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June 2, 2011
Preliminary hearings were postponed Thursday for two men charged in the death of Vickie E. Clem and the stabbing of her husband in a violent burglary last week at the couple's Falling Waters, W.Va., area home. Both Joshua L. Stitley, 32, of Hancock and Roy L. Wisotzkey, 33, of Hagerstown are charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and malicious assault, according to court documents. Stitley is Clem's son. In court on Thursday, both defendants separately waived their right to have a preliminary hearing on the charges within 10 days of their incarceration.
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by DON AINES | January 4, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged by Chambersburg police with setting two fires in the borough waived his preliminary hearings in both cases Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Robert J. Smith, 27, formerly of 270 S. Main St., Apt. 3, is charged with first-degree felony arson for a fire set on the afternoon of Dec. 27 at Person Directed Supports Inc., 978 Lincoln Way East. He also was charged by borough police with second-degree felony arson and a third-degree felony charge of causing or risking a catastrophe in a Nov. 6 fire in his apartment.
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by DON AINES | February 28, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Five people charged with using red and blue lights to pull over an off-duty police officer waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Pennsylvania State Police charged the five with impersonating a public servant and criminal conspiracy to impersonate a public servant in the December incident in Quincy Township. They were scheduled for mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court on April 4, according to the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
November 2, 2000
Court to hear untaxed smokes case Two New York residents who were charged in Washington County last month with having nearly 20,000 packs of untaxed cigarettes appeared for preliminary hearings Wednesday in Washington County District Court. Probable cause was found to try the cases of Hua Shan Yu, 38, of New York City, and Xiao Ming Li, 48, of Brooklyn, N.Y. They are charged with possession and transportation of unstamped cigarettes, court records said. In early October, the Maryland Comptroller's office learned of a large purchase of untaxed cigarettes in Virginia during a surveillance operation, according to court records.
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January 27, 2001
Franklin County judges to consolidate hearings By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tuesdays will soon be known as "Court Day" in Franklin County. Beginning Tuesday, and on that day every week thereafter, preliminary hearings for routine criminal cases will be heard in a central court on the third floor of the Franklin County Courthouse. The proceedings will begin at 9 a.m. and will run all day if necessary. Historically, preliminary hearings have been held in the offices of the six district justices in the county where the crimes occurred.
NEWS
January 10, 2009
ST. THOMAS, Pa. -- Three men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery Thursday night at the St. Thomas ball fields in Franklin County, Pa., according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release. Jason Rogers and Chadwyn Rogers, both of St. Thomas, were charged with one count each of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and theft, police said. Jason Eugene Benedict of Lemasters, Pa., was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit theft, police said.
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January 30, 2001
New court system termed 'success' By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County's new central court system for preliminary hearings was an "unqualified success," said William Sheaffer, court administrator and chief architect of the new system. "It went as well as we could have hoped," he said. The court will be held every Tuesday in the Franklin County Courthouse. Before Tuesday, the county's six district justices held preliminary hearings in criminal cases in their own offices, which are spread throughout the county.
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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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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
A scheduled preliminary hearing  Thursday  for a Martinsburg man charged in the Aug. 21 slaying of his wife has been postponed to give his newly appointed attorney time to review the case, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said. Rickie L. Greenfield Jr., 29, of Pendleton Drive, is being held with bond on one count of first degree murder in the death of Jill Greenfield, 29, of the same address.  Greenfield was due to appear before Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington for the preliminary hearing.
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June 14, 2013
A Hagerstown man charged in a fatal vehicle crash in October 2012 that killed his brother and left another man paralyzed waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.  Timothy Lee Kegarise, 33, is charged with single felony counts of driving under the influence with death and destruction of property, and one misdemeanor count of DUI with injury. Kegarise's brother, Thomas L. Kegarise, also of Hagerstown, died in the Oct. 11 crash on Hedgesville Road, which is also W.Va.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
Witnesses to a fatal shooting Oct. 22, 2012, in the borough of Chambersburg took the stand in court Wednesday to describe the chaos that night. Three people who were inside an East King Street home when Victor Hugo Campos-Olguin died testified during a preliminary hearing for Jason C. Shauf, 38, of Sollenberger Road west of Chambersburg. Shauf is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and multiple counts of kidnapping, unlawful restraint, robbery and conspiracy.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 17, 2012
A Fulton County, Pa., woman accused of sickening her boyfriend with eyedrops waived her preliminary hearing Monday. Vickie Jo Mills, 33, appeared in court and waived her preliminary hearing, Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott said. A date was not immediately set for mandatory arraignment, Mellott said. Mills, of 18250 Great Cove Road in Ayr Township, Pa., is charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated assault, 10 misdemeanor counts of simple assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2012
A Fort Loudon, Pa., man charged with endangering the welfare of his 1-year-old son waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Timothy John Gladhill, 21, of 396 Mullen St., is charged with endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy endangering the welfare of children - both felonies - in an incident that occurred July 15. Mandatory arraignment for Gladhill is scheduled for Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., according to his attorney, Todd Sponseller.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2012
A West Virginia man was drunk when he was arrested Monday near two schools while running in desert camouflage with an AR-15 training rifle, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday. William Everett Alemar's blood-alcohol content was 0.213 percent, Games-Neely said. The state legal limit for motorists is 0.08 percent. Alemar, 23, of Martinsburg, was charged with committing a terroristic act and wearing body armor while committing a felony offense, according to police and court records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 16, 2012
A woman who is accused of risking injury to her 3-week-old child when police say she drove a car past railroad crossing gates and was struck by a train is due to appear in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Katie Rose Stone, 21, of 154 Gail Drive in Martinsburg, is charged with one felony count of child neglect creating the risk of injury, according to court documents. Stone, her husband, Timothy R. Stone, and the infant were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg after the Nissan Altima in which they were traveling was struck by a CSX train Aug. 6 at the Tavern Road railroad crossing, police have said.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
A man on home detention was arrested this week on allegations that he and a woman were selling drugs from their home, according to Washington County District Court records. Asaler L. Pointer, 41, and Tiffany Ann Mowery, 31, of 13813 Village Mill Drive, were arrested Monday after Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents conducted a search of the house. The search was based on sales of cocaine to a confidential informant, the statement of probable cause said. Pointer and Mowery each are charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of narcotics, cocaine possession and firearms violations.
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