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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 6, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Lt. K.C. Bohrer, a 25-year veteran of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, started to tell a story about a case one of his co-workers is handling that involves heroin. Before he could delve into the details the co-worker, Sgt. Gary Harmison, interrupted him. "It all relates to heroin," Harmison said, stressing the word "all. " Bohrer, Harmison and Sgt. Russell Shackelford, members of the Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division, said that lately at least half of their time is spent working on cases related to heroin, which they said is becoming the drug of choice in the county.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Police seized 18 straw packets of heroin and 20 oxycodone pills from a Martinsburg-area couple who were arrested Monday evening in the area of Clover Street, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Jessie Leigh Keesecker, 24, and Donald Leroy Telfer III, 34, both of 53 Lillian Way, were in Eastern Regional Jail on Tuesday night on counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin, conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver oxycodone, a prescribed narcotic, according to court records.
NEWS
May 28, 2010
A Hagerstown man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Robert Joseph Zellner, 23, of 438 E. Washington St., was sentenced by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to eight years in prison with five of those years suspended. Beachley ordered that Zellner be placed on probation for another three years after his release from prison. A related charge of possession of heroin was dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to court records.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
In what officials are calling the second-largest heroin bust in Franklin County, Pa., history, more than 1,100 bags of heroin were seized at a property in Lurgan Township last week. Brent Eugene Salmon, 30, of Tanyard Hill Road, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Franklin County Drug Task Force. Authorities are continuing to investigate and additional arrests are anticipated, District Attorney Matt Fogal said in an email.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2012
Five people, including a Hagerstown man, were charged Monday with multiple drug and other counts in what police allege was a heroin-distribution ring being operated out of a home east of Hagerstown, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said Tuesday. Armed with a search warrant, members of the task force and the Washington County Special Response Team on Monday raided a house at 2059 Day Road that they believe was being used to distribute heroin, according to the statement of probable cause filed in Washington County District Court.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Police seized more than 87 grams of heroin from a vehicle that was stopped early Sunday for speeding on Interstate 81 near the Spring Mills exit, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Andre Lashun Hill, 30, and Herman Eugene Boddy Jr., 26, both of Memphis, Tenn., were being held in Eastern Regional Jail on Monday night on $250,000 bonds set by Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh, according to court and jail records. Both were men were charged with single counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to transport a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy, according to court documents.
NEWS
August 3, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --Police seized $4,500 worth of heroin Monday after investigating a report of possible drug activity and a suspicious person at a Martinsburg motel, West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns announced. Thomas Powell Dove Jr., 31, of P.O. Box 1204, Martinsburg, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, fleeing on foot from an officer and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana and Alprazolam), according to court records and a news release from Kearns.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
w/mugshot A Falling Waters, W.Va., man who was wanted by federal agents on a warrant for possession with intent to distribute cocaine was captured Friday in Martinsburg, the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force said. Thomas Joseph “TJ” Orr, 31, of Compton Lane in Falling Waters, was arrested on Margarets Way in Martinsburg and taken to Eastern Regional Jail, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshal's Service. The Marshal's Service said Orr was awaiting a hearing.
NEWS
October 20, 2009
Officials said 11 grams of heroin were brought to Roxbury Correctional Institution on Monday, and because of the amount, it is believed the heroin was going to be distributed, according to court records. A Gywnn Oak, Md., woman admitted to bringing the contraband into the facility along Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown in hopes of passing it to an inmate, Washington County District Court records show. Carla Renee Davis, 49, of 3800 Sylvan Drive, was charged with possession of contraband in a place of confinement and other charges, according to court records.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has charged a Chambersburg man with allegedly operating a heroin-trafficking ring that distributed more than $3.8 million of heroin throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Franklin counties. Sabriel “Pony” Rivera, 29, of 120 Mont Alto Road is one of a dozen people facing charges in connection to the heroin ring, according to a news release from Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Rivera is charged with four counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of corrupt organizations, according to a news release from Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
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September 6, 2013
Tri-State area authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man who has been charged in warrants with theft, distribution of heroin and other counts, according to the Hancock Police Department. Michael John Burton, 37, whose last known address was Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is wanted in Maryland for theft under $10,000 and numerous traffic warrants, a Hancock police news release said. Burton also is charged with distribution of heroin in Pennsylvania, and a parole violation in West Virginia for cutting off his monitoring bracelet and fleeing the state, police said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2013
Four people entered guilty pleas Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in unrelated heroin distribution cases, with three going to state prison and the fourth having her sentence delayed due to pregnancy. The four cases, involving two men and two women, resulted from heroin sales to Washington County Narcotics Task Force informants, but Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said there was no common thread. However, Pauler said there has been an increase in recent months in heroin cases “because the pill market has tightened.” Abuse of prescription painkillers has abated somewhat because medical professionals are doing a better job of restricting access to those drugs, Pauler said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
In what officials are calling the second-largest heroin bust in Franklin County, Pa., history, more than 1,100 bags of heroin were seized at a property in Lurgan Township last week. Brent Eugene Salmon, 30, of Tanyard Hill Road, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Franklin County Drug Task Force. Authorities are continuing to investigate and additional arrests are anticipated, District Attorney Matt Fogal said in an email.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
A Waynesboro, Pa., man was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on a $100,000 cash-only bond after being arraigned on heroin distribution charges, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court and jail records. Rahaneen Omar Gordon, 34, of 823 W. Main St. was arraigned on two counts of distribution of heroin by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court records. Gordon is accused of distributing 125 grams of heroin to a confidential informant in two separate meetings, the court records said.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has charged a Chambersburg man with allegedly operating a heroin-trafficking ring that distributed more than $3.8 million of heroin throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Franklin counties. Sabriel “Pony” Rivera, 29, of 120 Mont Alto Road is one of a dozen people facing charges in connection to the heroin ring, according to a news release from Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Rivera is charged with four counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of corrupt organizations, according to a news release from Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 15, 2013
A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died at her home in March 2012 was sentenced Monday on grand larceny and uttering convictions in an unrelated case. Autumn T. Blaine, 38, entered an Alford plea Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to one count of uttering and one count of grand larceny. A one-year jail sentence for each conviction was ordered to be served concurrently by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III. By entering an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
A Hagerstown man who was arrested with his son earlier this year on charges of selling heroin and cocaine was sentenced to nine years in prison after entering a plea agreement this week in Washington County Circuit Court. Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Tuesday sentenced Charles William Hull II, 41, formerly of 125 E. Washington St., to 20 years in prison and suspended all but nine years after he pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine, court records said. Hull entered his plea a week after his son, Corey James Diehl, 23, formerly of 1005 H. Noland Drive, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in district court to a related charge of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, according to court records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2013
The pretrial hearing for a Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died at her home in March 2012 was postponed due to a question involving potential conflict of interest. Autumn T. Blaine, 38, was indicted in October on single counts of felony murder and delivery of heroin in the death of Paul Dwayne Burcham, 32, also of Bunker Hill. Defense attorney Kevin D. Mills, who has represented Blaine, told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III on Monday that additional review of the professional conduct question raised by Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely is needed.
NEWS
May 1, 2013
Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of 11 people in Martinsburg this week on drug-related charges as a result of an investigation over the past several weeks, Martinsburg Police Department announced. Those arrested were: Richard Mikel Bowers, 25, of 312 N. Maple Ave., charged with single counts of distribution of heroin and conspiracy and two counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin. Brittany Ann Ulery, 26, of 312 N. Maple Ave., charged with single counts of distribution of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Police seized more than 87 grams of heroin from a vehicle that was stopped early Sunday for speeding on Interstate 81 near the Spring Mills exit, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Andre Lashun Hill, 30, and Herman Eugene Boddy Jr., 26, both of Memphis, Tenn., were being held in Eastern Regional Jail on Monday night on $250,000 bonds set by Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh, according to court and jail records. Both were men were charged with single counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession with intent to transport a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy, according to court documents.
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