May 29, 2012
Examine the pig in the poke before election To the editor: I read the letter “Life is not fair,” regarding President Obama. I've got news for that writer. Life also should not be a stacked deck against you with only a small group of folks holding all the aces and writing all the rules played in life's game. When you're out there promoting austerity and talking about how nobody should get their taxes raised, think a little deeper than those typical GOP talking points.
April 19, 2012
A Jefferson County grand jury this week handed up indictments on a range of criminal charges, according to court records. Among those indicted were: Paul James Feia, 49, of 7225 Pine Drive in Annandale, Va., one count of DUI third offense. Nicholas Michael West, 27, of 3986 Alcoa Drive in Fairfax, Va., one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, one count of possession with intent to deliver Alprazolam and one count of carrying a concealed weapon without a license.
April 3, 2012
James Fonz Johnson, chief of the Bakerton Volunteer Fire Co., was charged earlier this week on a single count of felony false pretense, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.Johnson, 25, of 99 Driftwood Drive, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was charged Monday and arraigned before Jefferson County Magistrate William Senseney Tuesday. He was released on $10,000 bond.According to court records, on Jan. 30, Johnson used a fire department credit card to buy food that was not delivered to the department.
March 21, 2012
Stolen credit card used to buy computer McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Hustontown, Pa., woman told Pennsylvania State Police that someone recently used her credit card to buy a laptop computer. The incident was reported Sunday, when the woman informed police that $930 was charged to her credit card to purchase the computer through an electronics website, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the woman stopped the transaction. Anyone with information may call 717-485-3131.
February 26, 2012
A Hagerstown-area credit card processing company is contributing a portion of the fees it collects through local merchants to a fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County that will benefit local charities. Equity Commerce's WashCo Merchant Community Fund is the first fund at the community foundation to have been created by a business, said Bradley N. Sell, executive director of the foundation. “We were really excited by that,” he said. “We're hoping that other businesses will see the value in using the foundation to achieve their charitable goals.” Equity Commerce started the fund with a $5,000 contribution in May 2011, Equity Commerce President Jeff Brown said.
September 19, 2011
A Berkeley County woman accused of attempting to rob another woman last week outside the Michaels store in The Commons shopping center was arrested Monday, according to court documents. Deborah Ann Phipps, 33, was arraigned Monday on one count of second-degree robbery by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court documents. Phipps was being held Monday night in Eastern Regional on $25,000 bond, according to court and jail records. Phipps was identified after a second robbery happened last week in Spotsylvania County, Va., and her photograph was obtained from video surveillance after she allegedly used a stolen credit card from that crime, police said.
September 1, 2011
Fraud is defined as wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. There are many different types of types of fraud to be aware of, including: Contest and lottery scams: Often scammers will email or call you saying you have won a large prize like cash or a trip. You should never have to pay or give account information when you win a prize. Charity fraud: Organizations around the globe ask for donations to help those in need; however, you want to check the legitimacy of the organization before you donate.
July 11, 2011
A Baltimore County man convicted in May of a 2008 jewelry store robbery at Valley Mall was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to 20 years in prison. A jury found Bashawn Moneak Montgomery, 33, of Reisterstown, Md., guilty of robbery for intimidating an employee at King’s Jewelry into allowing him to purchase rings using a stolen credit card number June 8, 2008, according to trial testimony. The jury also convicted Montgomery of several theft and credit card theft offenses, but acquitted him of false imprisonment, court records show.
July 6, 2011
Consumer fees associated with online utility bill payments could derail the Borough of Waynesboro’s effort to offer the service to its customers. Assistant Borough Manager Jason Cohen updated the Waynesboro Borough Council on an initiative to offer electronic methods of payment for water, sewer and trash bills. Customers could pay using credit cards, debit cards and electronic checks. Customers choosing to pay online, rather than mail or drop off payments, face a $3.50 fee per transaction, Cohen said.
June 29, 2011
City to launch credit card, online payment services MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — City of Martinsburg residents will soon have the ability to pay their utility and fire and garbage bills via the city’s website. The city council in a special meeting Wednesday unanimously approved an agreement with MVB Bank in conjunction with FiNet and InvoiceCloud to process credit card transactions for the municipality. Council members Betty Gunnoe and Richard Yauger were absent.