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News | by CANDICE BOSELY | October 1, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - As a clerk announced Thursday afternoon that a jury had found Nicole Kees guilty of first-degree murder, Kees shook her head, covered her face with her hands and began to sob. Moments later, after members of the jury were dismissed, Kees screamed, "I'm going to spend my life in prison because their son wanted to get high?" Although the verdict carries an automatic sentence of life in prison, jurors decided to grant mercy, meaning Kees will be eligible for a parole hearing after serving 15 years.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 19, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com Travis Morgan, a plumber in the U.S. Air Force's 332nd Air Expeditionary Group, is due back from Kuwait in September. Until then, his wife, Catherine, is surrounding herself with family - his, hers and theirs. Travis and Catherine Morgan grew up in Boonsboro, but they've lived at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont., since he was stationed there about two years ago. When Travis' unit was deployed to Kuwait last month, Catherine decided to move back to Washington County with the couple's two children and three dogs.
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November 25, 2000
Thomas W. Pangborn Editor's Note : This is the final in an occasional series of stories about people who have had a profound impact on Washington County. By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer see also: Pangborn earned many honors during lifetime Pangborn at a glance Thomas W. Pangborn Born May 29, 1880, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Charles Thomas and Anna Morris Pangborn. Attended public schools in LeRoy, Minn. At age 17 became industrial apprentice at New York office of Belleville Copper Rolling Mills.
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November 21, 1997
Man charged in Pa. slaying By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A preliminary hearing for the Fayetteville, Pa., man accused of shooting his 29-year-old girlfriend in their Mountain Shadow Terrace home on Wednesday night is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday before District Justice Gary Carter. Victor Harold Vaughn Jr., 43, of 1472 Mountain Shadow Terrace, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Tonya Marie Caldwell. He was being held Thursday without bail in Franklin County Prison.
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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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January 22, 2012
City of Hagerstown officials launched a survey this month to receive input about the current parking situation from the people who live, work and visit in the downtown area. Below are some examples of questions users can expect to find in the online survey, found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HagerstownParkingSurvey . The survey focuses on seven categories of downtown users, including business or property owners, employees, residents, frequent customers or visitors, University System of Maryland at Hagerstown students, out-of-town visitors and infrequent visitors.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2012
As the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of major general in the U.S. Army, Marcia M. Anderson helped inspire Letterkenny Army Depot employees Friday as they observed Black History Month. In a keynote speech focusing on “Black Women in American Culture and History,” the 30-year career soldier spoke of her personal philosophy for success. “It's not your ZIP code or your family history that determines where you end up in life so much as what's in your heart and what's in your brain,” Anderson told Letterkenny employees.
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By DON AINES | September 20, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A West Virginia man whom Pennsylvania State Police said made hundreds of calls to businesses asking women employees about their feet was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to probation. "What do they call a foot doctor?" Judge John Walker asked the court stenographer during the sentencing of James Lee Fink. Getting the answer, Walker then jokingly suggested Fink should have thought about being a podiatrist. Fink, 31, whose last known address was in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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by DON AINES | October 17, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Chambersburg police discovered the body of a woman in the basement of her North Franklin Street home Sunday night after a man shot himself inside the house when police went to investigate a report of a burglary in progress. Police believe Donna M. Finkbeiner, 57, of 327 N. Franklin St., was killed several hours before Victor A. Lippy, 46, formerly of the same address, killed himself, Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said. The murder-suicide was the third in Franklin County since July 28. It was the first murder in Chambersburg since a Jan. 1, 2002, stabbing, Kelso said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | June 15, 1999
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A company that started as two women's retirement project and grew into a $2 million hand-sewn collectibles business will close its doors on June 30, sending the last 17 workers home a final time. [cont. from news page ] At one time, Overly-Raker Inc. employed more than 50 people and sold its dolls and stuffed animals to "mom-and-pop" gift shops around the nation. Helen I. Overly, 67, and Freda Raker, 72, started the business in the basement of their home on Overly-Raker Road in 1972.
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By ANGELICA ROBERTS | June 30, 2008
Editor's note: The following story about the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army Base is one in an occasional series of stories about some of the treasures of Washington County's past. CASCADE - What was to become Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade started out as the Buena Vista Ice Co., became a National Guard camp and then was taken over by the U.S. Army to train soldiers in military intelligence and psychological warfare during World War II. It wound up its military years as a command center for Site R, a government installation known locally as the Underground Pentagon, built under Raven Rock Mountain in neighboring Pennsylvania.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2012
A fight filmed on the steps of the historic Berkeley County Courthouse played out on televisions across the country Sunday night as part of TLC's “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.” Two young Romanichal gypsy women shoved and punched each other following a wedding in the reality series that depicts the everyday lives of families like Mellie Stanley's. She was charged with disorderly conduct after the brawl. Cameras caught Mellie and the maid of honor, Diamond, in what Mellie called “a huge argument.” It centered around comments allegedly made about the bride's mother-in-law.
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