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February 24, 2012
A man who accidentally was released from a jail in Virginia earlier this month was captured Thursday morning at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard near Hagerstown. Allen Nathaniel Walker was taken into custody without incident at about 11 a.m. by the Washington County Warrant Task Force, Lt. Jim Cooper of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Walker was released by mistake on Feb. 7 from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Winchester, Va., said Capt. Ron Werdebaugh, a jail spokesman.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | July 15, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com "You're going to jail. You will never teach again," Franklin County Judge John R. Walker told a former Fannett-Metal High School teacher Wednesday while sentencing him to nine to 23 months on three counts of corruption of minors involving three teenage students. William Bradley Palm, who turned 24 Wednesday, will serve nine months in jail. He will be on parole for the next 14 months, then on probation for four years. Walker also ordered Palm to enter the sex offender program, have no contact with his victims, never work with minors again and surrender his teaching certificate.
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June 22, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer For the talent competition in the 1981 Miss America Pageant, Hagerstown's Robin Harmon chose a dramatic reading from "Antigone," a classic Greek tragedy in which the title heroine tumbles from grace into personal catastrophe. Harmon, the first black Miss Maryland, was confident, stunningly attractive and smart enough to know there was life beyond the Atlantic City, N.J., Convention Hall stage. At 24, she was planning careers in modeling, broadcast journalism and perhaps even acting.
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May 3, 2001
Former jail deputy indicted By MARLO BARNHART marlob@herald-mail.com A Washington County grand jury has handed up indictments on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and two counts of correctional employee/inmate sex offense against a former jail deputy at the Washington County Detention Center. Michael Anthony Garner, who was served Wednesday with a warrant detailing the grand jury's April 26 action, faces as much as 46 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 7, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com More than two years of debate about what to do with the old Jefferson County Jail came to a head Thursday night when the Jefferson County Commissioners voted 3-2 to tear down the 85-year-old building. Commission President Jane Tabb along with Commissioners James G. Knode and Al Hooper voted to tear down the jail despite concerns from Commissioners Greg Corliss and Rusty Morgan that the county was moving too quickly on the issue. Corliss wanted the commission to hold off on the demolition until it hears from a state agency that was formed to review the needs of aging courthouses in the state.
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March 2, 2001
Demolition of historic jail stalled By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The proposed demolition of the Jefferson County jail continues to hit stumbling blocks. Following a court ruling on the demolition, the Jefferson County Commissioners were required to contact the state Division of Culture and History and allow them to review the proposed action. The commissioners received a letter from the department in response, but it contained instructions as if the county wanted to save the jail, said Commission President James G. Knode.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 28, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Unlike some football players going to prison these days, Michael Cobb's time Tuesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail was an attempt to get others out. Cobb, a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1977, addressed Franklin County inmates about their choices and legacies. He asked those gathered how they want to be remembered. "Somebody who shared Christ with others," one man said. "Somebody who helped," another said. "If you can think positive thoughts, you can live positive," Cobb said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2011
A Hagerstown woman was sentenced this week in Washington County District Court to 10 days in jail for attempting to extort money from the owners of a lost dog. Judge Mark D. Thomas Tuesday sentenced Elena Vatamaniuc, 57, of 257 Belview Ave., to 18 months in jail, suspended all but 10 days and fined her $500, according to court records. Vatamaniuc had pleaded guilty to extortion of less than $500 in exchange for dismissal of a theft charge, the court records said. The dog, a 1-year-old Weimaraner named Harleigh Belle, escaped from owners Leonardo Schianodicola and Carla Carter on Aug. 15, 2010, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 20, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Six years after the fight began to save the Jefferson County Jail, those who worked to prevent its demolition finally celebrated victory Saturday on the jailhouse steps. "Frankly, we thought it would be easy," said Carol Gallant, president of a citizens group that worked to save the jail. "But in the year 2008, as I stand here, I can say an old jail is not an easy sell. " The Jailhouse Rededication Committee held a ceremony Saturday as part of the dedication of the renovated jail, which now houses government office operations.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 30, 2008
After spending a weekend in jail, Congress candidate Richard J. Lank is free and continuing his campaign. On Friday, Lank turned himself in to Montgomery County, Md., authorities, who wanted him on a September 2007 warrant connected to child-support money he owed. Capt. Chris Calantonio of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday that Lank paid $2,100 that he owed, enough to get him out of jail Monday. Calantonio said Lank still owes about $35,000 in the case.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
A West Virginia man who pointed a shotgun at a tractor-trailer driver during a road rage incident earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree assault. “I can't think of another case where this kind of assault presented as much risk” to other people, Washington County Circuit Judge Dana Moylan Wright told Brandon Scott Castle.   Wright sentenced the 20-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man to eight years in state prison, suspending all but the 18 months, which he will serve in the Washington County Detention Center.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
A man who admitted during an interview for a law-enforcement job that he had sex with an unconscious woman was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to a third-degree sex offense. Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Taylor Richard Metzger, 22, of Windy Haven Road, Smithsburg, to three years in state prison, suspending two years and ordering that the remaining year be served in the Washington County Detention Center. On March 4, Metzger was being interviewed for a position with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, according to the investigative report filed by that agency.
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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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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 23, 2013
A Berkeley County Circuit Court judge on Monday ordered a woman convicted as an accessory in the March 2011 shooting death of a man to serve a five-year sentence after her probation was revoked for multiple violations. Ashley Nicole Carpegna, 29, who had been placed on probation in February at her sentencing hearing, admitted to several violations Monday, including failure to adhere to a 10 p.m. curfew while working at a strip club, drug use and contact with convicted felons, according to court documents.
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June 12, 2013
Two Indiana residents were charged after West Virginia State Police seized more than 19 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck that was  stopped Tuesday on Interstate 81, according to police and court documents. Marshea Nicole Dunn, 27, and Cody James Godina, 19, of Francesville, Ind., were arraigned Wednesday on single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.
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May 23, 2013
A man accused of sexually abusing seven children was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Donald F. Graham, 30, who is incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, was indicted on 14 counts of sexual abuse, according to an indictment released by Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely's office. Court documents indicate police were notified by West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources officials in November 2012 of allegations involving three children.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2013
Charged with breaking his infant son's leg, a Hagerstown man was sentenced to 14 months in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree assault. Circuit Court Judge John H. McDowell sentenced 31-year-old Jerome Jackson, of 219 W. Howard St., to 10 years in prison, suspending all but 14 months to be served in the county detention center. In exchange for the plea, the state dismissed seven other charges, including first-degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to at least one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in April 2011. Steven Edward Thompson, 47, was fined $500 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder and ordered to report to Eastern Regional Jail by 5 p.m. Friday to begin serving the sentence, which requires him to spend not less than one year nor more than five years in prison. Yoder denied the defendant's plea for home confinement Thursday after Thompson pleaded guilty to one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence resulting in the April 12, 2011, death of Lorena Beth “Lori” Roberts of Bunker Hill, W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
Police seized 310 cartons of cigarettes from a vehicle that was stopped at a Martinsburg-area Sheetz on Wednesday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Oda Qarqat, 46, of Bogota, N.J., was arraigned Thursday on charges of no operators license and transportation of unstamped cigarettes or tax-not-paid tobacco products by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, according to court documents. Qarqat was in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night on $9,000 bond, according to court and jail records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
A Keedysville man was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 weekends in jail after pleading guilty to trying to kill dogs with sponges covered with chicken gravy. Joseph Wade Wagner, 35, of 5132 Porterstown Road, pleaded guilty to attempted cruelty to animals and disorderly conduct. In exchange for his plea, a charge of resisting arrest was dismissed. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Wagner to 90 days in jail, but suspended all but 20 days, which he is to serve on weekends.
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