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June 23, 2011
A man officers were told ran naked through a neighborhood north of Hagerstown was subdued with pepper spray as he allegedly tried to break into a home Thursday morning in the 18600 block of Dixie Circle, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Eric Eugene Lyles, of Frederick, Md., has been charged with one count each of attempted third-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct, according to a sheriff's office news release. Deputies said they were called to the area of Pennsylvania and Maugans avenues at about 10 a.m. Thursday for reports of a man running through the streets.
NEWS
October 8, 2000
Deputy uses pepper spray to subdue man MAUGANSVILLE - A Washington County Sheriff's deputy who was run off the road and assaulted by a driver used pepper spray to subdue the man Saturday evening, deputies said. Gary Lynn Mong, 48, of 306 Agee Lane, Falling Waters, W.Va., was charged with driving while intoxicated, assault, resisting arrest, hindering/obstructing police, unsafe lane change and failure to wear a seat belt. He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $35,000 bond.
NEWS
by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | September 3, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com A Youngstoun Drive apartment building had to be evacuated briefly Sunday after pepper spray used to apprehend a man who barricaded himself in a unit spread throughout the building, police said. Hagerstown City Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police were called to 11318 Youngstoun Drive at 9:21 p.m. Sunday after a man reported that his brother barricaded himself in a unit and might have been armed. Mohamed Mohamed Abdelbaki was charged with eight counts of first- and second-degree assault, one count of burglary and two counts of malicious destruction of property.
NEWS
By DON AINES | June 5, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman who pepper-sprayed a Kmart security officer who tried to stop her and her mother from shoplifting was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to one to 23 months in jail. Justina Woodson, 27, of 1645 Scotland Ave., pleaded guilty last month to simple assault and criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft in the incident, which occurred June 24, 2007, at the Wayne Avenue Kmart, according to court records. Chambersburg police said Woodson and her mother, Patricia Glasco, were leaving the store when William Getz, a loss prevention officer attempted to stop them on suspicion of retail theft.
NEWS
June 5, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman who pepper-sprayed a Kmart security officer who tried to stop her and her mother from shoplifting was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to one to 23 months in jail. Justina Woodson, 27, of 1645 Scotland Ave., had pleaded guilty last month to simple assault and criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft in the incident, which occurred June 24, 2007, at the Wayne Avenue Kmart, according to court records. Chambersburg police said Woodson and her mother, Patricia Glasco, were leaving the store when William Getz, a loss prevention officer attempted to stop them on suspicion of retail theft.
NEWS
By DON AINES | June 7, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman who pepper-sprayed a Kmart security officer who tried to stop her and her mother from shoplifting was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to one to 23 months in jail. Justina Woodson, 27, of 1645 Scotland Ave., pleaded guilty last month to simple assault and criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft in the incident, which occurred June 24, 2007, at the Wayne Avenue Kmart, according to court records. The Chambersburg Police Department said Woodson and her mother, Patricia Glasco, were leaving the store when William Getz, a loss prevention officer, attempted to stop them on suspicion of retail theft.
NEWS
March 17, 2008
A sampling of questions posed to Officer Chris Krause by students on the first day of DARE education: · "Do you have a Taser?" - Marshall Miller · "Why do you have pepper spray?" - Russell Jones · "Does pepper spray taste good?" - Horizon Draper · "Do you watch 'Law & Order'?" - Gaylin Leizear Answers (in order): yes; to assist in restraining; no; no, because crimes aren't solved in an hour
NEWS
February 1, 2012
Four correctional officers at the Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown were treated for injuries they suffered while restraining an inmate Wednesday morning, state prison officials said. The incident started when an officer was struck by an inmate as he prepared to escort the inmate to a medical appointment, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said in a news release. Other officers immediately responded to the assault, using pepper spray and physical force to restrain the inmate, the release said.
NEWS
June 12, 2012
Hagerstown man charged with defacing bricks FREDERICK, Md. - A Hagerstown man was charged with malicious destruction of property after “foul language” was scrawled on bricks in a town park on Sunday, Frederick police said. Rory Elisha McAllister was charged after a Frederick police officer saw him allegedly writing on bricks in the Carroll Creek Linear Project park, according to a Frederick Police Department news release. The officer approached the man in the area of South Market Street and determined he was using a permanent marker to write on the bricks, the release said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2013
A woman accused of robbing the Hot Spot Cafe in Bunker Hill, W.Va., in August 2011, after spraying an employee and a patron there with pepper spray was ordered Thursday by a circuit court judge to serve four months of jail time. Wendy Viola Kirby, 40, of Winchester, Va., who was indicted in May 2012, pleaded guilty Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to second-degree robbery and second-degree attempted robbery, according to court documents. A felony count of grand larceny was dismissed as a result of her guilty pleas to other charges, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 10, 2012
A Hagerstown man charged with trying to hold up the same business twice in August armed with pepper spray was sentenced to five years in prison after entering guilty pleas Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to robbery and attempted robbery. Christopher Donovan Heiberger, 27, of 11206A Marbern Road, was charged with robbing BoostMobile, 1201 Dual Highway on Aug. 14, and then unsuccessfully trying to hold the store up on Aug. 23, court records said. On the evening of Aug. 14 a man came into the store with what appeared to be a T-shirt across his face and an object in his hand, charging document said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2012
A man charged with an attempted robbery at Boost Mobile on Aug. 23 has been charged with robbing the same store on Aug. 14, according to Washington County District Court records. Christopher Donovan Heiberger, 27, of 11206A Marbern Road, Hagerstown, was charged last week with attempted armed robbery, attempted robbery, second-degree assault and carrying pepper spray with intent to injure in the Aug. 23 incident at Boost Mobile, 1201 Dual Highway, court records said. In that incident, a man entered the store, demanded cash and tried to spray an employee with pepper spray, police said.
NEWS
August 24, 2012
Frederick man charged with possession   MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Frederick, Md., man was charged early Friday by Martinsburg police with having drugs in his car during a traffic stop, according to a Martinsburg Police Department news release. Martin C. Felder Jr., 33, of 4129 Tottenham St., was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, police said. Felder was pulled over in the 600 block of Winchester Avenue at about 1:25 a.m. on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
Four correctional officers at the Maryland Correctional Institution - Hagerstown were treated for injuries they suffered while restraining an inmate Wednesday morning, state prison officials said. The incident started when an officer was struck by an inmate as he prepared to escort the inmate to a medical appointment, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said in a news release. Other officers immediately responded to the assault, using pepper spray and physical force to restrain the inmate, the release said.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | November 24, 2011
It is only natural that at bountiful tables across this great land of ours today, thoughts will inevitably turn to begging, and those who do not have what we enjoy. We try not to think about it, but we must. We know it's out there, even if we do not look. The hungry eyes. The pleading. The sense of utter dependency on the good will of man. So what to do? Do you slip Rex a little piece of turkey under the table or not? Most dog owners I know have a standard policy: They would never, ever, ever feed their own dogs at the table because they are worried about the precedent it will set. But at someone else's table, they will stuff the equivalent of a side of rhinoceros into the grateful jaws of the family pooch, knowing they will not have to deal with the consequences.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
A man officers were told ran naked through a neighborhood north of Hagerstown was subdued with pepper spray as he allegedly tried to break into a home Thursday morning in the 18600 block of Dixie Circle, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Eric Eugene Lyles, of Frederick, Md., has been charged with one count each of attempted third-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct, according to a sheriff's office news release. Deputies said they were called to the area of Pennsylvania and Maugans avenues at about 10 a.m. Thursday for reports of a man running through the streets.
NEWS
By DON AINES | May 13, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The third trial for a state prison inmate charged with assaulting a Maryland Correctional Training Center officer three years ago ended Thursday with a jury finding the man guilty in Washington County Circuit Court. The jury deliberated about 15 minutes before finding Gary Jonathan Cooper, 23, guilty of second-degree assault on a correctional officer. Cooper was tried and convicted of the charge in November 2007, but the conviction was overturned on appeal, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said after the trial.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 14, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A Ranson, W.Va., man who was hospitalized with burns he incurred when police used a combination of pepper spray and a Taser during his arrest in 2006 in Berkeley County is to be paid $100,000 for his pain and suffering as part of a mediation agreement. The agreement entered Sept. 29 resolves lawsuits filed in the Martinsburg division of U.S. District Court and Berkeley County Circuit Court, according to Berkeley County Commission legal counsel Norwood Bentley III. Attorneys for West Virginia State Police, Berkeley County, City of Ranson and Steven C. Scott reached the agreement, a copy of which was released Tuesday by Bentley in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
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