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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2012
Darrol Chris Sands' semen was in the body of Carol Marie Brown and his palm print was on the bathtub where her body was discovered nearly four years ago, but his defense attorney argued Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court that the sex was consensual and there are other suspects in the Hagerstown woman's murder. Sands, 44, was indicted in 2010 on charges of first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter in the April 19, 2008, murder of Brown, a 22-year-old mother of two who was strangled and stabbed to death in her home at 457 Mitchell Ave. Brown was addicted to drugs and had her children taken from her following a March 17, 2008, police raid on her home, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael told the jury in his opening statement.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 31, 2011
Three Hagerstown men who were arrested Friday night at gunpoint by the Washington County Special Response Team following a 90-minute standoff at an apartment near City Park have been charged in connection with the incident. Jacob Malachi Adams, 21, of 220 East Ave., was charged with one count each of fourth-degree burglary, handgun on person, firearm possession with a felony conviction, possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, controlled dangerous substance possession of firearms, controlled dangerous substance possession with intent to distribute narcotics and controlled dangerous substance possession - not marijuana, according to deputies at the Washington County Detention Center.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2011
A Washington County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday that most of the videotaped statement of a Hagerstown man accused of stabbing his roommate to death cannot be used by the prosecution in his trial. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer ruled that everything recorded after 2:33 p.m. - about 2 1/2 hours into a nine-hour interrogation - could not be used in the state's case against Darrell Hicks. Hicks, 53, of 211 W. Franklin St., Apt. 3, is being held on charges of first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in the death of Darin Bernard Pressman, who body was discovered in the apartment on June 3. Hagerstown police believe Pressman was killed four days prior to his girlfriend finding the body.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2011
The Berkeley County Council now wants to be advised if other elected county officeholders wish to hire a family member, relative or friend. The council must approve most employees hired by the county clerk, circuit court clerk, sheriff, prosecuting attorney and assessor, making members personally liable and subject to removal from office if they knowingly agree to an illegal hire, according to a letter the council agreed Thursday to send to the...
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 30, 2011
During hours of questioning by Hagerstown police detectives in June, Darrell Hicks repeatedly denied stabbing his roommate and leaving his body in their apartment for several days. Eventually, Hicks told investigators he stabbed Darin Bernard Pressman. But it will be up to Washington County Circuit Court Judge Daniel P. Dwyer to determine whether the statement was made voluntarily. On Wednesday, a hearing on a defense motion to exclude Hicks' police interview from a trial began before 9 a.m. and extended past the 4:30 p.m. closing of the courthouse.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 14, 2011
A West Virginia man charged with first-degree murder in the June 10 fatal shooting of a Hagerstown woman initially told police that ex-girlfriend Heather Harris shot herself twice in the head, according to a videotaped statement played Monday during a suppression hearing in Washington County Circuit Court. “I'm coming down the hallway and I hear this bang,” Randy Houston McPeak, 44, of 346 Homestead Lane, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said in a taped interview with Washington County Sheriff's Detective Greg Alton.
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October 21, 2011
A Washington County District Court judge Friday increased the bail tenfold for a man who allegedly told a court commissioner earlier this month that he had a gun and had "just shot a cop. " District Court Dana Moylan Wright increased Kevin Michael Drew's bail from $20,000 to $200,000 on charges of making a false statement to a state official and trespassing. But, by that time, Drew, who is awaiting another mental health evaluation, had walked away from the closed-circuit television hookup from the detention linking him to his bond-review hearing.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 28, 2011
A hearing to suppress statements made to police by a man charged with the murder of Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove concluded this week, but a ruling on defense motions is several weeks away, District Attorney Shawn Wagner said. Christopher Lynn Johnson, 28, of Fairfield, Pa., is charged with first-degree murder and faces a possible death penalty if convicted of the Nov. 11, 2010, shooting death of Grove, 31, of Fairfield. Assistant Public Defender Kristin Rice has filed a motion to suppress Johnson's statements to police following his arrest on Nov. 12, as well as a motion to have the trial moved to another county, or have a jury brought in from another jurisdiction to hear the case.
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September 20, 2011
A Hagerstown man has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements to the Federal Highway Administration regarding precast concrete used in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and other highway projects, prosecutors said. Santos Eliazar Rivas, 32, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to three counts of making false statements, according to a news release from the office of Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Rivas, who faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count, is scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett on Dec. 19, the release said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2011
A statement read Monday by the president of the Waynesboro Area School Board generated strong reactions from already polarized board members and teachers. Board President Ed Wilson read a three-page statement regarding grievances filed by the teachers' union and decided by an arbitrator. He said he wants taxpayers to know how much the grievances cost them. "There's a lot of this that goes on that the public isn't aware of. ... We're trying to save money any way we can," he said.
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