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Police briefs - August 12

August 12, 2011

Marijuana plants found at Hedgesville, W.Va. home

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police found 40 marijuana plants at a Hedgesville, W.Va.-area home Wednesday and subsequently charged three people with cultivating the drug there, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The plants were seized at 530 Consiler Lane, which court records list as the Hedgesville address for Susan Ann Kinstler, 29, and Sky David Sager, 35.

Kinstler and Sager were arraigned Thursday on one felony count of cultivation of marijuana by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court documents.

Also arraigned Thursday on one count of cultivation of marijuana was Jonathan Carnill, 27, of 2150 Harris Way, Martinsburg, according to court documents.

Carnill was using a secondary out building on the property as a living quarters, according to court documents.

All of the defendants were released from custody after bail was posted for a $25,000 bond that Snow set for each defendant, according to court documents.

The marijuana plants were found in varying stages of growth, according to a complaint filed in court by West Virginia State Police Cpl. A.E. Evans.

Federal probation officers alerted the State Police about the marijuana at the property, according to court documents.



Checkpoint announced for Aug. 20

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, members of the West Virginia State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint along U.S. 11 near Martinsburg, 1st Sgt. E.D. Widmeyer announced Thursday.

The checkpoint near Evans Drive is expected to continue until 3 a.m. Aug. 21, according to a news release.

A secondary location will be along U.S. 11 near the intersection of Charles Town Road, according to the news release.

Funded through the Commission on Drunk-Driving Prevention, Widmeyer said in the announcement that the primary purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the motoring public about the effects of driving impaired either by alcohol, drugs or both.  

Drivers will be checked for any other traffic infractions as well, according to the news release.

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Franklin County (Pa.) Emergency Services incidents

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

  • At 1:57 a.m., a fire alarm in the first block of Springhouse Drive in Cumberland County.
  • At 2:47 a.m., a brush fire in the 600 block of Raystown Circle in Southampton Township.
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