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March 25, 2013
A Fulton County, Pa., man has been charged with sexually abusing a girl multiple times over the course of the last 2 1/2 years, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Warren David Kerlin III, 50, of Burnt Cabins, Pa., is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault and other related offenses, according to a state police news release. Troopers allege Kerlin sexually assaulted the girl over the course of the last 2 1/2 years in Dublin Township.
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NEWS
March 20, 2013
A man accused of sexually assaulting a girl in 2009 told authorities he was assaulted by another male inmate at Eastern Regional Jail early Tuesday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. The accused inmate, Aaron J. Stanback, 26, of Ronceverte, W.Va., was arraigned Tuesday on one count of first-degree sexual assault by Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr., according to court documents. Police said Stanback indicated the encounter with John Paul Knipple Jr. was consensual and that he didn't mean to hurt him, according to court documents.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 12, 2013
A Senate committee Tuesday heard testimony for a bill that would enhance penalties for those trying to or smuggling cell phones or other telecommunication devices into jails and prisons and those receiving such contraband. The bill has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Sen. Joseph M. Getty, R-Baltimore County/Carroll. Shank said at the hearing that the bill deals with a “pressing public policy issue.” He said that additional penalties are needed because despite the efforts of prosecutors, these devices were still being smuggled into facilities.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 20, 2013
A Chambersburg man charged in a 2011 traffic crash that claimed the life of a Shippensburg woman will not serve jail time following Wednesday's sentencing in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. President Judge Douglas W. Herman sentenced Jeffrey David Davies, 22, to 72 months to be divided between wearing an electronic monitoring device and probation. Davies was charged with homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault in connection with the Jan. 4, 2011, crash that killed Kristi L. Myers, 18, of Shippensburg, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | February 8, 2013
A Pennsylvania man was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on Friday night following his apprehension in Berkeley County, W.Va., in connection with an armed robbery at the Shepherdstown Pharmacy on Thursday morning. Joshua Armolt, 30, whose address was not available, was taken into custody at an apartment building on Holiday Road in the Swan Pond area of Berkeley County. Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshals were acting on a tip from Martinsburg Police when they spotted Armolt's black Pontiac Sunfire convertible parked in front of the apartment building, according to Lt. T.H. Hansen of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 10, 2013
The man charged with the Tuesday robbery of the Bank of Charles Town in Kearneysville, W.Va., also was charged this week with robbing $6,000 from the BB&T Bank in Inwood, W.Va., on Dec. 26, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Darius Wayne Cook, 27, of 51 Entwine Ave. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday on one count of robbery by Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr., according to court documents. Cook was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond in connection with the BB&T Bank robbery, according to court and jail records.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
A 20-year-old Hagerstown man was in jail Thursday on $150,000 bond after being charged with child pornography offenses, according to Washington County District Court records. Brandon Scott Martz, of 11240 Grouse Lane, is charged with two counts of promoting or distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, court records said. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 2, court records said. The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes unit started an investigation Dec. 28, 2011, into an Internet address offering files of child pornography through a file-sharing network, according to the application for statement of charges.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2012
Finding ways to stem the spiraling cost of running the regional jail remains a top legislative concern of county leaders in the Eastern Panhandle. Jail costs for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties totaled more than $4.8 million for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended June 30, according to figures reviewed Monday at an annual summit of the region's state lawmakers and county officials. The combined regional jail costs of the three counties accounted for more than 10 percent of the statewide figure of $45.5 million, but Vivian Parsons of the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia told the group that the issue is a major concern for counties across the state, too. In reviewing the figures, Parsons noted Berkeley County saw a 24 percent increase in jail costs since the 2010 fiscal year, while Morgan County had to absorb an 18 percent spike.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 14, 2012
An attorney accused of failing to provide legal services to clients after they paid him was ordered to serve 120 days in jail as a term of a probation during his plea and sentencing hearing Wednesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Kenneth J. Ford, 37, of Middle River, Md., was placed on five years probation, but combined prison sentences totaling three to 20 years were suspended by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III, who agreed to allow the defendant to serve the jail time on weekends.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 8, 2012
An autopsy of a man who died July 31 while being held at Eastern Regional Jail revealed that he had multiple drugs in his body at the time of his death, police said Thursday. Robert Ashley Seeley, 28, of Inwood, W.Va., died from a drug overdose, West Virginia State Police Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh said Thursday.  The autopsy conducted by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner indicated Seeley had morphine, codeine, alprazolam (Xanax), and dextromethorphan in his body, according to Eshbaugh.
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