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January 28, 2002
Ghost hunters are a mixed bag By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY andreabh@herald-mail.com The National Ghost Hunters Society boasts several hundred members from around the world, President Chanda Wright said. Wright, 41, is a computer repair technician who founded the NGHS in 1995 to help educate people about the paranormal and investigate supernatural experiences like the ones she's had since childhood. "The door that people wanted to look into opened in 1996," Wright said.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | October 31, 2004
julieg@herald-mail.com Have you ever heard the sound of someone's footsteps on your stairs when you know you're home alone? Is it a pet or the paranormal? Are you a skeptic or do you believe in ghosts? Whether your house is haunted depends largely on your answer to the last question, according to ghost hunters. "I believe in ghosts. I've seen them. A lot of people think if you believe in ghosts, ... you're crazy. I don't care what they think," said Beverly Litsinger, president of the Maryland Ghost and Spirit Association.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 6, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The founder of West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was arraigned Saturday on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance after a woman told police the accused had counseled and given her medication, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show. Susan R. Crites, 55, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with delivery of Percocet by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison. A $20,000 bond was set for her case in an arraignment hearing by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | October 23, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com Supernatural believers and skeptics alike are invited to the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters' first display of ghostly images and audio recordings at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Mall. The free Ghost Photo Show will be held in the mall's community room from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. "We're out every weekend trying to capture the supernatural on film. We think the images are fabulous," says paranormal investigator Susan Crites, founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 19, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters is expected to be evaluated by state officials for 60 days before 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III sentences her on convictions of practicing medicine and counseling without a license. Susan R. Crites, 57, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane in Berkeley County, was found guilty in September of three counts of unauthorized practice of medicine without a license and four counts of unauthorized counseling without a license.
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MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 22, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was found guilty Friday of practicing medicine and counseling without a license, after two days of trial. Susan R. Crites, 56, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10. She was found guilty of three counts of unauthorized practice of medicine without a license and five counts of unauthorized counseling without a license, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was placed on three years of supervised probation by a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge who suspended an 18-month jail sentence for her convictions of practicing medicine and counseling without a license. At the end of a two-day trial in September 2007, a jury found Susan R. Crites, 57, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, guilty of three counts of practicing medicine without a license and five counts of counseling without a license.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | October 7, 2004
andrear@herald-mail.com Ghostly tours, haunted houses and Halloween parades make October a high-spirited month in the Tri-State area. The West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters will host "ghost hunts" at cemeteries in Washington County and Berkeley County, W.Va., at 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October, and at 8 and 10 p.m. daily from Monday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 31. "This is not the typical ghost tour," said Susan Crites, founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters, on the Web at www.wvsociety ofghosthunters.
NEWS
January 28, 2002
Apollo Theater member recounts scary sightings By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY andreabh@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mike Noll said he saw his first ghost at the historic Apollo Theater in Martinsburg in 1975. He'd heard plenty of ghost stories from theater visitors after he and other members of the Apollo Civic Theater Group bought the old building on Martin Street earlier that year, Noll said. But he didn't believe them until he experienced the paranormal himself.
NEWS
October 6, 2004
Wednesday, Oct. 6 9 p.m. on the Sci-Fi Channel "Ghost Hunters" A pair of "real-life ghostbusters" check out haunted houses in this new "docu-soap" series. (We're not sure what it means that they haven't quit their day jobs as plumbers.) Preceded at 8 p.m. by another new series, "Proof Positive Evidence of the Paranormal. " 10 p.m. on PBS "Hollywood Presents" A well-known cast performs "Cop Shop," two "character-driven" stories about police officers in New York City.
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July 23, 2012
The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters, who was found guilty in 2007 of practicing medicine and counseling without a license, failed to abide by the terms of her probation, attorneys said Monday. Susan R. Crites, who was placed on three years of probation in 2008 in lieu of an 18-month jail sentence, failed to get counseling and also failed to pay about $945 in court costs, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. In a hearing Monday, Crites, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was released from further probation supervision, but the unpaid court costs were ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III to be converted into a civil judgment against her. Chief Public Defender Deborah A. Lawson told Silver that Crites abided by the terms of her probation otherwise.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was placed on three years of supervised probation by a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge who suspended an 18-month jail sentence for her convictions of practicing medicine and counseling without a license. At the end of a two-day trial in September 2007, a jury found Susan R. Crites, 57, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, guilty of three counts of practicing medicine without a license and five counts of counseling without a license.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 19, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters is expected to be evaluated by state officials for 60 days before 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III sentences her on convictions of practicing medicine and counseling without a license. Susan R. Crites, 57, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane in Berkeley County, was found guilty in September of three counts of unauthorized practice of medicine without a license and four counts of unauthorized counseling without a license.
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MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 22, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was found guilty Friday of practicing medicine and counseling without a license, after two days of trial. Susan R. Crites, 56, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10. She was found guilty of three counts of unauthorized practice of medicine without a license and five counts of unauthorized counseling without a license, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely said.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 25, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A grand jury seated this week in Berkeley County has tacked on nine more charges in the state's case against the founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters, according to documents provided by Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely's office. Susan R. Crites, 51, of P.O. Box 1411/208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, Hedgesville, W.Va., was indicted Tuesday on three counts of unauthorized practice of medicine without a license and six counts of unauthorized counseling without a license.
NEWS
September 17, 2006
Probable cause found in case against Ghost Hunters founder MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Probable cause was found Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court in the case against the founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters, who is charged with one count of delivering a controlled substance. Susan R. Crites, 55, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane in Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged Sept. 2 with delivery of Percocet to a woman who told police she was led to believe the accused was a physician.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 6, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The founder of West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was arraigned Saturday on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance after a woman told police the accused had counseled and given her medication, Berkeley County Magistrate Court records show. Susan R. Crites, 55, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with delivery of Percocet by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison. A $20,000 bond was set for her case in an arraignment hearing by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller.
NEWS
January 28, 2006
Churchey-Dunlap Donald Churchey and Patricia Friend of Hagerstown announce the engagement of their daughter, Carly Elizabeth Churchey of St. Augustine, Fla., to Joshua Dunlap, also of St. Augustine and son of Deborah Dunlap of Orange Park, Fla., and the late Donald Dunlap. Ms. Churchey is a 1996 graduate of North Hagerstown High School. She received an Associate of arts degree in theater and music from Hagerstown Community College in 1998 and graduated cum laude in 2001 from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in acting.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 22, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Microphone and projector problems would not be so noticeable during any other speech. But the fact they happened Wednesday night at Shepherd University during a presentation from one of the foremost authorities on the paranormal got some attention. John Zaffis opened his presentation in the Student Center's Storer Ballroom by darkening the room and showing photographs that depicted haunted places. The photos showed images of faces in strange formations and other weird phenomenon.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | October 31, 2004
julieg@herald-mail.com Have you ever heard the sound of someone's footsteps on your stairs when you know you're home alone? Is it a pet or the paranormal? Are you a skeptic or do you believe in ghosts? Whether your house is haunted depends largely on your answer to the last question, according to ghost hunters. "I believe in ghosts. I've seen them. A lot of people think if you believe in ghosts, ... you're crazy. I don't care what they think," said Beverly Litsinger, president of the Maryland Ghost and Spirit Association.
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