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May 5, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were arraigned Thursday night in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on charges stemming from the reported theft of at least 22 handguns from a Hedgesville, W.Va., area pawn shop in April, according to court records. Matthew Richard Pack, 21, of 2773 Butlers Chapel Road in Hedgesville, and Charles Todd Caton, 20, of 2030 Opequon Lane in Martinsburg, each were charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 21, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police have identified eight people who allegedly were involved in the theft and resale of dozens of digital video discs from area Wal-Mart stores last year, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Jonathan Paul Martin, 26, of 486 Classic Vanville Road in Martinsburg, was arrested Monday and arraigned on one felony count of fraudulent scheme, according to records. A $50,000 bond was set for Martin's case. Arrest warrants charging one count of fraudulent scheme were issued for two others, Glenda Lagasse and Brandi Speaks, but had not been served by Tuesday afternoon.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 23, 2005
tiffanya@herald-mail.com FALLING WATERS, W.VA. A woman's gold, bottom front teeth sold for $400 to bidder No. 136, a pawn shop owner from Maysville, W.Va. Those teeth, plus several gold and diamond rings, belonged to lot No. 244 at an auction of unclaimed goods the State of West Virginia held Saturday at Spring Mills Middle School. The state auctioned 420 lots of items that had been left unclaimed for years in safe deposit boxes. "People die, move away, they just forget about the stuff," said Richard Fisher, chief investigator for the state treasury.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 16, 2012
Already sentenced to 59 years in prison for a series of burglaries in other counties, Andrew Tyler Olden received an additional suspended sentence of 20 years after pleading guilty in Washington County to first-degree burglary. Olden, 25, formerly of Myersville, Md., pleaded guilty to breaking into the Keedysville home of Gary and Bonnie Gordon on May 28, 2011, and stealing, jewelry, heirlooms and a .44-magnum handgun with a total value of more than $60,000, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hagerstown man to five years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $28,000 in restitution in connection with a series of daytime burglaries. Christopher Lee Hays, 28, of 16815 Alcott Road pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree burglary. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced him to two concurrent sentences of 15 years with 10 years suspended. In addition, Long ordered that restitution be paid to three victims in Washington County and their insurers for almost $28,500.
NEWS
January 16, 2008
Charges were brought Wednesday against two Hagerstown residents in a Dec. 13 burglary and theft of firearms in Keedysville, according to Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Michael Wayne Rippeon Jr., 24, was jailed without bond on one count each of first- and fourth-degree burglary, felony theft and destruction of property under $500. Rippeon's last known address is 41 W. Bethel St., Alton said. Jodie Ann Grimes, 26, of the same address, was served with a criminal summons Wednesday on one count of felony theft, one count of theft less than $100 and two counts of theft under $500, Alton said.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 17, 2008
Charges were brought Wednesday against two Hagerstown residents in connection with a Dec. 13 burglary and theft of firearms in Keedysville, according to Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Michael Wayne Rippeon Jr., 24, was jailed without bond on one count each of first- and fourth-degree burglary, felony theft and destruction of property under $500. Rippeon's last known address is 41 W. Bethel St., Alton said. Jodie Ann Grimes, 26, of the same address, was served with a criminal summons Wednesday on one count of felony theft, one count of theft less than $100 and two counts of theft under $500, Alton said.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | November 30, 2006
Teen admits she stole from her grandmother A 17-year-old girl admitted in Washington County juvenile court Wednesday that she stole some of her grandmother's jewelry in May and June. The girl, who admitted to misdemeanor theft, was ordered to serve indefinite supervised probation by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court. As a condition of her probation, the girl must finish a drug addiction counseling program, which she entered after charges were brought against her. Beachley told the girl, "You understand why you didn't get locked up today?
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | December 15, 1999
A judge acquitted a 63-year-old Hagerstown man Wednesday of stalking and carrying a handgun in his car. After a half-day trial in Washington County District Court, Judge Ralph France found Ned Apple Garrett of 11924 Dormayne Drive innocent of the charges. France said the case boiled down to the credibility of the witnesses. Garrett was accused by his former son-in-law, Brian Keith Necessary of Hagerstown. The two men became unfriendly after the breakup of Necessary and Garrett's daughter Alyson Necessary.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 11, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County man and woman are accused of pawning Lowe's home improvement store gift cards they received after returning merchandise they took off shelves but didn't pay for at stores in three states. John Franklin Collins III, 28, and Nicole Marie Shifflett, 22, of 762 Pitzer Chapel Road in Martinsburg, were arraigned Friday by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on charges of committing a fraudulent scheme and conspiracy to commit a fraudulent scheme, according to court records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 16, 2012
Already sentenced to 59 years in prison for a series of burglaries in other counties, Andrew Tyler Olden received an additional suspended sentence of 20 years after pleading guilty in Washington County to first-degree burglary. Olden, 25, formerly of Myersville, Md., pleaded guilty to breaking into the Keedysville home of Gary and Bonnie Gordon on May 28, 2011, and stealing, jewelry, heirlooms and a .44-magnum handgun with a total value of more than $60,000, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hagerstown man to five years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $28,000 in restitution in connection with a series of daytime burglaries. Christopher Lee Hays, 28, of 16815 Alcott Road pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree burglary. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced him to two concurrent sentences of 15 years with 10 years suspended. In addition, Long ordered that restitution be paid to three victims in Washington County and their insurers for almost $28,500.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 9, 2012
With actors, curtains, lights and a sound system, The Potomac Playmakers have just about everything a theater company needs. But what they don't have since their lease recently fell through with the Academy Theatre on East Washington Street in Hagerstown is a stage. On Friday evening, the Playmakers, who are entering their 86th season, held a cabaret at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts to raise money to help pay for a new home. “I need a stage, seats and a door to come in,” Playmakers President Lynn Litzinger-Rial said just before showtime.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 10, 2011
Although Kelli Fae Marie White told a Washington County judge that the late philanthropist and businessman, Nick Giannaris, wanted her to have the money, she was still sentenced Thursday to five years in state prison for stealing more than $80,000 from him while serving as his nurse. "Me and Nick were really close, and he did offer to help me with college and things like that," the Hagerstown woman said before  Circuit Judge John H. McDowell handed down the sentence. "I finally took him up on his offer, and I was wrong.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 11, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County man and woman are accused of pawning Lowe's home improvement store gift cards they received after returning merchandise they took off shelves but didn't pay for at stores in three states. John Franklin Collins III, 28, and Nicole Marie Shifflett, 22, of 762 Pitzer Chapel Road in Martinsburg, were arraigned Friday by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on charges of committing a fraudulent scheme and conspiracy to commit a fraudulent scheme, according to court records.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | December 7, 2008
The Collector's Edition Scrabble Board, with its gold-plated letters and wood-framed board that spins, like a lazy Susan, so each player can easily read the board during their turn, sat on the pawn shop shelf with a sticker price of $89. It wasn't new, but it looked to be in pretty good shape. And with the Franklin Mint selling the collector's edition online for $595, this one was a bargain. In tough times, people look for a bargain, and, with the economy in recession, consumer buying is either doing well at Tri-State-area pawn shops or is expected to pick up soon.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | January 17, 2008
Charges were brought Wednesday against two Hagerstown residents in connection with a Dec. 13 burglary and theft of firearms in Keedysville, according to Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Michael Wayne Rippeon Jr., 24, was jailed without bond on one count each of first- and fourth-degree burglary, felony theft and destruction of property under $500. Rippeon's last known address is 41 W. Bethel St., Alton said. Jodie Ann Grimes, 26, of the same address, was served with a criminal summons Wednesday on one count of felony theft, one count of theft less than $100 and two counts of theft under $500, Alton said.
NEWS
January 16, 2008
Charges were brought Wednesday against two Hagerstown residents in a Dec. 13 burglary and theft of firearms in Keedysville, according to Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Michael Wayne Rippeon Jr., 24, was jailed without bond on one count each of first- and fourth-degree burglary, felony theft and destruction of property under $500. Rippeon's last known address is 41 W. Bethel St., Alton said. Jodie Ann Grimes, 26, of the same address, was served with a criminal summons Wednesday on one count of felony theft, one count of theft less than $100 and two counts of theft under $500, Alton said.
NEWS
May 5, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were arraigned Thursday night in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on charges stemming from the reported theft of at least 22 handguns from a Hedgesville, W.Va., area pawn shop in April, according to court records. Matthew Richard Pack, 21, of 2773 Butlers Chapel Road in Hedgesville, and Charles Todd Caton, 20, of 2030 Opequon Lane in Martinsburg, each were charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 21, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police have identified eight people who allegedly were involved in the theft and resale of dozens of digital video discs from area Wal-Mart stores last year, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Jonathan Paul Martin, 26, of 486 Classic Vanville Road in Martinsburg, was arrested Monday and arraigned on one felony count of fraudulent scheme, according to records. A $50,000 bond was set for Martin's case. Arrest warrants charging one count of fraudulent scheme were issued for two others, Glenda Lagasse and Brandi Speaks, but had not been served by Tuesday afternoon.
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