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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed circuit judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned to become the state's next commissioner of agriculture. “Throughout his years on the bench, Judge Cookman has dedicated himself to the people of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and I'm confident as a State Senator he will continue to serve West Virginians well,” Tomblin said in a news release. Helmick resigned from his 15th Senate District seat last week, but his four-year Senate term does not expire until 2014.
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February 22, 2008
PREP WRESTLING HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 61st annual West Virginia state tournament began Thursday night with 32 area wrestlers in first-round bouts at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Action continues today and concludes Saturday with the championship finals at 6 p.m. First-round results involving area wrestlers: Class AAA 103 - Dirk Bauer (Wheeling Park) p. Mya Miller (Hedgesville) 1:53; Kyle Bratke (Parkersburg) p. Andy Stotler (Martinsburg) 1:29. 112 - Zachary Larkins (Greenbrier East)
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June 12, 2013
Two Indiana residents were charged after West Virginia State Police seized more than 19 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck that was  stopped Tuesday on Interstate 81, according to police and court documents. Marshea Nicole Dunn, 27, and Cody James Godina, 19, of Francesville, Ind., were arraigned Wednesday on single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.
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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.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
West Virginia State Police have arrested more than 170 sex offenders since the first of the year for providing false information to the state sex offender registry. State Police 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous said the agency and the U.S. Marshal Service has verified the information for more than 1,000 offenders on the registry during that time, after a weekend sweep by state police. Baylous said additional arrests are expected as individuals are located and investigations are completed.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 17, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Walking slowly down the steps of the governor's plane, West Virginia State Trooper R.J. "Bobby" Elswick was welcomed home Friday afternoon by a large crowd that included many state troopers, sheriff's deputies and rescue workers. Elswick, who was once not expected to live, was all smiles as he greeted members of his family and fellow officers. Elswick was shot once in the head in October while responding to a report of domestic violence.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2013
Family members of Wayne Jones, who died March 13 from multiple gunshot wounds when five Martinsburg police officers tried to arrest him during an altercation, claimed at a news conference Wednesday that Jones was struck 15 times by police bullets. The incident is being investigated by West Virginia State Police. The results of an autopsy performed on Jones, 50, of Stephens City, Va., have not been released. “The case is still under investigation,” Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Wednesday.
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July 24, 2013
A 25-year-old man is accused of soliciting an 11-year-old Eastern Panhandle girl for sex, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Wade Eugene Decker of 1819 Berkeley Station Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on single felony counts of solicitation of a minor using a computer, attempted use of a minor to produce obscene matter, use of obscene matter to seduce a minor and display of obscene matter to...
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 7, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG - A 93-year-old man was found dead in his home along Airport Road south of Martinsburg Sunday night and West Virginia State Police said Monday they were investigating the death as a homicide. Delbert Rodgers, who lived in a one-story home near the main terminal building at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, was found dead in his house at about 11 p.m. Sunday, state police Sgt. Deke Walker said. A caretaker discovered the body and called police, Walker said.
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by MARLO BARNHART | January 20, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com The bidders at Sunday's auction for West Virginia State Police Trooper R.J. Elswick included fellow officers who came from several states, some avid sports enthusiasts and even Elswick family members who drove four hours for the event at Hagerstown's Four Points Sheraton. "The rest of the family got snowed in," said Linda Elswick Bolen, aunt of the trooper who is recuperating at a Georgia hospital after being shot in the head in October. She and her sister, Susan Elswick Fisher, and their husbands were spirited bidders during the auction, which attracted more than 70 people and raised more than $10,000.
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