Police briefs

November 13, 2009

Gunmen break into Peters Township home

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Four gunmen broke into a home in Peters Township in Franklin County, Pa., early Friday, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

The home invasion occurred around 1:50 a.m. in the 3000 block of Mountain Road, when four armed males entered the residence through a closed basement window, police said.

They restrained the three people home at the time, threatened them and demanded money, police said.

After getting an undisclosed amount of money, they fled the home. One of the victims suffered minor injuries, police said.

Several specialized units within the state police were investigating the incident.

Teen arraigned after crashing into residence

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An 18-year-old man was arraigned Friday after crashing into a residence Thursday night in the Wildflower Creek subdivision east of Martinsburg, according to West Virginia State Police.

No one was injured, police said.

Brian Schawalder of Martinsburg was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, underage consumption and driving without insurance, according to court records.


Troopers J.D. Schuessler and Sgt. K.W. Martin were dispatched at 10:38 p.m. to investigate a reported motor vehicle crash at 233 Moonlight Lane, according to a news release from 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

The officers found a gold Chevrolet Impala in the lawn of the residence and determined that Schawalder was driving east on Moonlight Lane when he lost control of the vehicle, went off the street and ran into the house, according to the news release.

Schawalder's blood-alcohol content measured .171, above the legal limit of .08, according to court records.

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