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Ranson man charged with attempted murder in recent shooting

May 29, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Ranson, W.Va., man accused of shooting another man at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town, W.Va., last week was taken into custody Tuesday morning by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, police said.

Maurice Larnard Hough, of 300 S. Marshall St., Apt. 5, was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of attempted murder and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to court documents.

Hough was being held Tuesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond for the attempted murder charge and a $50,000 bond for the drug charge, according to court and jail records.

Hough was found riding in an SUV, which was stopped off U.S. 11 near Tabler Station Road, according to court documents.

He was found in possession of $1,545 in cash, but denied knowing anything about a small plastic bag containing about 4 grams of cocaine that was beneath the rear passenger seat of the SUV, according to court documents.

The female driver of the SUV told West Virginia State Police Sgt. K.E. Plumer and Trooper N.K. Campbell that the cocaine belonged to Hough and that she was being paid to give him a ride with a “50 pack” of powder cocaine, according to court documents.

Charles Town Police Detective Ronnie Kerns said Tuesday night that the victim in the May 23 shooting was shot in the leg and did not have a life-threatening injury.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Ulrich said Charles Town Police requested the Marshals Service’s assistance in finding Hough.

— Matthew Umstead

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