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By ERIN JULIUS | June 17, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A bench warrant was issued Monday morning for a 67-year-old woman accused of keeping malnourished doves and guinea pigs at her Smithsburg home. Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III issued the bench warrant after Bertha Martin failed to appear for her trial in Washington County Circuit Court. Martin's defense attorney, Bernard W. Semler II, said his client has suffered health problems, and that the court date might have slipped her mind. Semler had expected his client to enter a plea Monday, he said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 15, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com A bench warrant was issued Thursday by a Washington County Circuit judge for the arrest of a Greencastle, Pa., man who failed to appear for trial on allegations that he intentionally and repeatedly rear-ended another man's vehicle in April. Charles Allan Gordon, 42, whose last known address was 12740 Molly Pitcher Highway in Greencastle, was charged at the time of his arrest with three counts of first-degree assault; three counts of second-degree assault; malicious destruction of property, valued more than $500; driving while impaired; reckless driving; negligent driving; driving while suspended; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, according to court documents.
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By DON AINES | May 11, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Two Hagerstown men were sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to prison on related drug charges, while a bench warrant was issued for a third man who failed to appear in court. Kip Neil Young, 52, of 25 Wayside Ave., pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine and was sentenced by Judge M. Kenneth Long to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended. Upon release from prison, Young will be on supervised probation for three years, Long said. William C. Sylvester, 52, of 4 Berner Ave., pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced by Long to seven years in prison with four years suspended.
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May 14, 2004
The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a Frederick, Md., man charged with drug possession, assault and theft in Washington County.Damien Purnell McDowell, 32, whose last known address was 1417 Key Parkway, apartment 4C, in Frederick, has two bench warrants out for his arrest, police said in a press release. The police department has a District Court bench warrant and a Circuit Court bench warrant for McDowell, police said. The District Court bench warrant was issued April 20 for failure to appear in court for a hearing or trial on the charges of two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs other than marijuana and malicious destruction of property, police said.
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by Pepper Ballard | September 16, 2005
A bench warrant was issued Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for the arrest of a 28-year-old Hagerstown man who didn't appear for his trial on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. Brian Joseph Dawson, whose last known address was 324 N. Locust St., failed to appear in court Thursday for a trial he requested July 14, waiving his right to a speedy trial, documents state. Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III issued a bench warrant for Dawson's arrest.
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by MARLO BARNHART | May 5, 2005
Edward Masood, a Washington County Public Schools department head, was able to avoid jail Tuesday after a bench warrant was issued for him when he failed to appear in court that morning on a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property, court officials said Wednesday. "He came in later Tuesday," Washington County District Judge Ralph France said. The judge lowered the original bond from $1,500 to $500 and Masood posted that amount. A new trial date was set for June 28 at 8:30 a.m. Earlier Tuesday, France issued the bench warrant for Masood, the school system's supervisor for athletics, fine arts, health and physical education, when he failed to show up for an 8:30 a.m. hearing.
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June 13, 2002
Police looking for man on burglary charges Hagerstown City Police are on the lookout for Milik Jenkins who is wanted on burglary, drug and weapons charges. Jenkins, 25, is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes. The arrest warrant issued on Aug. 30, 1997, charges Jenkins with one count each of first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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By DON AINES | December 11, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A routine check of license plates outside a motel off Interstate 75 in Troy, Ohio, resulted in the arrest Thursday morning of Todd A. Dorsett, the Waynesboro, Pa., lawyer who has been missing for a month. "This morning, at about 3:44 a.m., one of our officers was checking license plates in the Motel 6 parking lot," Capt. James Fox of the Troy Police Department said Thursday. He said the plate numbers were run on the National Crime Information Computer system and "came back with a hit on Mr. Dorsett.
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By DON AINES | May 11, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Two Hagerstown men were sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to prison on related drug charges, while a bench warrant was issued for a third man who failed to appear in court. Kip Neil Young, 52, of 25 Wayside Ave., pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine and was sentenced by Judge M. Kenneth Long to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended. Upon release from prison, Young will be on supervised probation for three years, Long said. William C. Sylvester, 52, of 4 Berner Ave., pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced by Long to seven years in prison with four years suspended.
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January 9, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Dustin Pheil at first thought he was getting a delivery Friday morning, but instead found he was getting picked up on a Franklin County Court bench warrant. "We got tipped that this gentleman was in town. He's been avoiding us for almost a year," Sheriff Dane Anthony said. Pheil, 26, was wanted on a probation violation for a drug delivery conviction and for failing to appear in court ,and a bench warrant was issued April 30, Anthony said. "Unfortunately, his mother just passed away," said Anthony, explaining why Pheil was back in the area.
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By ERIN JULIUS | June 17, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A bench warrant was issued Monday morning for a 67-year-old woman accused of keeping malnourished doves and guinea pigs at her Smithsburg home. Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III issued the bench warrant after Bertha Martin failed to appear for her trial in Washington County Circuit Court. Martin's defense attorney, Bernard W. Semler II, said his client has suffered health problems, and that the court date might have slipped her mind. Semler had expected his client to enter a plea Monday, he said.
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January 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman who failed to appear in Berkeley County Magistrate Court this week on charges she failed to pay vendors who took part in a fundraiser for a terminally ill girl in April 2007 was arrested and placed in Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday. Jennifer Nicole Swartz, 34, of O'Connor Lane, in Martinsburg, was charged last year with a felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses and five misdemeanor counts of writing worthless checks, according to court records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A bench warrant was issued Tuesday for a woman who did not appear in court on charges that she failed to pay vendors who took part in a fundraiser for a terminally ill girl in April 2007. Jennifer Nicole Swartz, 34, of 141 O'Connor Lane, Martinsburg, was arraigned in July 2007 on a felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses and five misdemeanor counts of writing worthless checks, according to court records. She was released on a $3,500 recognizance bond, court records show.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 7, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A bench warrant has been issued for the driver of a vehicle involved in a June 9 car crash that killed a pregnant Funkstown woman. Kelsy Lynn Thomas, 20, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the crash and was pronounced dead a few days later. Thomas was four months pregnant at the time of her death, and the baby did not survive. A jury indicted Javaughn Allen Young, 21, on a charge of negligent homicide in connection with the crash.
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by KATE S. ALEXANDER | December 20, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Three men were in jail Tuesday after police searched two borough residences last week. Waynesboro Police said Timothy Simmons, 35, Kevin Wagaman, 42, and Daren Misner, age unknown, were taken into custody after police searched two homes Dec. 14 and 15. Police said the incident began Dec. 14 around 11:50 p.m. when officers patrolling Pratt Court saw a man wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. The man, later identified as Misner, ran from the scene, police said.
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by DON AINES | November 22, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chief Probation Officer Richard Mertz does not expect to collect the $2,362,841.19 owed by one man, but amnesty is being offered to Jeffrey A. Byington and more than 500 other people who have failed to pay all their fines, fees, restitution and supervision costs to the Franklin County Probation Department. "This is our first try at this to clear up some old cases and get people off the books," Mertz said of the amnesty program. Judge John R. Walker last week signed a court order establishing the amnesty program to any of the listed individuals who pays up by Feb. 1. "If it's just money owed, we'll close the case and that's it," Mertz said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 23, 2006
A Washington County District Court hearing for Roger Dean Weber, who was charged with misrepresenting his voter registration nearly a year after he ran for Hagerstown mayor under a false name, was delayed Wednesday until the first week of April because there wasn't enough time to try the case. Frederick County District Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose, sitting in Washington County District Court, made the decision to continue the case that had been scheduled for Wednesday morning because good cause was shown.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 1, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A man who ran for mayor of Hagerstown under a false name in the primary election in March 2005 has been charged through a criminal summons with misrepresenting his voter registration and voting under a false name, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer said Tuesday. Roger Dean Weber, aka Charlie Baker, was arrested Feb. 15 on a Washington County Circuit Court bench warrant - charging him with failing to appear for a court hearing in October 2005 - and was charged through a criminal summons with the voter law violations, Kifer said.
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