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By HEATHER KEELS and DAVE McMILLION | June 15, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The pain and grief were palpable as West Virginia State Police informed friends and family members that Katherine Nicole Sharp, 35, was found dead in her house on Raider Lane near Martinsburg at the end of a 26-hour standoff between her ex-boyfriend and police. Sharpe's ex-boyfriend, Donald Berkeley Surber, 37, of Winchester, Va., was taken into custody at about 2:02 p.m. by members of the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team, West Virginia State Police Capt.
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March 6, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An 18-year-old woman was held for several hours Tuesday inside a house at 621 Virginia Ave. where sex acts were forced on her, the Martinsburg Police Department said in a news release. Russell Coates, 51, who lived at the Virginia Avenue address, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault, the release said. Police found Coates at his home but he would not answer the door, the release said. Forced entry was used to get inside the house, police said.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | October 17, 2008
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- "At the moment you are abducted, fear takes over. Common sense is gone. You forget who you are. You only want to please the person you are with. And he can never be pleased. " It has been 42 years since 17-year-old Peggy Ann Bradnick first felt the cold touch of William Hollenbaugh's gun pulling her away from her family and kicking off the largest manhunt in Pennsylvania history. It has been 42 years since she heard his voice telling her to forget her life, her family and her home as he dragged her deep into the mountains of Shade Gap, Pa. It has been 42 years since he put a rusty blade in her mouth and asked if she wanted to eat the beans balancing there.
NEWS
June 25, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is investigating a reported kidnapping outside the 7-Eleven convenience store early Tuesday in Baker Heights, W.Va., east of Martinsburg. A witness told police that he heard a female scream outside the store and then saw her being punched by a black male who then dragged her to a silver, four-door sedan, which then sped away, according to a news release by the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputy Thomas Carroll responded to investigate the incident at 3:17 a.m. Witness Terry Kilmer told police that the female had been inside the store just before the incident happened.
NEWS
May 10, 2008
A man who was accused of kidnapping his brother with a black powder handgun might not ever go to trial. Prosecutors placed the case against Robert L. Brooks Jr., 44, of 15595 Jacobs Church Road in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., on the inactive docket Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. The defendant's brother, John Patrick Brooks, told police Robert Brooks Jr. threatened to shoot him Dec. 28 over money owed to the family business, then kidnapped him to help collect on an unpaid debt, police have said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | January 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Charges can proceed against a man accused of kidnapping his brother with a black powder handgun, despite weaknesses in both brothers' stories, a Washington County District Court judge ruled Tuesday. Robert L. Brooks Jr., 44, of 15595 Jacobs Church Road in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., will face charges of kidnapping and first-degree assault in Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records. The defendant's brother, John Patrick Brooks, told police Robert Brooks Jr. threatened to shoot him Dec. 28 over money owed to the family business, then kidnapped him to help collect on an unpaid debt, according to charging documents.
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By HEATHER KEELS | January 22, 2008
HAGERSTOWN ? Charges may go forward against a man accused of kidnapping his brother with a black powder handgun, despite weaknesses in both brothers' stories, a Washington County District Court judge ruled Tuesday. Robert L. Brooks Jr., 44, of 15595 Jacobs Church Road in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., will face charges of kidnapping and first-degree assault in Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records. The defendant's brother, John Patrick Brooks, told police Robert Brooks Jr. threatened to shoot him Dec. 28 over money owed to the family business, then kidnapped him to help collect on an unpaid debt, according to charging documents.
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By MARLO BARNHART | December 20, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? A Hagerstown man accused of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl and raping two local women in their homes pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree rape. In exchange for James Ellis Hackey Jr.'s pleas in Washington County Circuit Court, the prosecution agreed to drop its pursuit of a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion told Circuit Judge Donald Beachley that the state would seek a life sentence for the rape of the child in May, and two consecutive life sentences with all but 50 years suspended in the rapes of the two women, one in 2006 and the other in 2007.
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By DON AINES | October 17, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A former Hagerstown man was found guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Court of 20 of 22 charges in the kidnapping and rape of two women in 2004, convictions that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Pov Srun, already serving as much as 35 years in prison for similar crimes in Maryland, will find out his sentence the day after Christmas if a Megan's Law sexual offender assessment is completed by that time. The eight first-degree felony convictions carry maximum sentences of 20 years each.
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By DON AINES | October 16, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? The defense rested this morning in Franklin County Court without calling a witness in the case of Pov Srun, the former Hagerstown man charged with kidnapping and raping two women in September 2004. The 36-year-old faces decades behind bars if the jury of eight men and four women votes to convict him on about 20 different charges. Waynesboro, Pa., and Chambersburg police charged him with kidnapping a 16-year-old from the Kmart shopping center on Sept. 16, 2004, in her own vehicle, driving her to an unknown place and sexually assaulting her. twelve dsays later a 20-year-old woman was abducted in the same manner at the Weis Market parking lot in Chambersburg.
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