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Two charged following Martinsburg paintball spree

April 19, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two people were charged in connection with a paintball spree in which 11 buildings, including Company 1 of the Martinsburg Fire Department, one car and one person were struck by paintballs Sunday, according to the Martinsburg Police Department.

Officers responding after 9 p.m. to calls for buildings being struck by pink paintballs spotted a vehicle drive past with paintball marks on it, police said in a release.

After the vehicle traveled for several blocks, Patrolman S.A. Shelton stopped it off Mall Drive in the Martinsburg Plaza parking lot, the release said. Paintball guns and pink paintballs were found inside the vehicle, police alleged.

Kyle Ripka, 18, of 1604 Nestle Quarry Road, Falling Waters, W.Va., a passenger in the car, was charged with 12 counts of destruction of property, one count of disturbing the peace and one count of battery.

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The driver, Danielle Tinsman, 20, of 146 Grandview Court, Falling Waters, was charged with one count each of disturbing the peace and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Police said paintballs had been shot along Winchester Avenue and King and Raleigh streets.

At least 11 buildings, including the fire department building on Raleigh Street, and one vehicle were defaced and one person reported being shot in the mouth, police said.

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