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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 1, 2002
julieg@herald-mail.com Sentencing was delayed Wednesday for two Hagerstown teenagers charged in a series of strong-arm robberies that began in the city late last year. A Hagerstown man and three male juveniles were charged in March in connection with one or more of nine strong-arm robberies that began in November 2001 and continued to March 1, Hagerstown City Police said. The four were friends who trolled the city streets looking for vulnerable people to rob, police have said.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | July 31, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Attorney Michael Toms will shutter his private Franklin County practice next month to become the county's new public defender. The Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday announced Toms as their choice to replace Robert Trambley, who left the position in late April. Toms will officially take over Aug. 15. As public defender, Toms will handle the most complex cases and oversee a staff of four full-time assistant public defenders and one part-timer, said Doug Price, Human Services division leader.
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April 19, 2001
Man charged with threatening judge By MARLO BARNHART marlob@herald-mail.com A man charged Wednesday with verbally threatening a Washington County Circuit judge who detained his son moments earlier has been jailed on $125,000 bond. Charles Edward Southard Jr., 36, of 537 Ridge Ave., could face up to three years in jail and/or a $2,500 fine if convicted of the charge of threatening a public official, a misdemeanor. The charge was brought by Hagerstown City Police Officer Steve Magaha who was seated outside Courtroom 3 Wednesday waiting for a case to be called in Washington County Juvenile Court, according to court records.
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February 28, 2001
Man sentenced in daughter's rape By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Philadelphia man charged with raping his 13-year-old daughter was sentenced in Franklin County Court Wednesday to from 10 to 20 years in the State Correctional Institution, the maximum penalty he could receive. "Frankly, the statements you have made may be an explanation, but they are no excuse. You are here to be sentenced, to be punished," said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn.
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October 16, 2000
Shoplifting plea brings suspended sentence By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer A Hagerstown woman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for stealing two Sony PlayStation games from Ames Department Store. Jodi Marie Faith, 24, of North Mulberry Street, was given a 30-day suspended sentence in the Washington County Detention Center by Judge John H. McDowell. McDowell said previous difficulties Faith had with substance abuse and an abusive relationship with the father of two of her children may have contributed to her actions.
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By DON AINES | November 22, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Centralized preliminary hearings and armed probation officers were two items discussed Friday as the Franklin County Board of Commissioners continued work on the 2000 budget. cont. from news page The county's six district justices now hold preliminary hearings at their offices around the county, requiring police to drive jailed defendants from Franklin County Prison in Chambersburg to as far away as Mercersburg, Pa., about 25 miles. Court Administrator William Sheaffer, said having hearings in the courthouse will cut transportation costs.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | November 2, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man has been charged with the Monday night shooting of his brother-in-law following a dispute over rent, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. cont. from front page Joseph G. Hendrickson, 25, of 902 N. Third St., was charged with malicious wounding and released on $2,500 bond, police said. His brother-in-law, Christopher Custer, 28, of the same address, was listed in good condition at City Hospital on Tuesday after being shot in the chest, according to Martinsburg City Police and a hospital spokeswoman.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | November 17, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Wisconsin man who was found guilty in a 1997 shooting that left three men wounded will face between 21 and 65 years in prison under a sentence handed down Monday, officials said. Patrick Carr, 53, of Minocquan, Wis., was found guilty in September of three counts of malicious wounding and one count of first-degree sexual assault in the July 27, 1997 shooting near the Harpers Ferry Flea Market. Carr will face between two and 10 years in prison for each of the malicious wounding charges and between 15 and 35 years for the sexual assault charge, said public defender Andy Arnold.
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September 25, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Alan Newell met with his attorney Wednesday for about an hour as his Friday preliminary hearing approaches on charges that he kidnapped and murdered his niece, 7-year-old Jessica Lynn Newell. Berkeley County Public Defender Aaron Amore was appointed Wednesday by Circuit Judge Thomas Steptoe to represent Michael Newell, who was arrested Monday by West Virginia State Police. Police and scores of FBI agents were involved in the investigation, which began following the disappearance of the Baker Heights girl from Pikeside Bowl last Thursday.
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September 4, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer An investigator with the Washington County Public Defender's office was charged Wednesday with illegal drug possession after he allegedly bought crack cocaine from an undercover drug agent, according to court records. Bruce Scott Gilbert, 33, of 706 S. Samuel St., Charles Town, W.Va., was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was released on personal recognizance, Washington County District Court records said. On Tuesday, Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents charged Ruki Kareem Medley with attempted distribution of illegal drugs.
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