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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
A Waynesboro, Pa., man accused of hitting a woman with his car and killing her in August waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Benjamin Rodger Savage, 31, remains incarcerated in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail. He was transported to the county courthouse Tuesday, where he met privately with a public defender and chose to waive the preliminary hearing before appearing before a judge. His case will be scheduled for mandatory arraignment. Waynesboro police charged Savage with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.
NEWS
March 19, 2012
A preliminary hearing for a Mercersburg, Pa., man charged in a fatal accident will be rescheduled. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr.'s preliminary hearing was initially scheduled for Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock's office said Monday afternoon that the proceeding would be rescheduled, although a new date has not been set. Deardorff, 29, is charged with homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.
BREAKINGNEWS
March 11, 2012
A man accused of hitting a motorcyclist on U.S. 11 and fleeing the scene last week has surrendered to police. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, of Mercersburg, Pa., is charged with homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and with accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed. Deardorff “voluntarily surrendered himself to troopers” in Carlisle, Pa., at 9 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. Police allege Deardorff was driving a 2002 Isuzu box truck that hit a motorcycle while crossing the intersection of U.S. 11 and Social Island Road at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2012
A Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of striking a motorcyclist with his vehicle in March on U.S. 11 and fleeing the scene waived his formal arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, according to District Attorney Matt Fogal. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, is charged with eight criminal counts, including vehicular homicide, accident involving death or personal injury and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2012
A Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of hitting a motorcyclist on U.S. 11 last month and fleeing the scene waived his preliminary hearing in Franklin County (Pa.) Court Tuesday. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, is charged with eight criminal counts, including homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed. A mandatory arraignment was scheduled for June 6 at 1 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police said that Deardorff was driving a 2002 Isuzu box truck that hit a motorcycle while crossing the intersection of U.S. 11 and Social Island Road on March 7. Keith Lee Monninger, 37, of 1286 Preston Lane, Greencastle, Pa., died in that crash.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 29, 2012
Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. Walsh experienced a milestone in his life Dec. 20 and 21. Walsh presided over his last criminal trial before retirement. “I'm astounded how many (criminal trials) I've done in 15 years,” he said. Walsh, who hangs up his robes Jan. 3, focused on personal injury and municipal law when in private practice from 1982 to 1997. He ran for Franklin and Fulton counties' fourth judge position, which was newly created at the time, under the encouragement of colleagues and other members of the bar. After two years of retirement, he'll have opportunities to return to Franklin and Fulton counties occasionally as a senior judge.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Male spotted in tree line watching woman WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro police were dispatched to 937 Quail Run Drive at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, for a report of a suspicion person, police said in a news release Tuesday. The complainant reported a man or boy was standing in the tree line watching her, police said. The subject was last seen running through the woods, police said.   Beating on doors reported in first block of West Main Street WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Someone might have been beating on doors in the first block of West Main Street Tuesday, July 2, Waynesboro police said in a news release.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2012
Local law-enforcement agencies and Washington County 911 dispatchers were kept busy handling more than 100 traffic accidents that were reported during a winter storm that dumped nearly 2.5 inches of ice and snow on Hagerstown and the surrounding areas Wednesday. Kevin Lewis, director at the Washington County Division of Fire and Emergency Services, said Thursday that 122 of the 911 center's 995 inbound calls on Wednesday were for traffic accidents that involved injuries or property damage.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2013
Police arrested a Waynesboro man accused of hitting a woman with his car and killing her early Sunday. Benjamin Rodger Savage, 31, of South Church Street is charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving, Waynesboro police said in a news release. He is incarcerated in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail without bail, according to online court records. Officers allege Savage was driving a car that struck and fatally injured 22-year-old Kristi Lee Queen in the first block of West Sixth Street near its intersection with South Church Street.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 9, 2012
Pennsylvania State Police said Friday they believe the driver of a truck involved in a fatal crash Wednesday evening could be in the Landisburg, Pa., area of Perry County. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, of Mercersburg, Pa., was charged in warrants with homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and with accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, state police said during a news conference Friday at the Chambersburg barrack. Deardorff was still at large Friday.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
A Waynesboro, Pa., man accused of hitting a woman with his car and killing her in August waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Benjamin Rodger Savage, 31, remains incarcerated in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail. He was transported to the county courthouse Tuesday, where he met privately with a public defender and chose to waive the preliminary hearing before appearing before a judge. His case will be scheduled for mandatory arraignment. Waynesboro police charged Savage with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.
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NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
A preliminary hearing for a Greencastle, Pa., man accused of fatally striking a woman with his car has been delayed. Benjamin Rodger Savage, 31, is charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or personal injury, involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving, Waynesboro police said in a news release. Savage's preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Chambersburg, was continued until Sept. 3 at 1 p.m., according to online court records.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Male spotted in tree line watching woman WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro police were dispatched to 937 Quail Run Drive at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, for a report of a suspicion person, police said in a news release Tuesday. The complainant reported a man or boy was standing in the tree line watching her, police said. The subject was last seen running through the woods, police said.   Beating on doors reported in first block of West Main Street WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Someone might have been beating on doors in the first block of West Main Street Tuesday, July 2, Waynesboro police said in a news release.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 29, 2012
Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. Walsh experienced a milestone in his life Dec. 20 and 21. Walsh presided over his last criminal trial before retirement. “I'm astounded how many (criminal trials) I've done in 15 years,” he said. Walsh, who hangs up his robes Jan. 3, focused on personal injury and municipal law when in private practice from 1982 to 1997. He ran for Franklin and Fulton counties' fourth judge position, which was newly created at the time, under the encouragement of colleagues and other members of the bar. After two years of retirement, he'll have opportunities to return to Franklin and Fulton counties occasionally as a senior judge.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2012
Local law-enforcement agencies and Washington County 911 dispatchers were kept busy handling more than 100 traffic accidents that were reported during a winter storm that dumped nearly 2.5 inches of ice and snow on Hagerstown and the surrounding areas Wednesday. Kevin Lewis, director at the Washington County Division of Fire and Emergency Services, said Thursday that 122 of the 911 center's 995 inbound calls on Wednesday were for traffic accidents that involved injuries or property damage.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2012
Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., LLC Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC was named as a national leader in INSIDE Public Accounting's third annual ranking of the nation's largest accounting firms, the IPA 200. INSIDE Public Accounting magazine is a news source for the tax and accounting community. The IPA 200 is one of the most comprehensive lists of its kind, and is the most current snapshot of the financial and operational health of accounting firms. The IPA 200 firms represent a large portion of the second-tier firms that have a regional presence.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2012
A Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of striking a motorcyclist with his vehicle in March on U.S. 11 and fleeing the scene waived his formal arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, according to District Attorney Matt Fogal. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, is charged with eight criminal counts, including vehicular homicide, accident involving death or personal injury and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 26, 2012
Six to seven years ago, Pam Wagner of Waynesboro was the victim of domestic violence. “I wouldn't have believed it could have happened to me,” Wagner said. “I didn't know where to turn.” When she picked up the phone and called Women in Need, the Waynesboro, Pa., woman said it was a decision that saved her life. “They gave me hope. They gave me another chance at life,” she said. Now, Wagner pays it forward - volunteering with Women in Need of Chambersburg by helping other women move from victim to survivor, just like she did. Wagner's story was one of four survivor tales told during the 20th annual Women in Need Vigil Against Violence held Thursday at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2012
A Mercersburg, Pa., man accused of hitting a motorcyclist on U.S. 11 last month and fleeing the scene waived his preliminary hearing in Franklin County (Pa.) Court Tuesday. Leon Chalmers Deardorff Jr., 29, is charged with eight criminal counts, including homicide by vehicle, accident involving death or personal injury, and accident involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed. A mandatory arraignment was scheduled for June 6 at 1 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police said that Deardorff was driving a 2002 Isuzu box truck that hit a motorcycle while crossing the intersection of U.S. 11 and Social Island Road on March 7. Keith Lee Monninger, 37, of 1286 Preston Lane, Greencastle, Pa., died in that crash.
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