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by CANDICE BOSELY | September 18, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged with taking part in the fatal beating of a 93-year-old man in January 2003 pleaded innocent Friday morning to charges of felony murder, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. John Michael Dignazio, 31, entered the plea before Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes and also waived his right to a speedy trial. Dignazio is serving a prison sentence in Virginia, but was transferred to West Virginia on an Interstate Agreement on Detainers.
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by Pepper Ballard | September 16, 2005
A bench warrant was issued Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for the arrest of a 28-year-old Hagerstown man who didn't appear for his trial on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. Brian Joseph Dawson, whose last known address was 324 N. Locust St., failed to appear in court Thursday for a trial he requested July 14, waiving his right to a speedy trial, documents state. Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III issued a bench warrant for Dawson's arrest.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2011
Washington County Circuit Court Judge W. Kennedy Boone III Thursday dismissed the indictment against a Hagerstown man accused of sexually abused a child 37 years ago, ruling that the long delay violated the man's rights to due process. Thomas Franklin Funk, 65, of 12829 Cathedral Drive, was indicted last year by a grand jury on two counts each of custodial child abuse, third-degree sexual offenses and battery and one count of child abuse under another section of the statute. The victim made similar allegations against Funk to the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 1990, and Funk appeared in District Court, where the state decided not to prosecute the case.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2011
Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III said Monday he will decide in about two weeks if the case of a Hagerstown man recently indicted on a 37-year-old child molestation allegation should go forward or if it should be dismissed because of the decades-long delay. Thomas Franklin Funk, 65, of 12829 Cathedral Ave., was indicted in December 2010 on two counts each of custodial child abuse, third-degree sex offense and battery, and one count of child abuse under another section of the statute.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 2, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A woman accused of abuse that caused the death of her 6-month-old child in August 2008 is scheduled to be tried on three felony charges, beginning June 2. Monica W. Boggs, 19, of 8791 Hedgesville Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Monday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III on counts of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and gross child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily injury.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 7, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A murder trial for a Chambersburg man accused in the September 1997 shooting death of Wendy Wise Schuchman was scheduled for mid-January Friday over the objections of the defendant who claims he is not getting a speedy trial. Jury selection in the case against Kevin J. Barrett, 35, of 627 Siloam Road, will take place on Dec. 11, Judge Richard J. Walsh ruled. Trial dates were set for Jan. 13-15. Barrett told Walsh that Public Defender Robert J. Trambley was not handling his case quickly enough.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 30, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The trial for a Falling Waters, W.Va., man accused of killing a man believed to be his drug supplier in June 2008 and burying the man's body behind a mobile home was rescheduled Wednesday because a primary witness in the state's case was receiving medical treatment. The trial for Carl Eugene Manford, 51, of 230 Kurtis Drive, was rescheduled by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes for Jan. 12, 2010. Manford was indicted in February 2009 on felony counts of first-degree murder and grand larceny in the death of James Darrell Tucker.
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By ERIN JULIUS | June 3, 2009
HAGERSTOWN - A Washington County Circuit Court judge has granted an extension in the case of a 15-year-old girl accused of asking a friend to kill her father. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael on Wednesday asked a judge to allow the case of Danielle Black to extend beyond 180 days of the filing date. Defendants have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. In Maryland, that means a defendant has a right to be tried within 180 days after an initial appearance, unless that right is waived.
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July 4, 2008
Independence Day, July 4, is traditionally marked with parades, family get-togethers and public concerts, including the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 23rd annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield, beginning this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Whatever shape your celebration takes, we urge you to spend at least a small part of it reflecting on the origins of this holiday, and what all Americans owe to those who decided that this collection...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2011
A motion to hold separate trials for two men accused in the April 2011 fatal stabbing of one man and the wounding of another was denied Monday by a circuit court judge. Thomas A. Grantham Jr., 35, and James G. Cross Jr., 33, were indicted in October on single counts of murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and the wounding of Jacques Taylor. Police have said the victims were attacked April 23 while parked in a vehicle in the 1900 block of Rock Cliff Drive near Polo Green Drive just outside Martinsburg.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2011
The trial for a Virginia man charged in the June 2010 deaths of a Berkeley County woman and her young son was rescheduled Monday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. Antonio Prophet, 35, of Lorton, Va., is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the deaths of Angela Kay Devonshire, 22, and Andre White, 3, of Bunker Hill, W.Va. Wilkes scheduled the trial for Feb. 7 after weighing the possibility of needing more time for forensic analysis and Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely's busy trial schedule.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2011
Washington County Circuit Court Judge W. Kennedy Boone III Thursday dismissed the indictment against a Hagerstown man accused of sexually abused a child 37 years ago, ruling that the long delay violated the man's rights to due process. Thomas Franklin Funk, 65, of 12829 Cathedral Drive, was indicted last year by a grand jury on two counts each of custodial child abuse, third-degree sexual offenses and battery and one count of child abuse under another section of the statute. The victim made similar allegations against Funk to the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 1990, and Funk appeared in District Court, where the state decided not to prosecute the case.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2011
Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III said Monday he will decide in about two weeks if the case of a Hagerstown man recently indicted on a 37-year-old child molestation allegation should go forward or if it should be dismissed because of the decades-long delay. Thomas Franklin Funk, 65, of 12829 Cathedral Ave., was indicted in December 2010 on two counts each of custodial child abuse, third-degree sex offense and battery, and one count of child abuse under another section of the statute.
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By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory personnel are on pace to process evidence from 200 more drug cases than they did in 2008. "Every year, it goes up," crime lab Director Jeff Kercheval said recently. "Last year, we had a significant jump" in the number of drug cases that came through the lab, he said. In 2007, the lab, which is in the Hagerstown Police Department, handled 889 drug cases. Evidence in 1,014 drug cases passed through the lab in 2008, and this year that number could be as high as 1,200, Kercheval said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 30, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The trial for a Falling Waters, W.Va., man accused of killing a man believed to be his drug supplier in June 2008 and burying the man's body behind a mobile home was rescheduled Wednesday because a primary witness in the state's case was receiving medical treatment. The trial for Carl Eugene Manford, 51, of 230 Kurtis Drive, was rescheduled by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes for Jan. 12, 2010. Manford was indicted in February 2009 on felony counts of first-degree murder and grand larceny in the death of James Darrell Tucker.
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By ERIN JULIUS | June 3, 2009
HAGERSTOWN - A Washington County Circuit Court judge has granted an extension in the case of a 15-year-old girl accused of asking a friend to kill her father. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael on Wednesday asked a judge to allow the case of Danielle Black to extend beyond 180 days of the filing date. Defendants have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. In Maryland, that means a defendant has a right to be tried within 180 days after an initial appearance, unless that right is waived.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 2, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A woman accused of abuse that caused the death of her 6-month-old child in August 2008 is scheduled to be tried on three felony charges, beginning June 2. Monica W. Boggs, 19, of 8791 Hedgesville Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Monday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III on counts of death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and gross child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily injury.
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July 4, 2008
Independence Day, July 4, is traditionally marked with parades, family get-togethers and public concerts, including the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 23rd annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield, beginning this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Whatever shape your celebration takes, we urge you to spend at least a small part of it reflecting on the origins of this holiday, and what all Americans owe to those who decided that this collection...
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