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News | by JENNIFER FITCH | June 20, 2006
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A man who pleaded guilty to the March 1995 murder of his wife has been sentenced to eight to 14 years in a state prison, Fulton County (Pa.) District Attorney Dwight Harvey said Monday. Judge Carol Van Horn in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas last week sentenced Stephen Alfred Vanderbeek in accordance with a plea agreement and sentencing guidelines for the third-degree murder and abuse-of-a-corpse charges Vanderbeek faced, Harvey said. The judge also told Vanderbeek she would stay informed of any of his requests for parole, which could begin in seven years, Harvey said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@hrald-mail.com | June 24, 2012
Since January 2011, when three Catholic monks of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem monastery rented the former Methodist parsonage and reopened the vacant St. James Catholic Church next door, strains of Gregorian chants and Latin liturgy have wafted over that bit of South George Street on Sunday mornings. The monks, or as they prefer, canons, might appear to be a downtown oddity in their hooded black-and-white habits and tonsure haircuts, but they are on a mission of bringing their old-time pre-Vatican Latin religion to 21st-century Charles Town.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2013
A 21-year-old man who was sentenced on Monday for sexually abusing two boys while baby-sitting them will not see a parole board until he serves 35 years in prison, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones. Christopher Michael Jensen of Cheswick Drive in Martinsburg was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to serve not less than 35 or more than 75 years in prison. Wilkes also ordered Jensen to be placed on supervised release for 50 years upon being released from prison and to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 20, 2011
Agent Orange was among the herbicides studied at the former Fort Ritchie Army base in 1963, according to U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs documents found online. The owner of the former Army base property in northeast Washington County, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), found out last week that “testing and the use of tactical defoliants/herbicides” were conducted at Fort Ritchie and issued a news release Friday noting that the trust now expects further delays in litigation relating to a 2005 lawsuit.
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December 3, 1997
Drug dealers testify in murder trial By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A convicted drug dealer Tuesday linked both Eric Michael Turner and Pernell J. Sellers to the Oct. 24, 1996, murder of Jennifer LaBelle Folmar. Mike Green, 22, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., testified in U.S. District Court that he saw Sellers give Turner a small handgun shortly before the shooting. "They just killed that girl," Green claimed Sellers told him afterward.
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February 15, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Arkansas prosecutor announced Friday he will seek the death penalty for two Eastern Panhandle brothers accused in the January slaying of a truck driver, court officials said. An FBI agent investigating the crime predicts support for the death penalty because of the "viciousness" of the Jan. 30 killing of the 71-year-old truck driver at an Arkansas rest stop. The prosecutor in Morrilton, Ark., made his request during the brothers' arraignment hearing on murder charges, according to court officials.
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