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By MARLO BARNHART | August 16, 1998
The driver of a van involved in an accident with a Washington County Commuter bus in January 1997 has filed a $250,000 lawsuit, claiming the bus driver's negligence caused her serious and permanent injuries. Rhonda L. Myerly-Shafer, of 11022 Catholic Church Road, Big Pool, is seeking the damages from the Washington County Commissioners and the bus driver, Christine E. Taylor, of 53 Wayside Ave., Hagerstown. In the lawsuit, filed Aug. 4 in Washington County Circuit Court, Myerly-Shafer alleges that she was heading east on West Washington Street near Elizabeth Street on Jan. 13, 1997, when the commuter bus ran into the rear of Myerly-Shafer's van. As a result of the impact, Myerly-Shafer said she required medical treatment for head, neck and back injuries.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Family members of a man who was shot to death by Martinsburg police in March have filed a federal lawsuit against the city, its police department and 25 unidentified officers. The complaint, filed in U.S. district court in Martinsburg Thursday on behalf of Robert L. Jones and Bruce A. Jones, seeks $200 million in damages and other relief for the March 13 death of their brother, Wayne Arnold Jones. Wayne Arnold Jones, 50, of Stephens City, Va., died from multiple gunshot wounds in the 100 block of South Queen Street, according to a copy of his death certificate, which was among four attachments that attorney Sherman L. Lambert Sr. filed with a 21-page complaint.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 4, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Three of the four elected officials who filed a lawsuit against the Berkeley County Commission last week are scheduled to be present during a commission meeting today, but the lawsuit likely will not be discussed, said Norwood Bentley, attorney for the county. The lawsuit is not on the agenda for the meeting, during which new and existing elected officials will be sworn in, Bentley said. Bentley declined to comment on the suit, saying he has not had a chance to discuss it with the County Commissioners.
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December 4, 1997
Bowers' lawsuit rejected By MARLO BARNHART and LAURA ERNDE A federal judge Wednesday threw out a lawsuit brought against the town of Smithsburg by fired Police Chief Tommy Bowers. In dismissing Bowers' suit, U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg ruled that Bowers "served at the pleasure" of the mayor. Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the town would move forward with hiring a new chief. "I'm very pleased that this decision was made and finally the town can go forth with having a good police department," she said.
NEWS
June 27, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A group of 23 private clubs with tip jar licenses survived efforts Thursday by the Washington County Gaming Commission to have their lawsuit on the "gross profits" issue dismissed. After hearing arguments from commission attorney Bill Schildt that all groups benefiting from tip jars must be represented in the legal action, Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright ruled that common sense must prevail. He agreed with Wiley Rutledge, attorney for the clubs, that the law doesn't say that all who would benefit must be included in the action.
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August 23, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The mother of Amanda Smailes filed a lawsuit Friday in Berkeley County Circuit Court against the drunk driver who struck Smailes' car killing her, the state police trooper chasing him and the video crew in the police cruiser filming for a television show. The complaint for wrongful death also seeks damages from the bar that served Sparkman alcoholic drinks. Attorney Lawrence Schultz, who filed the suit for Cynthia Smailes, said there were several causes that led up to Amanda Smailes' death.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 28, 2012
A lawsuit filed Monday claims a Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputy is responsible for injuring a boy in 2010 when a dart from an officer's stun gun pierced the teen's right eye socket at the boy's home. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Joseph R. Ferretti, names the Berkeley County Commission, now known as the Berkeley County Council, and Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Matthew Rephann as defendants. Ferretti confirmed Wednesday that he filed the civil action on behalf of the boy, who is now 16, and his father, Jeff Clark, to preserve his clients' damage claim while negotiations with the county's insurance provider to resolve the matter are under way. Norwood Bentley III, the county council's attorney, said Wednesday that Ferretti had notified him the civil action would be filed, but Bentley said he did not have a chance to look at the lawsuit and could not comment about the claims outlined in the eight-page complaint.
NEWS
November 7, 1997
Judge delays decision on Bowers' lawsuit By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer BALTIMORE - A U.S. District judge Thursday held off making a decision on whether to dismiss former Smithsburg police chief Tommy Bowers's lawsuit against the Smithsburg mayor and Town Council. Judge Benson Everett Legg challenged attorneys for the town to go back to Smithsburg officials and see if they would agree to offer Bowers a due process hearing, which Bowers had requested. "We will get together (today)
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By Lloyd Waters | December 23, 2007
As I got up the other morning, I prepared my first cup of coffee, sat down at my kitchen table and glanced over the front page of The Herald-Mail. There on the front page of the paper was a picture of my friend, Del. Chris Shank. The article was titled "Maryland Republicans file lawsuit over special session. " It seems, according to the article, that the special session where all those taxes were raised to balance the Maryland state budget was a little illegal, according to the state constitution.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | November 18, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Washington County is threatening to sue the City of Hagerstown over a disputed city annexation policy. County Attorney Richard Douglas said Friday he has sent a letter to the city attorney saying the policy violates a 1997 agreement between the county and city government. The letter was accompanied by a draft of the lawsuit the county will file if the dispute is not resolved, Douglas said. The disputed policy requires property along the city's borders to be annexed before city water and sewer service are extended to the area.
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