Police, fire briefs - Feb. 8

February 08, 2012

Martinsburg man accused of beating woman with cane

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 69-year-old Martinsburg man is accused of beating a woman with a cane Tuesday at Senior Towers in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Norman J. Williams, of 200 E. Stephen St., Apt. 210, was arraigned by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of unlawful wounding, according to court documents.

Police intervened before Williams was able to strike the victim with a hammer in the elevator of the housing complex at 200 E. Stephen St., according to court documents.


Police said Williams denied hitting the victim with a cane or a hammer, but admitted that he struck her with his fist three or four times, according to court records.

The victim had several bruises and abrasions on her face, arms, chest and back, and told police that Williams struck her two or three times with his cane, according to court documents.

The altercation apparently stemmed from an allegation that the victim stole $75 from Williams, according to court records.

St. Thomas woman hurt after driving vehicle off road

PLEASANT HALL, Pa. — A 79-year-old St. Thomas, Pa., woman was injured Sunday when she drove a 2002 Mercury Villager off Pine Road, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Janet E. Jones was admitted to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital and later released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jones lost control of the vehicle on a curve, then the vehicle began to spin. The vehicle then struck an embankment and rolled, troopers said in a news release.

Jones was thrown from the vehicle, troopers said.

Waynesboro Police Department report

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The following information was provided by the Waynesboro Police Department. Police ask that anyone with information about the incidents call the police department at 717-762-2132.:

• The Waynesboro Police Department responded Monday to the 200 block of West Main Street for a report of a non-active burglary. The resident told police he arrived at his residence to find the entrance door open and items missing.

Among the items reported missing were a safe, a television, a satellite box, a coffee pot, food items, and prescription medication, police said.

Entry was made through the front door of the residence, police said.

• On Feb. 4 at 2:34 a.m., an officer from the Waynesboro Police Department who was on patrol in the area of the NAPA Auto Parts, 614 S. Potomac St. in Waynesboro, saw that the corner of the wall at the Machine Shop on the south side of the building had been struck by a vehicle.

Damage to the garage door and surrounding wall was extensive, police said. Based on the amount of damage, the wall appeared to have been struck by a truck, possibly a box truck or tractor trailer, police said. The wall was pushed more than 12 inches, creating cracks in the wall approximately 15 feet high, according to police.

• On Feb. 4 at 9:54 a.m., the Waynesboro Police Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Elder Avenue for a report of criminal mischief to a window screen.

Police learned that someone had broken the window screen of the window on the front porch. The frame was broken at the top right corner and the bottom left corner, police said.

Franklin County Emergency Services report

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


  • At 9:08 p.m., Marion Fire Department responded to 2816 Molly Pitcher Highway in Guilford Township for an auto fire.
  • At 10:59 p.m., St. Thomas Fire Department responded to the 6000 block of Lincoln Way West in St. Thomas Township for an outside investigation.
  • At 11:23 p.m., Greencastle Fire Department responded to the 600 block of East Baltimore Street in Greencastle for an auto accident.
  • At about 6:17 a.m., Fayetteville Fire Deptartment, assisted by New Franklin Fire Department, responded to 6375 Chambersburg Road in Adams County for a commercial fire alarm
  •  Franklin County EMS departments responded to 16 calls from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.
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