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NEWS
October 9, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was shot Sunday night in Martinsburg, and police were still looking for the shooter Monday. The Martinsburg Police Department responded to 316 Centre St. about 7:15 p.m. for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, police saw that several shots had been fired at the apartment building and they found a blood trail leading to the front and rear door of one of the apartments. Police said four shots hit the front of the apartment building, and one shot went through a window and hit an inside wall.
NEWS
by BRAD SMITH | December 13, 2005
Picture this: You're behind an inflatable bunker. Paint is flying everywhere! Your buddies are getting picked off, one by one. You pop up, shoot one, two enemies. The only other teammate you have asks you to cover him. You, stupidly, turn to him. You're pegged in the side with a neon green ball of paint. Your gun drops to the ground and you walk away with a quarter-sized welt. This is my main experience of paintball. Paintball is a competitive sport in which two teams try to make each other very colorful (or "light them up," as some say)
NEWS
June 20, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Doug Watson has a new shooter and he's ready. Watson, 12, a Greencastle Middle Schooler, leaves Sunday for Wildwood, N.J., where he will get down on his knees, train his eye, line up his thumb and compete against 200 other youngsters in the week-long National Marbles Tournament. "I've been practicing and I'm ready," said Watson of 31 South Ridge St., Greencastle. He said he's been working on his backspin.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | September 2, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown man who suffered a gunshot wound in front of a city tavern Thursday remained in critical condition throughout the holiday weekend as police try to find his shooter. Staff from Washington County Hospital have yet to upgrade the condition of Tony Lamar Moorehead, 25, of the 600 block of North Prospect Street, according to Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Rick Johnson. Hospital spokespeople refused to acknowledge Moorehead was being treated there.
NEWS
April 20, 2007
A deranged student's massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech on Monday raises - again - a number of issues that go beyond campus security procedures there. As a nation, American has a short attention span and for many citizens the temptation will be to try not to think too long about this tragedy. In our view, attempts to forget what happed in Blacksburg, Va., this week would dishonor those who died, not to mention delaying needed solutions to these problems. They include: Gun control.
OPINION
February 21, 2013
Co. 12 officers should resign for good of community To the editor: The Fairplay Fire Co. would be back serving the community if the officers at the top would have stepped down or resigned. What do they have to gain? The downfall of Co. 12 is a direct result of this administration supporting the president's actions. He has taken the power of the membership away and has complete control of the members, and he moves or suspends firefighters to keep control of elections.
NEWS
By DAN KAUFFMAN | March 13, 2008
When Martinsburg boys basketball coach Dave Rogers looks at the West Virginia Class AAA state tournament bracket, he sees opportunity. "This Triple-A is wide open," he said Wednesday. "It's about as even as I've seen it in my coaching career. " The Bulldogs (20-4) - seeded third in the tournament - will try to make the most of their opportunity beginning tonight at 7:15 when they face sixth-seed Woodrow Wilson (16-7) at the Charleston Civic Center. Martinsburg arrived in Charleston on Wednesday as battle tested as any team in the tournament.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | August 7, 2006
MIDDLETOWN, MD. - A national champion in his sport, Jeremy Hulse said he once tricked his friends into playing against him. "I think I told them we were going out for a pizza, but then we played marbles instead," said Jeremy, 17, who will start his senior year at Smithsburg High School in August. Not long before some of his classmates take part in grueling two-a-day football practices, Jeremy was concentrating on a sport far more sublime. Over the weekend, the one-time U.S. Marbles Champion notched a second-place finish at the national event in Middletown, Md. Molly Kimmell, 24, of Frederick, Md., who was the women's champion, said her thumb still was bleeding Sunday from the rigors of shooting marbles with the country's best.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | July 1, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com A man who was charged as the gunman in an August 2004 daylight shooting in a Hagers- town alley was found not guilty Thursday on all counts by a Washington County Circuit Court jury after a trial in which three witnesses, including the victim and a Hagerstown City Council member, said they couldn't identify the shooter. After a trial that lasted most of the day, the jury of seven women and five men acquitted Denroy L. Defretas, 19, of no fixed address, after nearly 90 minutes of deliberation on charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and handgun violations, including discharging a handgun within city limits.
NEWS
by DAN KAUFFMAN | March 8, 2005
kauffman@herald-mail.com Ben Merica had a premonition. Minutes after Hedgesville's girls basketball team booked a return trip to Charleston, W.Va., for the state tournament with a 52-34 victory over Hampshire in the regional final last Thursday, Merica predicted the Eagles would likely face Parkersburg South in the first round. He was right. When the brackets were announced Friday morning, it revealed what Merica suspected - Hedgesville's path toward the Class AAA state title will begin with Parkersburg South at 11:15 Wednesday morning at the Charleston Civic Center.
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OPINION
February 21, 2013
Co. 12 officers should resign for good of community To the editor: The Fairplay Fire Co. would be back serving the community if the officers at the top would have stepped down or resigned. What do they have to gain? The downfall of Co. 12 is a direct result of this administration supporting the president's actions. He has taken the power of the membership away and has complete control of the members, and he moves or suspends firefighters to keep control of elections.
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OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | July 29, 2012
I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who once commented that, “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” As I watched the events in Aurora, Colo., unfold in the early morning hours following a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a local theater, I couldn't help but think about Hemingway's remark.  How can anyone so innocent at birth develop into something so wicked while standing in the fire exit of a movie theater, armed to the teeth,  with his hair painted orange like the Joker villain from Batman?
OBITUARIES
February 20, 2012
Frederick Donald Kreiger Sr., 81, of Cresaptown, Md., passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Fred was born May 4, 1930, in Cumberland, Md., the youngest child of William Nelson Kreiger and Celia (Davis) Kreiger. Fred was a 1948 graduate of Fort Hill High School, where he was a manager of the football squad. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1951, and for many years in the local Seabees reserve unit. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Oleta (Conway)
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 27, 2011
A sometimes pleading Randy McPeak sent scores of text messages to Heather Harris in the days before he allegedly shot her, while her responses showed frustration over his refusal to accept the end of their relationship, according to documents filed Tuesday by county prosecutors. McPeak, 43, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is being held without bond on charges that include first-degree murder for the June 10 shooting of Harris, 37, at her Dual Highway home. Shot twice in the head, Harris died June 15 at Meritus Medical Center.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
West Virginia State Police were looking for an unidentified male who shot a Martinsburg man several times in the upper body early Sunday at a bar in Charles Town. Travis Coon, 26, of Martinsburg, was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and later flown to a Washington, D.C., area hospital after he was shot two or three times in the upper body, according to a state police press release. Troopers said the shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m. at the Tap House sports bar at 107 Keyes Ferry Road.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2011
The man charged in the Jan. 15 shooting death of Damon M. Scott knew the victim, and witnesses testified in court Thursday that Scott apparently robbed the alleged shooter just before being shot twice in a shower of gunfire outside a Martinsburg-area club. After hearing about three hours of testimony, Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington found probable cause to allow the state's murder case against Brock Jerome Smith, 21, of Hagerstown, to proceed to circuit court. There, the state's evidence can be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment.
NEWS
August 3, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A masked man armed with an assault-style rifle fired dozens of shots on a birthday party at a house in an inner-city Indianapolis neighborhood early Tuesday, killing two people and wounding six before fleeing, police said. Around 30 people were attending the birthday barbecue when the shooting happened shortly after midnight, Indianapolis police Lt. Jeff Duhamell said. A motive was not immediately known. A man and a woman died at the scene and six people were taken to the hospital in stable condition, including one partygoer who had been shot in the neck and another who was shot in the back, Duhamell said.
NEWS
August 3, 2010
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) -- One of two survivors shot in a beer warehouse rampage in Connecticut tells The Associated Press the gunman was "cold as ice" as he started firing his weapon shortly after being forced to resign for stealing beer. Steve Hollander's family owns the beer distributorship where Omar Thornton killed eight people Tuesday before killing himself. Hollander was shot two times but survived. One other person is still hospitalized. Hollander tells the AP that Thornton was caught on videotape stealing beer several times.
NEWS
By DON AINES | May 4, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Seven days of testimony in the civil trial of feuding neighbors ended Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court with defendant Jeffrey Lynn Hurd testifying that he never made death threats, spied upon or otherwise harassed the three couples who have sued him. The case could go to the jury later today or Thursday after closing arguments by Hurd's attorney, William Wantz, and D. Bruce Poole, who represents plaintiffs Eric and Mary...
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 30, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The defense is expected to present evidence beginning Monday in the case of a Williamsport man being sued by neighbors who claim he has harassed them for years. The case against Jeffrey Lynn Hurd continued Friday in Washington County Circuit Court. Hurd was convicted of killing Arthur Pereschuk's dog, Bristol, on July 22, 2007. Less than a year later, on May 8, 2008, Harley, a dog belonging to James and Renee Rudolph, Pereschuk's daughter and son-in-law, was shot on Hurd's property.
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