky David Sims Jr. of Cornerstone Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, who set a $25,000 bond for the defendant, according to court records.

The woman told Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy W.D. Christian that a man attempted to set an artificial plant on fire during the attack and threatened to burn the house down, according to the deputy's complaint.

The artificial plant was found melted in multiple places and lying on its side in the residence, according to Christian's complaint.

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The woman's son told the deputy that a man also slammed a boy's head against a wall when he tried to help his mother get away.

Man charged with burglary after break-in



HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- A man found drinking alcohol in a woman's Back Creek Valley Road residence Monday night was arraigned on one felony count of burglary and other domestic charges, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records and police.

Douglas Alan Flanary, 28, of 403 Devonshire Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday evening on a $15,000 bond set by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court and jail records.

The woman told police on Monday night that after she found the door of her home "kicked in" and a man drinking inside, he threw the dining room table at her and later held her down against her will before she was able to get away, according to a complaint by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy W.D. Christian.

Police found broken glass and blood on the porch of the Hedgesville-area residence, as well as blood on the door and on the floor inside the home, according to Christian's complaint. Police responded to the scene at 10:50 p.m., Christian said.

Christian said in his complaint that he later learned that the defendant was registered with the state probation office as being on home confinement, according to court records.

Two charged with heroin possession



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police seized more than 15 grams of heroin worth about $2,400 from a vehicle that was stopped for allegedly following another vehicle too closely, West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns said Tuesday.

Daniel Robert Myers Sr., 50, and Michael Jackson Murphy, 42, both of Hedgesville, W.Va., each were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy to deliver heroin and transporting a controlled substance into the state, Kearns said in a news release.

At about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Trooper J.J. Bowman stopped a black Ford vehicle with a white cab on Hedgesville Road after it nearly struck a Ford truck that was turning left onto Ridge Road south, according to Kearns.

The occupants of the vehicle provided police with differing accounts of their travels prior to the traffic stop and the passenger appeared to be sweating and "moving around," according to Kearns. After receiving permission to search the vehicle, police found a GPS unit in the vehicle with the last location being the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport parking lot, according to Kearns.

That information conflicted with both defendants' accounts of their previous whereabouts, according to Kearns.

A Martinsburg City Police Department patrolman and the city agency's K-9 helped police find a cigarette carton that contained an unsealed pack containing brown heroin, police said.

Murphy later told police that he was with Myers when he went to Baltimore to purchase the heroin, which weighed 15.7 grams, according to Kearns.

Brunswick man charged in W.Va. police chase



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Brunswick, Md., man was in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on a charge of fleeing in a vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol after police said he attempted to avoid capture for more than seven miles, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Charles Alan Crosen of 310 W. Potomac St., Apt. 3, was in jail on a $20,000 bond set by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court records.

Crosen, 38, was arrested near the 14-mile marker of Interstate 81 in Berkeley County (near the exit for City Hospital) by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Bush. The trooper first attempted to stop the black 1994 Ford Thunderbird near the Kearneysville, W.Va., post office on old W.Va. 9, according to court records.

The Thunderbird was disabled after one tire was deflated by spike strips by a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy, according to the trooper's complaint.

The deputy also helped make the arrest by deploying his Taser, according to Bush's complaint.

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