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By MARLO BARNHART | November 7, 1998
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Friday "trimmed up" the lawsuit filed in July by the former executive director of the Hagerstown-owned ice rink who is claiming breach of contract, defamation, slander of credit, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Walter E. Dill Sr. is seeking a total of $2.3 million - the value of the ice rink - in compensatory and punitive damages from the Washington County Sports Foundation Inc., according to a civil suit filed in Washington County Circuit Court July 11. Friday Judge Kennedy Boone granted the foundation's motion to dismiss Dill's petition for injunctive relief.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld most of a $151,000 jury award against a Williamsport man sued by his neighbors for shooting two of their pet dogs. In 2010, a Washington County Circuit Court jury awarded damages to three families who had sued Jeffrey Lynn Hurd of 11845 Camden Road. Hurd was sued by Eric and Mary Haberkorn, Arthur and Sonja Perschuk, and James and Renee Rudolph for intentional infliction of emotional distress and nuisance claims for the shooting of the Pereschuks' dog in 2007 and the Rudolphs' dog in 2008, as well as allegations of spying and other harassing activities by Hurd over a period of years.
NEWS
December 24, 2002
United Way's campaign chair thanks volunteers The the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the recently completed Washington County United Way campaign. Once again a group of dedicated volunteers in our community stepped forward and donated their time and talents to raise funds for the 21 member agencies of our United Way. The $1.6 million we collected will allow these agencies to continue to provide the services that improve the quality of life for everyone in Washington County.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 29, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A jury in Jefferson County Circuit Court this week awarded a former county planning commissioner more than $50,000 in damages in a malicious prosecution lawsuit he filed against three developers. The verdict in favor of Todd Baldau of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was announced Wednesday by Baldau's attorney, David M. Hammer. "These particular developers and their counsel devised a scheme to intimidate public officials into approving their housing developments without regard to traffic safety or availability of emergency services," Hammer said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 18, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A lawsuit filed this week against three West Virginia State Police officers alleges they unlawfully entered a man's house two years ago, causing the man to suffer rib fractures. The suit, filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleges that the officers, Michael Cole, Richard Shockey and Frederick Hammack, were not invited into the home of Raymond L. Shorb I and did not have "any legal justification for entry.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 19, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com CASCADE -A past tenant of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base alleges in an amended federal lawsuit that the PenMar Development Corp. overcharged it $1.9 million in rent, which was part of a "fraudulent scheme" to discriminate against and bankrupt the tenant. The amended suit, filed earlier this month by Role Models America Inc., seeks $167.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages. That's less than the $304.5 million it sought in the original suit, which was filed in January 2004.
NEWS
September 4, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two people in their 60s injured during a scuffle at War Memorial Park two summers ago have sued the others involved in the scuffle, seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory damages. Martinsburg attorney Laura Rose filed the lawsuit Aug. 20 on behalf of Robert Everhart, now 70 years old, and Elizabeth James, now 68. Those named as defendants are: Danny Lee Wise, of Martinsburg, who was 18 years old at the time; his girlfriend, Tracy Workman, who was 16 years old at the time; Wise's mother; and Workman's parents, listed as John Doe I and John Doe II. Rose said she was not sure of their names.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | May 28, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A second lawsuit has been filed against Shepherdstown Police Department Officer Chris Roper, this time over a woman's 2004 arrest. According to the suit, Roper and another officer lunged at Molly Humphreys Aguilar, causing her to hit her head on a car. The suit, filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, claims she was slammed facedown on a sidewalk and was taken from the scene in an ambulance for treatment of her injuries. Besides Roper, the suit also names Scott Patrick Reagan, who was working at the time for the police department, former Shepherdstown Police Chief Charles C. Cole Sr. and the police department as defendants.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | August 14, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man claims he was fired from his job as manager of the Radio Shack store in the Martinsburg Mall because of his age, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court. In the suit, filed July 29 against Fort Worth, Texas-based Tandy Corp., Paul N. Maginnis alleges age discrimination not only in his firing but in other cases, according to court records. In his case, Maginnis claims he was "regarded as a successful manager" until he was fired March 20, at the age of 52, and replaced by a person in his or her 20s with less experience and fewer qualifications, according to court records.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | June 19, 2000
A Hagerstown man who was led away from his son's Little League game in handcuffs is suing the City of Hagerstown for the arrest and subsequent charges, which were later dropped. Ricky Alan Hockensmith said the ordeal caused him "severe emotional distress" and "public humiliation and embarrassment," according to the suit filed Friday in Washington County Circuit Court. Named in the lawsuit are Hagerstown Police Officers Steve Cromer and Wayne L. Hose, then-National Little League President Kelly Cromer and Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. None of the defendants could be reached for comment.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld most of a $151,000 jury award against a Williamsport man sued by his neighbors for shooting two of their pet dogs. In 2010, a Washington County Circuit Court jury awarded damages to three families who had sued Jeffrey Lynn Hurd of 11845 Camden Road. Hurd was sued by Eric and Mary Haberkorn, Arthur and Sonja Perschuk, and James and Renee Rudolph for intentional infliction of emotional distress and nuisance claims for the shooting of the Pereschuks' dog in 2007 and the Rudolphs' dog in 2008, as well as allegations of spying and other harassing activities by Hurd over a period of years.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 29, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A jury in Jefferson County Circuit Court this week awarded a former county planning commissioner more than $50,000 in damages in a malicious prosecution lawsuit he filed against three developers. The verdict in favor of Todd Baldau of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was announced Wednesday by Baldau's attorney, David M. Hammer. "These particular developers and their counsel devised a scheme to intimidate public officials into approving their housing developments without regard to traffic safety or availability of emergency services," Hammer said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | May 28, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A second lawsuit has been filed against Shepherdstown Police Department Officer Chris Roper, this time over a woman's 2004 arrest. According to the suit, Roper and another officer lunged at Molly Humphreys Aguilar, causing her to hit her head on a car. The suit, filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, claims she was slammed facedown on a sidewalk and was taken from the scene in an ambulance for treatment of her injuries. Besides Roper, the suit also names Scott Patrick Reagan, who was working at the time for the police department, former Shepherdstown Police Chief Charles C. Cole Sr. and the police department as defendants.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 19, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com CASCADE -A past tenant of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base alleges in an amended federal lawsuit that the PenMar Development Corp. overcharged it $1.9 million in rent, which was part of a "fraudulent scheme" to discriminate against and bankrupt the tenant. The amended suit, filed earlier this month by Role Models America Inc., seeks $167.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages. That's less than the $304.5 million it sought in the original suit, which was filed in January 2004.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | July 18, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A lawsuit filed this week against three West Virginia State Police officers alleges they unlawfully entered a man's house two years ago, causing the man to suffer rib fractures. The suit, filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleges that the officers, Michael Cole, Richard Shockey and Frederick Hammack, were not invited into the home of Raymond L. Shorb I and did not have "any legal justification for entry.
NEWS
December 24, 2002
United Way's campaign chair thanks volunteers The the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the recently completed Washington County United Way campaign. Once again a group of dedicated volunteers in our community stepped forward and donated their time and talents to raise funds for the 21 member agencies of our United Way. The $1.6 million we collected will allow these agencies to continue to provide the services that improve the quality of life for everyone in Washington County.
NEWS
September 4, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two people in their 60s injured during a scuffle at War Memorial Park two summers ago have sued the others involved in the scuffle, seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory damages. Martinsburg attorney Laura Rose filed the lawsuit Aug. 20 on behalf of Robert Everhart, now 70 years old, and Elizabeth James, now 68. Those named as defendants are: Danny Lee Wise, of Martinsburg, who was 18 years old at the time; his girlfriend, Tracy Workman, who was 16 years old at the time; Wise's mother; and Workman's parents, listed as John Doe I and John Doe II. Rose said she was not sure of their names.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 24, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County Commissioners Vice President Paul Swartz asked The Herald-Mail last week to sue the county to force disclosure of the amount it paid former Economic Development Commission Director John Howard, becoming the second commissioner to ask the newspaper to take legal action over the issue. "I would suggest that the paper sue," Swartz said. On Wednesday, Commissioner William Wivell said the paper should ask the court for a legal opinion on the matter.
NEWS
August 16, 2000
7-Eleven clerk files suit over his lost job Staff and wire services MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney for a clerk who was fired after foiling an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven said Wednesday the world believes his client is a hero, even if the company does not. Paul Taylor of Martinsburg represents Antonio Feliciano in a lawsuit filed this week seeking $105,000. Lloyd Scott, loss prevention manager at 7-Eleven's Chesapeake division, said Feliciano was fired for violating store policy and was "overly aggressive.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | June 19, 2000
A Hagerstown man who was led away from his son's Little League game in handcuffs is suing the City of Hagerstown for the arrest and subsequent charges, which were later dropped. Ricky Alan Hockensmith said the ordeal caused him "severe emotional distress" and "public humiliation and embarrassment," according to the suit filed Friday in Washington County Circuit Court. Named in the lawsuit are Hagerstown Police Officers Steve Cromer and Wayne L. Hose, then-National Little League President Kelly Cromer and Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. None of the defendants could be reached for comment.
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