Police briefs

September 24, 2009

Hagerstown police plan sobriety checkpoint

The Hagerstown Police Department will conduct several sobriety checkpoints during the upcoming weekend, according to a press release.

The checkpoints, the locations of which are not being disclosed, will be conducted in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Checkpoint Strikeforce program, according to the press release.

Man steals $97 at store

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man entered the Wal-Mart on Lincoln Way East Sunday afternoon and stole $97, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The man stole the money at 2:20 p.m. when he forced a cashier to give him change for a $100 bill, state police said in a press release.


The man then fled the store.

Anyone with information about the theft can contact state police at 717-264-5161.

Business burglarized

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Property was damaged inside an office at Johnson Road Property LLC on Sunday during a burglary, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The burglary at the office at 1885 Johnson Road in Hamilton Township occurred about 4:14 a.m., according to a press release.

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact state police at 717-264-5161.

Woman faces felony shoplifting charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman who has been arrested at least 15 times on shoplifting and larceny charges in three states was arraigned Wednesday on three felony counts of third-offense shoplifting, according to court records.

Debra Kay Cook, aka Deborah Kaye Cook, of 114 W. Race St., was arraigned by Magistrate W. Randy Smith, according to court records.

On Tuesday evening, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.B. Flanigan arrested Cook at the Spring Mills Wal-Mart, where police allege she attempted to steal 11 packages of infant bodysuits, clothing and blankets with a value of $81.30, according to a complaint filed by Flanigan.

Flanigan found in a criminal history check that Cook had been arrested in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

State police cruiser collides with motorcycle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man driving a motorcycle avoided serious injury after the bike collided with a West Virginia State Police cruiser on Edwin Miller Boulevard Tuesday night, according to State Police 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

David Lowell Miller was treated for minor injuries at City Hospital in Martinsburg and was cited for failure to yield the right of way, according to a news release Wednesday by Burnett.

Trooper J.R. Barker was not injured in the accident, which happened near Warm Springs Avenue at 9:22 p.m., according to Burnett's news release.

Barker was traveling east on Edwin Miller Boulevard approaching the intersection with Warm Springs Avenue when the cruiser he was driving collided with the white 1996 Suzuki DR350 motorcycle that Miller was driving, according to Burnett.

Miller had turned left onto Edwin Miller Boulevard from the Exxon near Warm Springs Avenue when the collision happened, according to Burnett.

Barker was responding to a reported domestic disturbance and the cruiser's lights had been activated, according to Burnett's news release.

Scam targets elderly

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is warning residents about an apparent scam targeting older residents of the county.

Lt. Gary Harmison said in an e-mail that an elderly woman told police she was contacted by a male caller who told her she needed to wire money to Wal-Mart in Canada for her grandson.

"The person never identified himself by name but said it was their favorite grandson," Harmison said.

"We have received a couple of calls here about this same scam and ... they are targeting the elderly," Harmison said.

"Some have sent money on this and I just want to make people aware of this and to check things out before just sending money. If their grandson or granddaughter is not traveling or too young that should be a red flag that goes up," he said in the release.

Last week, Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond said her father received two phone calls from a woman who told him that if he didn't update his will the county would get all of his property.

Berkeley County Fiduciary Supervisor Maria L. Childers said residents should not respond to any such solicitation for will, estate or other personal information.

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