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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 30, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY pepperb@herald-mail.com A badly decomposed body found Friday on an embankment on Hopps Landing Road has been identified as Lawrence "Larry" Mitchell Skoczynski, a 46-year-old Hagerstown man with an extensive criminal history, who was released from the Washington County Detention Center on June 8, according to the Sheriff's Department and court records. Skoczynski's death has not been ruled a homicide, but his death still is under investigation, Sheriff's Department Investigator Ryan Shifflet said.
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NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | June 28, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY pepperb@herald-mail.com Steve Pettner doesn't look for the dead, he just finds them. After walking about 500 yards from his Hopps Landing Road cabin Friday, the former gravedigger was overcome by the smell of what he believed was a dead deer. He stopped and peered over a tree-lined embankment above Conococheague Creek, where he found a dead body. The body, whom police have not identified, is the third Pettner claims he's uncovered. "I said, 'Cripe.
NEWS
June 18, 2005
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Friday that they have charged a New Jersey man with murdering his wife, whose body was found in a remote wooded area in Fulton County, Pa., 10 years ago. Stephen Alfred Vanderbeek, 51, of Ramsey, N.J., was charged on June 8 with first-degree murder, third-degree murder and aggravated assault; a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Police said the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested Vanderbeek in his hometown on Thursday.
NEWS
December 7, 2000
Police investigating homicide CLEAR SPRING - A dead body lying in a pool of blood was found in a National Pike home west of Clear Spring Thursday evening, according to Maryland State Police Cpl. G.E. Spickler. He said the death was being investigated as a homicide. State police were called to the home between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and were still on the scene after 10 p.m., said Spickler. A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said a person who was highly upset called for help at 7:07 p.m., a dispatcher said.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Hagerstown Police officers on Friday afternoon were investigating the call for a dead body at 101 East Ave., Chief Arthur Smith said. Smith would not give additional information as of 5 p.m. As officers arrived on scene at about 3 p.m., people gathered on front porches in the neighborhood and watched the police activity. Police officers cordoned off a large area in front of the home with yellow police tape and shut the residence's front door. Sgt. Paul Kifer would provide additional information Friday evening, Smith said.
NEWS
November 14, 1997
To the volunteers, elected officials and donors who will make it possible for the Doris I. Billow skating rink to open in Zullinger, Pa. Billow's gift may nurture an Olympic champ. To the volunteer crews who installed 52 new window sills at the historic Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown. Now spared from any damage that rain seeping in could cause, this 1786 structure may be around for another 200 years. To Philadelphia Judge Jon Merriweather, who dismissed charges against a man who allegedly beat his victim into a coma because jail officials failed to get the defendant to court on time.
NEWS
March 8, 1997
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police released a description Saturday of the woman whose dead body was found stuffed inside a sleeper sofa behind a convenience store here Friday. The Martinsburg Police Department said the woman was a white female in her late 50s or early 60s, approximately 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. She had gray hair peppered with a brown, and was wearing upper dentures. The woman's eyes appeared to be brown. Her ears were not pierced. Police said she had a 13-inch long scar on her left hip, and a 6.5-inch scar on her right knee, which may have been from surgery.
NEWS
March 7, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman's dead body was found Friday stuffed inside a brown sleeper sofa behind the H-Mart convenience store on Winchester Avenue. No identification was found with the body, which was discovered in the Martinsburg Plaza about 1 p.m. A passerby first noticed the body. Martinsburg Police Department Capt. Ted Anderson said police are reviewing reports of missing women in the area. Anderson also asked for the public's help to identify the woman.
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