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By DON AINES | | September 4, 2012
A Rohrersville man was being held on $350,000 bond Tuesday, accused of shooting two vehicles with an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle Saturday morning, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Kirk Ivan Kline, 30, of 20326 Locust Grove Road, is charged in two separate incidents - one at his home and a second outside a house in the 6300 block of Clevelandtown Road in Boonsboro, Washington County District Court records said. Kline is charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, seven counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of malicious destruction of property in the incidents, court records said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 27, 2012
A man who was shot Saturday by a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy was armed with what appeared to be a rifle and was holding a knife to a woman's neck outside a Falling Waters, W.Va., residence in a tense confrontation that ended in gunfire, police said Monday. Raymond Wallace II, 23, was shot once in the hip by sheriff's deputy Ralph Pierce, who fired his weapon four times, police said. Warrants charging Wallace with kidnapping, attempted robbery, attempted arson and second-degree sexual assault were issued Saturday, police said.  Wallace, who was flown to a Washington, D.C.-area hospital for treatment, now faces extradition back to Berkeley County to be arraigned on the charges, police said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 20, 2012
An Army National Guardsman who was carrying a training rifle and wearing military desert camouflage and a ballistic vest was arrested Monday morning after he was spotted running near two Martinsburg schools, police and military officials said. Monday was the first day of classes for the 2012-13 school year in Berkeley County. William Everett Alemar, 23, of 1013 S. Raleigh St., Apt. 3 in Martinsburg, was charged with committing a terroristic act and wearing body armor while committing a felony offense, according to police and court records.
July 31, 2012
A Mercersburg man was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital on Monday after he accidentally shot himself at his Peters Township home, Pennsylvania State Police said. Police said Robert E. Pine, 40, of Dickies Road, went into his laundry room to grab a 22-caliber rifle to shoot a groundhog that was on his property about 11:20 a.m. While grabbing the loaded rifle, it discharged and struck Pine in the left shoulder, police said. The injury was considered nonlife-threatening, and he was flown out as a precautionary measure, police said.
January 19, 2012
A Hagerstown man with prior criminal convictions was arrested after police found 18 rifles and shotguns at his house, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Kenneth Eugene Butts III, 39, of 14713 Daley Road, was known by police to have prior criminal convictions that prohibited him from possessing handguns, Detective Cpl. Greg Alton said in a news release. Butts has been charged with 18 counts of possessing a rifle or shotgun with a felony conviction, possessing a firearm with a felony conviction and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, Alton said.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | November 26, 2011
Hundreds of Franklin County hunters have been making a list and checking it twice, preparing for one of Pennsylvania's unofficial holidays. The Monday after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the opening of Pennsylvania's two-week general deer hunting season, and about 750,000 hunters statewide will take to their tree stands and hunting camps bright and early in search of their first big catch of the rifle season. Weather forecasts predict some rain early in the week with colder temperatures and snow possible by Wednesday, which might deter some hunters from heading out, Stu McFerren, owner of Hunter's Den in Rouzerville, Pa., said Saturday.
By DAN DEARTH | July 19, 2011
The American Civil War might have reached a swifter conclusion had the federal government not armed its soldiers with inexpensive weapons to save money, said George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. The .58-caliber rifle that was the workhorse of the Union army was mass produced because it cost only $13 to manufacture, Wunderlich said. But the drawback was that the soldier had to reload the weapon through the muzzle after he fired each shot.
By JENNIFER FITCH | August 12, 2010
MONT ALTO, Pa. -- A man seen carrying a rifle prompted Penn State Mont Alto to lock down its buildings Thursday for about a half-hour until Pennsylvania State Police told campus officials the man was hunting groundhogs. Penn State Mont Alto spokeswoman Kristie Fry said the school used "PSU text" to notify people by cell phone, Facebook and Twitter. The school also sent out mass e-mails using internal lists. Students were included in notifications. Although classes don't start for another week, a few students have been on campus in recent days getting ready for the start of the academic year, Fry said.
By TIM ROWLAND | December 16, 2009
o If you like reading Tim Rowland, you'll love watching him. See what else Tim has to say I like to say that I studied marksmanship under Olympic rifle gold medal winner Ed Etzel. Which I did, just not very successfully. Etzel was coach of West Virginia University's rifle team when I was there, and shooting was also offered as a phys ed course (this is West Virginia, remember -- I think they had a major in 12-gauge shotguns). The rifle team was wildly successful, having won multiple NCAA national championships.
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