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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2012
One of two men who was convicted in June in the 2011 stabbing death of a man and wounding of another was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to more than 40 years in prison. Thomas A. Grantham, 36, was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to serve 40 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction, in addition to sentences of one to three years and two to 10 years for attempted murder and malicious assault convictions. Each sentence is to be served consecutively.  More than $8,300 in restitution also was ordered to be paid by Grantham and co-defendant James G. Cross Jr.  Cross 34, was convicted of the same felony offenses, but now faces a possible life sentence in prison because he has at least two prior felony convictions, according to court documents filed Aug. 20 by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2012
The prosecution in the murder trial of Thomas A. Grantham and Robert G. Cross rested its case Thursday following testimony from 18 witnesses over three days. Grantham, 36, of Martinsburg, and Cross, 33, of Kearneysville, W.Va., are charged with murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and wounding of Jacques Taylor, both of Martinsburg, following an argument on April 23, 2011. Defense attorneys Craig Manford and Christopher Prezioso told presiding 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes that they were considering putting their clients on the witness stand today.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2012
A jury in Berkeley County Circuit Court is expected to determine whether one of two men convicted in June in the 2011 stabbing death of a man and wounding of another can be sentenced to life in prison because of two apparent prior felony convictions. James G. Cross Jr., 34, was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted murder and malicious assault in the slaying of Andre Jackson, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., and the wounding of Jacques Taylor of Kearneysville, W.Va. Co-defendant Thomas A. Grantham, 36, was convicted of the same felonies, but his past convictions could not be used to pursue a similar recidivist action and a life sentence, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2011
A motion to hold separate trials for two men accused in the April 2011 fatal stabbing of one man and the wounding of another was denied Monday by a circuit court judge. Thomas A. Grantham Jr., 35, and James G. Cross Jr., 33, were indicted in October on single counts of murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and the wounding of Jacques Taylor. Police have said the victims were attacked April 23 while parked in a vehicle in the 1900 block of Rock Cliff Drive near Polo Green Drive just outside Martinsburg.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2012
Jury deliberations began Friday afternoon for James G. Cross Jr. and Thomas A. Grantham Jr., co-defendants in the stabbing death of one man and wounding of another in April 2011. The case went to the jury at 2:35 p.m. At 5 p.m. the panel members asked presiding 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes if they could go home for the weekend. Deliberations resume Monday at 9. am. Grantham, 36, and Cross, 33, both of Martinsburg, are being tried on multiple counts, including first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, in the early morning hours of April 23, 2011.
BREAKINGNEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 18, 2012
A Berkeley County jury on Monday found James G. Cross Jr. and Thomas A. Grantham guilty of second-degree murder, attempted murder and malicious assault in the stabbing death of one man and the serious wounding of another. Cross, 33, and Grantham, 36, both of Martinsburg, were indicted on first-degree murder in the slaying of Andre Jackson, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., and the wounding of Jacques Taylor of Kearneysville, W.Va. The jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours Friday afternoon and three hours Monday morning.
SPORTS
March 13, 2013
Jordan Robinson scored eight of his 10 points in the final 4 minutes to lift Martinsburg to a 60-50 win over Huntington in the Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday. Robinson's 3-pointer with 3:42 left gave top-seeded Martinsburg (24-2) the lead for good, 51-48. He hit another long jumper a minute later and closed the scoring with a layup with 25 seconds left. Donte' Grantham led Martinsburg with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jalen Lewis added 11 points. Arick Nicks led eighth-seeded Huntington (18-7)
SPORTS
March 15, 2013
Donte' Grantham scored 18 points to lead Martinsburg to a 45-42 win over Eastern Panhandle rival Washington in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night. Top-seeded Martinsburg (25-2) beat fourth-seeded Washington (21-6) for the fourth time this season and returns to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2009 title. Martinsburg never trailed and led 22-15 at halftime. Washington trimmed an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to 44-42 on Keldon Bell's 3-pointer with 58 seconds left.
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by BOB PARASILITI | September 25, 2004
bobp@herald-mail.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Tradition, history, disciplined play. Those are the principles the University High football program is built on. On Friday, Jefferson busted through like the hurricane du jour and blew the perennial powerhouse from Morgantown off its very foundation. The No. 6 Cougars continued their revitalization program, playing hard and fast while making two first-half touchdowns off big running plays stand up to notch a 14-7 victory, almost announcing to West Virginia's Class AAA scene that they have arrived.
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SPORTS
March 16, 2013
Donte' Grantham had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Martinsburg nearly squandered a 17-point lead and held on to beat Woodrow Wilson 57-52 for the Class AAA championship Saturday night. Top-seeded Martinsburg (26-2) adds to titles it won in 2009 and 1994. Second-seeded Woodrow Wilson (23-5) was trying for its 17th state championship and first since 2008. Martinsburg never trailed. Woodrow Wilson trimmed the big deficit to two points with under 2 minutes remaining but couldn't take the lead.
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SPORTS
March 15, 2013
Donte' Grantham scored 18 points to lead Martinsburg to a 45-42 win over Eastern Panhandle rival Washington in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night. Top-seeded Martinsburg (25-2) beat fourth-seeded Washington (21-6) for the fourth time this season and returns to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2009 title. Martinsburg never trailed and led 22-15 at halftime. Washington trimmed an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to 44-42 on Keldon Bell's 3-pointer with 58 seconds left.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | January 12, 2013
The Martinsburg boys basketball team looked anything but tired following Friday's rumble with Hedgesville. West Virginia's top-ranked Class AAA team hit the floor running and, except for a brief period in the third period, kept on running to crunch Saint James 85-56 Saturday night in front of a full house. “We had some guys that didn't play a lot of minutes Friday so they were ready to go,” Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. And that was much to the chagrin of Saint James (6-8)
OBITUARIES
January 1, 2013
James A. Grantham Sr., 89, of Middleway, W.Va., died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Middleway. Burial, with Masonic graveside rites, will be in Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2012
A jury in Berkeley County Circuit Court is expected to determine whether one of two men convicted in June in the 2011 stabbing death of a man and wounding of another can be sentenced to life in prison because of two apparent prior felony convictions. James G. Cross Jr., 34, was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted murder and malicious assault in the slaying of Andre Jackson, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., and the wounding of Jacques Taylor of Kearneysville, W.Va. Co-defendant Thomas A. Grantham, 36, was convicted of the same felonies, but his past convictions could not be used to pursue a similar recidivist action and a life sentence, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2012
One of two men who was convicted in June in the 2011 stabbing death of a man and wounding of another was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to more than 40 years in prison. Thomas A. Grantham, 36, was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to serve 40 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction, in addition to sentences of one to three years and two to 10 years for attempted murder and malicious assault convictions. Each sentence is to be served consecutively.  More than $8,300 in restitution also was ordered to be paid by Grantham and co-defendant James G. Cross Jr.  Cross 34, was convicted of the same felony offenses, but now faces a possible life sentence in prison because he has at least two prior felony convictions, according to court documents filed Aug. 20 by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
BREAKINGNEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 18, 2012
A Berkeley County jury on Monday found James G. Cross Jr. and Thomas A. Grantham guilty of second-degree murder, attempted murder and malicious assault in the stabbing death of one man and the serious wounding of another. Cross, 33, and Grantham, 36, both of Martinsburg, were indicted on first-degree murder in the slaying of Andre Jackson, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., and the wounding of Jacques Taylor of Kearneysville, W.Va. The jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours Friday afternoon and three hours Monday morning.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2012
Jury deliberations began Friday afternoon for James G. Cross Jr. and Thomas A. Grantham Jr., co-defendants in the stabbing death of one man and wounding of another in April 2011. The case went to the jury at 2:35 p.m. At 5 p.m. the panel members asked presiding 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes if they could go home for the weekend. Deliberations resume Monday at 9. am. Grantham, 36, and Cross, 33, both of Martinsburg, are being tried on multiple counts, including first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, in the early morning hours of April 23, 2011.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2012
The prosecution in the murder trial of Thomas A. Grantham and Robert G. Cross rested its case Thursday following testimony from 18 witnesses over three days. Grantham, 36, of Martinsburg, and Cross, 33, of Kearneysville, W.Va., are charged with murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and wounding of Jacques Taylor, both of Martinsburg, following an argument on April 23, 2011. Defense attorneys Craig Manford and Christopher Prezioso told presiding 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes that they were considering putting their clients on the witness stand today.
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