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By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory personnel are on pace to process evidence from 200 more drug cases than they did in 2008. "Every year, it goes up," crime lab Director Jeff Kercheval said recently. "Last year, we had a significant jump" in the number of drug cases that came through the lab, he said. In 2007, the lab, which is in the Hagerstown Police Department, handled 889 drug cases. Evidence in 1,014 drug cases passed through the lab in 2008, and this year that number could be as high as 1,200, Kercheval said.
NEWS
November 30, 1997
Crime lab still growing as it marks first year By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer On the wall of James T. Lehr's office, a blue banner says it all: "The Lab That Crack Built. " Crack, a form of cocaine, built the Western Regional Drug Laboratory in two ways. First, the facility, which recently passed its first year in existence, was made necessary by the rapidly increasing number of drug cases. In its first year, the two chemists at the lab analyzed 1,467 cases.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 19, 2012
A police dog has found traces of accelerant in the debris of a Quincy Township, Pa., home destroyed by fire earlier this week. “He alerted in several sports for ignitable liquids,” said Jeff Sarver, a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal. On Wednesday, Sarver said investigators packaged several samples to send to a crime lab for testing. Firefighters were called at about 1:22 a.m. Monday to a blaze at 9456 Masters Road in the Gap area. Initial reports indicated a person might be trapped inside the ranch-style house, but fire officials said that person was actually away from the property.
NEWS
August 17, 2000
Citizen cop academy open The next citizens' police academy sponsored by the Hagerstown Department of Police will begin Sept.12, with sessions each Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. for 10 weeks. There will be sessions on firearms with a trip to the firing range, visits to the crime lab, and information on patrol, arrests, criminal investigations and what it's like living with a badge. Deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Seating is limited so early registration is encouraged.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 4, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Forensic scientists from Marshall University and the West Virginia State Police crime lab are expected to testify at the Sept. 2 trial of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in the death of a Martinsburg woman whose decomposed body was found last year in northeastern Berkeley County. Fred Dwayne Douty II of Martinsburg and Anthony Charles Juntilla of Hedgesville each were indicted on charges of first-degree murder. Tina Marie Starcher, 40, allegedly was picked up by two men May 27 and taken to a home in Hedgesville where she was forced to have sex with them and was killed, according to authorities.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 3, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Fire erupted in a heater in a Jefferson High School computer lab Wednesday and school officials believe as many as 30 computers were destroyed. Damage to the lab was estimated at $25,000, Principal Sheri Hoff said. Deputy state Fire Marshal Matt Hutchinson and other investigators late Wednesday afternoon examined the area where the fire started, but were unable to determine how the blaze started, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. Investigators collected samples of burned material, which will be sent to the West Virginia State Police crime lab in Charleston, W.Va.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | August 8, 2009
DNA testing delays frustrate family BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- It took the Morgan County Sheriff's Department 10 months to get confirmation from the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in Charleston, W.Va., that a substance it sent there for testing was heroin. Results are slow in coming from the only crime lab in the state, which tests everything from all 55 counties, Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh said.  "It slows down conviction rates, and the perpetrators have been caught again out selling while we're waiting," Shambaugh said.
NEWS
September 20, 2000
W.Va. attorney wants to intervene in drug lab closure By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg attorney Kevin Mills said Tuesday he will try to legally intervene in the investigation into possible irregularities at the state's drug testing lab. He said he also plans to review all of his cases in which drug testing might have been an issue for his clients. "We want to get inside the lab and review the factual basis for the problems that have come up," said Mills, who is the West Virginia state representative for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | October 18, 2012
Visitors to the new Maryland State Police barrack on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive off Sharpsburg Pike have to be buzzed in to go through the second set of doors at the entrance. At the duty officer station inside the door, thick bullet-proof glass protects a desk area and protective Kevlar lines the walls around the glass. High security measures are in place throughout the $11.3 million facility, from a five-layer check point system that one must pass through to reach the building's crime lab to surveillance cameras inside a drug evidence room that can be monitored at the Maryland State Police headquarters in Pikesville, Md. Known as the Maryland State Police Western Operations Center, the new facility was built in part to replace a worn out state police barrack on the site that was built in 1973 and the building is designed to accommodate growth in the region for many years to come, state police officials said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | March 3, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A hearing on a request for a second set of DNA tests for a man charged with rape has been canceled, Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said Tuesday. Nelson would not comment on whether he plans to ask for a withdrawal of charges that Terry A. Boose, 33, of Gardners, Pa., raped a woman last year on the Appalachian Trail. An announcement on that may be made today, he said. "At this time we have no scientific basis for the request," Nelson said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | October 18, 2012
Visitors to the new Maryland State Police barrack on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive off Sharpsburg Pike have to be buzzed in to go through the second set of doors at the entrance. At the duty officer station inside the door, thick bullet-proof glass protects a desk area and protective Kevlar lines the walls around the glass. High security measures are in place throughout the $11.3 million facility, from a five-layer check point system that one must pass through to reach the building's crime lab to surveillance cameras inside a drug evidence room that can be monitored at the Maryland State Police headquarters in Pikesville, Md. Known as the Maryland State Police Western Operations Center, the new facility was built in part to replace a worn out state police barrack on the site that was built in 1973 and the building is designed to accommodate growth in the region for many years to come, state police officials said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 19, 2012
A police dog has found traces of accelerant in the debris of a Quincy Township, Pa., home destroyed by fire earlier this week. “He alerted in several sports for ignitable liquids,” said Jeff Sarver, a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal. On Wednesday, Sarver said investigators packaged several samples to send to a crime lab for testing. Firefighters were called at about 1:22 a.m. Monday to a blaze at 9456 Masters Road in the Gap area. Initial reports indicated a person might be trapped inside the ranch-style house, but fire officials said that person was actually away from the property.
NEWS
September 8, 2010
Serafini has the skills to bring about much-needed change To the editor: I am writing to ask for your support for Andy Serafini for delegate. It is said that without a vision, the people will perish. More than ever, we need representatives who not only have vision, but the skill set to carry out that vision. Andy is not a career politician, but rather a lifelong resident of Washington County with a servant's heart. He possesses a unique set of skills that we need in Annapolis to help bring about much needed change.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | August 6, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Angie Daley's family is planning a benefit motorcycle ride to help them bury the girl they last saw in 1995 before she went missing. In April, law enforcement found Angie's remains on a farm between Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa. Her mother hasn't definitively heard when her remains will be returned from the crime lab for burial, but she's making early plans for a memorial service. The family hosted a spaghetti lunch June 19 and raised $1,700. It hopes a motorcycle poker run scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 22, will generate enough contributions to cover remaining funeral costs.
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By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory personnel are on pace to process evidence from 200 more drug cases than they did in 2008. "Every year, it goes up," crime lab Director Jeff Kercheval said recently. "Last year, we had a significant jump" in the number of drug cases that came through the lab, he said. In 2007, the lab, which is in the Hagerstown Police Department, handled 889 drug cases. Evidence in 1,014 drug cases passed through the lab in 2008, and this year that number could be as high as 1,200, Kercheval said.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | August 8, 2009
DNA testing delays frustrate family BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- It took the Morgan County Sheriff's Department 10 months to get confirmation from the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in Charleston, W.Va., that a substance it sent there for testing was heroin. Results are slow in coming from the only crime lab in the state, which tests everything from all 55 counties, Morgan County Sheriff Vince Shambaugh said.  "It slows down conviction rates, and the perpetrators have been caught again out selling while we're waiting," Shambaugh said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 26, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Jurors for the trial of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in the May 2007 death of Martinsburg woman will be selected from 70 people to be called for jury duty this week in Berkeley County Circuit Court. In a pretrial hearing Monday, Anthony Charles Juntilla, 39, was advised by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders that he had the right to remain silent and not testify in his trial, which is set to begin Sept. 2. Juntilla responded "yes, your honor" after each time Sanders asked the defendant if he understood his trial rights.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 4, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Forensic scientists from Marshall University and the West Virginia State Police crime lab are expected to testify at the Sept. 2 trial of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in the death of a Martinsburg woman whose decomposed body was found last year in northeastern Berkeley County. Fred Dwayne Douty II of Martinsburg and Anthony Charles Juntilla of Hedgesville each were indicted on charges of first-degree murder. Tina Marie Starcher, 40, allegedly was picked up by two men May 27 and taken to a home in Hedgesville where she was forced to have sex with them and was killed, according to authorities.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 4, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Someone set a trash can on fire in a boy's bathroom at Jefferson High School Thursday morning, the second day in a row a fire was reported at the school. The trash can was set on fire at about 11 a.m. in a boy's bathroom in the "C" wing, said Detective Sgt. Sam Harmon of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. School officials put out the bathroom blaze with a fire extinguisher, Harmon said. Harmon said the incident was under investigation and added that he is narrowing down a list of suspects.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 3, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Fire erupted in a heater in a Jefferson High School computer lab Wednesday and school officials believe as many as 30 computers were destroyed. Damage to the lab was estimated at $25,000, Principal Sheri Hoff said. Deputy state Fire Marshal Matt Hutchinson and other investigators late Wednesday afternoon examined the area where the fire started, but were unable to determine how the blaze started, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. Investigators collected samples of burned material, which will be sent to the West Virginia State Police crime lab in Charleston, W.Va.
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