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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 | 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 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 | April 20, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., woman charged last week in the 1985 disappearance of her husband was released on $100,000 bond Thursday. Pennsylvania State Police charged Joan Snyder Hall, 56, of 12850 Grant Shook Road, with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy in the May 25, 1985, disappearance of Melvin Snyder. Police also charged Ronald W. Harshman, 51, of Hagerstown. Melvin Snyder's body has never been found. "In all cases, a defendant is eligible for bail unless the charge is a capital crime or one punishable by life in prison," Franklin County Judge Douglas W. Herman said during Hall's Thursday bond hearing.
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February 15, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Arkansas prosecutor announced Friday he will seek the death penalty for two Eastern Panhandle brothers accused in the January slaying of a truck driver, court officials said. An FBI agent investigating the crime predicts support for the death penalty because of the "viciousness" of the Jan. 30 killing of the 71-year-old truck driver at an Arkansas rest stop. The prosecutor in Morrilton, Ark., made his request during the brothers' arraignment hearing on murder charges, according to court officials.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | February 11, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The co-worker of a Maugansville woman who was fatally wounded after she was picked up for work Tuesday told police he was chased onto Interstate 81 by the gunman after three shots were fired into his vehicle, according to allegations in charging documents filed in Washington County District Court. Ricky Rinaldo Stallings Jr., 23, whose address is listed in court records as 6088 Molly Pitcher Highway, Apt. 3, in Chambersburg, Pa., faces 16 charges in Washington County related to the shooting death of Mary Elizabeth Williams, 34. During a bond review hearing Thursday, Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered Stallings to be held without bond at the county jail.
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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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