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August 7, 2013
Marie Virginia (Wagaman) Beachley, 94, went to her eternal rest Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Williamsport Retirement Village. Born June 25, 1919, in Boonsboro, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Clayton and Margaret Virginia Wagaman. Her husband of 62 years, Austin A. Beachley, preceded her in death in 2005. Marie was employed as a seamstress at various places in the Hagerstown area, including L'Aiglon, the Dorby Dress Manufacturing Co. and the Waynesboro Knitting Mill. She was a member of the Willow Brook Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boonsboro and the Cumberland Valley Retirement Association.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | February 26, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com When a youngster stands before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley in juvenile court for the second or third time, the judge said the likelihood the child will appear before him as an adult has increased. One by one, case by case, children - some only slightly taller than the defendant's chair - stand before Beachley for judgment on Wednesdays in the county's juvenile court, located in a small courtroom decorated in royal blue on the third floor of the Washington County Courthouse.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 6, 2011
One of the cases against a former youth soccer coach charged with distributing child pornography and making hidden-camera videos of a girl was continued Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley declined a request by Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael to place the child pornography distribution and possession case against Roger Allen Repp III on the inactive docket. Michael made the request, telling Beachley that federal authorities also are looking into Repp's case for possible prosecution.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after entering guilty pleas Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to a series of 2012 residential burglaries. Derick Lane Boerstler, 23, formerly of 463 Links View Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Donald E. Beachley to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,000. In addition to the prison sentence, Beachley imposed another 35 years of suspended sentences.
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December 22, 2011
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Thursday selected a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge to fill an at-large vacancy on the state Court of Special Appeals from a field of nine nominees that included Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley. O'Malley elevated Judge Stuart Ross Berger to fill the at-large vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Ellen L. Hollander to the U.S. District Court.   Berger has served as a circuit court judge since 1998. He also has been designated to sit temporarily on the Court of Special Appeals on numerous occasions.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | April 9, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com A Washington County Circuit judge on Tuesday found an Allegany County, Md., man not guilty of reckless endangerment in the shooting death of another man in a Hancock bar on Dec. 26, 2001. Shawn E. Golden's family members hugged each other after he was acquitted, while members of victim William A. Weicht's family quietly left the courtroom. Both families declined to comment. Weicht, 33, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was shot once in the chest at the Log Cabin Inn. He died at Washington County Hospital.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 7, 2011
Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley is among 20 applicants seeking to fill a vacancy on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's second highest court. Beachley, 54, said Tuesday he has applied to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, which will interview the applicants on Oct. 25-26. Those found qualified and nominated by the commission will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O'Malley for consideration, he said. There is no deadline for O'Malley to make the appointment, Beachley said.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | December 4, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com An 18-year-old Keedysville man who admitted killing puppies at his father's home in September was sentenced Wednesday to continue living in community detention at his maternal grandmother's Hagerstown home and to have no contact with domesticated animals. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ruled Wednesday that the man must live with his grandmother indefinitely. The man was charged in September with the bludgeoning deaths of 10 puppies and with shooting two adult dogs, one of which died.
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June 25, 2006
The following people appeared in Washington County District Court and Washington County Circuit Court in April on alcohol and drug-related charges: Jeremy W. Decker, 28, of 161 W. High St., Hancock - possession of drug paraphernalia; no sentence. (Visiting Judge Fred Bower) Joseph Wilson Parker Jr., 58, of 202 N. Potomac St., Apt. 1, Hagerstown - possession of illegal drugs; three months in jail. (France) Donald Mason, 38, Roxbury Correctional Institution, 18701 Roxbury Road, Hagerstown - possession of illegal drugs; one year in prison.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 27, 2011
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley is among nine judges who have been nominated to fill on open seat on Maryland's second highest court. Beachley, 54, was among 20 people who applied to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission to fill a vacancy on the 13-judge Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis. The commission held interviews with the applicants this week. Beachley was not in town Thursday and could not be reached for comment, his secretary said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced a Hagerstown man with a long criminal record to eight years in prison after he entered an Alford plea to conspiracy to commit a third-degree burglary in a January break-in linked to a federal case. “Given your record, you certainly ought to thank your lawyer,” Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley told James Thomas Grapes Jr., formerly of View Street. Beachley told Grapes he could have faced a much longer sentence had he been convicted by a jury.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2013
A man accused in 2012 of raping an 89-year-old resident of a county nursing home was back in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday, where it was determined that he remained incompetent to stand trial. The 39-year-old man was charged with second-degree rape and second- and third-degree sex offenses in the March 2, 2012, incident at NMS Healthcare, 14014 Marsh Pike, according to court records.  The man, whose name is not being published because of his mental status, was found to be incompetent to stand trial in January and was committed to the custody of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, court records said.
OBITUARIES
August 7, 2013
Marie Virginia (Wagaman) Beachley, 94, went to her eternal rest Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Williamsport Retirement Village. Born June 25, 1919, in Boonsboro, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Clayton and Margaret Virginia Wagaman. Her husband of 62 years, Austin A. Beachley, preceded her in death in 2005. Marie was employed as a seamstress at various places in the Hagerstown area, including L'Aiglon, the Dorby Dress Manufacturing Co. and the Waynesboro Knitting Mill. She was a member of the Willow Brook Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boonsboro and the Cumberland Valley Retirement Association.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 22, 2013
A Hagerstown man charged with robbing a bar and a convenience store in January was sentenced to three years in state prison Monday after pleading guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of robbery. Parsram Kevin Sukhram, 18, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to robbery in the Jan. 29 holdup of the Side Pockets bar at 807 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Under a plea agreement, other charges in that incident were dismissed, as well as charges in the Jan. 9 robbery of the AC&T at 724 Frederick St., Hagerstown.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A New York City man charged with trying to smuggle 805 cartons of cigarettes through Maryland forfeited the $30,000 worth of smokes and received a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to transporting unstamped cigarettes. In addition to the forfeiture and fine, Judge Donald E. Beachley placed Henry Avigail Badia, 34, on probation before judgment and a year's supervised probation. Under probation before judgment, Badia, who had no criminal record, could have his record cleared if he successfully completes probation.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after entering guilty pleas Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to a series of 2012 residential burglaries. Derick Lane Boerstler, 23, formerly of 463 Links View Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Donald E. Beachley to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,000. In addition to the prison sentence, Beachley imposed another 35 years of suspended sentences.
OBITUARIES
June 26, 2012
Charles D. Beachley Jr., 88, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Jan. 2, 1924, in Middletown, Md., Charlie was the son of the late Charles D. Beachley Sr. and Minnie (Nash) Beachley.   Charlie was a 1941 graduate of Middletown High School. Charlie retired as assistant comptroller of the U.S. Treasury at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., where he worked for 37 years. He was a member of the Martinsburg Moose Lodge, Improved Order of Red Men in Williamsport, Md., and Potomac Fish & Game Club.
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February 27, 2012
Miss Judith Blane Beachley, 72, a lifetime resident of Brownsville, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Northampton Manor Nursing Home in Frederick, Md. Judy was born June 30, 1939, in Frederick, a daughter of the late George Dewey and Zillah Markoe Beachley.   Judy was a homemaker who loved to work in her flower gardens and care for her cats. She was a dedicated member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Brownsville. Judy was one of 11 children, and is survived by her brother, Carl Beachley and wife, Mary; and sisters, Candiz Notnagle, Beverly Shaff and husband, Bill, and Mary Lee Stitely, all of Frederick; as well as many nieces and nephews.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2012
Two Hagerstown teenagers who had pleaded guilty last year to robbing a woman were sentenced this week in Washington County Circuit Court to state prison terms. Judge Donald E. Beachley Wednesday sentenced Alonzo Dayshawn Hart, 16, of 254 S. Potomac St., Apt. 2F, to seven years in prison for armed robbery. Beachley also sentenced co-defendant, Rason Michael Patterson, 19, of 402 Mitchell Ave., Apt. B, who had pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery, to five years in prison.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2012
Two juveniles accused of attempting to rob a cab driver last year admitted to misdemeanor charges of attempted theft Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court. The boys, ages 15 and 16, were among four juveniles picked up by the cab driver at the Hagerstown YMCA on Nov. 25, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell told Judge Donald E. Beachley. When the cabbie took them to an address on Mapleleaf Court, one of the juveniles tried to pay the $11.50 fare with $3 in U.S. currency and a Mexican bill, he said.
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