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By TRISH RUDDER | February 23, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The second man charged with killing Keese Bare in 2004 and burning his body in a fire pit was found guilty Monday in Morgan County Circuit Court. The 12-person jury at the trial of Vernon L. Kerns reached a decision after two hours of deliberation. About 2:15 p.m., Kim Jackson, Morgan County Circuit Clerk, read the verdict that Kerns was guilty of first-degree murder with no mercy, and guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Kerns showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 5, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The trial of Vernon L. Kerns, one of three men charged with killing and burning the body of a West Virginia man in a fire pit, is still on schedule to begin Feb. 17 in Morgan County Circuit Court. At Thursday's pretrial hearing, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh heard arguments by Sherman L. Lambert, Kerns' attorney, regarding statements made by his client to officers Tony Link and Tim Stapleton of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department. Lambert's issue was whether Kerns was properly advised of his Miranda rights.
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By TRISH RUDDER | April 6, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Vernon L. Kerns, one of three man charged with killing a man and burning his body at a camp site, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Kerns was sentenced Monday to life in prison by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh presiding in Morgan County.  Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, was convicted on Feb. 23 after a Morgan County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder with no mercy and guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Keese Bare in 2004 and burning his body in a fire pit at a Potomac River campsite.
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By TRISH RUDDER | May 10, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The case of a Berkeley Springs man charged in the death and burning of a man at a West Virginia campsite in 2004 was given to a Morgan County Circuit Court jury Friday. The six men and six women began deliberations in the trial of Jason M. Payne at 5:30 p.m. and were still considering charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder at 11:30. Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, the jury requested instructions from 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh relating to first- and second-degree murder.
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By TRISH RUDDER | July 10, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. A second man charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the September 2004 death of Keese Bare, 27, will be tried in December. At the Monday status hearing in Morgan County Circuit Court for Vernon L. Kerns, 25, of Berkeley Springs, the Sept. 16 trial was postponed until Dec. 9, according to Dan James, assistant prosecuting attorney for Morgan County. A pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 20, James said. Kerns was charged with the crime in 2007 and is being held without bond at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 19, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The third man charged in the September 2004 murder of Keese Bare testified Thursday he slit Bare's throat and watched while the other two men beat and stabbed him and put him in a fire pit. Jerome W. Smith, 25, of Frederick County, Va., who is being held at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., testified Thursday in the trial of Vernon L. Kerns in Morgan County Circuit Court. Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Bare's death.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 20, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- At his trial in Morgan County Circuit Court, Vernon L. Kerns testified Friday he stabbed Keese Bare after Jason Payne beat Bare with a baton and asked, "Ain't you going to (expletive) do anything?" Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Bare's death in September 2004. Bare's remains were discovered in April 2006 at a Potomac River campsite, where his body had been burned in a fire pit. Closing arguments in the trial will be heard Monday morning and the case then will go to the jury.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | November 14, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the burning deaths of four kittens in July. Robert Lynn Tomlin, formerly of Smithsburg, was ordered by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell to serve 18 months in jail on the charge. McDowell suspended that sentence except for the 134 days Tomlin had served since his arrest. "Taking defenseless animals as you have and destroying them ... There is no excuse for that," McDowell told Tomlin.
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February 10, 2013
Cory Scott Crampton was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor Jan. 19 at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport.   He is the son of Kathy and Donald Crampton of Sharpsburg.  Cory is a member of Troop 287 in Greencastle, Pa., which is chartered by Otterbein Church.  Cory first began Scouting in the spring of 2008. He participated in Scouting events, such as hiking, camp-outs and canoeing trips.  One of the greatest events Cory and several members of his troop participated in was an excursion on the USS Iwo Jima in 2010 from Norfolk, Va., to New York City.
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From Metro Source | October 3, 2009
Maximizing outdoor living spaces was all the rage this summer. As the temperature cools this fall, HGTVPro.com and DIY show producer and host and licensed contractor Brad Staggs has some festive ideas to help you continue this trend into the fall. "People tend to associate their outdoor living space as a fun place during the spring and summer," explains Staggs. "There are so many ways to extend the use of your outdoor living area well into fall too -- it's a great time to get outside with family and friends and enjoy the cooler weather and beautiful fall colors.
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February 10, 2013
Cory Scott Crampton was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor Jan. 19 at Faith Christian Fellowship in Williamsport.   He is the son of Kathy and Donald Crampton of Sharpsburg.  Cory is a member of Troop 287 in Greencastle, Pa., which is chartered by Otterbein Church.  Cory first began Scouting in the spring of 2008. He participated in Scouting events, such as hiking, camp-outs and canoeing trips.  One of the greatest events Cory and several members of his troop participated in was an excursion on the USS Iwo Jima in 2010 from Norfolk, Va., to New York City.
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September 20, 2011
Whitetail Resort is preparing for the 2011-12 winter season with several capital improvement projects under way, according to a resort news release. An automated lighting system has been installed on the intermediate Fanciful Trail to enable night skiing and snowboarding on the trail. The trail also will be equipped with more Techno Alpin fan guns to increase snowmaking capacity, the release said. Whitetail is also constructing a loading carpet on the EZ Rider Quad, building a second patio and fire-pit area outside Windows Restaurant, and relocating and expanding the ski and snowboard check areas.
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From Metro Source | October 3, 2009
Maximizing outdoor living spaces was all the rage this summer. As the temperature cools this fall, HGTVPro.com and DIY show producer and host and licensed contractor Brad Staggs has some festive ideas to help you continue this trend into the fall. "People tend to associate their outdoor living space as a fun place during the spring and summer," explains Staggs. "There are so many ways to extend the use of your outdoor living area well into fall too -- it's a great time to get outside with family and friends and enjoy the cooler weather and beautiful fall colors.
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By ERIN JULIUS | September 20, 2009
Hundreds of beer and liquor bottles, a black duffel bag hanging from a tree, the remnants of a fire. On a rainy April afternoon, these are among the signs that some people make their homes in the woods in an area of Hagerstown. A pair of boxer shorts can be seen in a heap of bottles. A cell phone was left in the dirt and is soaking wet. Volunteers from a local church, Lifehouse West on Salem Avenue, trudge through these trees every week, searching for anyone who needs help.
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By TRISH RUDDER | May 18, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Jerome W. Smith, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February in the 2004 fire-pit slaying of Keese Bare, was sentenced Monday in Morgan County Circuit Court to 40 years in prison. Judge Gina M. Groh of the 23rd Judicial Circuit said Smith was the only one who accepted responsibility for his actions. Forty years is the maximum sentence Smith could receive. Smith apologized to Bare's family and said he hoped that one day they would be able to forgive him. "He was emotional," Morgan County Prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin said of Smith.
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By TRISH RUDDER | April 6, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Vernon L. Kerns, one of three man charged with killing a man and burning his body at a camp site, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Kerns was sentenced Monday to life in prison by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh presiding in Morgan County.  Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, was convicted on Feb. 23 after a Morgan County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder with no mercy and guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Keese Bare in 2004 and burning his body in a fire pit at a Potomac River campsite.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 23, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The second man charged with killing Keese Bare in 2004 and burning his body in a fire pit was found guilty Monday in Morgan County Circuit Court. The 12-person jury at the trial of Vernon L. Kerns reached a decision after two hours of deliberation. About 2:15 p.m., Kim Jackson, Morgan County Circuit Clerk, read the verdict that Kerns was guilty of first-degree murder with no mercy, and guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Kerns showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 20, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- At his trial in Morgan County Circuit Court, Vernon L. Kerns testified Friday he stabbed Keese Bare after Jason Payne beat Bare with a baton and asked, "Ain't you going to (expletive) do anything?" Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Bare's death in September 2004. Bare's remains were discovered in April 2006 at a Potomac River campsite, where his body had been burned in a fire pit. Closing arguments in the trial will be heard Monday morning and the case then will go to the jury.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 19, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The third man charged in the September 2004 murder of Keese Bare testified Thursday he slit Bare's throat and watched while the other two men beat and stabbed him and put him in a fire pit. Jerome W. Smith, 25, of Frederick County, Va., who is being held at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., testified Thursday in the trial of Vernon L. Kerns in Morgan County Circuit Court. Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Bare's death.
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By TRISH RUDDER | February 18, 2009
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Defense attorney Sherman L. Lambert said Vernon L. Kerns was involved in the stabbing of Keese Bare, but being involved is not enough to convict him. "Was Keese Bare already dead at the time?" Lambert asked. Opening statements and the first day of testimony were heard Wednesday at Kerns' trial in Morgan County Circuit Court. Kerns, 26, of Berkeley Springs, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Bare in 2004.
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