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September 1, 2000
Fire ruled arson By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer A fire that damaged an apartment building and displaced 14 people has been declared arson by a Hagerstown Fire Department assistant fire marshal. The fire at 424 N. Locust St. broke out around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in the third-floor apartment of Anthony Grove, said Assistant Fire Marshal John Hersh, in a press release. Grove was not home at the time of the fire, officials said Tuesday. In the press release Hersh said he was continuing his investigation.
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July 16, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A fire that destroyed a church along U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs on Monday night appears to be arson, authorities said. A worker on break at the Tom Seely Furniture plant across the road from the Holiness Church of Jesus Christ noticed the fire and alerted his shift supervisor, said Steve McBee, chief of the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters, who received the call about 11:10 p.m., said a back corner of the church was on fire when they arrived.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 6, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY One year after a historic Williamsport house burned, a judge ordered a former resident to serve 10 years in prison for second-degree arson. Lauren Alexandria France, 19, stood silently Monday as Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III announced her sentence. Sitting nearby, her mother, Patricia, wiped a tear from her face. Both women lived in the house until the town evicted them two years ago. Wright also sentenced Lauren France to serve three years in prison, to run concurrently, for a conviction of malicious destruction of property.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | July 4, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Pennsylvania State Police say the man charged with setting fire to the Cumberland Valley Christian School twice last month stayed to watch one fire burn along with a crowd of onlookers. Eric Todd Woods, 21, had been "a suspect shortly after the fire," said Trooper Skip Sydnor, Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal in Chambersburg. Someone at the fire scene pointed out Woods' car to Sydnor and said it seemed out of place. Sydnor took down the license plate number and said it was registered to Woods.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 17, 2012
A man seeking to have his 2002 arson conviction set aside was in Washington County Circuit Court this week for a post-conviction hearing, even though retrying the case could mean a longer sentence. Donald Lee Edwards Jr., 28, formerly of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2002 after pleading guilty to second-degree arson and two counts of reckless endangerment. He was in court Tuesday seeking to have the plea set aside because it was not freely and voluntarily entered into, his attorney Melissa McDonnell told Judge Daniel P. Dwyer.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 21, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The state's case against an attorney who is charged with setting a fire at the Martinsburg law firm where she worked in September 2007, and then attempting to set another fire there in April 2008, is bound for circuit court. Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on Wednesday found probable cause in the state's case against Ashley R. Shreve, 29, after hearing testimony from now retired assistant state fire marshal Ed Robinson, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. B.F. Hall and Robert W. Trumble, the director of McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner L.C.'s law office at 275 Aikens Center.
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By DON AINES | June 30, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- In an unusual move, the state asked Tuesday that a woman charged with threatening to blow up Washington County Hospital undergo an evaluation to determine if she was competent to stand trial. Pamela Phelps Kimmell, 54, of no fixed address, was in Washington County District Court on two charges of threatening arson, according to court records. She was being held Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center. Assistant State's Attorney Leon Debes told District Judge Dana Moylan Wright that the state had concerns about Kimmell's competency to stand trial.
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