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January 22, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to distributing crack cocaine, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston's office. Danny Lee Pence, 21, of 751 Mount Olive Drive, pleaded guilty to distributing 1.36 grams of crack cocaine in Martinsburg on Oct. 6, 2004, according to Johnston's office. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17.
NEWS
June 9, 2010
Troop 62 is sponsored by the Chewsville Lions Club.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
Boy Scout Troop 412 conducted its first Court of Honor on Dec. 17. Troop 412 is a newly formed troop at Paramount Baptist Church in Hagerstown. The troop was chartered in September by the Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America.
LIFESTYLE
January 3, 2013
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County will be conducting a Spring 2013 training program, scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 23, in separate, but concurrent eight-week training sessions. Training sessions will conclude Wednesday, April 10, and Saturday, April 13, respectively. Wednesday sessions will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday sessions will be between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Training sessions will be at the Washington County Health Department —Behavioral Health Services Unit, 13114 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.
NEWS
by JOE CROCETTA / Staff Photographer | January 2, 2007
Tiffany Stoner, 11, of Chambersburg, Pa., shoots from the top of the key Monday as she gets some practice in at Donald "Mike" Waters Memorial Park on South Second Street in Chambersburg.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Jeffrey Scott Shifler, a former officer with the Hagerstown Police Department and currently an officer with the Boonsboro Police Department, appeared in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Friday on charges in connection with threatening phone calls he allegedly made and hate mail he allegedly sent dating to 2004 involving Hagerstown City officials, office buildings, schools and low-income housing complexes, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S....
NEWS
May 4, 2007
West Virginia teachers not satisfied with the pay raise they received in the last legislative session say they might go to court over the matter. If that happens, they must first figure out how to deal with a court decision and a state law that are in conflict. Teachers won a 3.5 percent increase, but many want a three-year pact that would give them 6 percent increases in the first two years and 3 percent in the third year. To that end, some are relying on a 17-year-old law that says that when salaries in fast-growing areas of the state aren't keeping pace with the cost of living, the state Board of Education must craft a plan to deal with the imbalance.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
The case of a Brunswick, Md., man accused of child sex abuse was in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday as attorneys offered different opinions of the procedure for obtaining and sharing investigative documents. Circuit Judge John H. McDowell said he would look into the matter before making a decision in the case of Jeffrey B. Mallery. Charges against Mallery, 39, of 417 Brunswick St., include sex abuse of a minor and sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, according to court records.
NEWS
August 22, 1997
Four men who were charged with solicitation for prostitution in the first block of North Prospect Street in mid-June appeared before Washington County District Court Judge Noel Spence Wednesday. Conrad Chester, 25, of 221 Seminary St., Charles Town, W.Va., was given probation before judgment, a $100 fine and one year unsupervised probation. William Holmes Grove, 43, of 819 Concord St., was given probation before judgment, a $100 fine and one year unsupervised probation.
NEWS
December 24, 1998
Hagerstown City Park will get a new tennis court next year. The City Council unanimuosly approved Tuesday a $54,821 contract to build a new court near the softball fields. The cost includes $10,300 for lights. According to city documents, $40,000 of the cost would come from state Program Open Space funds. The new tennis court would replace an existing court on the southwest corner of City Park, which would be turned into an outdoor storage area or a parking lot for the "202" train exhibit, according to city documents.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
A scheduled preliminary hearing  Thursday  for a Martinsburg man charged in the Aug. 21 slaying of his wife has been postponed to give his newly appointed attorney time to review the case, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said. Rickie L. Greenfield Jr., 29, of Pendleton Drive, is being held with bond on one count of first degree murder in the death of Jill Greenfield, 29, of the same address.  Greenfield was due to appear before Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington for the preliminary hearing.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
A loaded .45-caliber handgun was seized in the arrest of an 18-year-old Hagerstown man who allegedly took the loaded weapon to work Sunday at a Sharpsburg Pike fast-food restaurant, according to Maryland State Police and court records. Brandon Duane Bloyer of Luxor Lane in Hagerstown was charged with three firearm possession offenses, the court records said. Police took Bloyer into custody at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday at McDonald's restaurant at 10525 Sharpsburg Pike after an employee told a store manager that a co-worker had a handgun.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
A former Blue Ridge Community and Technical College student accused of repeatedly violating the school's campus ban on firearms in 2011 pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of disturbance of a school process. Joshua Lee Beck, 28, of Martinsburg, apologized for the disturbance he caused on the college's campuses after a plea agreement was filed with presiding Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr. in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning. Beck was ordered to pay a $50 fine and court costs as part of the plea agreement and two misdemeanor counts of possession of firearms were dismissed.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2013
An accused bank robber who was caught outside the home of a Washington County Circuit Court judge was scheduled to begin a two-day jury trial Thursday, but was granted a delay after being allowed to fire his attorney. Charles Benjamin McNeal, 28, told visiting Allegany Circuit Court Judge Gary Leasure that he wanted to fire attorney Bernard W. Semler II and needed another six months to hire a new lawyer and prepare for trial. “His defense for me has been ineffective and inadequate,” McNeal said of Semler during Thursday's hearing.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
A teenager charged as an adult in the April shooting death of a Hagerstown man will have his case heard in juvenile court after agreeing Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to testify against one of his co-defendants. Judge John H. McDowell granted a petition by defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II to transfer the case of 16-year-old Jenaro J. Torres, of 19 Broadway, Apt. 2, Hagerstown, to juvenile court. As part of the agreement worked out with prosecutors, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said Torres had to give a full and truthful video statement to Hagerstown police about events in the April 20 shooting of Steven Andrew O'Brien at his Randolph Avenue home.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 3, 2013
A hearing to determine whether a 15-year-old accused of murder will have his case heard in adult or juvenile court was continued Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court, but the state did outline what it expects from Jenaro Torres if it consents to having his case heard as a juvenile. Torres, of 19 Broadway, Apt. 2, in Hagerstown is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, armed robbery, theft and other offenses in the April 20 shooting death of Steven Andrew O'Brien at his Randolph Avenue apartment.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
The Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor traveled from Hagerstown to Washington, D.C., to be outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning. As 10 a.m. approached, those outside began checking their smartphones, trying to find out how the court had ruled on two important gay rights issues. The rising crescendo of cheers told Apgar-Taylor, a pastor at Hagerstown's Veritas United Church of Christ, that there was good news for gay rights supporters. Apgar-Taylor, who is openly gay, quickly texted his husband, Rob Apgar, a police officer with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: “We won. DOMA fail.” The text referred to the court ruling that struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, guaranteeing federal benefits for same-sex couples.
NEWS
Lisa Prejean | June 20, 2013
There's a scene in “The Sound of Music” that came to mind last weekend. The scene captures the children's personalities as Maria meets them for the first time.     The Captain has the children line up and step forward as he makes each one's sound on his whistle. They state their names, ages and tell Maria a little bit about themselves.   Louisa, the 13-year-old, tries to pass for Brigitta, one of the younger girls. She wants to see if Maria was paying attention when they were first introduced.
NEWS
June 16, 2013
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently denied Chad Kirby's request to review a lower court's decision, effectively ending his current quest for a new trial in the August 2009 shooting death of his neighbor. In June 2011, Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh, who has since retired, granted Kirby a new trial and vacated his sentence, then the Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned that order a year later. A one-line document from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dated June 5 stated the “petition for allowance of appeal is denied,” referencing Kirby's request to review the Superior Court's decision.
NEWS
Justin Fenton | The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested - but not convicted - of serious crimes. The 5-4 decision upheld a state law that allows investigators to take genetic information from arrestees, a practice followed by the federal government and about half the states. Police generally compare suspects' DNA to records from other cases in hopes of developing leads. The case, which amplified a long-running debate over the limits of government search-and-seizure powers, began with a challenge from a Wicomico County man linked to a rape after his DNA was taken in an unrelated arrest.
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