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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 2, 2013
Since March, four Berkeley County sheriff's deputies have tendered their resignation for a variety of reasons, but the department's comparatively low - “bottom of the list” - salaries certainly are not helping retain officers, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Friday. “You look around and we're not being competitive,” Lemaster said of the county's $30,548 starting salary for certified, entry-level deputies. Compared to other law enforcement agencies in the Eastern Panhandle, Berkeley County's starting salary for deputies is more than $6,000 less than Shepherdstown, W.Va.'s municipal police department and even further behind practically every other municipal and county agency in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, according to a survey of starting salaries last week.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
A bank robber beaten by police after a 2010 high-speed chase has agreed to settle his lawsuit against former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert Shirley and six sheriff's deputies, his attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Harry P. Waddell said the West Virginia Counties Risk Pool will pay his client Mark Daniel Haines $90,000, and claims will be dismissed against Shirley and a total of six Berkeley and Jefferson County sheriff's deputies. State Police Trooper Joseph Bush has refused to settle, said Waddell, who filed a motion May 15 to add two former Shepherdstown (W.Va.)
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May 28, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for an Alzheimer's patient who walked away from NMS Healthcare on Marsh Pike, police said Tuesday. Eugene James Brown, who also suffers from depression and dementia, was last seen at NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Residents in the Reidtown Road area said they saw Brown walking in the neighborhood at about 11 a.m. and that he was headed toward Pennsylvania. Brown is described as a black male who has short hair or is bald.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2013
Berkeley County Council on Thursday passed over the lowest bid for security cameras and instead awarded the contract to a local firm offering a warranty. On a 3-2 vote, the council awarded the contract to Inwood, W.Va.-based RCS Security Inc., which bid $40,273 for 45 cameras and mounting brackets for the new public safety building. County Council President Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci joined council members Jim Barnhart and Elaine Mauck in voting to award the contract to the Inwood firm.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2013
Between the two of them, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Corporals Dustin Tabler and Vincent Tiong made 79 of the 123 DUI arrests the department racked up in 2012. Sheriff Pete Dougherty recognized Tabler's 47 arrests and the 32 DUI arrests by Tiong on Wednesday during a National Police Week event at the department's headquarters in Bardane, W.Va. According to Tabler and Tiong, an arresting officer normally needs up to 3 1/2 hours to process a DUI arrest. “That's true for the newer people, but we've got it down to a science,” Tabler said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2013
Between the two of them, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Corporals Dustin Tabler and Vincent Tiong made 79 of the 123 DUI arrests the department racked up in 2012. Sheriff Pete Dougherty recognized Tabler's 47 arrests and the 32 DUI arrests by Tiong on Wednesday during a National Police Week event at the department's headquarters in Kearneysville, W.Va. According to Tabler and Tiong, an arresting officer normally needs up to 3 1/2 hours to process a DUI arrest. “That's true for the newer people, but we've got it down to a science,” Tabler said.
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April 30, 2013
Groupon Grassroots selected Vested Interest in K-9s Inc. as its charity partner for the event, which raised more than $155,000 in eight days, according to the news release. Through an online $10 donation, people could purchase a groupon, which is a tax-deductible donation, through a secure website, according to the news release. All funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for police department K-9s. Vested Interest in K-9s, a nonprofit organization, will be able to provide bulletproof vests to more than 150 K-9s across the nation as a result of the funds raised, according to the release.
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April 22, 2013
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help in finding a woman who has been missing from her home for two years. Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty was last seen on March 4, 2011, leaving her home at Jenkins Road in Bunker Hill, W.Va. She left the home on foot, according to her daughter. Olshefski-Beatty, who is in her late 50s, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 245 pounds, according to a news release. She has blue eyes and brown hair. She has a Pegasus tattoo on her right ankle and a butterfly tattoo on the left side of her chest, the release states.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
Four people who have been charged with setting a number of fires across Washington County were arrested after one of them called deputies to his Williamsport home, where evidence was found linking him to the investigation, according to court documents. The statement of probable cause obtained Wednesday from Washington County District Court alleges that Tyler William Murray, 20, of 16615 Coney Court, called authorities to file a complaint that someone had tried to break into his vehicle and set his trash can on fire.
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