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June 01, 2010

Man accused of driving vehicle that hit deputy pleads not guilty to charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A Martinsburg man accused of driving a vehicle that hit a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy in February pleaded not guilty in circuit court Tuesday to charges in an indictment returned last month by a grand jury.

Robert E. Wiley, 47, who remained incarcerated Tuesday at Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, was arraigned by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III.

Wiley was indicted on one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury, one count of fleeing in a vehicle while DUI and one count of reckless driving.

Wiley's trial was scheduled for Aug. 17.

Wiley was charged after the Feb. 13 accident, which involved Deputy Thomas Carroll.

Carroll, who still is recovering from his injuries, was helping direct traffic on Apple Harvest Drive as a grader cleared snow to open a third lane in front of Lowe's when he was struck at about 3 a.m., police have said.


Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. said Tuesday that Carroll is not expected to return to duty for another nine or 10 months.

In March, Carroll said he was continuing to recover from shoulder and leg injuries, and had very limited movement in his left arm.

Former student charged in obscene material case

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A former Martinsburg High School student is accused of distributing obscene material to another student while enrolled at the school, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Michael Robert Kovaleski, 19, of 622 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, was arraigned Sunday on counts of disturbance of schools and distribution of obscene matter to a minor, according to court records.

Kovaleski, who was in 10th grade, has withdrawn from Berkeley County Schools, according to spokesperson Jaimee Borger.

Kovaleski is accused of sending multiple handwritten letters, as well as a sexually explicit drawing, according to court records.

The letters make references to a "demonic world," going into a "dog form" and the defendant being part of some sort of "clan," according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman A.J. Garcia.

Woman escapes from police, then captured

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A woman briefly escaped from police custody Tuesday in Martinsburg after being arrested in the midtown 7-Eleven convenience store parking lot, according to court records.

Natalie Darcelle Bates, of 12 Don Quixote Way, Charles Town, W.Va., was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on charges of escape and petit larceny, according to magistrate court records.

Bates was found with one handcuff attached to her wrist and the other wrist free after fleeing from police at the Winchester Avenue-King Street business through an alley to Raleigh Street, according to court records.

Bates managed to free herself after being handcuffed by Sgt. Darrll Ruppenthal and placed in the back of a police vehicle, according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle.

Bates was being detained because police confirmed an active warrant was issued through Martinsburg municipal court for her arrest, according to Doyle.

Knife wielded in game theft

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A 31-year-old man is accused of wielding a knife to keep authorities from stopping him from stealing more than $1,000 in video games from Sears in the Martinsburg Mall last week.

Paul Morgan Clark, of 800 New York Ave., was arraigned over the weekend on charges of grand larceny and malicious assault, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The 45 games reported stolen last Wednesday had a value of $1,049.54, according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman J.S. Everhart.

Police later determined that the stolen games were being sold to GameStop in the mall and were able to identify the defendant upon reviewing security video footage at Sears and talking with employees at the video game retailer, according to court records.

Sears' loss-prevention officials initially detained Clark, who became aggressive and pulled a knife out of his pocket and began swiping at them while they were escorting the defendant to the store's loss-prevention office, according to court records.

The defendant entered the store with a shopping cart and a bag, according to court records. He placed the games in the bag and then covered it with two pillows from the bedding section of the store before walking out without paying for the merchandise, according to court records.

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