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September 18, 2000
Authorities say violent acts in W.Va. counties 'unconnected' By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Local law enforcement officers could point to no one reason Monday for the three apparent homicides and two shootings in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in the past two weeks. continued "They are totally unconnected acts of violence," said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neeley. "It's unusual to see this many shootings in this period of time.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 22, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com A summer night, a standoff between two groups over the use of a cell phone, a call for one of the men to get a gun. That was the picture painted for a Washington County Circuit judge Wednesday before he sentenced a 19-year-old man to prison for a June 24, 2003, shooting in Hagerstown. Judge Frederick C. Wright sentenced Marcus Jarod Chestnut to 20 years in state prison for the shooting on the 100 block of Franklin Street. Melissa Emilcar was wounded in the leg and Kelvin Baker was wounded in the arm and back in the shooting Chestnut, whose last known address was 129 E. Franklin St., pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.
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By DAVE McMILLION | December 19, 1998
Editor's note:For these 12 days before Christmas, we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the eighth in the series. Life can be rough in the Jonathan Street area, but for a few hours Saturday, it was blessed with goodwill. Four local women interested in doing something special for the community opened the doors of the Bethel Gardens community center and laid out dinner for 250. Flyers announcing the dinner were distributed at the YMCA and the Rescue Mission, said Tracey Brown, one of the four women calling themselves the Friends of the Community.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 8, 1998
Members of the Washington County Board of Education were led past decaying buildings, a former convenience store that was the scene of a 1996 stabbing and other scenes of the Jonathan Street neighborhood Friday. Carolyn Brooks, coordinator of the HotSpot anti-crime initiative in the Jonathan Street area, said she wanted school officials to see the area so they understand what children who live there face. Brooks showed board members vacant houses, including one where weeds around it had reached the second story.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | December 5, 1998
The man who was shot on Friday night was released from the hospital on Saturday, officials said. Hagerstown City Police identified the victim as Jarrard Jordon, 21, who has no fixed address. Jordon was treated for his injuries and released from Washington County Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Police offered few new details of the shooting on Saturday. When officers arrived in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street at about 10:35 p.m. on Friday, they found Jordon lying in the first floor entry way of 229 N. Jonathan St. He had been shot in the back shoulder area, police said.
NEWS
January 14, 1998
Probe into shooting continues Police Tuesday continued to search for the person who shot a New Jersey man Monday night on Jonathan Street. Kurrian Tyshon Grasty, 18, remained in fair condition Tuesday night at Washington County Hospital, according to spokesman John C. Costopoulos. Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Rick Johnson said Grasty was struck from the belly button down. Authorities released few other details about the incident. Eight shots were fired, including four that struck Grasty, Capt.
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By MARLO BARNHART | August 16, 1999
The number of arsons in Washington County more than doubled during the first three months of 1999, the only blemish on an otherwise upbeat crime report that showed a 19.5 percent drop in seven major categories over the same quarter last year. Compiled by the Maryland State Police in Pikesville, the January-March figures show arsons in Washington County at 18, up from eight during the same period in 1998, a 125 percent increase. "Of those 18, we handled eight in the county," said Ted Meminger, deputy chief state fire marshal for the western region.
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by LAURA ERNDE | July 30, 2003
Editor's note: The names of the mothers interviewed and of the offenders are not being printed to protect the identities of the children. laurae@herald-mail.com When her father-in-law was sentenced in April to serve five years in prison for molesting her 8-year-old daughter, authorities assured Tammy that he would serve half his sentence behind bars. But the Hagerstown woman recently received a letter notifying her that he will be eligible for parole after 15 months.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2012
A 54-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for the 2011 murder of his roommate, whose decomposing body was found days later in the West Franklin Street apartment they shared. Darrell Hicks was given the maximum 30-year sentence for second-degree murder by Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer, who gave Hicks another three years in prison for carrying a deadly weapon. Hicks will have to serve at least half of the 30-year sentence for the stabbing death of Darrin Pressman before he is eligible for parole, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said after the sentencing.
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By HEATHER KEELS | November 10, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Crime in Washington County the first six months of this year was down 7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to data released Oct. 31. That statistic is based on numbers reported by law enforcement agencies for seven types of crimes tracked by the Maryland Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Those crimes are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, breaking and entering, larceny theft and motor vehicle theft. Violent crime was down 18 percent in Washington County, while property crime was down 5 percent.
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