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West Virginia court briefs

September 08, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Prelim postponed for former Red Cross worker accused of possessing child pornography



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A preliminary hearing for a former American Red Cross worker charged with 48 counts of possessing material portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct was postponed Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

In addition to the child pornography charges, Samuel K. Bunner, 37, of 223 Brilliant Stone Drive in Martinsburg, is charged with 87 felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to court records.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders, who asked for the hearing to be continued, said at least one witness, State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober, was not on hand to testify.

The child pornography allegations surfaced during the course of a credit card fraud investigation by West Virginia State Police, according to court records.

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Bunner is alleged to have "cashed out" prepaid debit cards between August 2009 and February 2010 that were supposed to be given to disaster victims, according to court records.

The alleged theft was not discovered until after Bunner was let go from his job at the Red Cross when pornography was found on his work computer, according court records.

Bunner denied images of child pornography on the computer belonged to him and indicated other people had access to the computer, according to court records.

A subsequent examination of a jump drive belonging to Bunner led to the discovery of 48 images of child pornography, according to court records.

Inwood man accused of stealing bronze vases from grave markers



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Inwood, W.Va., man is accused of stealing at least two dozen bronze vases from grave markers at Pleasant View Memory Garden east of Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Michael Anthony Windsor, 19, of 136 Patricks Court, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of grand larceny by Magistrate Ruth A. Donaldson, according to court records.

The general manager of the memorial park at 2938 Charles Town Road told Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Michael P. St. Clair in September 2009 that 50 vases were taken from grave markers in the back left corner of the cemetery, according to court records.

After contacting area metal recyclers, St. Clair learned that 24 vases, weighing a total of 148 pounds, had been sold to one of the businesses in Winchester, Va., according to court records.

Windsor told police that he stole 24 vases and sold them to help his brother financially, according to court records.

Va. woman accused of stealing video games



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A Strasburg, Va., woman accused of stealing video games from the Walmart in Spring Mills, W.Va., on two occasions was arraigned Wednesday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Summer Nicole Hodson, 24, of 2628 Oranda Road, was linked to the theft of $1,836.71 in stolen property after police reviewed surveillance camera recordings on March 18 and May 4 and the resale of the games, according to court records.

The woman is accused of retrieving a screwdriver from the store's tool department to remove security cases from the games, then leaving the store through the lawn and garden department without paying for them, according to court records.

The security cases were found in a child's backpack that was put back on the shelf after the March theft and in a handbag in May, according to court records.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Bowman was able to identify Hodson as the seller of video games stolen in March to retailer GameStop, according to court records.

Bowman also discovered that Hodson was charged with retail theft by police in York, Pa., according to court records.

Woman accused of shooting at her daughter and grandson



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A 46-year-old woman is accused at shooting at her daughter and her 18-month-old grandson in a domestic altercation Tuesday, according to court records.

Victoria Patricia Walker of 23 Brickmason Drive, Inwood, W.Va., was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of wanton endangerment, according to court records.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy J.W. Wolfe retrieved a Glock .40-caliber handgun, a spent shell casing and the bullet from Walker's residence, where the shooting allegedly occurred, according to court records.

Walker's daughter told police she and her mother had been arguing because the television was on, according to court records. She also indicated her mother had been drinking alcohol "all evening," according to Wolfe's complaint filed in magistrate court.

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