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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 DON AINES | February 25, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The federal jury trial of two people charged in the heroin overdose death of a Chambersburg teenager last year has been postponed, an assistant U.S. attorney said. Heather Lee, 19, formerly of 21 W. Main St., Fayetteville, Pa., and James Snyder, 25, of 9 Larch Drive, Shippensburg, Pa., were scheduled to go on trial Monday, said William Behe of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg, Pa. The new trial date is Monday, April 5, before Judge Yvette Kane of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, he said.
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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.
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May 28, 2010
A Falling Waters, W.Va., woman was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison this week after pleading guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to distribution of heroin. Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Melissa Marie Vandegriff, 35, of 230 Kurtis Drive, to eight years in state prison, but suspended 5 1/2 of those years. He ordered her to spend three years on probation after her release from prison. In exchange for her plea, the state dismissed two counts each of possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and one count of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, according to court documents.
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October 20, 2011
A Walkersville, Md., man was charged with distribution of narcotics after being accused of selling heroin to a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant Tuesday night. Phillip Douglas Moats, 25, of 8367 Inspiration Ave., is also charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance to distribute narcotics, District Court records show. District Judge Mark D. Thomas raised Moats' bail from $115,000 to $150,000 at a bond review hearing Wednesday.
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July 15, 2011
A Washington County Circuit Court judge this week suspended the sentence of a Baltimore man who tried to smuggle heroin to an inmate he did not even know at the  Roxbury Correctional Institution. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Tuesday gave Sean Rodney Bond, 37, a five-year suspended sentence and three years of probation, with the provision that he successfully complete a six-month, in-patient drug-rehabilitation program run by the Salvation Army. Officials at Roxbury, located south of Hagerstown, were alerted that someone would attempt to bring in drugs on Jan. 16, and a drug-sniffing dog detected narcotics on Bond, according to the statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2012
Five people, including four Hancock residents, have been charged in connection with an investigation involving the distribution of heroin and prescription medication in Hancock and the surrounding area, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said Tuesday in a prepared release. A sixth person was charged with threatening a police informant and the informant's family in a telephone call made on the same night that one of the five was arrested. The arrests followed an investigation by Narcotics Task Force agents and the Hancock Police Department, which ran from early November to Dec. 13, according to a task force news release and documents obtained Tuesday from Washington County District Court.
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December 20, 2010
A federal judge in Baltimore Monday sentenced a 23-year-old Maugansville man to 14 years in prison in connection with the 2008 death of a Boonsboro man from heroin intoxication, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Mark Alan Bryan will also face five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a news release. On Oct. 24, 2008, Bryan met Curt Bannon at a sub shop in Hagerstown, and the two drove to Bryan's drug supplier, where Bryan bought a small amount of heroin, according to Rosenstein.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2012
A preliminary hearing Wednesday for a woman accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died after using the drug was rescheduled after her defense attorney asked for more time to prepare for the case.  Autumn T. Blaine, 37, of 176 Phillips Lane in Bunker Hill, W.Va., is charged with one count of felony murder in the overdose death of Paul Dwayne Burcham, 32, also of Bunker Hill. Defense attorney Kevin D. Mills, who had filed a motion for a continuance of the hearing before Wednesday's hearing, said Wednesday afternoon that Blaine's preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Sept.
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March 1, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with selling heroin to a police informant last year was sentenced Wednesday. Robert F. Katavitch, 556 S. Second St., had previously pleaded guilty to delivery of heroin for the Feb. 7, 2001, incident in which he sold heroin to a Pennsylvania State Police confidential informant outside of Hardee's in Chambersburg, according to the affidavit of probable cause. "He was doing a favor for someone. It was a set-up," defense attorney Jackie Leder said.
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