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January 22, 1998
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Photographs of the defendant as a Cub Scout leader and cards and drawings from his son didn't dissuade Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III from imposing a seven-year prison sentence Wednesday on a man accused of attacking his live-in girlfriend with a claw hammer last April. Levi Holman III, 34, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to one-count of second-degree assault halfway through a Sept. 18 trial in which the victim testified she was attacked with a claw hammer on April 27 in the home she shared with Holman.
NEWS
July 22, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick police say an officer shot and killed a 52-year-old man who charged at him with a claw hammer. Officer Frank Rucci, an eight-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The name of the dead man hasn't been released, pending notification of his family. Lieutenant Shawn Martyak says Rucci was the first officer to respond to the Elmwood Terrace apartment complex after a series of 911 hang-up calls at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
September 19, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Hagerstown man accused of attacking his former girlfriend with a claw hammer on April 28 pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Thursday morning, moments after the victim testified before a Washington County Circuit Court jury. Levi Holman, 33, had been charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and attempted second-degree murder, according to court records. Holman and his attorney, Daniel Mahone, requested a jury trial Thursday, after Holman pleaded not guilty on all charges.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A mental evaluation of a man accused of killing his stepmother in a claw hammer attack last summer shows he is competent to stand trial, his defense attorney told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders on Friday during a pretrial hearing. The trial for Thomas A. Dawson, 22, of 343 Blair St. in the Berkeley Village subdivision, is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning with jury selection. Dawson was arrested in September and indicted by a grand jury in February on counts of first-degree murder, felony murder, burglary and first-degree arson in the Aug. 30, 2006, death of Jeannette K. Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St. The results of the mental evaluation, which were given to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely last Wednesday, apparently revealed Dawson has no diminished capacity or incompetence.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 27, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney for a Berkeley County man accused in the homicide of his stepmother in August 2006 entered not guilty pleas Monday on behalf of his client, who was named in a four-count indictment last week by a sequestered grand jury. Thomas Anthony Dawson, 21, was arraigned on counts of first-degree murder, felony murder, burglary and first-degree arson before 23rd Judicial Circuit judge David H. Sanders. Dawson's stepmother, Jeannette K. Dawson, of 345 Blair St. in Berkeley Village subdivision, died after being struck in the head with a claw hammer multiple times Aug. 30, 2006, police have said.
NEWS
May 21, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were charged by Pennsylvania State Police after a fight Thursday in Hamilton Township, according to a press release. Cody L. Bowermaster, 18, of Chambersburg, and a 17-year-old male each were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with a fight at 649 N. Franklin St., according to the release. The 17-year-old also was charged with possessing prohibited offensive weapons because he was found to be in possession of a throwing star, according to the release.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 12, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man charged with felony murder in the Aug. 30 death of his stepmother waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday morning in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Thomas Anthony Dawson waived his hearing before Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington. Dawson, 21, of 343 Blair St., in the Berkeley Village subdivision, will have his case presented to a grand jury, Sgt. Eric Burnett of the West Virginia State Police said. Jeannette K. Dawson, of 345 Blair St., was found dead in the bedroom of her mobile home Aug. 30. Thomas Anthony Dawson admitted in an interview with police that he repeatedly struck his 41-year-old stepmother in the head with a claw hammer after she interfered with his burglary of the home, according to a criminal complaint filed by State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 11, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man charged with breaking into a Waynesboro, Pa., apartment and attacking a man with a hammer July 1 waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Dwayne S. Way, 28, of 613 George St., is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and burglary. He is scheduled for mandatory arraignment Aug. 22, according to court records. Borough police were called to 30 N. Broad St. at about 5 a.m. July 1 for a report of a burglary in progress.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2012
A Hagerstown man was being held Monday on $350,000 bond in the Washington County Detention Center on charges he beat another man with a hammer for not paying him back after he posted the man's bail. Lanell Weeks, 33, of 15 W. Franklin St., Apt. 3, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and false imprisonment in the Wednesday, Aug. 15, incident, District Court records show. District Judge Ralph H. France II maintained Weeks' bail amount during a bond review hearing Monday.
NEWS
By TIM ROWLAND | October 23, 2007
Forget the tall, leggy blonde in fishnet stockings. Give me a little old lady with a claw hammer any day. Can there be anyone sexier at the moment than 75-year-old Mona Shaw of Bristow, Va., who took as much silliness as she could stand from the Comcast cable company before bursting into its Manassas office and hammering the living circuitry out of anything with an electronic pulse? Keyboard: dead. Monitor: dead. Phone: dead. Mona 3, Corporate America Behaving Badly 0. Naturally, I do not advocate taking a hammer to corporate offices.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2012
A Hagerstown man was being held Monday on $350,000 bond in the Washington County Detention Center on charges he beat another man with a hammer for not paying him back after he posted the man's bail. Lanell Weeks, 33, of 15 W. Franklin St., Apt. 3, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and false imprisonment in the Wednesday, Aug. 15, incident, District Court records show. District Judge Ralph H. France II maintained Weeks' bail amount during a bond review hearing Monday.
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NEWS
July 22, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick police say an officer shot and killed a 52-year-old man who charged at him with a claw hammer. Officer Frank Rucci, an eight-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The name of the dead man hasn't been released, pending notification of his family. Lieutenant Shawn Martyak says Rucci was the first officer to respond to the Elmwood Terrace apartment complex after a series of 911 hang-up calls at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
By TIM ROWLAND | October 23, 2007
Forget the tall, leggy blonde in fishnet stockings. Give me a little old lady with a claw hammer any day. Can there be anyone sexier at the moment than 75-year-old Mona Shaw of Bristow, Va., who took as much silliness as she could stand from the Comcast cable company before bursting into its Manassas office and hammering the living circuitry out of anything with an electronic pulse? Keyboard: dead. Monitor: dead. Phone: dead. Mona 3, Corporate America Behaving Badly 0. Naturally, I do not advocate taking a hammer to corporate offices.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 11, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man charged with breaking into a Waynesboro, Pa., apartment and attacking a man with a hammer July 1 waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Dwayne S. Way, 28, of 613 George St., is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and burglary. He is scheduled for mandatory arraignment Aug. 22, according to court records. Borough police were called to 30 N. Broad St. at about 5 a.m. July 1 for a report of a burglary in progress.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A mental evaluation of a man accused of killing his stepmother in a claw hammer attack last summer shows he is competent to stand trial, his defense attorney told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders on Friday during a pretrial hearing. The trial for Thomas A. Dawson, 22, of 343 Blair St. in the Berkeley Village subdivision, is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning with jury selection. Dawson was arrested in September and indicted by a grand jury in February on counts of first-degree murder, felony murder, burglary and first-degree arson in the Aug. 30, 2006, death of Jeannette K. Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St. The results of the mental evaluation, which were given to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely last Wednesday, apparently revealed Dawson has no diminished capacity or incompetence.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 8, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely has named 51 potential witnesses for the upcoming trial of a Martinsburg man charged in the death of his stepmother last year, circuit court records show. Thomas A. Dawson, 22, who was indicted by a grand jury in the claw-hammer killing of Jeannette K. Dawson, was in court Monday for a status hearing. Jeannette K. Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St., was found dead at her Berkeley Village subdivision home on Aug. 30, 2006, after firefighters responded to a report of a fire there.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 27, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney for a Berkeley County man accused in the homicide of his stepmother in August 2006 entered not guilty pleas Monday on behalf of his client, who was named in a four-count indictment last week by a sequestered grand jury. Thomas Anthony Dawson, 21, was arraigned on counts of first-degree murder, felony murder, burglary and first-degree arson before 23rd Judicial Circuit judge David H. Sanders. Dawson's stepmother, Jeannette K. Dawson, of 345 Blair St. in Berkeley Village subdivision, died after being struck in the head with a claw hammer multiple times Aug. 30, 2006, police have said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | September 12, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man charged with felony murder in the Aug. 30 death of his stepmother waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday morning in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Thomas Anthony Dawson waived his hearing before Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington. Dawson, 21, of 343 Blair St., in the Berkeley Village subdivision, will have his case presented to a grand jury, Sgt. Eric Burnett of the West Virginia State Police said. Jeannette K. Dawson, of 345 Blair St., was found dead in the bedroom of her mobile home Aug. 30. Thomas Anthony Dawson admitted in an interview with police that he repeatedly struck his 41-year-old stepmother in the head with a claw hammer after she interfered with his burglary of the home, according to a criminal complaint filed by State Police Sgt. D.E. Boober.
NEWS
May 21, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two people were charged by Pennsylvania State Police after a fight Thursday in Hamilton Township, according to a press release. Cody L. Bowermaster, 18, of Chambersburg, and a 17-year-old male each were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment in connection with a fight at 649 N. Franklin St., according to the release. The 17-year-old also was charged with possessing prohibited offensive weapons because he was found to be in possession of a throwing star, according to the release.
NEWS
January 22, 1998
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Photographs of the defendant as a Cub Scout leader and cards and drawings from his son didn't dissuade Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III from imposing a seven-year prison sentence Wednesday on a man accused of attacking his live-in girlfriend with a claw hammer last April. Levi Holman III, 34, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to one-count of second-degree assault halfway through a Sept. 18 trial in which the victim testified she was attacked with a claw hammer on April 27 in the home she shared with Holman.
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