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April 15, 2010

Martinsburg man charged after traffic stop, also wanted in Florida and Georgia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man wanted in Florida and Georgia on outstanding felony charges was arrested early Thursday after police found him in possession of about $1,500 worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Mario Brentton Gillespie, 32, of 203 Forbes Drive, was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, no insurance and improper registration, according to court records.

Gillespie was in Eastern Regional Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant that also was issued, according to court records.

West Virginia State Police Trooper C.S Maynard said in a complaint filed in magistrate court that Gillespie was wanted in Florida for a probation violation, according to court records.

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The marijuana weighed about 383 grams, according to court records.

Gillespie was driving an Oldsmobile Regency with North Carolina plates that belonged to a Geo, according to court records.

Maynard was patrolling W.Va. 9 at about 12:14 a.m. when he spotted the vehicle traveling east and subsequently stopped the car at the 16-mile marker of I-81, according to court records.

Hedgesville man pleads guilty to tax evasion

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 66-year-old Hedgesville, W.Va., businessman entered a guilty plea Thursday to one count of tax evasion for the 2006 tax year, acting U.S. Attorney Betsy C. Jividen's office in Wheeling, W.Va., announced.

Robert Charles Harbaugh attempted to evade a large part of income tax "due and owing by him" in an amount up to $214,752, according to a news release by Jividen's office.

Harbaugh disguised his income from his business as expenses on the business' accounting records, then deposited the money into his personal bank account and significantly underreported his income for the tax year in question to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the announcement.

Federal authorities did not identify Harbaugh's business.

The evasion happened from Jan. 1, 2006, to April 15, 2007, according to the announcement.

Harbaugh, who was free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. and investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division.

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