September 12, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina was arrested Friday near Martinsburg, W.Va. when police stopped his vehicle on I-81 and found the man and the girl inside, West Virginia State Police said in a press release. Michael Lynn Fry, 33, of 459 Beagle Road in Myerstown, Pa., was taken to the West Virginia State Police Martinsburg Detachment, where he was processed for his North Carolina warrant and transported to Eastern Regional Jail, police said.
January 1, 2011
A Martinsburg man has been charged with kidnapping after a Friday afternoon incident in which police said he refused to let his estranged girlfriend out of his car, drove recklessly and spoke of wanting police to shoot him, West Virginia State Police said in a news release. Gary Woodrow Poole, 32, of 311 Tenacious Heights in Martinsburg, was charged with kidnapping, driving on a suspended license and domestic assault, Trooper T.D. Gillmore said in the release. Gilmore got the report of the kidnapping Friday about 2:30 p.m. when Charles Town, W.Va.
January 12, 2012
A Waynesboro, Pa., businessman has been charged with stripping another man down to his underwear and assaulting him Wednesday in the back of a store on West Main Street, the Waynesboro Police Department said. Phillip Crawford, 39, of Waynesboro, was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and kidnapping, according to a police department news release. Police said they responded at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday to a disturbance at Crawford's business, Just Because, at 42 W. Main St. When officers arrived, Crawford told them that a man who was high on drugs attempted to steal from the store and ran out wearing only his underwear, the release said.
August 18, 2010
GRANTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a man accused of kidnapping, beating and choking a 6-year-old girl after he had been at large for more than a week. The Combined County Criminal Investigation unit arrested 44-year-old Stephen Westfall Tuesday about 5:45 p.m. behind a church in Grantsville. Police say Westfall traveled the Allegheny Highlands Trail to Pittsburgh, then returned to Grantsville. He is charged with kidnapping of a child younger than 16, attempted first-degree murder and other offenses.
September 10, 2010
INWOOD, W.Va. -- Crisis negotiators helped end a two-hour standoff during which a man wouldn't let his girlfriend leave their home Thursday, police said. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Charles Kipps III, 34, was with his girlfriend, Melanie Merson, at 60 Hidden Acres in Inwood, where they live, when police arrived at about 3:20 p.m. Deputies found that Kipps was intoxicated and wouldn't let Merson leave, police said. The sheriff's department's Special Response Team and crisis negotiators from Martinsburg Police and West Virginia State Police responded.
April 5, 2011
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man faces three felony charges, including kidnapping, following three crimes committed within a three-block radius in Martinsburg early Tuesday, Martinsburg Police said in a news release. Matthew D. Barton, 28, of 34 Marwin Ave., Bunker Hill, was charged with attempted robbery, kidnapping and nighttime burglary, police said. He was being held at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg. At 1:05 a.m., police were called to the 600 block of Winchester Avenue, where a woman said an unknown male assailant had placed a knife against her throat, leaving a small cut, the release said.
July 13, 2000
Robbery, kidnapping charges filed By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City police charged a Martinsburg man on Thursday with one count of armed robbery and three counts of kidnapping in connection with the armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant this spring. continued Police charged Charles Lesane Jr., 33, of 214 Shenandoah Village, Apt. 3, with taking $1,500 from the restaurant at gunpoint on March 20. Police also alleged that he and three accomplices forced three employees into a freezer.
March 6, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An 18-year-old woman was held for several hours Tuesday inside a house at 621 Virginia Ave. where sex acts were forced on her, the Martinsburg Police Department said in a news release. Russell Coates, 51, who lived at the Virginia Avenue address, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault, the release said. Police found Coates at his home but he would not answer the door, the release said. Forced entry was used to get inside the house, police said.
January 7, 1997
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Hagerstown man who kidnapped his teen-aged girlfriend and held her hostage during a chase and standoff with police was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. David M. Norment, 38, was also sentenced by U.S. District Marvin J. Garbis to five years supervised release, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Beth Gesner. Norment faced a maximum penalty of life in prison. Norment had pleaded guilty in September to kidnapping and firearm charges. He was arrested north of Martinsburg, W.Va.
January 12, 2000
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man was charged Wednesday with kidnapping his former girlfriend, holding a gun to her head and assaulting her, according to West Virginia State Police. cont. from front page Police allege that after being refused service in Ritter's Club on Williamsport Pike at around 2 a.m., John W. Shirley Jr., 49, waited outside for former girlfriend Anna Shaffer, who worked there, and followed her. When Shaffer, 45, arrived at her home at 114 Ashley Court in Hedgesville, police allege he placed a gun to her head as she got out of her 1985 Plymouth station wagon and forced her back into the car. Shaffer alleged that he asked her how she felt about dying and told her he didn't have a problem killing her, according to state police.