Police briefs

December 18, 2009

School bus struck from behind in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Thirty-six Summitview Elementary School children were on a bus involved in an accident Thursday morning on Pa. 16 in front of Hardee's, school and police officials said.

One girl was taken to Waynesboro Hospital as a precaution and later released, Waynesboro Area School District Business Administrator Caroline Dean said.

"They had EMTs there, as well as our policy is the school nurse will be there," she said.

Washington Township police said James Vinson of Waynesboro was driving a car that collided with the back of the bus driven by Melissa Hockenberry of Waynesboro at 8:45 a.m.

The car was towed from the scene in the 1500 block of East Main Street, police said.

Bus 50 was not damaged, Dean said.

Boy, 15, arrested in theft of kettle at Martinsburg Mall

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 15-year-old boy is accused of taking a Salvation Army donation pot at the Martinsburg Mall this week.


Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely could not immediately confirm Thursday evening whether a petition charging the juvenile with petit larceny had been filed by her office.

The donation pot theft was reported on Monday by a bell ringer for the nonprofit organization, according to a news release by Martinsburg Police Department Detective J.D. Luciano.

Police were told that a young male had grabbed a donation pot and fled on foot toward Mall Drive and Porter Avenue and witnesses were able to identify the suspect, aaccording to Luciano's release.

"He confessed to stealing the donation pot and then abandoning it when he heard police coming toward the mall," according to the news release.

Burglary suspect sought in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Police in Martinsburg were looking for a man who is charged with breaking into a West Race Street home on Wednesday and stealing jewelry and other items, according to a Martinsburg Police Department announcement.

A warrant charging Clifford Lee Hutchinson, aka Clifford Lee Burke, with daytime burglary was issued by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to a press release by Martinsburg Police Department Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle.

Witnesses helped police identify the burglar who was seen fleeing from the area of the residence, according to the announcement.

As of 6 p.m., Hutchinson had not been apprehended, police said.

Anyone with information regarding Hutchinson's whereabouts can contact the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

Three charged in Hedgesville area drug search

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Police arrested three people Thursday morning on drug charges after seizing more than 200 marijuana seeds, two sets of digital scales and 2.43 ounces of pot from a house in the Hedgesville, W.Va., area, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Robert Ellis Miller Jr., 32, of 1615 Conservation Drive, Hedgesville, W.Va. was arraigned on one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana by Magistrate JoAnn Overington o set a $25,000 bond for the defendant, according to court records.

Matthew Joseph Martin, 20, of 4 Mid Noon Drive, Martinsburg, was charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute marijuana and Cora Barrett was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana, according to court records.

Troopers N.K. Campbell and C.S. Maynard found three Ziploc bags containing the marijuana on the television stand in the front living room of the Conservation Drive residence, according to court records. The troopers also found three smoking devices and a box of Ziploc bags, according to a complaint by Campbell.

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