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January 6, 2013
Police who responded to 55 S. Potomac Street Sunday afternoon to check on an individual found a male who appeared to have been assaulted, according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman. The victim, who police did not identify, was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, said Lt. Tom Langston. Police responded the scene at about 1 p.m. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.
NEWS
February 10, 2011
A Greencastle man who is accused of pointing a pistol at a woman and choking her in an Antrim Township home on Wednesday has been charged with aggravated assault, Pennsylvania State Police said. Dondi Lee Barhart, 53, also was charged with one count each of simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangering and harassment, according to a state police press release. The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. in a home in the 1900 block of Shinham Road, where Barhart allegedly pointed a pistol at the woman and put her in a choke hold, troopers said.
NEWS
March 23, 2013
A man was charged with assault early Saturday after a brief standoff with police on East Baltimore Street in Hagerstown, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. Joshua Aaron Kershner, 30, address not provided, also was charged with false imprisonment, police said. Police said they were called Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. for a report of an assault at a residence in the first block of East Baltimore Street. When officers arrived, they discovered that Kershner and two other people were inside the home, but refused to answer the door, police said.
NEWS
June 12, 2012
Hagerstown police said they are searching for three men who assaulted and robbed a man Thursday morning in an alley at the rear of 42 Broadway. The victim told police that three men pushed him to the ground at about 4:55 a.m. Thursday, then kicked and punched him before taking his backpack, according to a police department news release. Police said the backpack contained clothing, electronics and  medication. Anyone with information may call police at 301-790-3700, ext. 234.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
A man accused of shooting a Martinsburg resident in June 2012 was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury seated in Berkeley County Circuit Court on counts of attempted murder and three other related charges. Desmond L. Davis, 23, of no fixed address, also was indicted on counts of malicious assault, wanton endangerment and unlawful shooting, according to an indictment released Tuesday by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely's office. Davis was among 20 people indicted Tuesday by the grand jury, which is expected to reconvene today, according to Games-Neely's office.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
A Waynesboro, Pa., businessman has been charged with stripping another man down to his underwear and assaulting him Wednesday in the back of a store on West Main Street, the Waynesboro Police Department said. Phillip Crawford, 39, of Waynesboro, was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and kidnapping, according to a police department news release. Police said they responded at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday to a disturbance at Crawford's business, Just Because, at 42 W. Main St. When officers arrived, Crawford told them that a man who was high on drugs attempted to steal from the store and ran out wearing only his underwear, the release said.
NEWS
August 5, 2011
Two Hedgesville men pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to aiding and abetting the assault of a U.S. postal clerk on July 30, 2009, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Brothers Jordan Tyler Kesecker and Justin Aaron Kesecker, who are free on bond pending sentencing, each face a maximum of eight years in prison after entering the plea, according to the news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfield II Authorities alleged they aided and abetted in the assault with the intent to rob the clerk of $5,000, the  release said.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2011
A Hagerstown man who jumped from a third-story Potomac Street window following a domestic incident on Aug. 5 has been charged by city police with assault, firearm and drug violations. Carlos Lamont Jackson, 37, of 41 1/2 S. Potomac Street, Apartment 3, was being held Friday at Washington County Detention Center on $350,000 bond, an official with the detention center said. Jackson is charged with second-degree assault, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, and possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.
NEWS
August 11, 2010
Investigators with the Hagerstown Police Department are looking for information about a man who was assaulted and robbed last week behind Walmart on Garland Groh Boulevard. The man initially said he fell behind the Walmart, but police later were told he was assaulted and robbed, Lt. Mike King said Wednesday night. The man, who was taken to Washington County Hospital about 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, is homeless, King said. The man's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was being treated at Washington County Hospital for other reasons, King said Wednesday.
NEWS
June 20, 2013
Two people were taken to Meritus Medical Center after they were assaulted early Sunday at a convenience store on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, Hagerstown police said. Lt. Tom Langston said the assault occurred early Sunday, when an argument among several people escalated into a fight at the Sheetz store at 301 E. Washington St. He said he wasn't sure how badly the assault victims were injured. Police have identified suspects, Langston said, but no one had been charged as of Thursday morning.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
A Hagerstown man who stabbed a girl in the chest at a home on Jonathan Street last February, then engaged in a 2 1/2 hour standoff with police was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. During a hearing Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Jenerette Dixon, 39, formerly of North Jonathan Street, to 25 years in prison on a first-degree assault charge. McDowell also sentenced Dixon to 25 years on a sex abuse of a minor charge for molesting the girl before he stabbed her, but suspended all but 10 years of that term.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2013
Bail for a Hagerstown man accused of raping an unconscious woman was raised Monday during a bond-review hearing in Washington County District Court. Michael Edward O'Neill, 21, of East Antietam Street is charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape, second- and third-degree sex offenses and second-degree assault, according to court records. District Judge W. Milnor Roberts raised O'Neill's bail from $65,000 to $150,000 at the hearing. The alleged rape took place at O'Neill's apartment, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown police.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday released the name of a man who troopers shot and killed a day earlier, but offered no further information about the incident. Police fatally shot Philip E. Rank, 47, when he fled his house during a standoff Monday. “During the negotiations for his surrender, (Rank) disregarded commands and fled the residence with multiple firearms,” Trooper Robert Hicks said at the scene Monday afternoon. Rank encountered troopers who had established a perimeter around his home in the 500 block of St. Thomas-Williamson Road, and he was shot, Hicks said.
NEWS
August 27, 2013
Two McConnellsburg, Pa., men have been charged with assaulting a woman Monday evening in the 600 block of Lincoln Way East, Pennsylvania State Police said. Troy James Knepper, 43, and Jason Richard Rodriguez, 19, were charged with harassment, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the incident occurred between 7 and 11:30 p.m. at 648 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg, where Rodriguez grabbed and twisted the woman's wrist during an argument. Police allege Knepper then got involved by striking the woman in the face.
NEWS
August 27, 2013
Two Martinsburg men accused of a home-invasion style robbery Tuesday afternoon were arrested shortly after the incident was reported, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office announced. Roger Carter Doleman, 27, and Raheim Raphael Doleman, 26, each were charged with single counts of robbery, burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and obstructing and two counts of conspiracy, police said in a news release. Raheim Doleman also was charged with driving suspended and fleeing on foot, police said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
A Washington County Circuit Court jury this week acquitted a Hagerstown man of attempted murder and robbery charges in a November 2012 home invasion, but found him guilty on lesser counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Xavier Tates, 25, whose last known address was South Locust Street, was found guilty Tuesday on two counts each of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records. It was the second time Tates had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, with the first occurring in 2005 in Baltimore, court records said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 22, 2013
A Chambersburg man who coached a Pennsylvania volleyball team has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage male player on his team. Shawn Timothy Ranck, 32, of Cambridge Lane in Chambersburg is charged with indecent assault, corruption of a minor and criminal attempt involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Ranck was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns on Wednesday, where his bail was set at $250,000. He was unable to post bail and was placed in the Franklin County Jail.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office is asking that bail be denied for a man accused of throwing a woman to the ground, choking her and pointing a pistol at her head. James A. Dahm, 43, of Rice Road, Shippensburg, Pa., is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, according to online court records. He was being held Tuesday in the Franklin County Jail on $15,000 bail, court records show. On Tuesday, the district attorney's office filed a motion that Dahm's bail be re-evaluated and denied altogether.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2013
Hagerstown police have charged a man with being involved in a stabbing that left another man critically injured early Wednesday at the Washington Gardens apartment complex off Security Road in Hagerstown. Roy Dwight Winston Jr., 19, of West Washington Street in Hagerstown appeared for a bail-review hearing Thursday via a closed-circuit television between the Washington County Detention Center and Washington County District Court. Judge R. Noel Spence reduced Winston's bond from $100,000 to $75,000, despite a request from defense attorney Edward Button to release Winston on his own recognizance.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
Elet Hall believes in having fun when it comes to working out. And that why the 22-year-old Cavetown native decided to return to NBC's obstacle-course game show “American Ninja Warrior.” The show airs on both G4 and NBC. A new show - the Venice, Calif., Qualifier, Part One - airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 28, on G4. Part Two will air at 8 p.m. Monday, July 29, on NBC. The Denver Qualifying will air at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC. Hall was on...
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