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August 13, 2010

Two taken to hospital after crash at Maryland Avenue and Wilson Boulevard

Two people were taken to Washington County Hospital after a two-vehicle crash Friday at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Wilson Boulevard, Hagerstown Police said.

The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. when a 1998 Saab was southbound on Maryland Avenue and turned into the path of a northbound 1988 Nissan Maxima, police said. The driver of the Maxima had the right-of-way, police said.

A male occupant of the Maxima and a female occupant of the Saab were taken to the hospital, police said. Neither had life-threatening injuries, police said.

Martinsburg man charged with making terroristic threats

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 23-year-old Martinsburg man has been charged with making terroristic threats in an incident last month at his home, Martinsburg Police said.


Mathew Edward Ball, of 106 S. Raleigh St., was taken into custody Friday and arraigned before a state magistrate, police said.

On July 23, police and Martinsburg Fire Department ambulance personnel went to Ball's house after he threatened to commit suicide and a firearm had been taken from him, police said.

Ball allegedly made statements to the ambulance personnel that he had been feuding with his family and owned a handgun and a hunting rifle, police said. Ball allegedly said if it ever happened again,he would taken both weapons into his room and lock the door, police said.

Ball also stated that if the police were called he would "shoot whoever came to the bedroom door to get him," police said.

Man charged with robbing convenience store with pickax sentenced

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A Berkeley County man charged with robbing the ROCS convenience store off West King Street in Martinsburg with a pickax in September 2009 was ordered this week to serve a maximum of 10 years in prison, according to court records.

Andrew Charles Fletcher, 24, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., signed an agreement in May to enter a guilty plea to first-degree robbery in exchange for the state to dismiss charges of breaking and entering, grand larceny and petit larceny, according to court records.

Police alleged that Fletcher took $149 in cash and a carton of Marlboro Menthol Light cigarettes with a value of $46.61 from the convenience store/gas station at 1619 W. King St. at about 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 23.

As part of the plea agreement, Fletcher also was ordered to pay restitution.

A pickax was found in the back of a Dodge Ram truck that police allege Fletcher used as the getaway vehicle after he robbed the convenience store, according to the complaint.

Probable cause found in case against man accused of setting fire to duplex

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two charges against a man accused of setting a fire in a vacant duplex in Martinsburg were bound over to circuit court Thursday.

In a preliminary hearing, Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg found probable cause to allow the state to continue to prosecute Joshua Daniel Stevens, 31, on one count of third-degree arson and one count of setting fire to lands.

The charges stem from allegations that Stevens on April 24 set fire to a 1998 Ford Explorer, which he is accused of stealing from a Martinsburg resident, according to court records.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Grove testified during the hearing Thursday that authorities found the stolen vehicle engulfed in flames along Myers Bridge Road.

Two trees next to the vehicle and grass around it also were burned in the blaze, Grove said.

Man charged with possession with intent to deliver after suspected crack cocaine found

MARTINSBRUG, W.Va. -- A 59-year-old man was arrested Friday and charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after being found with seven rocks of suspected crack cocaine, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Robert Roosevelt Fisher, of no fixed address, also was charged with resisting arrest and on Friday was in Eastern Regional Jail on a $27,500 bond set by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court records.

Fisher was found with 3.3 grams of the drug after police stopped a white Chevrolet Silverado in which he was a passenger for crossing the center line of North Raleigh Street, according to court records.

The drugs were found in Fisher's right sock, according to the criminal complaint. Police also seized $409 in cash from Fisher, according to court records.

Franklin County emergency calls

The following incidents were reported Thursday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services:

o At 1:45 a.m., Chambersburg Fire and EMS responded to a false fire alarm at 750 Norland Ave.

o At 3:37, a vehicle alarm was reported at the Shippensburg Historical Society.

o At 4:57 a.m., the Chambersburg Fire Department responded to an auto alarm at Chambersburg Brethren Church.

o At 5:13 a.m., Chambersburg Fire and EMS responded to an auto alarm at 260 S. Fourth St.

o At 5:15 a.m., the Chambersburg Fire Department responded to an auto alarm at 159 S. Main St.

o At 5:16 a.m., the Marion Fire Department responded to 2655 Molly Pitcher Highway for a possible transformer on fire. It was discovered that a transformer had blown.

o At 5:26 a.m., the Waynesboro Fire Department and emergency medical crews were assisted by the Mont Alto Fire Department and the New Franklin Fire Department on a house fire at 395 Viewpoint Way in Waynesboro.

o At 6:04 a.m., an automatic fire alarm was reported at Wilson College in Chambersburg.

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