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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 MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 5, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man accused of killing his supposed drug supplier in June 2008 and burying the body behind his mobile home in a shallow grave near Falling Waters, W.Va., is scheduled to be tried on charges of murder and grand larceny in October. Carl Eugene "Gene" Manford, 51, of 230 Kurtis Drive, was arraigned Thursday on the felony charges by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. Manford's trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 6. Defense attorney B. Craig Manford entered not guilty pleas to both counts on behalf of his client, who remains incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | May 24, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com After appearing in court an hour late, Magistrate Kristy Dyroff pleaded not guilty Monday to six charges stemming from allegations that she forced her assistant to forge a subpoena and then lied about it when questioned under oath. Circuit Judge David Sanders began arraignments at 1 p.m. When Dyroff's name was called at 1:20 p.m., she was not in the courtroom. Attorney Jim Rich, who was filling in for Dyroff's lawyer, Kevin Mills, said Dyroff had been out of town but was en route to the courthouse.
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December 30, 2003
ACLU is way off base To the editor: Please forgive my ignorance, but I feel compelled to write this letter to express my feelings for the American Civil Liberties Union. I apologize in advance if my feelings and opinions seem skewed by my Christian faith. I feel that the ACLU, while its intentions seem honorable, is somewhat counterproductive in its effort to ensure the rights given to the citizens of this great nation in which we live. Everyone has heard that "the experts" feel American society is becoming exceedingly litigious.
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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 JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 29, 2012
Defense team changes are in the works for a former State Line, Pa., man awaiting trial in a capital murder case. Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman recently signed an order releasing Public Defender Mike Toms from Jeffrey E. Miles Sr.'s case. Now, attorney Kristen Hamilton will become Eric Weisbrod's co-counsel at a rate of $75 an hour paid by the county. Miles' trial in the April 2010 stabbing death of Kristy Dawn Hoke is scheduled for three weeks in February 2013.
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February 28, 2012
The trial of a Martinsburg man accused of drunken driving in a nearly two-year-old case involving the death of a Hagerstown woman was rescheduled to April 24. 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III said at a status hearing Monday that the April trial date will hold for Jeffrey Wayne McKinney “unless an act of God” interferes. McKinney, 38, of 126 Ramblin Rose Lane, has waived his right to a speedy trial “multiple times,” said Silver, who agreed to move the trial to April at the request of defense attorney Harley O. Wagner.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 27, 2011
A State Line, Pa., man accused of killing a police informant in April 2010, is scheduled for a 2 1/2-week trial starting March 19, 2012. Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 48, is charged with criminal homicide in the stabbing death of a Hagerstown woman, Kristy Dawn Hoke. Hoke's family had reported the mother of three missing just days before her remains were found in the Borough of Waynesboro on April 6, 2010. Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas President Judge Douglas Herman issued a Sept.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 22, 2010
Hagerstown man facing state charges of sexually assaulting a girl will instead be prosecuted on related federal child-pornography charges. The Washington County Sheriff's Office in May charged Robert P. Hade, 42, who formerly lived off Robinwood Drive, with second- and third-degree sex offenses, sex abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, and sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct. In October, Hade was indicted on an additional count of sex abuse of a minor, as well as on a charge of manufacturing child pornography, according to court documents.
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