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December 16, 2010

Woman charged with taking heroin into jail

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Heroin that a woman is accused of taking into Eastern Regional Jail apparently was used by eight other inmates who tested positive for the drug, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Crystal Marie Wood, 26, of 44 Excursion Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one felony count of transporting a controlled substance into a correctional facility, according to court records.

Last month, Wood allegedly concealed the heroin in a tampon holder to get it past security at the jail, according to court records.

A guard became aware the heroin was in the jail after learning the drug was reportedly stolen from another item of Wood’s personal property, according to court records.

The eight other inmates tested positive for heroin on Nov. 8, according to court records.

Two of the eight worked together to steal the heroin from the defendant’s property inside the jail, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Trooper C.A. Ellwanger.

Fire causes minimal damaged to house

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Firefighters contained a small fire reported at a house off Black Gap Road in Greene Township, Pa., early Thursday.

The fire at 1572 Fairview Ave. was reported at 4:15 a.m., according to the Franklin County (Pa.) 911 Center.

The fire started from discarded ashes on a floor, Fayetteville (Pa.) Deputy Fire Chief Dustin Ulrich said.

“It was under control in 10 minutes,” he said.

The fire resulted in minimal damage and no injuries, Ulrich said.

Robbers hit woman with a gun

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police are asking for the public’s help in gathering information about a robbery in which a woman was struck in the side of the face with a gun in a house on Cumberland Highway.

The woman was arriving at her home in the 4700 block of Cumberland Highway on Dec. 10 when three males pushed her as she was opening a door, state police said.

Once inside, the men started demanding money, state police said.

When the woman told the men she did not have any money, she was struck in the side of the face with the butt of a gun, police said.

The men detained her at gunpoint, and she was struck more times in the head, police said.

After the men rummaged through the house for about a half hour, they left with some small items, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call state police at 717-264-5161.

Copper stolen from Greencastle residence

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Copper was stolen from a residence in the borough, Greencastle police said in a news release.

Police responded to 30 Orchard Circle on Dec. 11 at 1:45 p.m. for a report of a natural gas leak.

During their investigation, police discovered that the house had been burglarized and an unknown amount of copper had been stolen from the residence.

Police did not know when the copper was stolen.

No other information was available Thursday.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the incident may call them at 717-597-9506.

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Incidents reported in Franklin County
The following incidents were reported Tuesday by Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services:

  • At 3:57 p.m., wires down in a tree in the 13000 block of Pennersville Road in Washington Township.
  • At 4:36 p.m., an auto accident in the 100 block of South Potomac Street in Waynesboro.
  • At 5:40 p.m., an auto accident in the 15000 block of Wayne Highway South in Washington Township.
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