Search warrants executed in Ranson shooting probe

arrest made in armed robbery

No arrests have been made in fatal shooting at Apple Tree Gardens

May 04, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |

RANSON, W.Va. — Police Thursday morning executed search warrants at the Apple Tree Gardens Apartments and other locations in Ranson as part of the investigation into an April 25 fatal shooting at the North Mildred Street complex, according to the city police chief.

The search warrants were also executed in connection with an investigation into an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven down the street on April 23 which may be related to the shooting, Police Chief William “Bill” Roper said.

Xavier Juan Roberts, 23, of Halsey Court, Martinsburg, W.Va., was arrested Thursday evening in connection with that robbery, Roper said. Roberts was charged with armed robbery, brandishing a deadly weapon and petit larceny, Roper said.

After some narcotics were found in a search, Amber K. Williams, 25, of Ranson, was charged with midemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and cocaine, he said.


Two other individuals were also arrested on outstanding warrants, Roper said.

William J. Holmes, aka Stephen Holmes, 25, of Ranson, was detained for failure to appear in court to face prosecution on a misdemeanor count of fleeing from a police officer and two counts of no registration. Melissa L. Lindamood, 31, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of assault.

About 35 officers conducted the searches, and police departments throughout the county were involved, Roper said.

He said officers interviewed people as part of the investigation into the shooting, but no arrests have been made in that case.

Dontrell Tyree Curry was found shot in the head at a second-floor apartment at Apple Tree Gardens Apartments shortly after authorities received a report of shots fired at 5 a.m. on April 25, Roper has said.

Rachel Cooke, 26, who was shot in the arm, underwent surgery at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson and was later interviewed by police.

Curry was found in a rear bedroom of the apartment, which is where Cooke lives. Cooke was found shot in the living room, Roper said.

Two boys, ages 8 and 10, were home with their mother when the shootings occurred, but were unharmed, he said.

Correction: This story was edited May 4, 2012, to add the arrest in the armed robbery case and to correct the age of and charge against Melissa L. Lindamood.

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