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June 6, 2012
Police have made an arrest in the deadly July 2011 fight between two inmates at Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg. Dewarren Bruce Jenkins, 25, of Oklahoma City, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Melvin Cox, 53, of Bunker Hill, W.Va.. He was arrested May 24 in Oklahoma, West Virginia State Police Sgt. J. D. Burkhart said. Officials said today that Jenkins has been returned to West Virginia and is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail. The Virginia Medical Examiner's office determined that Cox died of blunt force trauma, police said.
By DON AINES | | May 23, 2012
A Washington County Circuit jury Tuesday convicted a former Boonsboro man of failing to obey a lawful order and possession of Oxycodone, but did not have to consider whether the man committed assault when a Hagerstown police officer broke his hand on his face. Donald Marcus Ricketts II, 23, now of Greencastle, Pa., had been charged with second-degree assault on a law-enforcement officer in a July 11, 2011, incident that occurred on the 500 block of Salem Avenue in Hagerstown. Police had gone to the address at about 5 a.m. for a report of a disturbance, according to trial testimony.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | May 3, 2012
An agent for a criminal bonding business is accused of taking part in a scheme to send  illegal drugs into Eastern Regional Jail, according to Berkeley County magistrate and circuit court records. Shelly L. Garrison, 40, of Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one felony count of conspiracy to transport controlled substances into jail and one count of distribution of a controlled substance, according to court documents. Garrison was released after bail was posted for a $20,000 bond, according to court documents.  A motion filed in circuit court Thursday to remove Garrison as a bonding agent for Special Services Bureau, which does business as A. Regional Bonding Co. in the 23rd Judicial Circuit, is pending, according to court documents.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | April 19, 2012
A Berkeley County Circuit Court judge Thursday ordered a man charged with killing a caged feral kitten by shooting it multiple times with a pellet gun to serve a week in jail, pay $500 in fines and complete 250 hours of community service. Justin Michael Beall, 24, of Pasadena, Md., who pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, is expected to report to Eastern Regional Jail next Friday, according to sentencing terms from 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder.
By DON AINES | | April 18, 2012
A Shippensburg, Pa., woman was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six to 23 months in the county jail for her role in the death of a 10-month-old boy who sustained fatal head injuries at the hands of another child while in her care. Dottie Mae Bowers, 57, of 127 Benelton Drive, pleaded no contest in February to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Carol Van Horn made Bowers eligible for early release, but ordered her to spend three years on probation following her release from jail.
March 27, 2012
A Hagerstown man accused of pulling a gun on his ex-girlfriend and another man on Friday was being still held Tuesday on $350,000 bond, according to Washington County District Court records. Marcel Joseph Guerin, 32, of 945 View St. is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and one count of using a firearm in a crime of violence, the court records said. Hagerstown police went to a home in the 100 block of East Baltimore Street shortly before 7 p.m. Friday to respond to a report of a man with a handgun, according to the statement of probable cause filed by police.
By DON AINES | | March 22, 2012
A Smithsburg woman charged with administering a fatal drug overdose to her boyfriend last year entered an Alford plea to an involuntary manslaughter charge  Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Chasity Dawn Kline, 34, of 12804 Bikle Road, to 10 years in prison, with all of it suspended except for the 349 days she has served in the Washington County Detention Center since her arrest in April 2011. Dwyer also ordered Kline to spend three years on supervised probation, abstain from drugs and alcohol, submit to random drug testing and take part in any treatment programs recommended by her probation officer.
March 4, 2012
Methamphetamine and chemicals and equipment used to make the drug were found in a room at the Budget Inn at 2347 Molly Pitcher Highway, Pennsylvania State Police said Sunday. The items were found Thursday night after a trooper saw two men walking along a road near the motel about midnight, according to a news release. It was determined that one of the men was wanted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on federal weapons charges, the release said.
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.
January 21, 2012
Thumbs up to the various schools and community organizations in the Tri-State area that honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. A variety of celebrations and programs reminded us not only of the late civil rights leader's call for equality, but encouraged us to contribute to society by being of service to others. Thumbs up to the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail and Warden Daniel Keen. The jail recently received a 100 percent compliance report from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, the third consecutive perfect inspection for the jail.
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