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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 1, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The trial of a man accused of shooting a bartender at a Harpers Ferry, W.Va., area business was rescheduled for a third time on Friday primarily because a copy of a computer hard drive seized by police after the December 2006 homicide was not provided to the man's defense attorney. James Robert Jones, 26, of 180 Campground Road in Jefferson County was indicted in April 2007 on a charge of first-degree murder in the Dec. 2, 2006, death of Michael Mihalik, 26, of Harpers Ferry.
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November 30, 1996
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer An evidence-testing crisis is brewing in Maryland and police and prosecutors in Washington County could find themselves in the middle of the dilemma. The growth in the amount and types of physical evidence collected at crime scenes these days is at the heart of the problem, according to Jeff Kercheval of the Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory in Hagerstown. "The courts, the public, even juries all expect physical evidence now," Kercheval said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | May 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Correctional officers raised concerns about MRSA - methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection - during a meeting Thursday afternoon with Gov. Martin O'Malley and prison officials at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. O'Malley and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard met with the wardens of three state prisons south of Hagerstown, about 25 correctional officers and union officials. Members of the media were ushered out after O'Malley and Maryland Correctional Training Center Warden Ken Horning made their opening remarks.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Former Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District director Walter H. "Walt" Sebert Jr. was cleared Monday of 11 misdemeanor charges of counterfeit credit card possession, and a remaining felony embezzlement allegation could be dismissed, too. Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely asked 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to dismiss all 12 counts of a February 2005 indictment by a Berkeley County...
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 24, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 12-count indictment of former Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District director Walter H. "Walt" Sebert Jr. was officially dismissed and removed from the Berkeley County Circuit Court docket Monday, court records show. Sebert still could be indicted on at least one felony count of embezzlement stemming from the February 2005 true bill decided by grand jurors, according to the final order issued by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes. "If everything goes according to plan, we'll be re-presenting the matter to the grand jury in October for their consideration," Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Wednesday.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2012
A delayed autopsy report prompted a Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday to postpone the trial of a Hagerstown man who is charged in the October 2011 death of a 2-year-old boy. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long set Brian Michael Miller's trial date for Sept. 11. Miller, 33, of 360 Buena Vista Ave., is charged with 16 counts, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Logan Sellers, according to court documents.
NEWS
September 20, 2000
Defense attorneys await drug lab closing probe By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Local criminal defense attorneys said the closure of the state drug testing lab for investigation by the FBI into possible irregularities could create havoc for cases past, present and future. Brenda Waugh, a Charles Town attorney and former assistant prosecutor in Kanawha and Berkeley counties, said the problem centers on whether people testing the drugs followed the proper administrative procedures.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 11, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man to be arraigned next week in the 2005 slaying of Donald L. "Dee" Redman told a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge in a letter that he is an up-and-coming songwriter and only was in Martinsburg to work "a little job" to pay for his studio time when Redman was killed. "Now I know that I had nothing to do with whatever these people are talking about," Kurtis Michael Pearsall, aka "Prince" and "Kurt the Flirt," said in a typed Aug. 12 letter to Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 29, 2010
Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley this week denied the post-conviction petition of a man seeking a new trial in the 2007 death of his former girlfriend's infant. Floyd Edward Bingaman III, 24, formerly of Hagerstown, was convicted in November 2007 of first-degree child abuse resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 6, 2007, death of 4-month-old Justice Christopher Calvin Myers-Cannon, according to court documents. Bingaman was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and his subsequent appeals to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals were denied, court documents said.
NEWS
May 6, 1999
We have problems, but guns aren't one of them To the editor In response to the recent school shootings and the reaction of Clinton, the anti-gun groups, and the biased news media gun law proposal for a quick fix: This nation was prosperous for nearly 200 years without gun laws except for the Sullivan law. Why? The first restrictive national law was the 1968 gun control act. The gun crime violence has multiplied many times since this 1968 gun law and the many more restrictive gun laws passed after 1968.
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