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NEWS
February 26, 1998
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Hagerstown man who remained free for a year after the vehicle he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident near South Hagerstown High School was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail. Harry Philip Maus Jr., 32, of 945 Rose Hill Ave., also was fined $500 for reckless driving. He had pleaded guilty to one count of hit and run and one count of reckless driving. The penalties were the maximum for each offense.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 24, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 54-year-old Elkhart, Texas, man was charged with negligent homicide, illegal passing and reckless driving after a two-vehicle accident early Wednesday on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County left a man dead, court records show. Earl Elton Smedley, 31, of Stephens City, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene about one mile north of the Virginia state line. Smedley was thrown from the Jeep Wrangler he was driving north on I-81, according to West Virginia State Police Trooper C.A. Ellwanger.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? Since his 16-year-old son's death in a vehicle accident last summer, John P. McClurg has been forced to fend off a few challenges in his own life in his struggle to overcome the tragedy. About a month after Brian Allen McClurg was killed on Aug. 9, 2006, his son's birthday, McClurg said he was diagnosed with cancer. On New Year's Eve, he had a stroke and lost his ability to speak for a while, but now feels fully recovered. "There's just been so much going on," said McClurg, who still hopes to establish a scholarship in memory of his son and his love for music.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 20, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Since his 16-year-old son's death in a vehicle accident last summer, John P. McClurg has been forced to fend off a few challenges in his own life in his struggle to overcome the tragedy. About a month after Brian Allen McClurg was killed on Aug. 9, 2006, his son's birthday, McClurg said he was diagnosed with cancer. On New Year's Eve, he had a stroke and lost his ability to speak for a while, but now feels fully recovered. "There's just been so much going on," said McClurg, who still hopes to establish a scholarship in memory of his son and his love for music.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 13, 2012
The sentencing hearing for a man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of negligent homicide and driving under the influence in the March 2010 vehicle crash that killed a Hagerstown woman was continued Tuesday until Dec. 10 in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Jeffrey Wayne McKinney, 39, is to be placed on home confinement for 18 months as part of a binding plea agreement, attorneys have said. McKinney, formerly of Berkeley County, was indicted on single counts of driving under the influence causing death and failure to yield in a March 18, 2010, crash that claimed the life of Mary F. Punt, 57. The sentencing hearing was delayed Tuesday after presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III learned of a problem with McKinney being able to meet the terms and conditions of his home confinement.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | May 27, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Hugs, handshakes and tears filled a courtroom Wednesday after jurors found a dump-truck driver guilty of driving under the influence of cocaine and causing a crash that killed three people and injured two others. Brian W. Strobridge, 39, shook his head slightly after a clerk read aloud the first guilty verdict and then stood emotionless as the rest of the verdict was read. Jurors found Strobridge guilty of three felony counts of DUI causing death, two counts of DUI causing injury and misdemeanor counts of driving left of center, reckless driving and failure to drive in a single lane.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 22, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Because of a procedural error, a Martinsburg man charged with causing a W.Va. 9 wreck that killed three people will face misdemeanor, not felony, charges, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said in court Wednesday. Brian W. Strobridge, 39, of Thatcher Road, initially was charged with three felony counts of driving under the influence causing death after a urine sample that he provided immediately after the July 2002 wreck tested positive for cocaine.
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By DAN DEARTH | December 15, 2008
A Smithsburg man wept Monday as a judge sent him to prison for four years in connection with the death of a woman in a two-car accident last spring while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Kenneth Lee McDowell, 71, of 22916 Cavetown Church Road in Smithsburg, could have faced 10 years in prison. As a result of a plea agreement, however, the Washington County State's Attorney's Office agreed to seek five years in exchange for his guilty plea to a charge of negligent manslaughter.
OPINION
November 2, 2011
“The majority of people at the Occupy Wall Street protests are bums who just want something for nothing. We've always had some people like that in our country, but with the poor moral values they learned from their parents, now this generation is not even ashamed to demand that someone else owes them a living.” - North End “Thanks to the Hagerstown City Council ... at least 12 Washington County employees will lose their jobs ......
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. ? When his eyesight began to deteriorate as a young man, Robert Penn's sense of smell and touch took control in the kitchens he worked in over the years. "Anything he (cooked) was good," Dewey Way recalled outside of his stepfather's home near Martinsburg, where Penn was struck by a vehicle while shoveling snow Wednesday afternoon. Penn, 69, of 144 Princeton St., later died. Penn began working in food service management at the former Burger Chef restaurant in downtown Martinsburg, Way said.
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