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By DON AINES | January 30, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Already serving up to 50 years in state prison for shooting a Fulton County man, Gregory Rouzer was sentenced Friday in Franklin County Court to another five to 10 years for trying to hire a hitman to kill his original victim. Rouzer, 41, of 1291 Possum Hollow Road in Harrisonville, Pa., was convicted last year in Fulton County Court of attempted homicide and related charges and sentenced to 14 years and seven months to 50 years in prison. He pleaded no contest Friday before Franklin County Judge Richard Walsh to criminal solicitation to commit murder.
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By MARLO BARNHART | January 23, 2009
After convicted murderer Kandelario Garcia-Ramos was recaptured Thursday afternoon - five days after his escape from a state prison south of Hagerstown - Maryland State Police were trying to piece together where he had been and what he had been doing during the time he was on the loose. "He wasn't being very cooperative, not even about who he was," Sgt. T.J. McKenrick said Friday. Garcia-Ramos, 23, was taken to the state's maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., after he was apprehended.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 22, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Officials are considering longer work days for Maryland correctional officers, a decision some say would put the workers at risk. Unions representing those officers and some members of Washington County's delegation in Annapolis say the 12-hour shifts would make prisons, including the three south of Hagerstown, less safe. Correctional employees currently work eight-hour shifts. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget, which was released Wednesday, includes a move to 12-hour shifts for all corrections employees, including correctional officers and support staff.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 22, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Police chased and caught convicted murderer Kandelario Garcia-Ramos on Thursday, five days after he escaped from a state prison south of Hagerstown, authorities said. Maryland State Police said a clerk at Sheetz at U.S. 40 and Md. 66, east of Hagerstown, called 911 to report a suspicious man loitering in the store. When police arrived, the man -- who was outside talking on a cell phone and drinking coffee -- ran southwest into a field, at one point pulling out an 8-inch knife as officers chased him, Sgt. T.J. McKenrick said.
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January 21, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who pleaded guilty to two armed robberies was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to seven to 16 years in state prison. Samuel Thomas Smith, 20, of 284 Philadelphia Ave., pleaded guilty to the convenience store holdups on Jan. 5, according to court records. Judge Douglas W. Herman ordered Smith to pay $797 in restitution and gave him credit for 14 months he has served. On June 4, 2007, a man entered the Route 11 Pit Stop, 2324 Philadelphia Ave., and pulled out a handgun, Pennsylvania State Police said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | January 21, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A convicted murderer who on Saturday escaped from a state prison south of Hagerstown and has not been found is featured on the Web site for the television show "America's Most Wanted. " The escapee, Kandelario Garcia-Ramos, 23, will be mentioned on the show Saturday evening, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said Wednesday. Garcia-Ramos, who was serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder in the December 2007 stabbing death of his former boss in Prince George's County, Md., apparently scaled two fences at the Maryland Correctional Institution between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday while his unit was moving to or from the dining hall for breakfast, a prisons spokesman has said.
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By DON AINES | October 24, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After a fifth judge is elected to the 39th District of the Court of Common Pleas next year, that jurist is going to need a place to hang his or her robe, as well as a courtroom and staff, some implications of an expanding court system discussed Thursday by the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. A judge will need chambers, office space for a secretary and clerk and other personnel might be needed - a court stenographer and sheriff's deputies. Space requirements have prompted the county to begin facilities planning with architects, County Administrator John Hart said.
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By DON AINES | October 4, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with sexually assaulting two women on the same night last year entered a no-contest plea to a burglary charge Thursday and was sentenced to state prison. Sean Nolan Connor, 36, of 67 North Ave., was to be tried next week on charges of rape of an unconscious victim, burglary, indecent assault and sexual assault in one case; and forcible rape, sexual assault involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault in another. Connor entered the plea to the first-degree felony burglary charge before Judge John R. Walker and was sentenced to two to four years in prison, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said.
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September 24, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was sentenced Monday in Franklin County Court to serve time in state prison after his second trial conviction on drug charges. Thailand V. Dickerson, 43, of 116 S. Second St., was convicted last week in a trial before Judge Carol Van Horn on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Van Horn sentenced Dickerson to 33 months to 10 years. On Aug. 30, 2007, the Chambersburg Police Department used a confidential informant to purchase $100 worth of crack cocaine from Dickerson, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
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By DON AINES | September 11, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man is going to state prison for at least five years for leaving his elderly mother alone lying in her own waste for several days last year. David B. Baine, 52, of 666 Broad St., was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court by Judge Carol Van Horn on charges of neglect of care, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was found guilty of the charges during a July jury trial. Police were called to Baine's home July 8, 2007, after the landlords reported no signs of activity at the house for several days.
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