Police, fire briefs - June 20

June 20, 2011

Berkeley Co. authorities seek missing man

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Authorities in Berkeley County are looking for Charles Luther Short Sr., a 45-year-old white man who was last seen on June 14 at his home in the Martinsburg area, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

Short is 6 feet tall and weighs about 230 pounds, police said in a news release. He has salt-and-pepper-colored hair and brown eyes. Police said Short reportedly has severe medical conditions that require daily medication and has difficulty walking without assistance.

Police also said the missing man has a very distinct scar on his midsection.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Short may contact Deputy J. Jenkins or the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at 304-267-7000.

Man charged with breaking into strip club

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 22-year-old Romney, W.Va., man arrested over the weekend is accused of attempting to break into the Paradise City strip club in Bunker Hill, W.Va., and also breaking into a nearby business and stealing fireworks, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

Joseph Walter Hock was incarcerated at Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on charges of breaking and entering, attempted breaking and entering and grand larceny, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

After initially investing an attempted break-in at Paradise City on Sunday, police said they investigated a breaking and entering at Bunker Hill Fireworks, which is near the strip club, according to a news release.

Police allege Hock admitted to both crimes and police recovered more than $600 in fireworks at his residence. In the course of the investigation, police said they were able to use security video to link the suspect to a female who not only worked at the strip club but also resided with Hock, according to the news release.

At the residence in Romney, police also found several pieces of lawn equipment that were reported stolen in Hampshire County, as well as a stolen license plate, according to the news release.

Police: Women used fake $20 bills at Pa. yard sale


SCOTLAND, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police are looking for help locating two women who used two fraudulent $20 bills at a yard sale on Rocky Springs Road on June 16.

It is believed that the women also passed fraudulent $20 bills at other locations, state police said.

Both women were described as being in their mid- to late-20s, being about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and they were possibly riding in a black Ford pickup, police said.

One of the women had blond hair and the second female had dark brown or black hair, police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call state police at 717-264-5161.

Man burned in motorcycle fire in Boonsboro

A man sustained first- and second-degree burns when his motorcycle caught fire Saturday afternoon in the first block of Lakin Avenue in Boonsboro, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The fire broke out at about 4:25 p.m., when a fire started in the rear engine compartment of a 1980 Honda Trike that was being operated by Carl C. Fowler, according to a fire marshal’s office press release.

The fire, which was ruled accidental, took 10 firefighters about two minutes to bring under control, the fire marshal’s office said.

Damages were estimated at $500, the release said.

Theft cases, burglary reported in Washington County

The following incidents were reported Friday through Monday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:

  • A Craftsman leafblower, a set of pruning tools and a chainsaw case stolen from the 15400 block of Clear Spring Road.
  • DeWalt power tools and other items stolen from a shed in the 15300 block of Clear Spring Road.
  • A burglary in the 11000 block of Kemps Mill Road.
  • A theft in the 17800 block of Virginia Avenue.
  • A theft from a vehicle in the 100 block of Hump Road.
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