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NEWS
October 4, 2012
A woman who told police she was sexually assaulted by a Berkeley County man claimed she was thrown down a flight of stairs by her hair and pushed outside his home after being attacked, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Michael Terry Dotson, 36, of 122 Ritter Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of second-degree sexual assault by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court documents. The woman told police the assault happened on Aug. 8 after they smoked crack cocaine, according to court documents.
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NEWS
October 4, 2012
A Berkeley County man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a church parking lot last month, according to Berkeley Court Magistrate Court documents. Christopher Michael Jensen, 21, of 357 Cheswick Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree sexual abuse, according to court documents. West Virginia State Police Cpl. F.H. Edwards said the victim had two round black and blue marks on both of her arms near her biceps as well as similar marks on her legs near her thighs when he interviewed her on Oct. 1, according to court documents.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
A 19-year-old man was arraigned Friday on one count of third-degree sexual assault stemming from a sexual relationship that police allege involved a 13-year-old girl, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Police were notified Sept. 11 by the state Department of Health and Human Resources that the girl was pregnant by her boyfriend, Dustin Dwayne Custer of 3521 Charles Town Road in Kearneysville, W.Va., according to court records. The girl told police that Custer had told her he was 16 years old, not 19, when they began dating in January, according to court documents.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2012
A Falling Waters, W.Va., man accused of sexually assaulting a woman last month and then holding a knife to another woman's neck in a tense confrontation with police that ended in gunfire was arraigned Friday by a Berkeley County magistrate. Raymond Sidney Wallace II, 23, was being held without bond Friday night at Eastern Regional Jail after being arraigned by Magistrate Jim Humphrey on two counts of sexual assault and single counts of kidnapping (hostage taking), fourth-degree attempted arson, attempted robbery, domestic assault and destruction of property, according to court and jail records.  The confrontation with police early on the morning of Aug. 25 ended after Wallace, who was armed with what appeared to be a rifle, was shot once in the hip by a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy outside the Falling Waters residence where police allege the crimes occurred.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
The shooting of a Virginia man in Jefferson County last weekend was the fourth police shooting in the Eastern Panhandle within the last 12 months, and fifth in the Tri-State area. • Aug. 25 - A Berkeley County sheriff's deputy shot Raymond Wallace II, who 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. Sheriff's deputy Ralph Pierce, who fired his weapon four times, has been cleared to return to regular duties, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Tuesday.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | 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.
NEWS
August 23, 2012
The trial for a Washington County man indicted in 1994 on 321 counts of sexual assault, pornography and related charges was reset Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court for Nov. 13 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder. Randall Ray Waugh, 53, of Hagerstown is accused of sexually assaulting a Bunker Hill, W.Va., boy dozens of times beginning in 1988 and three developmentally disabled males in the early 1990s. Waugh's trial was set to begin next Tuesday, but Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said the continuance was requested because a possible plea agreement was being discussed to resolve the case.
NEWS
July 23, 2012
A 29-year-old Martinsburg man was found guilty Friday of second-degree sexual assault and assault during the commission of a felony in the violent rape of a woman in July 2011 in Martinsburg. A Berkeley County jury found Ricky Darnell Webster not guilty of a second count of second-degree sexual assault, according to court documents. Webster, who is scheduled to be sentenced in October, faces a possible sentence of not less than 10 and not more than 25 years in prison for the second-degree assault conviction, and a two- to 10-year prison sentence for the assault during the commission of a felony conviction, documents stated.
NEWS
June 29, 2012
Prosecutors are recommending a 30-month prison sentence for a Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a preteen girl. John Phan, 44, of 16827 Petmar Circle pleaded guilty before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sexual offense, according to Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson. Second-degree assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Phan's sentencing was delayed, but as part of the plea agreement, he will have to register as a sexual offender, Wilson said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2012
A 56-year-old man sentenced Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting a pastor's son in 2002 is expected to serve 21 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. Ronald Dewayne Smith was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to serve two, 10- to 20-year prison sentences along with a 1- to 5-year prison term consecutively, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones. Smith was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and one count of third-degree sexual assault in a jury trial in April.
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