Thursday, July 29, 2010

Robbery was a False Report

 On Friday July 16 2010 Officers responded to Wal-Mart on Foxcroft Ave for a robbery which had just occurred. Officers responded to the area minutes after the incident had allegedly occurred. All areas were checked and video surveillance was obtained.

The victim, Identified as Mr. William Arthur Leland (DOB 11/10/53), advised officers on scene that he had been sitting in his vehicle in the Wal Mart parking lot when a White male brandished a revolver in his face and demanded $800 cash. He advised he turned the money over to the male, who fled towards Sears.

The video was later reviewed and there was no evidence of a robbery taking place.

 Mr. Leland was interviewed at the Martinsburg Police Department on 7/26/10 during which time he confessed to calling in a false police report. He advised that the money, which was allegedly robbed from him, was in fact a combination of his and his physically handicapped sisters whom he takes care of. He advised that he had gambled the money, and lost, at a local gambling establishment.

Mr. Leland was arrested on this day. He was arraigned by Mag. R. Smith and given a PR bond of $2500.  He was charged with Falsely reporting an emergency incident

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


 As of yesterday’s date Clifford Lee Hutchinson (DOB 7/27/64), has been extradited back to the Martinsburg ERJ. Mr. Hutchinson was wanted for two burglary charges stemming from burglaries, in which he is the defendant, from December 2009 in Martinsburg WV

 Mr. Hutchinson was arraigned by Mag. Snow for two felony burglary charges, from the Martinsburg Police Dept, He was also arraigned on one felony escape charge,  through the Berkeley County Sheriffs Dept.

Mr. Hutchinson has been wanted since December 2009. He had fled to western states and was eventually arrested.

Today  Mr. Hutchinson was served with another arrest warrant for Felony Transferring Stolen Goods. This charge also stems from the burglary incidents. He has been served on this day and awaits arraignment by Magistrate J. Overington. He is currently incarcerated in the ERJ. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Escapee Found

On Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10:02pm, officers from the Martinsburg Police Department responded to the Vicki Douglas Juvenile Detention Center in reference to a missing juvenile.  Upon arrival, it was advised that at approximately 8pm, a 17 year old juvenile male who was being detained at the facility, was determined to be missing.  A subsequent search around the exterior of facility resulted in clothing from the juvenile being located near a dumpster and a nearby wood line. 

Officers then began looking for the juvenile and located him at approximately 2:09am in a wooded area near Rolling Meadow Drive.  The juvenile was then taken back to the Vicki Douglas Detention Center.   

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


On Tuesday, July 06, 2010, at approximately 3:20am, members from the Martinsburg Police and Martinsburg Fire Department responded to a commercial property located in the 600 block of North Queen Street, Martinsburg WV, in reference to a structure fire.  Upon arrival, officers were able to observe a shed structure which was engulfed with flames on the property.  Firefighters from the Martinsburg Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire, which was determined to be arson.

The Martinsburg Police Department is currently investigating the fire and is asking anyone with information to contact Det. Lt. G.B. Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department.  The Martinsburg Police Department is also seeking information regarding to recent graffiti to the commercial property, that may be related to this incident.    Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Det. Lt. G.B. Swartwood at 304-264-2100.