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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2013
Peter Dougherty, president of the Jefferson County Board of Education, Tuesday was appointed to replace ousted Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley on a 3-2 vote following public interviews. Jefferson County Commission members Walter Pellish, Dale Manuel and Patsy Noland voted for Dougherty. Commissioners Jane Tabb and Lyn Widmyer went for retired Charles Town Police Chief Louis Brunswick. Steve Groh, an assistant county prosecutor, the third candidate interviewed Tuesday, received no votes.  The three candidates were singled out for interviews from an original list of 16 applicants.
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December 14, 1997
Jefferson sheriff to apply for training CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Sheriff William Senseney plans to apply for a training program conducted by the FBI in Quantico, Va. The Jefferson County Commissioners voted Thursday to write a letter of approval for his application. The 11-week course on police management is paid for by the federal government. Senseney, who has already served one term as sheriff, said he believes the training would help the county by allowing him to better run the department.
NEWS
February 25, 1998
Sheriff has deputy positions MARTINSBURG. W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has job openings for sheriff's deputies. The Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission will give examinations for deputy sheriffs at 7 p.m. on March 19 at the Berkeley County Courthouse. To hold the position, an appointee must: Become a resident of Berkeley County within one year of hiring. Be between the ages of 18 and 45. Be in excellent health and pass fitness standards for entrance into the academy.
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February 1, 2001
Delegation seeks raise for sheriff By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - The next Washington County sheriff will get $67,500 a year if a proposed pay hike passes the Maryland General Assembly. The Washington County delegation to the legislature voted unanimously Wednesday to seek the pay hike this year rather than wait a year for the issue to be studied by a citizen committee. Lawmakers feared that if they waited and next year's bill didn't pass, the sheriff's salary would be stuck at $55,000 until 2007.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 14, 2012
Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley said his No. 1 priority, if he is elected to a second term, is protecting the public's safety. Shirley, 61, of Earle Road, a 26-year department veteran, said all he needs to do to accomplish that goal is be re-elected to continue the policies he put in place since he came to the job four years ago. Shirley's annual salary, set by state law, is $44,800 plus 2 percent, not to exceed $15,000, of delinquent taxes...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 18, 2012
Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to charges of violating the civil rights of a bank robbery suspect and falsifying records during an investigation of the incident. A jury trial was scheduled for Aug. 7 by U.S. Magistrate David J. Joel, who presided over Shirley's initial appearance in court on the charges and arraignment. The case was transferred to U.S. District Judge John P. Bailey after District Judge Gina M. Groh disqualified herself from the proceeding due to concerns her impartiality might be questioned, according to court documents.
NEWS
November 8, 2000
Smith ousts incumbent Berkeley County sheriff By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Democratic Pikeside businessman and former Berkeley County sheriff's deputy W. Randy Smith ousted one-term incumbent Republican Berkeley County Sheriff Ronald Jones by a sizable margin in Tuesday's balloting, according to unofficial final totals Wednesday. continued With all 46 precincts reporting, Smith won by a margin of 12,207 to 9,565.
NEWS
February 1, 2008
Washington County Detention Center officials Thursday received an award from the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards for achieving 100 percent compliance on an audit performed on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2007. Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, Warden Major Van Evans, Capt. Rick Blair and Sgt. Mike Rafter were on hand to receive the award. The award indicates that the Washington County Detention Center adhered to standards established by the commission of correctional standards, the sheriff said in a news release.
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by TARA REILLY | October 20, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - A commission appointed by the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday recommended pay hikes for the sheriff and the Board of Education's elected members, which would go into effect with terms that begin after the November 2006 elections. The 2004 Washington County Salary Study Commission recommended that the salary for the sheriff be increased from $67,500 to $90,000 a year, saying the raise is justified based on the sheriff's workload and to keep the pay equivalent with that in other jurisidictions.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 19, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Preston B. Gooden, Berkeley County's assessor and former sheriff, died early Thursday, officials said. He was 69. Gooden's death was announced Thursday morning at the Berkeley County Commission meeting, where a moment of silence was observed in his memory. Commission President Ronald K. Collins said he was notified Thursday about 7:30 a.m. that Gooden had passed away, apparently from a heart ailment. Gooden was not at his office Wednesday because he was not feeling well, according to county officials.
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August 21, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office bloodhound and her handler have located a missing 84-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, the sheriff's said in a news release. The sheriff's office had asked for the public's help earlier in the evening in finding Dora Johnson, who was last seen on Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m. in the Rosewood Commons Shopping Center near Rosewood Village just outside of Hagerstown, the release said. Johnson was subsequently found in the construction area by the bloodhound named Bess and her handler, Deputy 1st Class Martin, at the west end of John F. Kennedy Drive, the release said.
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NEWS
August 15, 2013
Six newly hired Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputies were sworn in Thursday at the Berkeley County Council's regular meeting. The new deputies are Matthew Stewart, Kurt Yoder, Joshua Harmison, Charles Warhurst, Noel Spickler and Darrell Cox. Council President Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci and fellow council members thanked them for their willingness to serve the community. “We don't take this lightly what you do,” Petrucci said. At least some of the deputies are scheduled to go to the West Virginia State Police Academy for training later this month, according to Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster.
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August 13, 2013
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday released a description of a man wanted in the stabbing of three people last weekend in the parking lot of Paradise City Night Club in Bunker Hill, W.Va. The black male was described as having a light complexion and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with short hair and “pork chop” style sideburns, tattoos on his right arm and a tattoo on the left side of his neck, according to sheriff's office news release. Video footage of a fight in the strip club's parking lot shows an individual get out of a vehicle, pull out a knife and stab three people amid a fight involving about a dozen people, police said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said he's recommending Funkstown's Town Council not pursue a loitering ordinance, and seek advice from a state agency about addressing noise complaints in town. Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. withdrew proposed noise and loitering ordinances from the council's July agenda at the request of Mullendore, who had concerns about the ability to enforce both proposed laws. The sheriff's office is the enforcement agency for the town. The mayor and town council will discuss the town's proposed noise and loitering ordinances at its at 7 p.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 12, at Town Hall, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has joined the social network. The sheriff's office officially posted its inaugural Facebook page on Wednesday, said Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. The page will be used as a venue to issue news releases and announce community events, Hose said. It also will provide general safety and crime prevention tips. “It's just another tool for us to inform the community,” she said. However, the sheriff's office will not post road closures on its Facebook page, Hose said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center being built in Inwood, W.Va., is on track to be turned over to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board by mid-August, the board's executive director said Tuesday. Lettering is scheduled to be put on the side of the 18,200-square-foot building this week, Steve Catlett told board members at their regular monthly meeting. Catlett said some items remain to be addressed, including the need to cover exposed steel beams in the gymnasium, but added that some of the work will be done after the building is turned over to the parks and recreation board.  Smith, a Powerball jackpot winner and former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, made two contributions totaling $2.1 million for the project on the Musselman High School campus.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 13, 2013
A lawsuit filed by a Martinsburg woman who claimed she was arrested in January 2012 by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for a crime she did not commit was settled last month for $50,000, attorneys said Friday. As part of the settlement, the sheriff's office has agreed to testify in support of expunging the misdemeanor charge filed against Lisa Lynn Bennett and to send a letter of apology to her, according to Berkeley County Council Attorney Norwood Bentley III and Peter A. Pentony, Bennett's legal counsel.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2013
Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. withdrew proposed noise and loitering ordinances from the town council's agenda Monday night at the request of the Washington County sheriff, who wants prosecutors to review the proposals to see if they are enforceable. “They can't just create ordinances without running it by us to see whether it's even enforceable or not,” Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said in a telephone interview after the Funkstown Town Council meeting. “They can pass ordinances all day long, but if they're not enforceable, they're just a waste of paper,” he said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
Cops turned into cowboys Wednesday afternoon as Maryland state troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies tried to corral an elusive herd of bovine escapees along Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown. Five beef cattle escaped through a break in a fence and wandered north and then south along the shoulder of the interstate, frequently disappearing into the dense brush and woods bordering the highway. The incident started at 2:07 p.m. with a 911 call from a motorist who told a dispatcher that a man was running up and down the highway warning drivers to slow down because of the renegade cattle, said Cpl. James Grinnan of the Maryland State Police.
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