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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 11, 2012
An attorney is accused of forging a court order after being paid $1,000 by former West Virginia University basketball standout Kevin Pittsnogle for legal services that were not provided, according to court documents. Kenneth J. Ford, 37, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single felony counts of forgery of a public record and false pretenses, the court documents said. Overington set a $10,000 bond for the defendant, according to court records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 21, 2011
A Williamsport man who was ordered by a Washington County Circuit Court judge to keep his distance from neighbors following a 2010 civil trial was found in contempt of court last week and was ordered to pay $4,000 in attorney's fees to two of the plaintiffs. Jeffrey Lynn Hurd, 58, of 11835 Camden Road, was convicted in 2009 on criminal charges that he shot and killed the dog of one neighbor in 2007 and the dog of another neighbor in 2008. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. The convictions in one of the animal's deaths were reversed on appeal, court records show.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 12, 2004
A Boonsboro woman obtained a temporary court order Friday preventing Habitat for Humanity of Washington County from building a duplex in her neighborhood. With the help of an attorney, Karen Shifler of 128 Lakin Ave. obtained a temporary restraining order from Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley. Shifler said she objects to the duplex mainly because it fronts onto a narrow alley off St. Paul Street, creating a safety hazard for emergency vehicles and a tight crunch for other traffic.
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November 28, 2001
Man violates court order, is sent to jail By MARLO BARNHART marlob@herald-mail.com Fourteen months ago, Shawn Keith Gift was told to stay away from the family of the woman he'd threatened with a shotgun in 1999 or he'd go back to jail. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley made good on his promise Tuesday. Gift, 36, of 10190 Gift Road in Clear Spring, was sentenced Tuesday to serve 18 months in the Washington County Detention Center for violation of probation.
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January 2, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pamela K. Carbaugh, a gun pointed at her head, spent 90 minutes on June 15 talking her estranged husband out of shooting her and himself, Franklin County Court records show. On New Year's Day, Leon F. Carbaugh Sr. followed through on his threat at his sister's Peters Township, Pa., home, police said. While the two were exchanging custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Leon Carbaugh, 47, of 2271 Mountain Road, took a revolver from his coat and shot Pamela Carbaugh twice, said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Mike Gayman.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 7, 2012
Hagerstown Rescue Mission has on occasion accepted people convicted of violent crimes in other jurisdictions, a move that has prompted local officials to question and criticize the practice. Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said last week that the Hagerstown Rescue Mission at 125 N. Prospect St. most recently accepted a Worcester County, Md., man who was on parole following convictions for sexual offenses. “This is not the kind of guy you want loose in your community,” said Smith, who discussed the matter shortly before he was to retire.  Smith said Washington County Community Supervision, formerly known as Parole and Probation, told him that man arrived at the shelter Aug. 1. The Hagerstown Police Department picked him up and drove him back to Worcester County the next day. In November 2011, the man, described in a newspaper account of the court proceedings as having mental problems, entered Alford pleas in Worcester Circuit Court to a charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult resulting in physical injury and to a second-degree sex offense, court records said.
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April 23, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man who was taken to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Martinsburg Thursday night after he said he heard voices telling him to kill his boss walked out of the hospital Friday morning, police said. Police found the man Friday afternoon near the Ranson Park on Mildred Street and returned him to the hospital, said Charles Town Police Officer Mark Johnston. The Desert Storm veteran was being detained at the hospital on a court order. The man was taken to the hospital after officers surrounded his East Liberty Street house Thursday evening and apprehended him.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 31, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Almost two years after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, there is still confusion among Tri-State area library officials over whether they should turn over patrons' records at the request of federal authorities. The federal act was signed into law on Oct. 26, 2001 - 45 days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that prompted the law. The act was intended to allow federal authorities more leeway in ferreting out foreign terrorists and those who assist them, but it has been widely criticized by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union who say it restricts Americans' liberties and weakens privacy guidelines.
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By DON AINES | May 9, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., man convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for using a computer chat room to contact a person whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to between 11 and 23 months in jail. Franklin Shane Barrick, 37, of 135 Cottonwood Ave. in St. Thomas, also was sentenced to 21 years on probation and must register with authorities for 10 years under the provisions of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, according to the court order signed by Judge John Walker.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
Some Berkeley County sheriff's deputies were wrongfully promoted since 2009 at the expense of other deputies who were denied advancement, a circuit judge has ruled. Two sets of rules that were used by the Berkeley County Deputy Sheriffs' Civil Service Commission for making such promotions violated state law, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes ruled in a 32-page final order filed last month. Five promotions made since 2009 will now have to be revisited by the civil service commission, which was ordered by Wilkes to recalculate deputies' scores based on the results of competitive examination, performance evaluations and years of service with the sheriff's office.  The judge wrote that “extra points for education, previous law enforcement experience and oral interviews are not part of the 'complete and all-inclusive system ... for promotion ... of deputies'” in state code and are prohibited.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 7, 2012
Hagerstown Rescue Mission has on occasion accepted people convicted of violent crimes in other jurisdictions, a move that has prompted local officials to question and criticize the practice. Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said last week that the Hagerstown Rescue Mission at 125 N. Prospect St. most recently accepted a Worcester County, Md., man who was on parole following convictions for sexual offenses. “This is not the kind of guy you want loose in your community,” said Smith, who discussed the matter shortly before he was to retire.  Smith said Washington County Community Supervision, formerly known as Parole and Probation, told him that man arrived at the shelter Aug. 1. The Hagerstown Police Department picked him up and drove him back to Worcester County the next day. In November 2011, the man, described in a newspaper account of the court proceedings as having mental problems, entered Alford pleas in Worcester Circuit Court to a charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult resulting in physical injury and to a second-degree sex offense, court records said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
Some Berkeley County sheriff's deputies were wrongfully promoted since 2009 at the expense of other deputies who were denied advancement, a circuit judge has ruled. Two sets of rules that were used by the Berkeley County Deputy Sheriffs' Civil Service Commission for making such promotions violated state law, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes ruled in a 32-page final order filed last month. Five promotions made since 2009 will now have to be revisited by the civil service commission, which was ordered by Wilkes to recalculate deputies' scores based on the results of competitive examination, performance evaluations and years of service with the sheriff's office.  The judge wrote that “extra points for education, previous law enforcement experience and oral interviews are not part of the 'complete and all-inclusive system ... for promotion ... of deputies'” in state code and are prohibited.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld most of a $151,000 jury award against a Williamsport man sued by his neighbors for shooting two of their pet dogs. In 2010, a Washington County Circuit Court jury awarded damages to three families who had sued Jeffrey Lynn Hurd of 11845 Camden Road. Hurd was sued by Eric and Mary Haberkorn, Arthur and Sonja Perschuk, and James and Renee Rudolph for intentional infliction of emotional distress and nuisance claims for the shooting of the Pereschuks' dog in 2007 and the Rudolphs' dog in 2008, as well as allegations of spying and other harassing activities by Hurd over a period of years.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 11, 2012
An attorney is accused of forging a court order after being paid $1,000 by former West Virginia University basketball standout Kevin Pittsnogle for legal services that were not provided, according to court documents. Kenneth J. Ford, 37, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single felony counts of forgery of a public record and false pretenses, the court documents said. Overington set a $10,000 bond for the defendant, according to court records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 21, 2011
A Williamsport man who was ordered by a Washington County Circuit Court judge to keep his distance from neighbors following a 2010 civil trial was found in contempt of court last week and was ordered to pay $4,000 in attorney's fees to two of the plaintiffs. Jeffrey Lynn Hurd, 58, of 11835 Camden Road, was convicted in 2009 on criminal charges that he shot and killed the dog of one neighbor in 2007 and the dog of another neighbor in 2008. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. The convictions in one of the animal's deaths were reversed on appeal, court records show.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2011
Protective orders are meant to stop domestic violence, but a person who successfully petitioned for one should realize they are not foolproof and should have a safety plan, Kelly Clopper, an attorney for Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, advises. "It depends on the respondent (the person accused of the abusive conduct). If they are someone who cares about consequences, they won't violate a protective order," Clopper said recently. "Those who don't, will violate.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | September 9, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- After days of watching doctors test her son for signs of life, Angela Lanciano Moreno buried him in a private ceremony Tuesday in Pendleton County, W.Va. Christian Lanciano, 22, was hospitalized at WVU Hospitals-East in Martinsburg in late August after doctors resuscitated him from a heroin overdose. He died Monday. "Losing Christian has put such an emptiness in all of us," Moreno said Wednesday. "He was an awesome person. " Moreno, a resident of Gerrardstown, W.Va.
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June 30, 2009
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Democrat Al Franken should be certified the winner of the state's long-running Senate race, paving the way for the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian to be seated after an almost eight-month fight. The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining his Senate seat are dwindling, saying Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office.
NEWS
January 15, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are considering whether to deny a permit renewal needed for Bruce Neibert to legally operate his salvage yard. Neibert applied for the necessary permit renewal at the end of 2008, but the supervisors plan to speak with him before making a decision. For several years, the supervisors have had concerns about Neibert's debris spilling out beyond its allowed bounds on his Pa. 316 South property. Township employees visited the site on Wednesday and took pictures of the trash not contained within the treeline.
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By DON AINES | May 9, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., man convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for using a computer chat room to contact a person whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to between 11 and 23 months in jail. Franklin Shane Barrick, 37, of 135 Cottonwood Ave. in St. Thomas, also was sentenced to 21 years on probation and must register with authorities for 10 years under the provisions of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, according to the court order signed by Judge John Walker.
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