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June 17, 2012
Waynesboro police charged a juvenile with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment after a woman was shot with a BB gun while walking on Gay Street near South Grant Street. Police said the woman had surgery to remove the projectile. The 13-year-old was committed to the Abraxas center by the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, police said.
NEWS
February 10, 2012
A man accused of shooting a caged kitten multiple times with a BB gun and killing it has agreed to enter a guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, according to Berkeley County Circuit Court records. The plea offer was accepted Thursday by Justin Michael Beall, 23, of Pasadena, Md., who was scheduled to have a pretrial hearing. Presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh could sentence Beall on April 19 pending the outcome of a pre-plea investigation. Under the terms of plea agreement, Groh still would have full discretion in sentencing if she allows the misdemeanor plea to be entered, according to court records.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2013
A Hagerstown man who was charged with drug violations after he was spotted carrying what turned out to be a BB gun in front of Winter Street Elementary School on Wednesday didn't break any city firearms laws, according to Hagerstown police. After he was stopped by police, Santez M. Thomas, 18, of 67 Elizabeth St., was charged with having a prescription with a removed label and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Washington County District Court records. Hagerstown Police Lt. Tom Langston said Thursday that Thomas wasn't charged with a firearms violation, in part, because a BB gun isn't a firearm.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2012
A man who shot his 3-year-old son in the face and head with a BB gun was sentenced to one year in jail after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree child abuse in Washington County Circuit Court. John William Wilfong Jr., 24, of 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, Hagerstown, had also been charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and neglect of a child, but those charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 7, 2011
Hagerstown Police on Monday charged a teenager as an adult with first-degree assault after he allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at plainclothes officers. Roy Dwight Winston Jr., 17, of 321 Devonshire Road, Hagerstown, was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, along with single counts of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a firearm or other weapons within city limits in the 1 a.m. incident in the 800 block of West Washington Street, police said in an emailed release.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | March 5, 2004
julieg@herald-mail.com Two Hagerstown teenagers were arrested Thursday outside the Washington County Head Start building on West North Avenue after a teacher reported seeing a youth with a gun behind the building at around 4:30 p.m., Hagerstown Police said. The gun turned out to be a handgun-style BB gun, Sgt. Paul Kifer said. A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year old boy were each charged with possessing a firearm on streets, alleys or public ways, Kifer said. The boys were released to their parents, Kifer said.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2013
A man wearing a mask and carrying what turned out to be a rifle-style BB gun was arrested near Winter Street Elementary School on Wednesday morning, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Officers took Santez Merrell Thomas, 18, of 67 Elizabeth St. in Hagerstown, into custody without a struggle shortly after the call came in at about 11:50 a.m., according to Lt. Paul Kifer. Thomas was charged with having a prescription with a removed label and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Washington County District Court records.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 17, 2009
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- A 9-year-old Jefferson County boy was being held Tuesday night following an incident in which police allege he pointed a loaded, rifle-like BB gun at his school bus that afternoon, prompting 10 students who were still on board to "take cover," police said. The students were shaken up but no one was injured, officials said. The boy is being held at Vicki Douglas Juvenile Center pending a detention hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court and Sheriff's Department Deputy Cpl. D.C. Tabler.
NEWS
July 2, 2012
After a thorough review, the actions of police in the June 23 shooting death of a New York man were ruled appropriate, and the man's death was deemed to be “suicide by cop,” according to Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal. Adam L. Schillinger, 27, of Saugerties, N.Y., was fatally shot after he pointed what was later determined to be a BB gun at Pennsylvania State Police troopers in the early morning hours at a St. Thomas Township, Pa., home, Fogal said in a news release Monday.
NEWS
March 19, 2009
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February 7, 2013
A Hagerstown man has been charged with using a BB gun to rob another man Wednesday night in the area of the 200 block of West Franklin Street, the Hagerstown Police Department said. James Glenn Childers, 18, of 402 A Mitchell Ave., was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft, according to a police department news release. Police said they received a call at 11:58 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery near the 400 block of West Franklin Street.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2013
A Hagerstown man who was charged with drug violations after he was spotted carrying what turned out to be a BB gun in front of Winter Street Elementary School on Wednesday didn't break any city firearms laws, according to Hagerstown police. After he was stopped by police, Santez M. Thomas, 18, of 67 Elizabeth St., was charged with having a prescription with a removed label and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Washington County District Court records. Hagerstown Police Lt. Tom Langston said Thursday that Thomas wasn't charged with a firearms violation, in part, because a BB gun isn't a firearm.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2013
A man wearing a mask and carrying what turned out to be a rifle-style BB gun was arrested near Winter Street Elementary School on Wednesday morning, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Officers took Santez Merrell Thomas, 18, of 67 Elizabeth St. in Hagerstown, into custody without a struggle shortly after the call came in at about 11:50 a.m., according to Lt. Paul Kifer. Thomas was charged with having a prescription with a removed label and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Washington County District Court records.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
The shooting of a Virginia man in Jefferson County last weekend was the fourth police shooting in the Eastern Panhandle within the last 12 months, and fifth in the Tri-State area. • Aug. 25 - A Berkeley County sheriff's deputy shot Raymond Wallace II, who was armed with what appeared to be a rifle and was holding a knife to a woman's neck outside a Falling Waters, W.Va., residence in a tense confrontation. Sheriff's deputy Ralph Pierce, who fired his weapon four times, has been cleared to return to regular duties, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Tuesday.
NEWS
August 15, 2012
A Maryland State Police trooper broke up a road-rage confrontation in Hagerstown on Wednesday in which one driver allegedly pointed a gun at and tried to ram the other car, police said. Shortly after 4 p.m., a trooper in a marked patrol car on Dual Highway, east of Mount Aetna Road, saw two eastbound vehicles “that appeared to be driving in circles around one another in the middle of the roadway,” a police news release said. Activating his emergency lights and siren, the trooper followed the vehicles onto Edgewood Drive, then the parking lot of Martin's Food Market, where the vehicles made several laps in the parking lot at a high rate of speed, the news release said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2012
A star running back for the North Hagerstown High School football team was in the Washington County Detention Center Friday on charges he set up an armed robbery last month outside the school. Phillip Samuel Butler, 17, of 211 W. Franklin St., Apt. 1, has been charged as an adult with armed robbery, robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and theft of less than $1,000, court records said. Butler appeared Friday on closed-circuit television from the detention center for a bond review before District Judge Dana Moylan Wright.
NEWS
July 2, 2012
After a thorough review, the actions of police in the June 23 shooting death of a New York man were ruled appropriate, and the man's death was deemed to be “suicide by cop,” according to Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal. Adam L. Schillinger, 27, of Saugerties, N.Y., was fatally shot after he pointed what was later determined to be a BB gun at Pennsylvania State Police troopers in the early morning hours at a St. Thomas Township, Pa., home, Fogal said in a news release Monday.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2012
A man who shot his 3-year-old son in the face and head with a BB gun was sentenced to one year in jail after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree child abuse in Washington County Circuit Court. John William Wilfong Jr., 24, of 507 W. Washington St., Apt. 4, Hagerstown, had also been charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and neglect of a child, but those charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.
NEWS
June 17, 2012
Waynesboro police charged a juvenile with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment after a woman was shot with a BB gun while walking on Gay Street near South Grant Street. Police said the woman had surgery to remove the projectile. The 13-year-old was committed to the Abraxas center by the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, police said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2012
A Shepherd University student was placed on probation for his role in the December 2010 shooting of a 16-year-old boy in the genitals with a BB gun. Mason D. Jones, 21, of Martinsburg, entered an Alford plea to one count of battery. By entering an Alford plea, Jones did not admit guilt, but he acknowledged there was sufficient evidence for the prosecution to gain a conviction. A one-year jail sentence was suspended by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, who placed Jones on probation for five years and ordered the Shepherd sophomore to complete 200 hours of community service.
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