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April 18, 2008
A Thursday night drug bust in Hagerstown's East End netted three arrests, a large quantity of illegal drugs and a loaded shotgun, police said. At 10:30 p.m., detectives with the Hagerstown Police Department's street crime unit executed a search and seizure warrant at 334 Vista St. near the Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park. According to St. Jim Robison, this was a result of complaints from citizens in the area who noted high foot traffic and suspected drug activity at the residence.
NEWS
December 18, 1997
Earlier this month, Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend proposed an ambitious new plan to attack the drug trade from the demand side. It calls for drug-addicted people on parole and probation to be urine-tested twice a week, with a series of escalating sanctions kicking in after every "positive" test. It's an intriguing idea for two reasons. Some years ago I wrote a column about how drug abuse was eroding personal freedom and finished the piece by saying that unless law-enforcement officials could find another way to stamp out the trade, eventually we would all have to pee in a cup before picking up each week's paycheck.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2011
Legislators Wednesday heard about a negative thread that ties Interstate 81 counties together: crime. At the annual Quad State Legislative Conference in Martinsburg, Jared Nail, a narcotics investigator with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, described the difficulties in fighting illegal drugs. Several years ago, police took on "The Block," an area of Winchester, Va., where dealers were responsible for an estimated 90 percent of the crack cocaine in the city, Nail said.
NEWS
January 22, 1999
Five more people were taken into custody Friday on Maryland grand jury indictments from Thursday's drug sweep. As of Friday afternoon, local authorities had taken into custody 19 of the 31 people wanted on a variety of drug charges, according to the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. An eight-month investigation resulted in police seizing more than $100,000 in drugs, six weapons, four cars and $12,500 in cash on Thursday, police said. According to police, the five people picked up Friday were: Willie Lee Titus Jr., 26, of 61 W. Franklin St. - two counts of conspiracy.
NEWS
July 18, 2008
A search and seizure warrant executed Wednesday in Hagerstown netted three arrests for drugs, according to Sgt. Todd Kerns, director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. Agents entering 111 E. Washington St. found more than 200 dosage units of LSD and 100 Ecstasy pills, and small amounts of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Total value of the confiscated items was estimated at more than $5,000. Approximately $1,000 also was seized. Corey Patrick Ridge, 19, of 111 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, was being held Friday on $80,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.
NEWS
by Christine L. Moats | January 5, 2004
Are you considering having a baby? According to Jody Bishop, clinical manager of Washington County Hospital's Family Birthing Center, taking care of your body before and during your pregnancy gives your baby the best possible start in life. Seeking prenatal care is one of the most important decisions you can make to have a healthy baby. Studies show that babies whose mothers did not receive prenatal care are four times more likely to die before their first birthday. Women who receive prenatal care in the first three months of pregnancy are more likely to have healthier babies.
NEWS
June 27, 2005
The following people appeared in Washington County District Court and Washington County Circuit Court in May on alcohol and drug-related charges: Antonio J. Rodney, 23, no fixed address; possession of marijuana; 56 days in jail (already served). (Visiting Judge Janice Ambrose) Kenneth Conway Moore, 44, of 434 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown; possession of marijuana; one year probation. (Visiting Judge Fred Bower) Eric Nolan Jarvis, 53, of 5620 Avenshire Place, Apt. K, Frederick, Md.; possession of marijuana; one year probation before judgment, $245 fine.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 6, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg physician charged with felony conspiracy to obtain illegal drugs was allowed to plead guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of false pretense in a brief hearing before Berkeley County Magistrate Randy Smith. Dr. Robert William Phares, 39, of 53 Temptations Drive, was charged by Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department in May along with Tressie Monene Duffy, 39, of 808 Jerry Court, Martinsburg. Duffy, also a physician, faces felony charges of prescription fraud and conspiracy to commit prescription fraud in the case.
NEWS
June 14, 2002
Hagerstown man facing drug charges A search of an apartment in the 600 block of South Potomac Street Wednesday night resulted in the arrest of a Hagerstown man on drug charges. Hagerstown City Police cooperated with the street crimes unit in charging Lester Leroy Ernde with one count each of distribution of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, police said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 12, 2012
A judge has ruled that Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster did not violate a deputy's privacy when he forced him to undergo a drug screening last year because the officer's duties involve public safety and providing for the safety of others. Senior Status Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe dismissed the lawsuit that originally was filed against the sheriff and Berkeley County Council by Deputy Michael L. Buracker in June 2011 because the plaintiff “failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted,” according to a five-page order filed Aug. 31. Steptoe cited state and federal appellate court opinions in granting the defendant's motion to dismiss the case.
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OPINION
February 13, 2012
My first piece of big-boy art was a homespun print I put up in my room depicting a truly American scene: A massive chestnut tree spreading over the village blacksmith shop. The smithy is hammering away on his anvil as a team of horses stands to the side. A boy in a straw hat and his dog watch the pastoral scene with interest. It's rural American commerce at its best. I hadn't thought of this print in years, but it suddenly snapped into mind last week when I saw a front-page photo of an alleged Clear Spring meth lab. I normally don't give meth labs a whole lot of thought.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2012
Washington County liquor board officials fined a Hagerstown restaurant $1,000 on Wednesday for what they said was failure to control illegal drug activity at the establishment. Charles F. Mades, treasurer of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, said the three-member board decided to fine El Palenque Cantina Restaurant at 204 E. Franklin St. because the business has had several violations of the law since it opened in 2007. Co-owners Jose and Craribel Arias, and their attorney, Arthur Schneider, appeared before the liquor board on Wednesday to respond to charges from Hagerstown police that illegal drug activity occurred in and outside the restaurant last month.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2011
A Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy claims in a lawsuit filed last month that his boss, Sheriff Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr., violated his privacy rights by forcing him to provide a urine sample for a "non-random drug screening test. " Lemaster Wednesday declined to comment about the civil action, which was filed June 29 in Berkeley County Circuit Court on behalf of Deputy Michael L. Buracker by attorney Barry P. Beck. Lemaster said he had not reviewed the lawsuit and was unable to discuss personnel matters.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2011
Legislators Wednesday heard about a negative thread that ties Interstate 81 counties together: crime. At the annual Quad State Legislative Conference in Martinsburg, Jared Nail, a narcotics investigator with the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, described the difficulties in fighting illegal drugs. Several years ago, police took on "The Block," an area of Winchester, Va., where dealers were responsible for an estimated 90 percent of the crack cocaine in the city, Nail said.
OPINION
February 15, 2011
"I think we should rename Pennsylvania Avenue. Pennsylvania is not representative of our part of the country. They are very liberal, and extremely so. So I propose changing the name of Pennsylvania Avenue to, for example, Carolina Avenue. That has a nice ring to it. " — Hagerstown "I suggest that all parents in Washington County beware. The BOE is teaching our kids that if additional tasks or responsibilities are required, you're better off paying someone else to deal with it. It's my opinion that they could hire three great teachers for what a temporary superintendent costs.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 21, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Hedgesville, W.Va., man is accused of attempting to conceal the body of 38-year-old Frederick, Md., man who died from drug intoxication in Morgan County, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said. Robert W. Unger, 47, of 9087 Martinsburg Road, was indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury on one felony count of concealment of a deceased human body, according to Games-Neely's office.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 6, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg physician charged with felony conspiracy to obtain illegal drugs was allowed to plead guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of false pretense in a brief hearing before Berkeley County Magistrate Randy Smith. Dr. Robert William Phares, 39, of 53 Temptations Drive, was charged by Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department in May along with Tressie Monene Duffy, 39, of 808 Jerry Court, Martinsburg. Duffy, also a physician, faces felony charges of prescription fraud and conspiracy to commit prescription fraud in the case.
NEWS
September 2, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug maker, will pay a record $2.3 billion civil and criminal penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The department said the $2.3 billion settlement included a $1.2 billion criminal fine, the largest criminal fine in U.S. history. The agreement also included a criminal forfeiture of $105 million. "Combating health care fraud is one of this administration's top priorities," Associate Attorney General Thomas Perelli said in announcing the settlement.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 28, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Legislation that would allow the Berkeley County Commission to restrict the location of strip clubs and other exotic entertainment businesses advanced to a second committee in the House of Delegates last week. The language needed to give counties, such as Berkeley County, that have planning commissions the needed authority was amended into House Bill 2412 in the Political Subdivisions Committee, Del. Bob Tabb said Friday. Sponsored by House Assistant Majority Whip Sam J. Argento, D-Nicholas, the bill is one of 263 bills pending in the Judiciary Committee.
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