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BY DON AINES | April 28, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man convicted of participating in four convenience store robberies last year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to five to 20 years in state prison. David Joseph Bitner, 23, of 4897 Guitner Road, pleaded guilty on Feb. 2 to four counts of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery. Judge John R. Walker fined Bitner $200 on each charge and ordered him to pay $3,975 in restitution. Assistant District Attorney T. R. Williams said Bitner was the driver in four armed robberies between July 24 and 29 at four convenience stores in Franklin and Cumberland counties.
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by DON AINES | June 10, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. A Cumberland County man pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Court to sexually assaulting half a dozen boys and will serve 15 to 30 years in state prison. Edgar Vincent Stine, 72, of 111 Railroad Lane in Shippensburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse as an accomplice and one count of misdemeanor indecent assault, Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said. "I wanted to get something for each victim named" in the case, Williams said.
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By DON AINES | January 19, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Maryland man convicted of robbery and theft was given a choice Wednesday in Franklin County Court: Serve a sentence in state prison with the possibility of release in six months, or spend more time behind bars in the county prison. "It's an unusual situation, but I'm going to give you the choice of what sentence you want today," President Judge John R. Walker told Michael J. Clink, 28, of Manchester, Md. Clink had to choose between serving a state prison sentence of six months to five years now, or serving six to 23 months in the Franklin County prison at the expiration of a sentence he is serving for theft in Maryland.
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August 13, 2009
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- The trial of a former correctional officer charged in the beating of inmates at a state prison in Cumberland is under way. The trial of 36-year-old Richard Robinson of Cumberland began Wednesday in Allegany County Circuit Court and is expected to last four days. Robinson is the third former officer to be tried on inmate brutality charges stemming from an attack on six inmates at the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution in March 2008.
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by STACEY DANZUSO | March 27, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man accused of following two women home, forcing his way inside and assaulting one of them, will spend a minimum of 46 months in state prison. As part of a no contest plea, Jeffrey Keith, 39, of 7 S. Federal St., Chambersburg, was sentenced on charges of simple assault, criminal trespass and terroristic threats earlier this month in Franklin County Court. A no contest plea means a defendant is not admitting guilt, but will offer no defense.
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April 15, 2012
A person with minor injuries was taken to Meritus Medical Center on Sunday morning after a vehicle hit a utility pole in front of The Feed Bin, an agricultural supplier on Lappans Road, authorities said. The pole was broken, Maryland State Police said. The incident in front of 18642 Lappans Road was reported at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services. That stretch of Lappans Road is south of the state prison complex. - Julie E. Greene
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by STACEY DANZUSO | February 21, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisonville, Pa., man who did not show up at his sentencing in Franklin County Court despite multiple postponements was sentenced in absentia Wednesday to serve a minimum of nine months in state prison on drug- and alcohol-related charges. Philip B. Roberts, who lived in Waynesboro, Pa., and Chambersburg at the time of the incidents, previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of driving under the influence, according to court records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2012
A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to the 2011 stabbing of his father-in-law was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to 15 years in state prison. Joshua Bassford, 23, formerly of 136 E. Irvin Ave., pleaded guilty in January to first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in the Aug. 24, 2011, stabbing of Frederick Wiebel Jr. at the East Irvin Avenue residence. Charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder were dismissed at the Jan. 31 plea hearing, court records show.
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by DON AINES | March 3, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man convicted in a 2002 home invasion robbery was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to two to five years in state prison. Dustin Lamier, 20, of 8783 Kings Road, was sentenced by Judge Carol Van Horn to another five years on probation on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and criminal trespass. Van Horn fined him $550, and he has to pay another $250 to have his DNA registered with the state and $108 in restitution to the victim.
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By DON AINES | February 24, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - On a Friday in late December, about 80 inmates were moved from the Franklin County Jail to the courthouse for the call of the incarcerated for the January trial term, a logistical exercise that meant a dozen or more round trips by Sheriff's Office vans along the six-mile route. If all goes as planned for the May trial term, the inmates on the trial term list will only have to be walked down a corridor to a courtroom within the jail. Each week, deputies have to move inmates from the jail to the courthouse for sentencings, arraignments, preliminary hearings in Central Court or other courtroom procedures.
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