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by ROBERT SNYDER | January 17, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. martinsburg@herald-mail.com A Martinsburg restaurateur's placement of video lottery machines could cost him his full purse, and then some, if a city court rules to fine the establishment for each day the machines were in operation. Tatra Restaurant Inc. owner Carter Craft said the revenue he earned from the five video lottery machines installed in an upstairs room of the Counsellor's Grill pales next to the $300-a-day fines he could face if the city's Municipal Court rules against him. The restaurant grossed $2,534 on more than $14,800 played on the machines during the two months they were in operation last year, according to the West Virginia Lottery Commission's Limited Video Lottery Monthly Revenue Web page.
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By DON AINES | February 24, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - On a Friday in late December, about 80 inmates were moved from the Franklin County Jail to the courthouse for the call of the incarcerated for the January trial term, a logistical exercise that meant a dozen or more round trips by Sheriff's Office vans along the six-mile route. If all goes as planned for the May trial term, the inmates on the trial term list will only have to be walked down a corridor to a courtroom within the jail. Each week, deputies have to move inmates from the jail to the courthouse for sentencings, arraignments, preliminary hearings in Central Court or other courtroom procedures.
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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.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 3, 2012
It took Stephanie Harrison five trips to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles office to do what before Jan. 3 was a simple task - renew her driver's license. She said every time she went to the office, she was told she needed another form. Blame it on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, DMV officials said. “The new Secure Driver's License and Identification Card Program is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of all driver's licenses and ID cards in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,” according to a brochure on the new changes published by the DMV. West Virginia is one of the first states to meet the new regulations.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | June 17, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Starting Monday, motorists who let borough parking meters expire will be seeing yellow and that means tickets will cost $5. Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz told the Borough Council Wednesday that the first batch of the new parking tickets are in and officers will start putting them on windshields next week. He was waving a pack of the new yellow tickets as he spoke. The council heard the news without comment. In April, the council adopted an ordinance that not only raised the basic fine for an expired parking meter from $2 to $5, but it authorized increases for other parking violations as well.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 8, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - The pink parking ticket that a borough police officer puts on a windshield when time on the meter has expired will cost $5 instead of $2. The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday adopted an ordinance that not only raises the basic fine for an expired parking meter, but authorizes increases for other parking violations. The vote was unanimous. Only Councilman Jahnathan Cain explained why he voted for the measure. "Our fines are not that excessive," Cain said.
NEWS
December 7, 2006
A Prince George's County, Md., man who caused an accident in March that sent three other people to area hospitals was ordered Wednesday to begin serving a one-year jail sentence, Washington County District Court records show. Fletcher Ronnie Webb, 46, of Bladensburg, Md., was found guilty of driving while under the influence, failure to drive right of center and negligent driving. Webb and a passenger were seriously injured March 11 when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line on U.S. 340 and hit an oncoming vehicle driven by a Charles Town, W.Va.
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October 22, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick County prosecutors say one of the ringleaders in the escape of 14 residents of a state-run juvenile detention center has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Dayquane Barnes, now 18, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree escape, second-degree burglary and second-degree assault. Barnes was the last of nine Victor Cullen Center residents to admit guilt in the mass escape that left six staff members injured. Prosecutors say Barnes seriously injured at least four of the six wounded staffers.
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April 30, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former manager of an automobile dealership in Martinsburg entered a no-contest plea Thursday to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court records. A felony charge of embezzlement was dismissed against Shawn David Bowders of 300 Strathmore Way in Martinsburg as part of the plea agreement that was accepted by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Stephens said.
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December 27, 2005
Should an independent candidate who tries and fails to get on the Pennsylvania ballot be further penalized by being billed for the court costs of the fight? We say no. Barring an outright attempt at fraud, a candidate who attempts to break the monopoly the two parties now have on the ballot box should not be forced to risk financial ruin to seek elective office. At issue are nominating petitions filed last year on behalf of consumer advocate Ralph Nader's attempt to get on the state's presidential ballot.
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