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By DON AINES | September 11, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man is going to state prison for at least five years for leaving his elderly mother alone lying in her own waste for several days last year. David B. Baine, 52, of 666 Broad St., was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court by Judge Carol Van Horn on charges of neglect of care, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was found guilty of the charges during a July jury trial. Police were called to Baine's home July 8, 2007, after the landlords reported no signs of activity at the house for several days.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 8, 2008
A Smithsburg man charged in May with negligent manslaughter by automobile was in Washington County District Court Thursday to request a jury trial. As a result, his case will be forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court. Harry William "Billy" Shrader Jr., 45, of 12435 Pleasant Valley Road in Smithsburg, was charged in a May 25 accident on Md. 77 that killed Debra Reed Fields-Jordan, 35, of Boonsboro. Shrader was being held Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | July 23, 2008
A Williamsport man accused of shooting two dogs that ran onto his property has asked for a jury trial, the man's attorney said today. Jeffrey Hurd's case will be moved from Washington County District Court to Washington County Circuit Court, Attorney Lewis C. Metzner said. Hurd, 54, of 11845 Camden Road, was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning but requested a jury trial Tuesday. A date for Hurd's Circuit Court trial has not been set, Metzer said today. Hurd was charged in May with felony counts of animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property in connection with the shooting death of Harley, his neighbor's German shepherd.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 18, 2008
A man charged with negligent manslaughter in connection with the May death of a Hagerstown woman requested Thursday that his case be forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court for a jury trial, according to court records. Kenneth Lee McDowell, 71, of 22916 Cavetown Church Road in Smithsburg, also was charged with negligent homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to court records. Colleen Joy Parks was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital after the May 4 crash, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Jefferson Boulevard (Md. 64)
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By ERIN JULIUS | June 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman on Tuesday filed a $3 million lawsuit against Wal-Mart, seeking damages for herself and her son, who was born prematurely after she slipped and fell in the store in August 2005, according to allegations in court documents. Radhia Haj-Mabrouk was shopping at the clearance racks near the front of Wal-Mart at 17850 Garden Groh Blvd. when she slipped on water on the floor, fell and was injured, she contends in the lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court.
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By ERIN JULIUS | June 20, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown woman on Tuesday filed a $3 million lawsuit against Wal-Mart, seeking damages for herself and her son, who was born prematurely after she slipped and fell in the store in August 2005, according to allegations in court documents. Radhia Haj-Mabrouk was shopping at the clearance racks near the front of Wal-Mart at 17850 Garden Groh Blvd. when she slipped on water on the floor, fell and was injured, she contends in the lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court.
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June 11, 2008
A Hagerstown man who was being held on $100,000 bond in an assault case was released Tuesday after a judge acquitted him of the charge, Washington County District Court records show. Rudolph Cameron Brown, 47, of 914 Summit Ave., pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree assault in an April 7 incident, and Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose acquitted him, court records show. Brown is awaiting a jury trial on another second-degree assault charge in a February incident, court records show.
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By ERIN JULIUS | May 21, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A man accused of killing the mother of his children and Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson in December 2007 was wheeled into a Washington County Circuit courtroom Tuesday afternoon for a hearing on the status of his case. Douglas Pryor, 29, sat in a wheelchair during the hearing. Later, as he was wheeled out of the courtroom, he briefly motioned to, and spoke with, family members. Pryor was shot on the night of Dec. 19, 2007, during a shootout with police officers and used a wheelchair for court appearances.
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By ERIN JULIUS | May 21, 2008
A woman facing animal cruelty charges in connection with malnourished doves and guinea pigs surrendered 20 dogs Monday to the Humane Society of Washington County. Bertha May Martin, 67, of 12903 Unger Road in Smithsburg, appeared March 26 in Washington County District Court, where she requested her case be moved to Washington County Circuit Court for a jury trial. Humane Society officials discovered the alleged neglect during an annual inspection for a kennel license. The application for a kennel license was denied, said Katherine Cooker, Humane Society spokeswoman.
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By DON AINES | April 5, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A man charged with attempted homicide and arson was ruled incompetent to stand trial during a Thursday competency hearing before Judge Douglas Herman in Franklin County (Pa.) Court. Dr. John Hume, a forensic psychiatrist, testified at the hearing that Laverne Z. Zimmerman has a mental disorder that prevents him from being able to assist in his own defense. Herman ordered Zimmerman to undergo 60 days of in-patient treatment at Mayview State Hospital "as soon as a bed is available.
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