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by DON AINES | January 14, 2004
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police have issued an arrest warrant for a Philadelphia man wanted in a Dec. 21 shooting in which another man was wounded outside a tavern. Kareem Smith, 24, no fixed address, is charged in the warrant with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, illegal possession of a firearm, altering the identification marks of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed with District Justice Gary Carter's office.
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by DON AINES | February 16, 2006
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who wounded another man with a shotgun blast last year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six to 23 months in the county prison. "I think you got caught up in the street mentality, in the thug mentality where everything is settled with a gun," Judge Douglas W. Herman told Joshua D. Webb as he sentenced him on one count of recklessly endangering another person. Webb, 21, of 83 N. Franklin St., pleaded guilty to the charge Dec. 19 in exchange for other more serious charges being dismissed, his attorney Eric Weisbrod said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | September 23, 2005
HAGERSTOWN pepperb@herald-mail.com After more than two hours of deliberations Thursday, a Washington County Circuit Court jury found Ricky Rinaldo Stallings Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the Feb. 8 shooting death of Mary Elizabeth Williams. As the jury's foreman announced the guilty verdict for first-degree murder, Stallings' mother, Lisa Williams, cried aloud. Stallings sat back in his chair and rubbed the hair on his chin as eight more guilty verdicts were announced.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
A teenager charged as an adult in the April shooting death of a Hagerstown man will have his case heard in juvenile court after agreeing Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to testify against one of his co-defendants. Judge John H. McDowell granted a petition by defense attorney Bernard W. Semler II to transfer the case of 16-year-old Jenaro J. Torres, of 19 Broadway, Apt. 2, Hagerstown, to juvenile court. As part of the agreement worked out with prosecutors, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said Torres had to give a full and truthful video statement to Hagerstown police about events in the April 20 shooting of Steven Andrew O'Brien at his Randolph Avenue home.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2013
Two Hagerstown men and a 15-year-old boy pulled from a vehicle by gun-wielding undercover police officers Wednesday in front of the Washington County District Court building have been charged with first-degree murder in the April 20 shooting death of Steven Andrew O'Brien in his Randolph Avenue apartment, according to Washington County District Court records. Cory Antonio Usher, 36, Eduardo Emilio Gonzalez, 26, and Jenaro J. Torres, 15, all of 19 Broadway, Apt. 2, each were charged by Hagerstown police with first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery, robbery, theft under $1,000 and criminal conspiracy, according to court records.
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by DON AINES | August 26, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - No body or murder weapon were found and the physical evidence consisted primarily of two shell casings found 14 years apart at different locations, making the 1985 disappearance of Melvin Snyder a perfect case for "Forensic Files. " The disappearance of the Greencastle, Pa., man and the investigation, trial and conviction of Ronald W. Harshman were featured in an episode Wednesday night on Court TV. Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson and Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom, who together prosecuted the case, were told by producers the show would air tonight.
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By STACEY DANZUSO | May 8, 2001
CHAMBERSBURG - A Franklin County judge continued until September the case of a Greencastle woman who was scheduled to go to trial next week on charges of criminal homicide in the 1985 disappearance of her husband. Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn granted the continuance Friday in the case against Joan Snyder Hall, 12850 Grant Shook Road. Hall's attorney, Patrick Redding, filed for the continuance after Van Horn denied his motion to suppress some statements Hall made during interviews with Pennsylvania State Police in May 1994.
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by CANDICE BOSLEY | September 1, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com A Maryland man who had a personal and business relationship with an Inwood, W.Va., woman found dead last week in her bedroom offered $5,000 to another man to kill her, according to court records. An arrest warrant has been issued charging Benjamin Frank Brookman, 47, of Salisbury, Md., with accessory before the fact of murder. Police were searching Wednesday for Brookman, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brendan Hall said. Maryland State Police troopers searched Brookman's home but did not find him. They were sorting through other evidence - mostly paperwork - seized from the house, Hall said.
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May 9, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer After a two-day fight about "another man," Roland and Suzanne Garde wrestled over a shotgun in the driveway of their Funkstown-area home Monday night, according to court documents. Suzanne Garde was shot, once in the chest and once in the back. She died a few hours later. Ronald Louis Garde Jr., 38, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder. He was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center. A preliminary hearing is set for June 4. Garde waived his bond review hearing scheduled for Wednesday before Washington County District Judge Noel Spence.
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by DON AINES | September 10, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com An Orrtanna, Pa., man being tried on an attempted murder charge managed to shoot both the victim and himself at the same time, according to opening day testimony Tuesday in Franklin County Court. Joseph Ward Jr., 46, of 317 Poplar Springs Road, also is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license and attempting to obliterate the serial number of a firearm, according to court documents.
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