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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 21, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Franklin County judge on Wednesday granted a petition calling for a mental health evaluation of the man charged in the death of a woman whose body was found April 6 in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro, Pa. Judge Douglas Herman granted the request by public defender Michael Toms for the evaluation of Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, of State Line, Pa. Miles is charged with criminal homicide in the death of...
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by CANDICE BOSELY | September 5, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man charged in his grandmother's death was supposed to appear in court Tuesday, but the preliminary hearing was postponed to allow for a mental evaluation to be conducted, according to a Berkeley County magistrate. A new date for the hearing has not yet been set, said Magistrate Sandra Miller. Police say Timothy Dale Wood, 37, is charged with killing his grandmother, Geneva M. Wood, 79, on July 14 by hitting her several times on the head with a cast-iron skillet.
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By DON AINES | July 14, 2010
A woman charged with breaking into a couple's home while wearing part of a wedding gown had her case continued this week in Washington County Circuit Court while a mental evaluation report is completed. Melissa Ann Wagaman, 32, of 17804 Stone Valley Circle in Hagerstown, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property in the Feb. 9 incident near her home, according to the statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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April 23, 2010
Mistrial declared in case of man charged in rape, impersonating cop Fire at Berkeley County courthouse deliberately set, investigator says Smithsburg man found passed out in vehicle wants jury trial Mental evaluation granted for man charged in homicide Northrop Grumman to lay off local work force
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 26, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man charged with first-degree murder in a shooting death of another man outside the Images nightclub earlier this month will be released from jail if he meets bail and undergoes a mental evaluation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Raymond E. Hoak, 26, appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court Tuesday to request that a bond be set for him. He has been held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail because first-degree murder is a capital offense, said his attorney, Kevin Mills.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 22, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The trial for a 22-year-old man accused of killing his stepmother last year might be delayed because the findings of a mental evaluation have yet to be shared with the state. Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela J. Games-Neely filed a motion Friday to continue the trial of Thomas A. Dawson, and she said Monday that she still had not received a copy of a physician's report. Jeannette Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St., Berkeley Village subdivision, was found dead at her home Aug. 30, 2006, after firefighters responded to a report of a fire.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 25, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The man accused of shooting West Virginia State Trooper R.J. "Bobby" Elswick once in the head last fall has previously taken lithium after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, one of his attorneys said Monday. During a routine status hearing, attorney Margaret Gordon told Circuit Court Judge David Sanders that David Munday, 37, was treated in Frederick, Md., for the mental disorder. She did not say when the diagnosis or treatment took place.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A mental evaluation of a man accused of killing his stepmother in a claw hammer attack last summer shows he is competent to stand trial, his defense attorney told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders on Friday during a pretrial hearing. The trial for Thomas A. Dawson, 22, of 343 Blair St. in the Berkeley Village subdivision, is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning with jury selection. Dawson was arrested in September and indicted by a grand jury in February on counts of first-degree murder, felony murder, burglary and first-degree arson in the Aug. 30, 2006, death of Jeannette K. Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St. The results of the mental evaluation, which were given to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely last Wednesday, apparently revealed Dawson has no diminished capacity or incompetence.
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September 26, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man charged with attempted homicide and arson in an August fire in Southampton Township had his preliminary hearing continued so that a mental evaluation can be performed, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office. Laverne Z. Zimmerman, 22, of 1892 Mainesville Road, was charged in an Aug. 31 fire at the home of Reuben and Minerva Oberhotzer of 2359 Olde Scotland Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Ivan Horst also was in the house at the time of the fire, police said.
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February 17, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Orrstown, Pa., man charged in a standoff with Pennsylvania State Police last week had his preliminary hearing continued Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, according to the District Attorney's Office. The hearing for Gary Shoop, 53, of 3124 Orrstown Road, was delayed one month to Tuesday, March 17, to allow time for a mental evaluation, a staff member said. Shoop was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the Feb. 9 incident on South Road in Lurgan Township.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2013
A Chambersburg woman accused of sending text messages about her then-4-year-old stepson's deteriorating medical condition, but not taking him to a doctor, testified in court Thursday. Michele Renae Hunter, 28, is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and conspiracy. She told a Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas judge that she was “depressed” and “spaced out” when she gave statements to police in March 2011. “I was not functioning at all,” Hunter said.
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October 21, 2011
A Washington County District Court judge Friday increased the bail tenfold for a man who allegedly told a court commissioner earlier this month that he had a gun and had "just shot a cop. " District Court Dana Moylan Wright increased Kevin Michael Drew's bail from $20,000 to $200,000 on charges of making a false statement to a state official and trespassing. But, by that time, Drew, who is awaiting another mental health evaluation, had walked away from the closed-circuit television hookup from the detention linking him to his bond-review hearing.
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By DON AINES | September 23, 2010
The trial of a convicted murderer charged with sending a powder-filled letter to a former Washington County Circuit Court judge was continued Thursday because a mental health evaluation had not yet been received, his defense counsel said. Robert Douglas Turner, 38, was charged with manufacturing a phony destructive device in the form of a letter sent from state prison in December 2008 to the law office of John P. Corderman, according to the application for statement of charges.
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By DON AINES | July 14, 2010
A woman charged with breaking into a couple's home while wearing part of a wedding gown had her case continued this week in Washington County Circuit Court while a mental evaluation report is completed. Melissa Ann Wagaman, 32, of 17804 Stone Valley Circle in Hagerstown, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property in the Feb. 9 incident near her home, according to the statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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April 23, 2010
Mistrial declared in case of man charged in rape, impersonating cop Fire at Berkeley County courthouse deliberately set, investigator says Smithsburg man found passed out in vehicle wants jury trial Mental evaluation granted for man charged in homicide Northrop Grumman to lay off local work force
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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 21, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Franklin County judge on Wednesday granted a petition calling for a mental health evaluation of the man charged in the death of a woman whose body was found April 6 in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro, Pa. Judge Douglas Herman granted the request by public defender Michael Toms for the evaluation of Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, of State Line, Pa. Miles is charged with criminal homicide in the death of...
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | May 20, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- A Chambersburg woman charged in the death of a man who was killed when the car she was driving was struck by a train is scheduled to stand trial in July. Helen Louise Gordon, 47, of 131 Bumbaugh Ave., is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, second offense driving under the influence, driving under the influence with an alcohol content above 0.08 percent, careless driving and disobedience to signals indicating an approaching train.
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February 17, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Orrstown, Pa., man charged in a standoff with Pennsylvania State Police last week had his preliminary hearing continued Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, according to the District Attorney's Office. The hearing for Gary Shoop, 53, of 3124 Orrstown Road, was delayed one month to Tuesday, March 17, to allow time for a mental evaluation, a staff member said. Shoop was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the Feb. 9 incident on South Road in Lurgan Township.
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September 26, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man charged with attempted homicide and arson in an August fire in Southampton Township had his preliminary hearing continued so that a mental evaluation can be performed, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office. Laverne Z. Zimmerman, 22, of 1892 Mainesville Road, was charged in an Aug. 31 fire at the home of Reuben and Minerva Oberhotzer of 2359 Olde Scotland Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Ivan Horst also was in the house at the time of the fire, police said.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A mental evaluation of a man accused of killing his stepmother in a claw hammer attack last summer shows he is competent to stand trial, his defense attorney told 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders on Friday during a pretrial hearing. The trial for Thomas A. Dawson, 22, of 343 Blair St. in the Berkeley Village subdivision, is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning with jury selection. Dawson was arrested in September and indicted by a grand jury in February on counts of first-degree murder, felony murder, burglary and first-degree arson in the Aug. 30, 2006, death of Jeannette K. Dawson, 41, of 345 Blair St. The results of the mental evaluation, which were given to Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely last Wednesday, apparently revealed Dawson has no diminished capacity or incompetence.
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