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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2012
The trial for a Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council member and a Hagerstown man charged in a bar fight that left a man with brain damage last year was postponed Monday until Aug. 14. Craig Newcomer, 47, who served as borough council president before his arrest in May 2011, was indicted in October on one count of malicious assault and one count of conspiracy. Co-defendant Benjamin Jason Bean, aka 4th Grade, who provided the court with a Sharpsburg address at his arraignment last fall, was indicted on one count of conspiracy.
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February 13, 2012
A Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council member and a Hagerstown man accused in a bar fight that left a man with brain damage last year could be tried separately if a motion to sever the state's case against them is granted in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Craig Newcomer, 47, who served as borough council president before his arrest in May 2011, was indicted in October on one count of malicious assault and one count of conspiracy. Co-defendant Benjamin Jason Bean, aka “4th Grade,” who provided the court with a Sharpsburg address at his arraignment last fall, was indicted on one count of conspiracy.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 9, 2011
The president of the Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council was arrested Monday by police in Berkeley County, W.Va., and charged with malicious wounding in a Feb. 13 bar fight in Martinsburg in which a 44-year-old man suffered head injuries. Craig Newcomer, 46, was arraigned and posted $50,000 bond through a bondsman. Newcomer, who was first elected to the borough council in 2005, also won election in 2009 to a six-year term as a constable for Waynesboro's Third Ward. Police allege Newcomer, identified by the name “Guido” in the Avenger Motorcycle Club, punched Virginia resident Ernest Eugene Cumbie, who was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. In court documents, police said Cumbie suffered scalp hematoma, multiple facial and skull fractures, frontal lobe contusions and traumatic brain injury.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2011
Mason Ellsworth’s story is one of pain, despair, unbearable hardship and the kind of love few people can even dream about. Brian and Sylvia Ellsworth will never forget the news they got on the afternoon of July 23, 2008. Their son, Mason, then 18, was involved in an auto accident. He was driving his parents’ SUV on Country Club Road between Flowing Springs Road and U.S. 340 north of Charles Town, W.Va., when he lost control on a sharp curve. The vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and was rammed by a dump truck.
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November 4, 2009
Not long ago, Trevor Coblentz was a healthy toddler. A tick bite, however, changed all of that. The Cascade 3-year-old developed Rocky Mountain spotted fever, then spinal meningitis and spent May to July as a patient at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. He is the son of Terry and Michelle Coblentz. Trevor is fighting a brain injury as a result of the infections, Michelle Coblentz said. The staff at A Cut Above Hair Design Inc. in Boonsboro wants to help Trevor and his family by purchasing needed medical equipment and care through a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 15. The salon will be providing haircut services, with 100 percent of the proceeds, including tips, to be donated to this cause.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 6, 2009
MYERSVILLE, Md. -- A routine gutter cleaning on the roof resulted in Bob Pitt's brain injury. The accident happened June 2006. Pitt, 60, slipped from the roof peak of his two-story Colonial home in Myersville, Md., slid down the roof, banged his body on the gutter and landed on his asphalt driveway. He suffered severe head trauma, bruising the part of his brain responsible for higher-level brain function. But Pitt survived. He's also regained most of his old abilities, though he may never be quite the same as before.
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By ERIN JULIUS | March 18, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A man who in an interview with police became emotional when describing the birth of Colton Lee James faces a minimum of 30 years in prison if convicted in the 2-month-old boy's death on Dec. 10, 2007. "I watched this baby be born, I watched his first breath," Michael Todd Cox said in a recording played Wednesday during the first day evidence was presented in his trial on the charge of child abuse by a custodian resulting in death. The trial in the Jefferson County Courthouse is expected to last into next week.
NEWS
December 24, 2007
Total Rehab Care employees receive certification Total Rehab Care of Washington County Hospital recently celebrated the certification of 14 of their employees as certified brain injury specialists (CBIS) by the American Academy for Certified Brain Injury Specialists (AACBIS). "Becoming certified shows our dedication to providing brain-injury care that is up-to-date with current literature and research for best practices," said Khrys Thompson, program manager at Total Rehab Care.
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November 14, 2007
The Western Maryland Hospital Center auditorium was packed with more than 200 former patients, staff, families and Washington County citizens Sunday, Nov. 11, to celebrate the Maryland long-term care facility's golden anniversary. Highlighting the afternoon's activities was a special ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the new brain injury unit at the Hagerstown-based health-care facility. "We give Marylanders a second chance for quality of life through exceptional rehabilitation and health-care services in our healing environment," said Cynthia Miller Pellegrino, WMHC's CEO. "We've been working hard to get our new brain injury unit opened and we feel this will be a valuable resource for the State of Maryland in caring with all types of brain injuries suffered by our citizens.
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September 14, 2007
Abuse, domestic violence · Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA), 116 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown. Offers shelter, support groups and services for battered, sexually assaulted or homeless women and their children. Call 301-739-4990; 24-hour hot line, 301-739-8975. · CASA Abuser Intervention Program provides support and professional counseling for people who abuse their partners. Men's groups meet Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.; and Thursday from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Women meet Thursday from 3:15 to 5 p.m. No drop-ins.
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