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February 5, 2012
Narcotics were stolen Sunday morning from the Walgreens near Edwin Miller Boulevard, according to a news release from the Martinsburg Police Department. Police responded to the 101 Forbes Drive store at 1:09 a.m. Sunday for the robbery, during which no one was injured, police said. A man went up to the pharmacy counter and presented a note demanding various narcotics, police said. The note also stated the man had a gun, though none was displayed during the incident, police said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2012
Four people were arrested last week on drug charges after an investigation by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force using a confidential informant to make purchases of suspected cocaine and heroin. The arrests were made Friday night during a search of an apartment at 103 W. Main St., where police allege the informant was able to make drug buys Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the statement of probable cause. Heather Dawn Briggs, 30, of 103 W. Main St., Apt. 4, in Hancock, was charged with distribution of narcotics, possession of narcotics, five counts of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance for the purpose of distributing narcotics, court records said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 3, 2012
Two people were in the Washington County Detention Center Friday after being taken into custody on drug-trafficking charges involving crack cocaine and heroin a day earlier, according to Washington County District Court records. Adrien Odell Love, 23, with a listed address on Bear Creek Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with a dozen counts, including two counts each possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, as well as attempting to distribute a large amount of narcotics, possession of a large amount of narcotics and four counts of possession of narcotics.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 29, 2010
HAGERSTOWN --A Hagerstown man charged with drug offenses and leading police on a car chase through the city last November was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 years in state prison. Lawrence T.E. Epps, 35, of 250 S. Burhans Blvd., pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine before Judge John H. McDowell. He had been charged with selling $150 worth of crack cocaine to an informant with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force on Nov. 30, 2009, according to the application for statement of charges.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2011
A Virginia man accused of murder in Berkeley County, W.Va., appeared in Washington County District Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on charges of distributing heroin and cocaine. Jonathan Frederick Bennett, 39, of Charlottesville, Va., is charged with two counts each of distribution of narcotics and possession with intent to distribute narcotics and four counts each of possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. Ashley Nicole Carpegna, 26, of Martinsburg, W.Va., who is charged as an accessory after the fact in the same  murder, was also scheduled for a preliminary hearing on  drug charges, but District Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright granted a 30-day continuance because Carpegna is in jail in West Virginia.
NEWS
November 29, 1997
Missing Pa. officer may be in the area HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania police officer who has been missing since Nov. 19 may be in the Chambersburg, Pa., area, officials said Friday. Lower Paxton Township Police don't know whether Patrolman Norman Kegerreis, 51, met with foul play or is dealing with a personal crisis. Either way, they believe he may be in danger. They are asking the public to help them find him. Kegerreis has not been seen since Nov. 19 and did not show up for work as scheduled on Nov. 24, said Sue Katz, administrative assistant at the department east of Harrisburg, Pa. Kegerreis has a sister in the Shippensburg, Pa., area, but his coworkers have reason to believe he may have been in Chambersburg recently, Katz said.
NEWS
June 4, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two Martinsburg residents were arrested Thursday after investigators working on an ongoing narcotics probe entered an apartment at 200 E. King St. and found 23 packets of heroin, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release. Steven Douglas Orr Jr., 30, of 200 E. King St., Apt. 2, and Amber Dawn Rockwell, 25, of 312 Athletic St., each were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, the release said. Douglas and Orr were being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night and no bond had been set for them, a jail spokesman said.
NEWS
April 30, 2007
FREDERICK, Md. - A 63-year-old pharmacist was flown to Washington County Hospital after he was shot by a man demanding narcotics Sunday afternoon in Frederick, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department. Police said a white man in his 50s with graying hair approached the drive-in window at the CVS Pharmacy at 2040 Rosemont Ave. and demanded drugs at about 3:45 p.m. When the pharmacist closed the window, the man fired at least three rounds, with one bullet striking the pharmacist in the shoulder.
BREAKINGNEWS
January 20, 2011
Authorities in Pennsylvania concluded a yearlong narcotics investigation Thursday morning after obtaining 35 arrest warrants, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. The investigation, which was centered in Franklin County, targeted alleged street-level drug dealers from Franklin, Fulton, Adams, Cumberland and Dauphin counties in Pennsylvania and Hagerstown in Maryland, state police said. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana and different prescription pills were among the drugs that allegedly were sold.
NEWS
December 10, 2010
Police seized 281 marijuana plants from a large indoor growing operation in a Gerrardstown residence on Wednesday and found a man wanted by Montgomery County, Md., authorities for narcotics distribution, West Virginia State Police said. Police discovered a large growth of marijuana in the front of the home and a hydroponics growing operation in the basement of the residence, state police Sgt. M.L. Dickerson said in a news release. Joseph Patrick Judge III, of 360 Slingshot Lane, was found about 1 p.m., when troopers executed a fugitive warrant, police said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2013
Four people entered guilty pleas Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in unrelated heroin distribution cases, with three going to state prison and the fourth having her sentence delayed due to pregnancy. The four cases, involving two men and two women, resulted from heroin sales to Washington County Narcotics Task Force informants, but Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said there was no common thread. However, Pauler said there has been an increase in recent months in heroin cases “because the pill market has tightened.” Abuse of prescription painkillers has abated somewhat because medical professionals are doing a better job of restricting access to those drugs, Pauler said.
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NEWS
May 29, 2013
A Hagerstown man who was arrested with his son earlier this year on charges of selling heroin and cocaine was sentenced to nine years in prison after entering a plea agreement this week in Washington County Circuit Court. Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Tuesday sentenced Charles William Hull II, 41, formerly of 125 E. Washington St., to 20 years in prison and suspended all but nine years after he pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine, court records said. Hull entered his plea a week after his son, Corey James Diehl, 23, formerly of 1005 H. Noland Drive, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in district court to a related charge of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics, according to court records.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
Police seized two firearms and large amounts of narcotics at a Martinsburg residence early Monday where they arrested three people, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. Steven Edward Tomasik Jr., 25, of 320 E. Race St., was arraigned Monday on four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents. Amber Louise Mills, 23, and Linda Ann Smith, 20, of the same Race Street address, were each charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
Two men were arrested, and marijuana, guns, ammunition and $4,000 in cash were seized Monday by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force during a search of a Papa Court house, according to Washington County District Court records. Anthony Morrisey, 36, of Asbury Park, N.J., was charged with possession of a large amount of marijuana, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, possession of a firearm in a drug-related offense and false statements to police, court records said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 3, 2012
Two people were in the Washington County Detention Center Friday after being taken into custody on drug-trafficking charges involving crack cocaine and heroin a day earlier, according to Washington County District Court records. Adrien Odell Love, 23, with a listed address on Bear Creek Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with a dozen counts, including two counts each possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, as well as attempting to distribute a large amount of narcotics, possession of a large amount of narcotics and four counts of possession of narcotics.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2012
Four people were arrested last week on drug charges after an investigation by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force using a confidential informant to make purchases of suspected cocaine and heroin. The arrests were made Friday night during a search of an apartment at 103 W. Main St., where police allege the informant was able to make drug buys Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the statement of probable cause. Heather Dawn Briggs, 30, of 103 W. Main St., Apt. 4, in Hancock, was charged with distribution of narcotics, possession of narcotics, five counts of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance for the purpose of distributing narcotics, court records said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2012
The Washington County Narcotics Task Force Monday arrested two Hagerstown residents, including a convicted murderer, on drug-trafficking charges. Phillip Levar Bailey, 52, of 867 Virginia Ave., was charged with three counts each of distribution of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, along with single counts of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of controlled paraphernalia, according to court records.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2012
More than $300,000 seized by the Washington County's Narcotics Task Force in 2011 will be used to buy two replacement vehicles for the task force, electronic fingerprinting equipment and other items, according to the county sheriff. Most of that money - about $280,000 - was seized in August in a drug raid at a house on Sherman Avenue in Hagerstown, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said earlier this month. Subsequent seizures in other cases brought to $301,857.77, the year's total forfeited to the narcotics task force through legal proceedings, Mullendore said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 22, 2012
Prescription drug abuse is “really becoming a big problem” in Hagerstown, city Police Chief Arthur Smith warned this week. “We haven't had the numbers of fatal overdoses that they've had in West Virginia, but that is one that is not to be underestimated,” Smith told the Hagerstown City Council during a work session Tuesday. “We were starting to see more heroin. I think the (Oxycodone) has kind of stepped into that niche, and it's really just as addictive, and people overdose really easily.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
Narcotics were stolen Sunday morning from the Walgreens near Edwin Miller Boulevard, according to a news release from the Martinsburg Police Department. Police responded to the 101 Forbes Drive store at 1:09 a.m. Sunday for the robbery, during which no one was injured, police said. A man went up to the pharmacy counter and presented a note demanding various narcotics, police said. The note also stated the man had a gun, though none was displayed during the incident, police said.
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