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By DON AINES | | November 3, 2012
Two people were in the Washington County Detention Center Friday after being taken into custody on drug-trafficking charges involving crack cocaine and heroin a day earlier, according to Washington County District Court records. Adrien Odell Love, 23, with a listed address on Bear Creek Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with a dozen counts, including two counts each possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, as well as attempting to distribute a large amount of narcotics, possession of a large amount of narcotics and four counts of possession of narcotics.
October 24, 2012
Police in Martinburg arrested 11 people Wednesday as a result of multiple drug investigations that targeted people who traffic narcotics, the Martinsburg Police Department announced. Police said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that the following people were arrested; Danny Lamony Redman, 34, no fixed address, was charged with two counts of delivery of crack cocaine. Douglas William White, 22,  of 700 W. Burke St., Apt. 35, Martinsburg, was charged with delivery of marijuana.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | October 18, 2012
A woman accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died in March at her home was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury Thursday on single counts of felony murder and delivery of heroin. The state's case against Autumn T. Blaine, 37, of 176 Phillips Lane in Bunker Hill, W.Va., had been pending in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Blaine, who is incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, was initially charged with one count of felony murder in the overdose death of Paul Dwayne Burcham, 32, also of Bunker Hill, according to court documents.
October 1, 2012
A Falling Waters, W.Va., woman accused of dealing heroin was arraigned Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, months after police seized about 14 grams of the drug and more than $4,000 from her residence, according to court records. Jennifer Nicole Billings, 19, of 77 Alamo Lane, was charged in a warrant last month with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to court documents. Billings was arraigned on the charge Monday by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set a $5,000 bond for the defendant, according to court documents.
September 21, 2012
Police arrested four people Thursday in Martinsburg after members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arranged separate informant-aided drug deals in the City Hospital parking area and near Saint Joseph School, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Michael Robert Schoo of 474 Process Road in Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver oxycodone, delivery of the drug and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and heroin, according to court documents.
By DON AINES | | September 17, 2012
The last of four Hagerstown men charged in a drug-related robbery in February entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to state prison Monday in Washington County Circuit Court. Guido Roche Jr., 24, of 1025 Georgia Ave., pleaded guilty to armed robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. to 12 years in prison with seven  years suspended. Roche also pleaded guilty to a separate possession of marijuana charge. Robert Eugene Hackett, 20, of 219 N. Mulberry St., pleaded guilty to robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended.
By JANET HEIM | | September 14, 2012
At a time when women were not allowed to travel without male companions to battlefields or tend to men who were not their relatives, Clara Barton nursed and comforted the wounded and dying on Civil War battlefields. It was at the Battle of Antietam that Barton, who was to become known as the Angel of the Battlefield and who would go on to found the American Red Cross, would have her first experience on a battlefield on which bullets were flying. Before that, Barton campaigned for about a year, collecting supplies while she waited, before she received permission from Col. Daniel Rucker, assistant chief quartermaster for the U.S. Army in charge of the Washington Depots, to assist at battle sites, said Susan Rosenvold, superintendent of the Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office, a satellite of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. Rucker supplied Barton with wagons and assistants, and she loaded a wagon with medical supplies, most secured from local Ladies Aid associations, and headed to Sharpsburg from her Washington, D.C., home, said Rosenvold, who recently was awarded the Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF)
By JANET HEIM | | September 12, 2012
While Clara Barton's care of the wounded and dying during the Civil War is the stuff of legend, it took the hands of just about every area woman and girl over the age of 13 to tend to the thousands of patients from the Sept. 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam, according to Susan Rosenvold, superintendent of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office. The efforts, from the Hagerstown-based Ladies Aid Society to local families whose homes were forcibly converted to hospitals, helped save lives and offered compassion and care both to those who would live and to the dying, Rosenvold said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | 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.
August 7, 2012
A Berkeley County woman is accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a man who died March 29 at her home after using the drug while she was there, according to court records. Autumn Theresa Blaine, of 176 Phillips Lane, Bunker Hill, W.Va., was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on one count of felony murder by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court documents. Blaine, 37, is being held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail, according to court records. Paul Dwayne Burcham, 32, of Bunker Hill was found slumped over the toilet in the master bedroom of Blaine's home by authorities on March 29, according to court documents.
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