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July 17, 2010

Man charged with sex assault, abuse



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A 49-year-old Gerrardstown, W.Va., man on Friday night was in Eastern Regional Jail on charges that he sexually assaulted and abused a 14-year-old girl multiple times since the beginning of the year, according to court records.

Lee Russell Machina of 269 Atwood Drive, was charged with five felony counts of second-degree sexual assault and five misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who arraigned Machina, set a $50,000 cash-only bond for the felony charges and $25,000 bond for the misdemeanor counts, according to court and jail records.

The victim told West Virginia State Police Trooper C.J. Berry that the alleged sexual contact first occurred in January or February and continued, with the most recent incident Thursday, according to court records.

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The victim told police she was scared and she feared that no one would believe what she said happened, according to court records.

Woman charged with stabbing man



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A Martinsburg woman accused of stabbing a man Friday morning told police "he was running his mouth," according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Mandra Lynn Adams, 26, of 319 N. Maple Ave., on Friday night was in Eastern Regional after being arraigned on one felony count of malicious wounding, according to court and jail records.

Magistrate JoAnn Overington set a $10,000 bond for Adams, according to court records.

Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman William Parks responded to the 200 block of North Queen Street at 9:11 a.m., according to court records.

The victim told police he was walking east on Race Street when he was approached by the Adams' uncle, who threatened him, according to court records.

After changing his direction of travel, the victim said he was walking south on Queen Street when Adams ran toward him and began hitting him, according to court records. At some point, he realized he was bleeding and that Adams had a knife, according to court records.

Police found Adams' uncle in possession of the knife when they arrived to investigate, according to court records.

He told police that the victim had been harassing his niece, and he saw Adams run toward the victim with the knife, according to court records.

Adams' uncle said he then ran to the police station to get help before returning to where Adams and the victim were, according to court records.

Police probing armed robbery



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Martinsburg City Police Department was investigating an armed robbery Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Foxcroft Avenue.

The robbery was reported at 1:18 p.m., police said.

A man had just parked his vehicle when another man came up as he was sitting in the vehicle, police said. The assailant put a handgun through the window and demanded cash, police said.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the robber ran toward the Sears store, police said. The area was searched, but the robber was not found, police said.

The robber was described as white, about 6 feet tall with a medium build and short, dark hair, police said. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue shorts and white tennis shoes, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the assailant may call Martinsburg City Police at 304-264-2100.

Authorities seek man who robbed Martinsburg bank



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Authorities were looking Friday night for a man who robbed the Martinsburg location of United Bank that afternoon.

The suspect was believed to have fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash after presenting a female teller with a threatening note, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.A. Mahood.

Police were notified of the robbery at 26 District Way at 1:03 p.m., according to a news release.

The robber was said to have fled on foot behind the bank toward neighboring apartment complexes, police said.

The robber was described as a black male wearing a knit cap, jeans, sunglasses and a long-sleeve gray shirt with blue stripes, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Martinsburg detachment of the State Police at 304-267-0001.

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