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by ROBERT SNYDER | March 24, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A drug bust in Berkeley County resulted in the arrest Tuesday of four people following a surveillance and sting operation at a residence south of Martinsburg that police believe was a crack house. Officers from the Eastern Panhandle Violent Crimes Task Force seized more than 15 grams of crack cocaine and $580 in cash from a house in the 3500 block of Winchester Avenue after perfoming a drug purchase and observing several people leaving the house after staying for a short period between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 8, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for the second of two men indicted in the October 2005 homicide of Donald L. "Dee" Redman is on track to be held next month, attorneys in the case said Friday. Kurtis Michael Pearsall, aka "Prince" and "Kurt the Flirt," briefly appeared Friday before 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. Pearsall's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9. Pearsall, 25, is accused of taking part in the execution-style shooting of Redman, 29, of Martinsburg, early on the morning of Oct. 27, 2005, at 217 N. Third St. Authorities found Redman shot in the head in the porch area of 215 N. Third St., where authorities said his body had been dragged after the shooting in a crack house.
NEWS
August 6, 1997
W.Va. woman pleads guilty in kidnap case CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville woman charged in the kidnapping and attempted murder of a Maryland man who was thrown into the Potomac River and left for dead last summer was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court to 20 years in state prison, a prosecutor said. Tammy Reel, 32, of Kearneysville, had pleaded guilty to kidnapping in the Aug. 2, 1996, incident in which she lured Donald Milligan into a Days Inn motel room where Mark Johnson of Shenandoah Junction tried to kill him, according to testimony at Johnson's trial in June.
NEWS
June 20, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tammy Reel rocked with sobs as she apologized to her family Thursday in U.S. District Court, describing how crack cocaine changed her from a housewife to the operator of a crack house. Her 8-year-old daughter sat in the front row directly behind her. "I'd like to say I'm sorry to my family and my children," Reel told U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater. "She'll become an adult before I'm released," Reel said, indicating her daughter.
NEWS
July 23, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four people entered pleas and three others were sentenced last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg by Judge W. Craig Broadwater, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Rita R. Valdrini. The following people entered pleas: · Michael James Triplett, 37, of 330 Easel Ave. in Martinsburg, pleaded guilty July 17 to one count of an indictment charging him with the distribution of 0.15 grams of crack cocaine on Oct. 12, 2005, at the Mountaineer Mart in Martinsburg.
NEWS
April 22, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Three people entered guilty pleas on drug-related charges and two others were sentenced earlier this week in U.S. District Court, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia. Shirley Marie Chapman, 50, of 52 Capital Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Craig W. Broadwater to one count of distributing cocaine base, according to the release. Chapman, who is out on bail, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced July 10, according to the release.
OPINION
March 21, 2012
The criminal mind is a fascinating thing, not so much for its ingenuity, but for the fact that if it were employed in honest pursuits, there is no end to the number of world problems it could solve. Like if the guys involved in “Oceans 11” had put that much thought into cancer research, melanoma would be a thing of the past. But I would give an extra gold star to the fellow who figured out that laundry detergent could be a high-profit target for organized crime sprees.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The trial of Mark A. Johnson began Tuesday with testimony from a co-defendant who told a sordid tale of violence and ineptness as she and the defendant drove around in a stolen car with a man they thought was dead in the trunk while they attempted to buy crack cocaine. Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without a recommendation of mercy if convicted on charges of kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | November 11, 1999
Editor's note: Desiree's full name is not being used in order to protect her identity. At age 20, Desiree set out to make up for the carefree, partying years she missed when she dropped out of North Hagerstown High School to become a teenage wife and mother. Separated from her husband and son, she had a GED and a good job at Citicorp. She thought she had everything under control. She started drinking. Then she started drinking too much. Then she started snorting cocaine.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | October 28, 2004
Yet there it was, front page. In no less an authority than the Baltimore Sun. I thought, what's this, a story on Hagerstown, Indiana? But no, it was us. And we were being portrayed in a light that was sort of the metropolitan equivalent of "The Swan. " Us? In a story along with words like "charm," "chic," "bustle," "promising," "attractive," "excitement" and "air-conditioned?" Aw shucks, you don't need to make such a fuss over l'il ole us. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure that I, for one, can handle it. Usually, the only national ink we get is when a deer runs amok or some Little League pop puts a beat-down on an ump. This whole "Hagerstown: It's Not Just for Losers Anymore" angle has caught me a bit off stride.
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OPINION
March 21, 2012
The criminal mind is a fascinating thing, not so much for its ingenuity, but for the fact that if it were employed in honest pursuits, there is no end to the number of world problems it could solve. Like if the guys involved in “Oceans 11” had put that much thought into cancer research, melanoma would be a thing of the past. But I would give an extra gold star to the fellow who figured out that laundry detergent could be a high-profit target for organized crime sprees.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 8, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for the second of two men indicted in the October 2005 homicide of Donald L. "Dee" Redman is on track to be held next month, attorneys in the case said Friday. Kurtis Michael Pearsall, aka "Prince" and "Kurt the Flirt," briefly appeared Friday before 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. Pearsall's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9. Pearsall, 25, is accused of taking part in the execution-style shooting of Redman, 29, of Martinsburg, early on the morning of Oct. 27, 2005, at 217 N. Third St. Authorities found Redman shot in the head in the porch area of 215 N. Third St., where authorities said his body had been dragged after the shooting in a crack house.
NEWS
July 23, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four people entered pleas and three others were sentenced last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg by Judge W. Craig Broadwater, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Rita R. Valdrini. The following people entered pleas: · Michael James Triplett, 37, of 330 Easel Ave. in Martinsburg, pleaded guilty July 17 to one count of an indictment charging him with the distribution of 0.15 grams of crack cocaine on Oct. 12, 2005, at the Mountaineer Mart in Martinsburg.
NEWS
April 22, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. Three people entered guilty pleas on drug-related charges and two others were sentenced earlier this week in U.S. District Court, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia. Shirley Marie Chapman, 50, of 52 Capital Drive, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Craig W. Broadwater to one count of distributing cocaine base, according to the release. Chapman, who is out on bail, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced July 10, according to the release.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | March 24, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A drug bust in Berkeley County resulted in the arrest Tuesday of four people following a surveillance and sting operation at a residence south of Martinsburg that police believe was a crack house. Officers from the Eastern Panhandle Violent Crimes Task Force seized more than 15 grams of crack cocaine and $580 in cash from a house in the 3500 block of Winchester Avenue after perfoming a drug purchase and observing several people leaving the house after staying for a short period between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
by TIM ROWLAND | October 28, 2004
Yet there it was, front page. In no less an authority than the Baltimore Sun. I thought, what's this, a story on Hagerstown, Indiana? But no, it was us. And we were being portrayed in a light that was sort of the metropolitan equivalent of "The Swan. " Us? In a story along with words like "charm," "chic," "bustle," "promising," "attractive," "excitement" and "air-conditioned?" Aw shucks, you don't need to make such a fuss over l'il ole us. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure that I, for one, can handle it. Usually, the only national ink we get is when a deer runs amok or some Little League pop puts a beat-down on an ump. This whole "Hagerstown: It's Not Just for Losers Anymore" angle has caught me a bit off stride.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | November 11, 1999
Editor's note: Desiree's full name is not being used in order to protect her identity. At age 20, Desiree set out to make up for the carefree, partying years she missed when she dropped out of North Hagerstown High School to become a teenage wife and mother. Separated from her husband and son, she had a GED and a good job at Citicorp. She thought she had everything under control. She started drinking. Then she started drinking too much. Then she started snorting cocaine.
NEWS
August 6, 1997
W.Va. woman pleads guilty in kidnap case CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville woman charged in the kidnapping and attempted murder of a Maryland man who was thrown into the Potomac River and left for dead last summer was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court to 20 years in state prison, a prosecutor said. Tammy Reel, 32, of Kearneysville, had pleaded guilty to kidnapping in the Aug. 2, 1996, incident in which she lured Donald Milligan into a Days Inn motel room where Mark Johnson of Shenandoah Junction tried to kill him, according to testimony at Johnson's trial in June.
NEWS
June 20, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tammy Reel rocked with sobs as she apologized to her family Thursday in U.S. District Court, describing how crack cocaine changed her from a housewife to the operator of a crack house. Her 8-year-old daughter sat in the front row directly behind her. "I'd like to say I'm sorry to my family and my children," Reel told U.S. District Judge W. Craig Broadwater. "She'll become an adult before I'm released," Reel said, indicating her daughter.
NEWS
June 4, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The trial of Mark A. Johnson began Tuesday with testimony from a co-defendant who told a sordid tale of violence and ineptness as she and the defendant drove around in a stolen car with a man they thought was dead in the trunk while they attempted to buy crack cocaine. Johnson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without a recommendation of mercy if convicted on charges of kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.
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