2017-07-12 / Front Page

Police charge two with threats, assault of officers

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has charged two men in separate incidents involving threats and assaults against officers last week.

Charles E. Young, 76, of Berkeley Springs charged with battery on an officer, a misdemeanor, last Friday, July 7 following a traffic stop.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Deputy Josh Lebo stopped Young shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday after seeing his truck veer left of center several times.

The officer observed Young swinging his arms and punching the ceiling and dashboard of his truck during the stop, the complaint said.

Young started opening the door of his truck, causing Deputy Lebo to order him to stay in the vehicle and show his hands. Young allegedly showed his left hand, but continued to put his right hand in and out of the truck.

According to the complaint, Deputy Lebo drew his sidearm and pointed it at Young and ordered him out of the truck. When Young refused to turn away from Lebo next to vehicle in order to be searched, the officer pushed on the man’s shoulder to turn him away. At that point, Young allegedly turned and hit the deputy in the side of the head with his hand.

Deputy Dennis Jenkins, who was also on the scene, dropped Young to the ground and handcuffed him. According to police, Young was evaluated by EMS but refused transport to the hospital.

Police recovered a loaded revolver from the truck’s driver side dashboard above the steering wheel.

In his complaint, the deputy wrote that he noticed NRA stickers on the truck, which led him to assume the driver was armed.

Young was released on a $5,000 bond.

Michael V. Dillman, 25, of Berkeley Springs is facing two counts of assault of a police officer and a single count of brandishing a deadly weapon after blocking himself in a Harrison Avenue home to prevent officers from getting inside.

According to a complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court, Dillman had an outstanding arrest warrant on charges that he had solicited a 14 year old female via social media to have sex in exchange for money.

Deputy Luke Shambaugh and Sheriff KC Bohrer arrived at Dillman’s residence at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, July 7 but got no answer to their knocks at the front door.

Bohrer said he was able to see through a front window that Dillman was seated inside texting someone.

When officers asked him to come to the door, Dillman allegedly pushed a couch in front of the door, picked up a knife and began to threaten to kill the officers.

Sheriff Bohrer continued to try and calm Dillman down, but called for additional units to respond to the residence. Dillman allegedly kept threatening to kill both the officers and himself.

Dillman stabbed at the door of the residence with two knives as five additional officers arrived on the scene, Bohrer reported.

Police used a barricaded door device to force entry into the residence, at which time Dillman allegedly retreated to a bedroom and barricaded himself inside there.

Officers used a Taser to subdue Dillman and took him into custody. According to the complaint, he continued to threaten, kick and spit at the officers as they moved him to the Sheriff’s Department.

Dillman also faces criminal charges for allegations that in June he used social media to contact a minor female and seek sex in exchange for money.

According to a criminal complaint, a screen capture of the messages showed several exchanges between Dillman and the minor. In an interview with Deputy Luke Shambaugh, Dillman alleged that his Facebook account had been hacked. He then told police a friend of his had used his phone to carry on the conversation with the girl.

When police interviewed Dillman’s friend, the man allegedly denied using the phone and said Dillman had prior contact with the teen in which Dillman traded marijuana for sex.

Dillman is incarcerated at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

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