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Paugh sworn in as Berkeley Co. magistrate

December 16, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Former West Virginia State Police Sgt. Scott E. Paugh was sworn in as Berkeley County's newest magistrate Monday, replacing Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven, who resigned after serving as a magistrate for three years.

Paugh, who was seriously injured in a collision in May 2002, brings years of law enforcement experience to the bench. He holds an associate's degree in police science from Marshall University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State College.

After the wreck forced him to retire as a state police sergeant, he worked as a criminal investigator with the state Tax Department.

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Chief Circuit Judge David Sanders appointed Paugh to fill the magistrate position and swore him in Monday afternoon.

"Mr. Paugh is very familiar with the workings of the magistrate court system locally and can bring the qualities of competence, experience, integrity, common sense and compassion to the demanding role of magistrate," Sanders previously wrote in an administrative order.

Because magistrates are elected, after he finishes DeHaven's term, Paugh will need to seek the position through election, including in May's primary election.

The wreck happened as Paugh headed home on Golf Course Road. The other driver, who crossed the center line as he fled from another police officer, was found guilty of several charges earlier this year and is serving time in prison.

As a result of the wreck, Paugh had a depressed skull fracture, which punctured his brain, and needed plates and screws to reconstruct the area around his left eye. He also suffered injuries to his hip and arm, along with multiple cuts. He suffers from double vision, but said that permanent injury will not affect his ability to work as a magistrate.

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