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By MARLO BARNHART | April 6, 1999
Three defendants in a 1997 motel shooting returned to Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter new pleas, three months after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed earlier convictions and negated stiffer sentences. - Reshen Bathers, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted armed robbery and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In January 1998, Bathers was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and a handgun violation that carried a mandatory five-year sentence.
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by DON AINES | April 19, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Criminal attorneys speak a language all their own inside the courtroom, a language few defendants fully comprehend. It is all the more confusing if the defendant does not speak English. The number of Spanish-speaking defendants in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, has been steadily rising with the Hispanic population, and Tania Fernandez has been doing much of the interpreting for those who have gone before the bar during the past four years. On most Wednesdays, she is in a courtroom interpreting the words of the defense attorney, prosecutor and judge to defendants and then relating back their responses, questions and comments.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | November 27, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Prisoners acquitted of criminal charges in either Washington County District or Circuit courts are now being released downtown - sometimes still clad in jail jumpsuits. "The policy was revised as of Nov. 8," said Washington County Sheriff Charles F. Mades. "It's new and we're concerned about the safety of it but we are monitoring the situation. " Mades said the ruling came down in late October from the Maryland Judicial Council, a conference of Circuit Court judges in the state.
NEWS
December 1, 2000
Seven defendants plead guilty in race-fixing case By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Calling him a "public enemy," a Franklin County judge sentenced a New York man Wednesday to serve up to six years in the state prison for leading Pennsylvania State Police on a high speed chase along Interstate 81 in August. Mark A. Barrett, 27, of Binghampton, N.Y., was charged with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and fleeing for the incident on I-81 that ended near milepost 9 in Antrim Township.
NEWS
April 9, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A number of criminal defendants were sentenced in U.S. District Court between March 31 and April 2, according to U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter. · Jesse Brent Boyd, 27, of Charles Town, W.Va., four months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for theft of mail. · Miguel Angael Cruz-Polanco, 24, of Martinsburg, W.Va., three years and 10 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm and distribution of cocaine.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2013
The trial for two men charged in the May 2011 death of the mother of one of the men was postponed again Thursday to allow more time for evidence to be reviewed in the case. The trial for Joshua L. Stitley, 34, of Hancock, and Roy L. Wisotzkey, 35, of Hagerstown, was rescheduled for July 30 by presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.   Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told Wilkes on Thursday that she did not object to the defense motion.
NEWS
May 29, 2008
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Five people were indicted Wednesday on methamphetamine-related charges, with the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania saying that the defendants manufactured, possessed and distributed at least 500 grams of the drug in six Pennsylvania counties, including Franklin County. U.S. Attorney Martin C. Carlson identified the defendants as Carlos Cegledi, 40; Ramon "Poncho" Ferrer, 26; Esperanza Ferrer, 21; Francisco Barrios, 36, also known as Lucio Rincon-Hernandez; and Jesus Barrios, 32. Twenty-three pounds of crystal methamphetamine were seized during the investigation in April and May, Carlson stated in a news release.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | June 24, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com ROMNEY, W.VA. - Christa Kidwell was described Wednesday as an average 20-year-old woman who enjoyed spending time with her friends. Kidwell grew up in Largent, W.Va., a small community on the southwestern edge of Morgan County about 18 miles south of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and attended Paw Paw High School, said her aunt, Stacy Smith. On June 30, 2003, she was reported missing to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department. Since then, police had fielded reports of possible sightings of Kidwell, but the reports did not pan out. Then on May 15, a man found human remains on his property near Gore, Va., which is along U.S. 50 northwest of Winchester, Va. The remains had washed down and blocked a drainage culvert, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper John Gall said.
NEWS
by DON AINES | December 30, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The January trial term in Franklin County Court lists 469 cases, scores of them continued from November, but three new positions approved in the 2007 budget for the District Attorney's Office could speed bringing future cases to a conclusion. "We have a lot of cases that get continued because we don't have complete discovery materials like police reports, surveillance tapes," District Attorney John F. Nelson said. One position in the county budget approved this week is a pretrial county detective to collect the documents and information that must be shared with defense attorneys, he said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 30, 2012
Two drunken-driving cases that were dismissed in February by a county magistrate have been reinstated, according to an order filed this week in Berkeley County Circuit Court.The order, which was signed by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III, said that Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher C. Quasebarth and defense attorney Harley O. Wagner agreed that Magistrate JoAnn Overington lacked the authority to dismiss the DUI cases on Feb. 6.The...
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August 27, 2013
Two Martinsburg men accused of a home-invasion style robbery Tuesday afternoon were arrested shortly after the incident was reported, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office announced. Roger Carter Doleman, 27, and Raheim Raphael Doleman, 26, each were charged with single counts of robbery, burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and obstructing and two counts of conspiracy, police said in a news release. Raheim Doleman also was charged with driving suspended and fleeing on foot, police said.
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August 18, 2013
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2013
DNA test results link Roy L. Wisotzkey to the May 2011 homicide of Vickie Clem, jurors were told Thursday at the Hagerstown man's trial in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Wisotzkey, 35, and Clem's son, Joshua Stitley, 34, of Hancock were indicted in October 2011 on a host of charges in connection with Clem's death, and the stabbing and beating of her husband, Jack Clem, at their home in the Potomac Heights subdivision of Falling Waters, W.Va. The counts against the men include murder, felony murder, attempted murder, malicious assault, burglary, conspiracy, two counts of assault during the commission of a felony and two counts of first-degree robbery, according to the indictments.
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
Halfway pitcher Emily Talbert turned Perryville into one-hit wonders on Thursday night. It wasn't enough to force one more game in the Maryland State Junior Softball Tournament. Perryville defended its state title by using small ball and taking advantage of Halfway miscues - including one in the eighth inning - for a 2-1 victory over Halfway in the championship round at Sharpsburg Little League. “It's never fun to lose, but I couldn't be more proud of these girls,” Halfway manager Mike Renn said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2013
When you see Hammerhead, Ox, Hardcore and the rest of the Defenders rumbling through your town, just remember this: They aren't looking to make trouble. Because most of them are police officers and first responders, their day jobs usually involve putting an end to trouble. Seven members and an associate of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club's 56th and newest chapter, the Mason-Dixon Chapter, donned their colors and mounted their Harleys on Saturday for a ride through the county.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2013
The trial for two men charged in the May 2011 death of the mother of one of the men was postponed again Thursday to allow more time for evidence to be reviewed in the case. The trial for Joshua L. Stitley, 34, of Hancock, and Roy L. Wisotzkey, 35, of Hagerstown, was rescheduled for July 30 by presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.   Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told Wilkes on Thursday that she did not object to the defense motion.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2013
A Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council member who was charged in a bar fight in Martinsburg that  left a man with brain damage in 2011 faces a possible one-year jail sentence under terms of a plea agreement reached in the case. Craig L. Newcomer, 48, has agreed to enter a guilty plea a misdemeanor count of battery, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told 23rd Judicial Circuit judge Christopher C. Wilkes on Thursday. Newcomer may be able to enter the plea and then be sentenced on April 29 if Wilkes allows the defendant to plead guilty to the lesser offense.
SPORTS
February 4, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013 PREP WRESTLING North Hagerstown earned the right to defend its region duals title, getting the third seed for Wednesday's Maryland Class 4A-3A West dual-meet championships at Damascus High School. The Hubs, who are 12-2 (not counting dual-meet tournaments), will face second-seeded Bethesda-Chevy Chase (13-1) in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. In the other semifinal at 5:30, top-seeded Damascus (14-0) will take on fourth-seeded Wootton (12-2). The two semifinal winners then will wrestle for the title at 7:30, with the champion advancing to the state duals Saturday at North Point High School in Waldorf.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2013
An attorney representing a Hedgesville, W.Va.-area gun range told the Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday night that the business owner believes it is in compliance with county regulations. Tango Down Range at 1391 Allensville Road has been targeted by nearby residents who have aired safety and noise concerns. Attorney Charles S. Trump IV said his client “absolutely wants to comply with the law and certainly has.” Trump said the business owned by Jimmy McWilliams has been operating on a shale pit site owned by Robert Butts, who still mines shale from the property nearby.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 15, 2012
The trial for two people charged in the New Year's Day death of a 3-year-old boy was reset for April 1, 2013, to give experts for the state time to evaluate one of the defendants and to review a file in an abuse and neglect proceeding. James N. Mauldin, 21, and Jasmine K. Dawkins, 23, were indicted in May on one count of death of a child by parent, guardian and/or custodian by child abuse, two counts of gross child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and one count of presentation of false information regarding a child's injuries in the death of Kaiwon Connelly.
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