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Tri-State police, court briefs

August 31, 2010

Hearing for man charged with neglecting his children continued to next week



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A preliminary hearing scheduled for a Martinsburg man accused of withholding food from his children for more than 24 hours at a time was continued Monday to allow more time for his court-appointed attorney to prepare for the case.

Jesse A. Lafferty, of 292 Labonte Drive, the father of the children, is charged with two felony counts of child neglect by parent or guardian leading to serious bodily injury, two felony counts of child abuse by parent or guardian and four felony counts of conspiracy to commit the abuse and neglect, according to court and jail records.

Lafferty's girlfriend, Karen S. Boback, who lived with Lafferty, also has been charged in the case.

Boback told police that Lafferty allegedly punished the children by withholding food from them over a 24-hour period, made them take cold showers, spanked them with a belt and forced them to spend the night in the home's unfinished basement, according to court records.

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A West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources spokesman said last week that the children were placed in state custody.

Wallet stolen



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A black leather wallet containing personal identification cards was stolen Friday from a vehicle at 79 Railroad St., according to the Greencastle Police Department.

The wallet, which was stolen between midnight and 9 a.m., had a picture of a tractor-trailer on it and the phrase "Keep on Trucking," police said.

Woman struck by vehicle



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A woman was struck by a vehicle at 14 S. Carlisle St. Friday, according to the Greencastle Police Department.

The woman, who was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, was removing dogs from her vehicle when she was struck at 11:30 a.m., police said.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the woman was intoxicated, police said.

Cash, iPod stolen during burglary



MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- More than $200 in change and an Apple iPod Touch were discovered missing following a burglary in the 100 block of South Main Street, according to the Mercersburg Police Department.

The burglary occurred between Friday and Saturday, police said.

Computer, television stolen in burglary



GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- An Acer notebook computer and a Vizio 55-inch television were stolen Friday during a burglary at a house in the 100 block of North Washington Street, according to the Greencastle Police Department.

Someone forcibly entered the house through a rear door during the burglary, which occurred between 6:40 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., police said.

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