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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 3, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman charged with trying to bribe two witnesses connected to the case involving the shooting of West Virginia State Police trooper R.J. "Bobby" Elswick pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to suborn perjury and two counts of attempted subornation of perjury. Connie Marie Harrison, 41, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., agreed to the plea bargain during a hearing Monday morning before Circuit Court Judge David Sanders.
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January 11, 2005
Tuesday, Jan. 11 8 p.m. on HBO "A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story" At age 75, Florence Holway was raped by an intruder who was offered a plea bargain that reduced his sentence. Feeling that justice had been denied, she began a campaign that helped to bring about changes in New Hampshire law and to delay parole for her assailant. This "America Undercover" documentary chronicles her 12-year struggle. 9 p.m. on PBS "Frontline/World" The war in Iraq has been extremely dangerous for journalists, and more than 60 are said to have died as of last month.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 17, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com A defense attorney argued Friday that the murder charge pending against 26-year-old Keyston West should be dismissed because of the double jeopardy rule. West, of Louisiana, was tried and convicted last year in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on one count of killing in furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise, along with several drug-related charges. He is serving two life sentences. West and two others are accused of fatally beating 20-year-old Vatressa Miller in the summer of 1999 because they believed she was giving information about their drug activities to police.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 10, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com A judge on Friday kept copies of two photographs that depict a decomposed body so he can determine whether they should be shown to jurors during upcoming related murder trials. The photographs show how 20-year-old Vatressa Miller's body and skull looked when police found her remains in a wooded area August 10, 1999. Police believe Miller was killed three weeks earlier on July 19, 1999. In May, 2000, three people were indicted on one count each of murder in connection with Miller's death.
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by DAVID DISHNEAU | January 30, 2004
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has affirmed an order that required the city of Frederick to release to news media the "black book" documents that identified customers of a prostitution service. Robin L. Quillon, vice president and acting publisher of The Frederick News-Post, said Thursday that the ruling by the state's second-highest court "has turned back what would have otherwise been a chilling attack on our First Amendment rights. " The case concerned records of a prostitution business that city police raided in 1999.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 11, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An attorney representing the City of Martinsburg said Thursday night that Frank Idoni forfeited his right to hold public office when he pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge earlier this week. Attorney Andy Blake read aloud a section of state code that indicates such a conviction "entails a forfeiture of the office held by the person convicted, (and that person) shall be removed from office by Judgement of the court. ... " Idoni, 47, of 112 Union Ave., was elected in June 2004 as a city councilman to represent the city's Ward 5 residents.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2012
Rebecca Jean Ferguson, a former Berkeley County public school teacher, is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to eight counts of identity theft in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Ferguson, 40, of 10245 Williamsport Pike in Falling Waters, W.Va., set up eight credit card accounts using her then-14-year-old daughter's name, according to testimony at a 2 1/2-hour pretrial hearing Monday before 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes. The plea bargain calls for Wilkes to sentence Ferguson to serve a maximum of 10 years in prison.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | December 2, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., woman charged with hitting a youth pastor with her car and then driving more than two miles with him on her hood has been involuntarily committed to a Virginia hospital for mental health reasons, her attorney said. Patty Jane Moore, who was charged with one count of felony malicious wounding in the October 2002 incident, has been committed since Nov. 23 at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center against her will, attorney Jim Rich said during a court hearing Monday.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 3, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The City of Martinsburg is seeking people interested in taking over the Ward 5 City Council seat held by Frank Idoni, who has pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge and will resign. Interested residents should submit a letter of interest or resume to the city recorder's office by March 25. Mayor George Karos said Wednesday that members of the City Council will review materials from all of the applicants and then select Idoni's successor.
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March 6, 1997
By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press Writer FREDERICK, Md. - Accountant Mary Gaye Fister, deep in debt, tugged on a string tied to the trigger of a 12-gauge shotgun aimed at her head. Nothing happened. She tried again. And again. Nothing. That's when she delegated the job to her business associate. "Let's do it! Let's do it!" she said. "Larry, for the first time in your life, do something right. " "And before I knew, I had pulled the trigger," Lawrence H. Goldman recounted in court Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | Kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
Surrounded by a phalanx of legislators and death penalty opponents, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that his office will make a firm push to repeal the death penalty in the state this legislative session. “The death penalty is expensive and it does not work. And for that reason alone, I believe we should stop doing it,” O'Malley said at a press conference at the Senate Office Building where he was joined by Benjamin Jealous, the president and the CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2012
Rebecca Jean Ferguson, a former Berkeley County public school teacher, is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to eight counts of identity theft in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Ferguson, 40, of 10245 Williamsport Pike in Falling Waters, W.Va., set up eight credit card accounts using her then-14-year-old daughter's name, according to testimony at a 2 1/2-hour pretrial hearing Monday before 23rd Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes. The plea bargain calls for Wilkes to sentence Ferguson to serve a maximum of 10 years in prison.
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by CANDICE BOSLEY | June 28, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. martinsburg@herald-mail.com Kristy Dyroff pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a misdemeanor count of false swearing and resigned as a Berkeley County magistrate, but later disputed a statement by the county's prosecutor that she resigned in disgrace. Dyroff, who served as a magistrate since 2000, was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs. Five other charges filed against her - forgery of a public document, uttering, destruction of a public document, intimidation by fraudulent process and fraudulent process - were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 16, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - After accepting a plea bargain Tuesday in which he pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence and in which a charge of simple possession of marijuana was dismissed, former Martinsburg High School football standout Brandon Barrett said he was sorry for his actions. "I'd just like to apologize to my family and the university for this mistake," Barrett, 20, said after the hearing. "I would just like to move on, continue going to school and put this behind me. " Barrett, who is a second-semester freshman at West Virginia University, said he expects to play football for the Mountaineers in the upcoming season, likely as a wide receiver.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | March 3, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The City of Martinsburg is seeking people interested in taking over the Ward 5 City Council seat held by Frank Idoni, who has pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge and will resign. Interested residents should submit a letter of interest or resume to the city recorder's office by March 25. Mayor George Karos said Wednesday that members of the City Council will review materials from all of the applicants and then select Idoni's successor.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 11, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An attorney representing the City of Martinsburg said Thursday night that Frank Idoni forfeited his right to hold public office when he pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge earlier this week. Attorney Andy Blake read aloud a section of state code that indicates such a conviction "entails a forfeiture of the office held by the person convicted, (and that person) shall be removed from office by Judgement of the court. ... " Idoni, 47, of 112 Union Ave., was elected in June 2004 as a city councilman to represent the city's Ward 5 residents.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 29, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Saying it is the best solution for the community as a whole, a Circuit Court judge on Friday accepted a plea bargain that allowed Kirk Grantham to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter. Grantham, 27, of Martinsburg, was sentenced to serve three years in prison, but was to be immediately released because of good behavior. Grantham was charged with beating and shooting Marvin Redman, 35, on June 15, 2003, in the parking lot of Capital Heights, an apartment complex outside of Martinsburg.
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January 11, 2005
Tuesday, Jan. 11 8 p.m. on HBO "A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story" At age 75, Florence Holway was raped by an intruder who was offered a plea bargain that reduced his sentence. Feeling that justice had been denied, she began a campaign that helped to bring about changes in New Hampshire law and to delay parole for her assailant. This "America Undercover" documentary chronicles her 12-year struggle. 9 p.m. on PBS "Frontline/World" The war in Iraq has been extremely dangerous for journalists, and more than 60 are said to have died as of last month.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | December 1, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com After some hesitation, a man charged with driving the getaway car in connection with the March 14 shooting death of Jonathan M. Dennis accepted a plea bargain Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact. Victor Lawrence Anderson, 26, whose last known address before his arrest was 40 W. 115th St., New York City, was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to serve a three-year state prison sentence.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 3, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman charged with trying to bribe two witnesses connected to the case involving the shooting of West Virginia State Police trooper R.J. "Bobby" Elswick pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to suborn perjury and two counts of attempted subornation of perjury. Connie Marie Harrison, 41, of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., agreed to the plea bargain during a hearing Monday morning before Circuit Court Judge David Sanders.
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