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by PEPPER BALLARD | May 12, 2006
Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion received a 2005 Governor's Victim Assistance Award last week during a ceremony in Annapolis. Cirincion, who has been a prosecutor in Washington County since 1994, was nominated for the award by the county State's Attorney's Office's Victim Witness Unit, said Jill Ritter, the unit's director. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. presented 27 people and five organizations "for their unselfish devotion to crime victims in Maryland" during a luncheon, sponsored by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services, according to the Maryland Web site.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 29, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - A Washington County prosecutor advocated in Annapolis on Wednesday for a new charge and penalties for people who drive dangerously while trying to flee. Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap spoke in favor of a bill to include certain dangerous driving as "conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another. " Dangerous driving would be reckless endangerment if it's "to avoid or attempt to avoid being detained by a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of an official duty while the officer is on foot" or "when being pursued on foot by an individual acting in defense of a person or property.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | August 2, 2006
It happened years ago, but attorney Jerry Joyce still remembers the day he was at a motorcycle swap meet, where riders traded parts and talked about their bikes and how to make them run right. It was a lot of fun, until three motorcycle gang members came in and saw someone they didn't like. Joyce said they proceeded to beat him in the head with sticks, each blow making a horrible cracking noise. The victim somehow managed to get up and run from his attackers, one of whom pulled out a gun and shot him. Fortunately, the man survived, but Joyce said that the experience showed him that there are truly evil people in the world.
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October 8, 2009
Of the nine Roxbury Correctional Institution officers charged with second-degree assault in connection with a March 2008 assault on an inmate, the fate of only one remains unknown. A trial for Scott Boozel, 28, ended June 16 with a hung jury, and a judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors have not decided whether to retry Boozel, according to Raquel Guillory, director of communications for the Office of the Attorney General. Prosecutors in June dropped a second-degree assault charge against Reginald Martin, 38. Two of the officers, Timothy Mellott, 23, and Lucas Kelly, 29, who now lives in Wyoming, agreed to testify against their former colleagues as part of a plea agreement.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 23, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr. and his opponent, private attorney Jerry Joyce, have stood on opposite sides of the courtroom for years. And in their race for the same job, the lawyers agree on little. Strong, 59, a Republican incumbent, and Joyce, 58, a Democrat, will face off Nov. 7 in the general election. The state's attorney job pays $100,350 a year. Strong was appointed to the position in 2004 when M. Kenneth Long Jr. was appointed to a judgeship in Washington County District Court.
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By DAVE McMILLION | October 24, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A case involving the former director of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management who is charged with receiving more than $3,600 in fraudulently obtained money might be resolved through a plea agreement, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Special prosecutor Dan James said he has been talking with Darrell Penwell's attorney and there could be a deal worked out where Penwell could enter a plea to a lesser misdemeanor charge. Under the possible deal, Penwell would pay back the full amount of money, James said.
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July 13, 2006
Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr., a Republican, has filed to retain the position to which he was appointed in 2004. Strong, 59, of 1423 The Terrace in Hagerstown, was appointed county state's attorney by the county's Circuit Court judges in July 2004 after former State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. was appointed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich to a District judgeship. Strong said he has felt "privileged" to serve as state's attorney and hopes to continue serving the county's citizens.
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January 9, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Angela Rosenberry Krom is expected to announce her candidacy at noon Monday for Judge of the 39th District of the Court of Common Pleas at the American Legion in McConnellsburg, Pa., and at 5 p.m. at the Franklin Fire Hall in Chambersburg. The campaign also will include a "kickoff" event Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad Building. Krom is a prosecutor with the Franklin County District Attorney's Office, where she has been employed full time since 1996.
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December 19, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 22 shooting death of a friend was sentenced to 12 months in jail Friday, the maximum allowed by law, said Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely. Michael Andrew Neely, 43, who is confined to a wheelchair, will serve his time in either the Northern Regional Jail or Central Regional Jail because the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg is not equipped to handle handicapped inmates, Games-Neely said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | April 6, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong Jr. announced his bid for election Wednesday to keep his job as the county's head prosecutor, a position to which he was appointed in 2004. Strong, 59, made the public announcement Wednesday morning in front of family, friends and colleagues outside Washington County Courthouse. Supporters held large campaign bumper stickers that flapped in the wind as Strong spoke about his close ties to the community and how he plans to "make this a better, safer place to raise children.
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