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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
Newly filed court documents reveal that a request for an emergency psychiatric evaluation halted jury selection last week in a Franklin County, Pa., capital murder trial for a man accused of killing his mother. Defendant Marcus Wallace's attorneys expressed concerns about his thought processes and perceptions, asking the judge for the evaluation, according to court documents. That evaluation is scheduled for Thursday. Wallace, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the beating death of his 70-year-old mother, Consuella Wallace.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2013
A Myersville, Md., man shot several times by police in a June 2012 incident entered Washington County Circuit Court with the assistance of a walker Monday, but left a few minutes later after his case was postponed to allow a psychiatric evaluation. James Jacob Jardina, 45, is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, possession of a stolen handgun and other offenses in the June 10 incident at the park-and-ride lot on Mapleville Road off Interstate 70 near Boonsboro.
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September 29, 1999
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy who admitted fondling a little girl while her father was nearby coaching a baseball practice in June was sent to a Cumberland, Md., hospital for a psychiatric evaluation Wednesday. "I need to know the history of this boy," said Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell during the juvenile court hearing. "It's a very serious case and I have too many questions. " Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Duane Gigeous told McDowell that the incident occurred June 17 in Hagerstown.
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By MARLO BARNHART | May 26, 1999
A Clear Spring Middle School boy was found delinquent Wednesday after two classmates testified that he took a knife to school and threatened to "slice a teacher" who had taken adult magazines away from him. [cont. from front page ] A psychiatric evaluation was ordered for the 13-year-old who a School Board official said drew swastikas on his arms, brought chains to class and often had gun and knife magazines in his possession. A Maryland State Police officer testified in juvenile court Wednesday that the boy denied he threatened the teacher during an interview with him. Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell, however, said he believed the classmates who said the incident occurred April 22, two days after the Colorado school shootings in which 12 students and a teacher were killed by two teenagers.
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December 30, 2011
Man who threatened suicide in Pa. park taken into custody FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A man who was threatening to commit suicide at Caledonia State Park was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said. The 45-year-old Chambersburg man made several statements that he intended to take his own life, police said. The incident occurred between 2:30 and 5 p.m., police said. The man was voluntarily admitted to Chambersburg Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
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October 9, 1997
A 12-year-old boy who forced another youth to perform oral sex on him at knifepoint was given a suspended commitment Wednesday to the New Dominion youth facility in Allegany County, Md. Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum told Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell she was concerned because there was no indication of remorse. "A weapon was used when he forced another child to perform (oral sex) at knifepoint," Lochbaum said. She said she was mainly concerned that the boy get sex offender counseling.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | May 7, 2003
A Hagerstown man who was charged with 37 animal cruelty counts in June 2002 entered Alford pleas to some of the charges, and attorneys said he will seek psychiatric help. Kenneth M. Green Jr., 54, of 115 Wakefield Road, entered seven pleas to charges of failing to provide adequate care for animals inside his home. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction. In return for the plea, the remaining charges were dropped.
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by DON AINES | February 8, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, who was convicted of a Christmas Day 2005 stabbing in Chambersburg, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight to 20 years in state prison. Arana-Ramos, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Nov. 9, 2006, to stabbing Jacobo Blanco of Chambersburg in the throat. "Some acts are so heinous they deserve serious sanctions," Assistant District Attorney John Lisko told Judge Richard Walsh, asking for a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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By DON AINES | February 7, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, who was convicted of a Christmas Day 2005 stabbing in Chambersburg, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight to 20 years in state prison. Arana-Ramos, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Nov. 9, 2006, to stabbing Jacobo Blanco of Chambersburg in the throat. "Some acts are so heinous they deserve serious sanctions," Assistant District Attorney John Lisko told Judge Richard Walsh, asking for a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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November 3, 2000
Pa. man faces prosecution in Hancock clinic incident Probable cause was found Thursday to continue the prosecution of a Warfordsburg, Pa., man who Hancock police say pointed a loaded weapon at a woman and fired a shot inside a busy medical clinic in Hancock Sept. 26. Noble Peck, 49, of Route 2, Box 340, Warfordsburg, Pa., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He has been free on $10,000 bond.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
Newly filed court documents reveal that a request for an emergency psychiatric evaluation halted jury selection last week in a Franklin County, Pa., capital murder trial for a man accused of killing his mother. Defendant Marcus Wallace's attorneys expressed concerns about his thought processes and perceptions, asking the judge for the evaluation, according to court documents. That evaluation is scheduled for Thursday. Wallace, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the beating death of his 70-year-old mother, Consuella Wallace.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2013
A Myersville, Md., man shot several times by police in a June 2012 incident entered Washington County Circuit Court with the assistance of a walker Monday, but left a few minutes later after his case was postponed to allow a psychiatric evaluation. James Jacob Jardina, 45, is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, possession of a stolen handgun and other offenses in the June 10 incident at the park-and-ride lot on Mapleville Road off Interstate 70 near Boonsboro.
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December 30, 2011
Man who threatened suicide in Pa. park taken into custody FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A man who was threatening to commit suicide at Caledonia State Park was taken into custody without incident Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police said. The 45-year-old Chambersburg man made several statements that he intended to take his own life, police said. The incident occurred between 2:30 and 5 p.m., police said. The man was voluntarily admitted to Chambersburg Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 21, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Franklin County judge on Wednesday granted a petition calling for a mental health evaluation of the man charged in the death of a woman whose body was found April 6 in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro, Pa. Judge Douglas Herman granted the request by public defender Michael Toms for the evaluation of Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, of State Line, Pa. Miles is charged with criminal homicide in the death of...
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By JENNIFER FITCH and DON AINES | April 12, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A preliminary hearing for a man charged in the death last week of a Hagerstown woman will be delayed as he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation. Franklin County (Pa.) Public Defender Michael Toms said he filed a petition Friday with the Clerk of Courts Office seeking a psychiatric examination of Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr. of State Line, Pa. Miles, 47, is charged with criminal homicide in the slaying of 29-year-old Kristy Dawn Hoke of Hagerstown, whose body was found April 6 in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | May 20, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- A Chambersburg woman charged in the death of a man who was killed when the car she was driving was struck by a train is scheduled to stand trial in July. Helen Louise Gordon, 47, of 131 Bumbaugh Ave., is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, second offense driving under the influence, driving under the influence with an alcohol content above 0.08 percent, careless driving and disobedience to signals indicating an approaching train.
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by DON AINES | February 8, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, who was convicted of a Christmas Day 2005 stabbing in Chambersburg, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight to 20 years in state prison. Arana-Ramos, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Nov. 9, 2006, to stabbing Jacobo Blanco of Chambersburg in the throat. "Some acts are so heinous they deserve serious sanctions," Assistant District Attorney John Lisko told Judge Richard Walsh, asking for a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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By DON AINES | February 7, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, who was convicted of a Christmas Day 2005 stabbing in Chambersburg, was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight to 20 years in state prison. Arana-Ramos, 22, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Nov. 9, 2006, to stabbing Jacobo Blanco of Chambersburg in the throat. "Some acts are so heinous they deserve serious sanctions," Assistant District Attorney John Lisko told Judge Richard Walsh, asking for a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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by DON AINES | February 9, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man convicted of vandalizing a cemetery, thefts from vehicles and statutory sexual assault was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to four to eight years in state prison. Scott A. Plantz, 21, of 142 Kennedy St., also was sentenced by Judge Douglas W. Herman to four years on probation to follow his prison sentence. Plantz was arrested by Chambersburg police on May 29, 2003, after he and another man were going to different homes in the borough trying to convince the occupants to let them inside, according to court records.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | May 7, 2003
A Hagerstown man who was charged with 37 animal cruelty counts in June 2002 entered Alford pleas to some of the charges, and attorneys said he will seek psychiatric help. Kenneth M. Green Jr., 54, of 115 Wakefield Road, entered seven pleas to charges of failing to provide adequate care for animals inside his home. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction. In return for the plea, the remaining charges were dropped.
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