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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 15, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two men charged with criminal homicide in separate cases were scheduled for preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court. In the morning, Gerald Buterbaugh, who police say hit a man outside a Metal Township, Pa., bar, had his charge bound over for mandatory arraignment July 28. Michael Harrigan, 29, waived his afternoon hearing and also was scheduled for mandatory arraignment July 28. Pennsylvania State Police previously said Buterbaugh, 41, of Hustontown, Pa., hit Dale Steven Henry, 32, outside Hillside Tavern on Memorial Day. Henry, of Burnt Cabins, Pa., was flown by helicopter to Altoona (Pa.)
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 28, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Arraignment has been rescheduled for a Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of his neighbor. Michael Peter Harrigan, 29, made a brief appearance before Franklin County (Pa.) Judge Douglas Herman in court Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Zook told Herman the prosecution and defense agreed to a pre-trial conference. Herman said he'd reschedule arraignment to coincide with that conference. Herman explained to Harrigan that his arraignment on Aug. 11 will include a reading of charges, scheduling information and a "complete explanation of your rights from this point forward.
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December 25, 2008
CHAMBERBSURG, Pa. -- The mandatory arraignment of a man charged with criminal homicide in the August shooting death of a Chambersburg man was postponed this week in Franklin County Court. V'Cetres Buckner, 18, of 207 Larch Ave., also is charged with robbery and theft in the Aug. 6 killing of 42-year-old Timothy Aaron Short of Chambersburg. Short was shot in the face early that morning on Hemlock Circle, according to the Chambersburg Police Department. Buckner's mandatory arraignment was set for Wednesday, but was postponed because the judge assigned to his case was not available, Assistant District Attorney Laura Kerstetter said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2010
A mandatory arraignment scheduled for Thursday morning in Gettysburg for a man accused in the death of Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer David Grove was postponed until Jan. 20. The Adams County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office filed the motion for the postponement in the case of Christopher Johnson, 27, of Fairfield, Pa., who was charged with first-degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm and other charges in the Nov. 11 shooting death of Grove, also of Fairfield. District Attorney Shawn Wagner declined to explain why the  state requested the postponement.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 20, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- An arraignment date has been set for a man charged with criminal homicide in the April 3 stabbing death of a Hagerstown woman. Jeffrey Eldon Miles, 47, waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday morning, two days before he was due to appear in Franklin County (Pa.) Court. Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz said he traveled to the county jail before 8 a.m. to witness the State Line, Pa., man sign forms waiving the hearing. Miles is scheduled for mandatory arraignment Sept.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2011
A woman charged with vehicular homicide in the July 2010 crash that killed a teenage girl entered not guilty pleas and waived her arraignment scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, doing both by mail. Mary Ellen Bonebrake, 53, of Mont Alto, Pa., is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and reckless driving.
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By DON AINES | January 7, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The mandatory arraignment of a Chambersburg man charged with criminal homicide was delayed Wednesday in Franklin County Court to allow V'Cetres Buckner to find an attorney certified to handle a death penalty case. Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom told Judge Carol Van Horn that a notice of aggravating circumstances was filed in the case of Buckner, who is charged with the Aug. 6 shooting death of Timothy A. Short, 42, of Chambersburg. Under Pennsylvania law, the filing of the notice is necessary in order for the prosecution to seek the death penalty.
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By DON AINES | January 16, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with surreptitiously photographing at least one co-worker in the restroom of the business where they worked has waived his mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court and was listed for the March trial term. Andrew Edward Gahagan, 33, formerly of Chambersburg, is charged with four misdemeanor counts of second-degree invasion of privacy. His attorney, Eric J. Weisbrod, said his client, who has since moved out of the area, waived his Wednesday arraignment by mail.
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September 1, 2013
A Waynesboro, Pa., man identified in court documents as a pastor waived his mandatory arraignment Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted two children. Carl William Bittle Sr., 69, of Strickler Avenue, is charged with one third-degree felony count of indecent assault of a person younger than 13. He also is charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 13 and one count of corruption of minors. The charges appear on two criminal complaints filed in Franklin County, Pa. Because Bittle waived arraignment, a not-guilty plea will automatically be entered on his behalf as the cases proceed to trial.
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August 20, 2013
A Gerrardstown, W.Va., man accused of growing marijuana on his property this summer was arraigned Monday on one felony count of cultivating marijuana, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Lemuel Dale Silver, 58, of Doberman Lane, was arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, according to court records. Marijuana plants were spotted growing on Silver's property by two West Virginia State Police troopers on July 19 when they were in a helicopter looking for marijuana, according to court records.
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August 14, 2013
Two New York residents were arraigned on tobacco excise-tax violations Wednesday after police stopped the vehicle they were traveling in on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Shao Zhen Wang, 45, and Rong D. Lin, 50, were arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single misdemeanor counts of evading the excise tax on multiple cartons of cigarettes found in the green Kia Sportage, the court records said. West Virginia State Police Trooper N.K. Campbell counted more than 10 cartons of cigarettes in the couple's possession, records said.
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August 9, 2013
Two men accused of stealing a commercial vacuum Friday at the Sheetz store in Spring Mills, W.Va., were later nabbed by a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy on his way home from work, according to court records. John Henry Wade of Lonely View Drive, Hedgesville, W.Va., and Andrew James Buckler of Mobile Court, Falling Waters, W.Va., were both arraigned on single counts of grand larceny and conspiracy by Berkeley County Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, the court records said. Sheriff's Deputy Lt. R.L. Steerman Jr. said he was heading home when he stopped to offer to help a man who was walking around a green car that was stopped with the hood up near the intersection of Little Georgetown and Tice roads, records said.
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June 27, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged with robbing the Walgreens store in Martinsburg on June 22 was arraigned Thursday on additional charges related to his alleged attempt to flee from police after the incident. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh on single felony counts of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, attempted malicious wounding and fleeing in a vehicle causing injury, according to magistrate court documents. Gibson also was arraigned on misdemeanor counts of driving while revoked for driving under the influence, obstructing, fleeing on foot, failure to obey traffic signal, no proof of insurance and fleeing in a vehicle causing damage, the court documents said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man has been charged in five pharmacy robbery cases in Berkeley and Washington counties in the last six months, according to court documents. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of robbery in connection with the June 18 holdup at Moore's Pharmacy in Old Courthouse Square shopping plaza in Martinsburg. Snow set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Gibson, who was being held Wednesday night in Eastern Regional Jail, according to court and jail records.
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June 14, 2013
A Martinsburg man accused of selling $3,000 in crack cocaine to a confidential informant was arraigned Friday on one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court documents. James Willard Johnson, 37, of 325 Athletic St., is accused of selling 2.5 ounces of crack cocaine to the informant on Monday in a deal that was orchestrated by members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the documents said. Martinsburg Police Department Sgt. Matt Zollinger said in a complaint against the defendant that the drug transaction was recorded, the documents said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
Police seized 310 cartons of cigarettes from a vehicle that was stopped at a Martinsburg-area Sheetz on Wednesday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Oda Qarqat, 46, of Bogota, N.J., was arraigned Thursday on charges of no operators license and transportation of unstamped cigarettes or tax-not-paid tobacco products by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, according to court documents. Qarqat was in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on $9,000 bond, according to court and jail records.
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April 19, 2013
A Martinsburg man is accused of shoving a 10-year-old boy against a wall last month, breaking the child's collarbone, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Michael Dewayne Snow, 39,  of 214 Stewart Ave., was arraigned Thursday evening by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one felony count of child abuse resulting in injury, according to court documents. The child told authorities that the defendant shoved him against the wall on March 26 because he was angry with him for vomiting in the kitchen that same evening, according to complaint filed against the defendant by West Virginia State Police Trooper W.R. Garrett.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A Martinsburg man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his disabled brother in the last five years, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Kenneth Leroy Bivens, 55, of 6 Midnoon Drive, was arraigned Thursday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on one felony count of embezzlement, according to court documents. West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker said he identified $126,044 in funds that were missing and/or converted by Bivens for his personal use, according to a criminal complaint filed against Bivens.
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