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July 23, 2012
The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters, who was found guilty in 2007 of practicing medicine and counseling without a license, failed to abide by the terms of her probation, attorneys said Monday. Susan R. Crites, who was placed on three years of probation in 2008 in lieu of an 18-month jail sentence, failed to get counseling and also failed to pay about $945 in court costs, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. In a hearing Monday, Crites, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was released from further probation supervision, but the unpaid court costs were ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III to be converted into a civil judgment against her. Chief Public Defender Deborah A. Lawson told Silver that Crites abided by the terms of her probation otherwise.
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NEWS
June 18, 2012
The House of Representatives voted Monday to approve legislation authored by Rep. Todd Rock that would allow school districts in Pennsylvania to retain school resource officers (SROs) such as municipal police officers, as well as probation personnel, who are experienced in juvenile issues. Rock, R-Franklin, said in a news release that under current state law, school districts are not permitted to use taxpayer funds to contract with local police departments or county probation offices in order to have their personnel keep regular hours and interact with school personnel.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION and DON AINES | davem@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday gave a Smithsburg man a three-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution in connection with the theft of 200 pounds of copper wire from a Potomac Edison substation last year that caused about $8,000 in damages, according to court records. Judge W. Kennedy Boone III also placed Michael Steven Bray, 31, on three-years' probation. Bray was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary Tuesday.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2012
A Shepherd University student was placed on probation for his role in the December 2010 shooting of a 16-year-old boy in the genitals with a BB gun. Mason D. Jones, 21, of Martinsburg, entered an Alford plea to one count of battery. By entering an Alford plea, Jones did not admit guilt, but he acknowledged there was sufficient evidence for the prosecution to gain a conviction. A one-year jail sentence was suspended by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, who placed Jones on probation for five years and ordered the Shepherd sophomore to complete 200 hours of community service.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2012
A 45-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to two felony charges of gross child neglect for her alleged role in the starvation of two young children in 2010. Karen Sue Boback, who now lives in Hagerstown, was placed on probation for five years in lieu of what would have amounted to a two- to 10-year prison sentence, which was suspended by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. Boback also was fined $1,000 and must register with the child abuse registry for 10 years.
NEWS
April 20, 2012
Hagerstown Police were looking Friday for two men wanted for parole/probation violations. Anthony Leroy Huse, 19, is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He has a history of theft charges. John Daniel Mumma, 40, is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. He has a history of assault and drug charges. Police ask anyone who knows the whereabouts of these men to call 911 or the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
A Smithsburg woman charged with administering a fatal drug overdose to her boyfriend last year entered an Alford plea to an involuntary manslaughter chargeĀ  Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Chasity Dawn Kline, 34, of 12804 Bikle Road, to 10 years in prison, with all of it suspended except for the 349 days she has served in the Washington County Detention Center since her arrest in April 2011. Dwyer also ordered Kline to spend three years on supervised probation, abstain from drugs and alcohol, submit to random drug testing and take part in any treatment programs recommended by her probation officer.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
A Garrett County, Md., attorney accused of setting a fire at the Martinsburg law firm where she once worked and threatening to bomb a nearby insurance business has agreed to enter no-contest pleas to felony charges in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Ashley R. Shreve, 30, of Oakland, Md., would be convicted of second-degree arson and conveying a false bomb threat if 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes accepts a plea agreement reached between Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely's office and J. Michael Cassell, the defendant's attorney.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 12, 2011
A Berkeley County man accused of threatening to harm a West Virginia state trooper and his son with a chain saw at their home in October 2010 was sentenced Monday to five years of probation. A jury in October found Ralph L. Mason, 49, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., guilty of single misdemeanor counts of brandishing a deadly weapon, assault on a government representative and obstructing. Mason was found not guilty on one count of assault. On Monday, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh suspended consecutive jail sentences for each conviction, which totaled 30 months, and agreed to allow Mason to be released from Eastern Regional Jail next Monday.
NEWS
October 27, 2011
The Washington County Parole and Probation Office will be holding a meeting of certain registered sex offenders on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to a news release. The required gathering is scheduled to coincide with Halloween and trick-or-treat activities in most communities, the release said. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the parole and probation office by providing assistance with a location and staffing, the release said.
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