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NEWS
October 12, 2012
A 34-year-old Hagerstown man was killed Thursday night in a single-vehicle crash in the 9000 block of Hedgesville Road, according to West Virginia State Police. Thomas Kegarise was a passenger in the front seat of a 2009 Kia Spectra driven by his brother, Timothy Lee Kegarise, also of Hagerstown. Thomas Kegarise was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Timothy Kegarise, 32, was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. A spokesperson there would not release his condition Friday.
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BREAKINGNEWS
October 2, 2012
Six Washington High School students were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital on Tuesday after the bus in which they were riding was struck by another vehicle, according to Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall. Wall said she was told the students were taken to the hospital to be examined as a precaution after being examined at the scene of the crash on Hostler Road and W.Va. 9. Wall said she was told that some of the students suffered bumps and bruises in the crash. The bus driver is fine, Wall said.
NEWS
August 23, 2012
The trial of a Hagerstown man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in April 2011 was rescheduled for Dec. 4 to allow his defense attorney's expert to obtain and review a police accident reconstruction report. Steven Edward Thompson, 46, of 12202 Cedar Crest Ave., was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in February on charges of driving under the influence resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle.
NEWS
June 18, 2012
A Martinsburg man died after an accident Sunday night on Weaver Lane in Berkeley County in which he was thrown from his motorcycle, West Virginia State Police said. Ryan Andrew Hart, 26, of Martinsburg was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said in a news release. W.Va. State Trooper First Class J.J. Bowman and Trooper G.W. Merkich determined the motorcycle was traveling west on Weaver Lane and crossed the center portion of the roadway, at the crest of a hill, according to a state police news release.
NEWS
June 14, 2012
A Berkeley County, W.Va., man was struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday night on U.S. 11 near Martinsburg. Dale Edward Shanks, 62, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene after attempts to revive him failed, according to a West Virginia State Police news release. Troopers said the accident happened at about 9:50 p.m. in the 1400 block of Winchester Avenue, which is also U.S. 11. Based on two witness statements, Shanks was stumbling in the roadway when he was struck by a van, police said in the release.
NEWS
June 9, 2012
A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was killed Saturday afternoon when his car struck a truck tractor head-on on the U.S. 522 bridge over the Potomac River, closing the span for hours, Maryland State Police said. David Wayne Mccumbee, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a state police news release. Mccumbee, driving a 1988 Toyota Corolla, was coming from West Virginia, going north on the bridge. Police said his car crossed the center line and hit a 2012 Freightliner truck tractor pulling a full-sized box trailer.
BREAKINGNEWS
May 16, 2012
Four people were airlifted to area hospitals Wednesday evening after a head-on collision between two vehicles near Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport south of Martinsburg, a fire official said. The severity of their injuries were unknown, according to Lt. Brad Mason of South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. The call for units to respond to the crash, which involved a minivan and a two-door hatchback, went out about 8:03 p.m., for an area near the intersection of Airport Road and Snyders Lane, the dispatcher said.
NEWS
April 10, 2012
A 55-year-old man is accused of trying to bribe a West Virginia State Police trooper after allegedly failing field sobriety tests, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Paul Tilman Chaney was arraigned Saturday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey on two felony counts of bribery of a State Police trooper, driving under the influence second offense and driving revoked for DUI first offense, according to court records. Court records list Hagerstown and Falling Waters addresses for Chaney, who was detained by Trooper Z.S. Conner early Saturday in the Walmart parking lot in Spring Mills, according to court records.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
A man was shot in the arm by his girlfriend after a domestic dispute early Friday just outside Hedgesville, W.Va., according to West Virginia State Police. Timothy Butts, 32, came home drunk at 56 Lemen Court and began arguing with his girlfriend, Kimberly Jean Painter, 31, prior to the shooting, which happened about 1:40 a.m., police said in a news release. Butts grabbed Painter by the throat, choked her and threatened to wake up her son and “make him watch as he cut her throat and let her bleed out,” police said.
BREAKINGNEWS
February 3, 2012
A helicopter was called to the scene of a traffic accident Friday night in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., a Jefferson County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The dispatcher said the accident was reported at 8:02 p.m. on Ridge Road. Neither the dispatcher nor West Virginia State Police had further details, including the exact location of the accident.
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