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December 16, 2000
Fire at scene of earlier incident By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer The owner of a Funkstown house that was destroyed by arson late Friday night had threatened to blow up the house almost three weeks ago, fire officials said Saturday. Dennis Eugene Shank Sr., 51, who owns the house at 109 E. Maple St., was injured when the house burned Friday night. He was in critical condition Saturday at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after suffering smoke inhalation, fire officials and a hospital spokeswoman said.
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NEWS
January 11, 2001
FBI to investigate incident By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The FBI has agreed to investigate the incident that led to the Wednesday grand jury indictment of three Berkeley County sheriff's deputies accused of beating a Hedgesville, W.Va., man a year ago, Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith said Thursday. "I've requested an FBI investigation and the FBI has agreed to do it," Smith said. "These are allegations of police brutality and excessive use of force under the color of law, so I felt an FBI investigation was the right thing to do. All three police officers agreed with the investigation.
NEWS
March 25, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Hagerstown man faces first-degree assault charges following allegations that a loaded gun was pointed at his live-in girlfriend on Friday and the trigger pulled, court records said. Roger Earnest Heare Sr., 53, of 14225 Oak Springs Road, was being held Monday on $500,000 bond. Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France did not modify the bond after hearing details about the incident. A loaded .22-caliber handgun was pointed at Rose Marie Lewis and the trigger pulled, but the gun didn't go off even though there was a bullet in the chamber, Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said in court Monday.
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By Marlo Barnhart | August 27, 2005
A fight that erupted in gunfire with one person possibly wounded just before 10 p.m. Friday prompted Hagerstown City Police to search for the shooters, as well as victims, in a West End neighborhood, both on foot and with K-9 assistance from Washington County Sheriff's deputies. Reports were that at least three shots were fired, after which several vehicles, shooters and possibly victims fled the scene in the 200 block of Buena Vista Avenue. As of 10:30 p.m., Capt. Tom Alexander said police had three people in custody and had recovered one gun. No gunshot victims had been found at that time, he said.
NEWS
December 27, 1999
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man faces several charges after a Christmas Day argument led to a shooting scare for his girlfriend, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Carrine Smith told police her boyfriend choked her, then had her sit in a chair while he fired nine shots around her, so close she could feel the gun powder, court records state. Smith also claimed he placed the gun to her head, chest and throat while in the home, which is in the Stonebrook subdivision, court records state.
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by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | August 7, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com The administrator of a private child-care program at Eastern Elementary School refused to comment Tuesday on two 6-year-old boys who walked away from the program last week. Matthew Eaton and Kevin Griffin were three-fourths of a mile from the school and walking down Dual Highway on Friday morning when they were picked up by a stranger who took them to the Hagerstown City Police station. When a police officer notified staff at School-Age Child Care that the two boys had left the school and were at the police station, "they said they knew the boys were gone but they had not notified police," Police Lt. Margaret Kline said Monday.
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By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | November 6, 2009
Judge Boone charged with DUI after accident HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III, who was charged Thursday night with driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic accident in Hagerstown, will not preside over criminal cases until the charges against him are resolved. The decision was made to deflect any possible conflict of interest and to avoid any "appearance of impropriety," Administrative Judge John H. McDowell said Friday.
NEWS
September 21, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lynn Nolet said people she talked to Saturday agreed that whoever is responsible for the disappearance of 7-year-old Jessica Newell should be "strung up in the middle of Martinsburg for everyone to see. " Parents expressed shock at the discovery Saturday evening of a body believed to be Jessica's. "Oh my God, I'm going to go vomit," said Berkeley County Commission President Jim Smith. "My reaction as a parent, grandparent, former school superintendent (is)
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by PEPPER BALLARD | May 26, 2006
A 27-year-old Hagerstown man was arrested Wednesday on charges he fired a handgun at another man April 12 while running down North Jonathan Street, according to charging documents. Von Walker, whose last known address was 961 Linwood Road, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun in the use of a felony/violent crime, handgun on person and discharging a firearm within city limits, documents state. Walker, aka "Smokey," was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.
NEWS
August 28, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART and BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writers When Darrius Allen Fetterhoff came to Hagerstown on the morning of Aug. 20, he may have found sex and drugs. A few hours later, he had been severely beaten and left along the bank of the Conococheague Creek, according to Washington County District Court records. The alleged events leading up to the attack that left Fetterhoff in critical condition at Washington County Hospital were detailed in statements given to police by a woman who claims she had sex with him and a man charged Tuesday with his beating.
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