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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 17, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The mother of three children who died after a fire in their home in November 1999 was indicted Wednesday on murder and arson charges. cont. from front page Sara Louise Howard, 37, has been charged with setting the fire at her 211 E. Liberty St. home in Martinsburg and with leaving her three young children behind as she escaped through a second floor bedroom window. The indictment by a Berkeley County grand jury charges Howard with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of felony murder, three counts of child neglect resulting in death, one count of child neglect and one count of arson.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 16, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two small children remained in critical condition Tuesday night following a Saturday night fire that claimed the life of their brother. Brandi Howard, 3, and Mason Howard, 4, were in critical condition at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., a hospital spokeswoman said. cont. from news page The girl's twin brother, Corey, died Saturday night from smoke inhalation and complications from the 2:43 a.m. fire that morning at their 211 E. Liberty St. house.
NEWS
February 6, 2009
Fire in Blue Ridge Summit starts while son is cleaning wood stove BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Firefighters contained a Thursday morning fire to the back of a two-story house at 12890 Old Pen Mar Road. The homeowner's son was cleaning out a wood stove with a wet/dry vacuum, which started to spew fire when he stepped away, a Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad spokesman said. Firefighters were called at 9:53 a.m. and knocked down the fire in an hour. Martinsburg woman pleads in child neglect case MARTINSBURG, W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 27, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County man indicted in the March 2008 death of a 27-year-old woman in an alcohol-related accident admitted in circuit court on Monday that he caused her death and injured three others in the vehicle he was driving. Ricky Luther Corbin, 25, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., entered guilty pleas to one felony count of DUI causing death and three misdemeanor counts of DUI causing injury as part of a binding plea deal agreed upon the day before the case was scheduled to go to trial.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 23, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man indicted last fall in the March 2008 death of a 27-year-old woman in an alcohol-related accident is scheduled to be tried next month in circuit court after rejecting a plea offer from the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office. In a brief pretrial hearing Monday, Ricky Luther Corbin, 25, indicated he was told of the plea offer by his attorney, but that wanted to go to trial, which is scheduled to begin July 28. Police said Corbin on March 9, 2008, wrecked a red Dodge Durango carrying four passengers in the 1500 block of Hatchery Road.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 1, 2012
A 3-year-old Martinsburg-area boy who died Saturday succumbed to injuries that police allege were caused by his father. Found with head trauma and scarring all over his body, the child died at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., West Virginia State Police said. James N. Mauldin, 20, was charged with felony counts of child abuse and child neglect, and a misdemeanor count of providing false information regarding his son's injuries, according to West Virginia State Police and jail records.
NEWS
January 19, 2001
W.Va. woman pleads in children's deaths By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Sara Louise Howard Friday pleaded no contest to three counts of child neglect causing death in the Nov. 13, 1999, fire at 211 E. Liberty St. that killed her three young children. Berkeley County prosecutors dropped three charges of murder, three charges of felony murder, one count of arson and one count of child neglect in return for her plea on the other charges.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | January 11, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg mother whose three children died after a fire will be charged with three counts of child neglect leading to death, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Tuesday. cont. from front page Games-Neely alleged that the woman passed by her sleeping 3-year-old fraternal twins to escape a house fire at 211 E. Liberty St. last November. Games-Neely said Tuesday she had ordered Martinsburg City Police to issue arrest warrants for Sara Louise Howard on three counts of felony child neglect resulting in death.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
A circuit judge said Wednesday he needed more information before sentencing a woman who pleaded no contest in September 2012 to child neglect resulting in the death of her 2-month-old son, Jaxon. Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III said he heard some things in Wednesday's sentencing hearing for Jessica Skupnick, 24, that prompted him to recess the proceeding until April 9 so the court could obtain the unspecified information. Wednesday's hearing lasted more than two hours and included testimony by Skupnick, who faces a maximum of three to 15 years in prison, and her paternal grandmother.
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