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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 26, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Fearing a staff exodus to higher-paying jobs, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely received permission Thursday to give assistant prosecutors raises nearly four times what other county employees can get. Two of Berkeley County's six assistant prosecutors left this month for jobs in Jefferson County - Gina Groh to be a prosecutor, and Hassan Rasheed to be a public defender. Three other prosecutors "have job offers on the table" and a seventh position is open, Games-Neely told the Berkeley County Commission.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 16, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Gina Marie Groh, an assistant prosecuting attorney in Jefferson and Berkeley counties since 1998, has been appointed by Gov. Joe Manchin to the new judgeship for the Eastern Panhandle's 23rd Judicial Circuit. Manchin announced the 42-year-old attorney's appointment Friday in conjunction with filling two vacancies in the 4th and 9th circuits. "After a very thorough selection process and careful consideration, I am pleased to announce the appointment of three individuals who will be outstanding additions to the quality pool of jurists we're fortunate to have leading West Virginia's legal system," Manchin said in a press release.
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By DON AINES | February 9, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After initial DNA tests failed to provide a match, the Franklin County District Attorney's last week petitioned the court for a second set of tests on a man charged with raping a woman last year on the Appalachian Trail. Terry A. Boose, 33, of Gardners, Pa., also was charged with involuntary sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and simple assault in an attack on a 28-year-old Delaware woman last June on a remote section of trail in Quincy Township.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | August 15, 2006
Brandon Morris' defense attorneys' contention that the Maryland death penalty method by lethal injection is "cruel and unusual punishment" is a "premature" argument, Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong said in a response to one of about 50 motions defense attorneys filed in late July. Prosecutors on Friday filed responses to the motions filed July 28 by defense attorneys for Brandon Morris, 20, an inmate who faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 26 shooting of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | February 3, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com The trial of a man charged in the shooting death of a New Jersey man on North Jonathan Street in 2002 began in Washington County Circuit Court Monday with the prosecution's witnesses disagreeing on what clothes the shooter was wearing, but agreeing that the man's build fit that of the defendant. Karim Ali Ward, 28, whose last address before his arrest was 1725 Springhouse Court, Frederick, Md., is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and several handgun charges in the Dec. 14, 2002, death of Carl Anthony Wallace, 28, of Asbury Park, N.J. In his opening statement, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Michael told the jury of eight women and four men that six people were gathered in front of 466 N. Jonathan St. in the early morning hours when the shooting occurred.
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January 25, 2012
Editor's note: This is another in a series of Eastern Panhandle candidate previews that The Herald-Mail will be running over the next several months. The announcements also will be posted on our website, www.herald-mail.com, through the West Virginia primary on May 8. To submit announcements, email them and a color photo (preferably a jpeg) to billk@herald-mail.com or matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com. Any questions? Call 301-791-7281. Jefferson County Prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti has announced his candidacy for a second four-year term.
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November 30, 1999
The popularity of forensic television shows worries some prosecutors, who fear jurors will expect that DNA and fingerprint evidence will be collected with the same precision as it is on TV. Read the full story in Tuesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2010
A letter released Wednesday confirms that a complaint about a Washington County election robocall has been sent to the Office of the State Prosecutor. However, there’s no indication that the prosecutor’s office will take the case. Elizabeth Paul, chairwoman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee, had asked the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to investigate the robocall because of a questions about who authorized it and whether a state law was broken.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 4, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The state's case against a former volunteer firefighter accused of starting a fire in which another volunteer firefighter was injured can proceed as indicted, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely said Thursday. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia filed a decision on Thursday granting the prosecutor's petition for a writ of prohibition in the state's case against James L. Blackford III, according to Jennifer Bundy, the high court's public information officer.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 18, 2011
The Berkeley County Council Thursday voted 4-1 to give Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely enough money to hire an additional prosecutor as part of the county's fiscal 2012 budget. Council member Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci voted against the addition of $64,870 in salary and benefits to Games-Neely's budget because the funding is to be taken from the county's operations account. Council members later this month are set to approve a $24.5 million budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The current budget stands at $25.4 million, up from $23.1 million at the start of the fiscal year on July 1, 2010, according to County Administrator Deborah Hammond.
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