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October 1, 2008
Please bring back the 'old' John McCain To the editor: I liked the "old" John McCain and I would have voted for him. But he has changed. He made his choice for V.P. knowing they do not agree on a lot of important issues. If you choose to vote for McCain because you like Palin, you had better think twice. To all you parents who have daughters: If your child gets pregnant by rape or incest, Palin will not let her get an abortion. And all of you lower and middle income Americans, don't expect a big tax break from McCain.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 7, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The late Circuit Judge Vance E. Sencindiver's standards for court decorum and trial preparation were beyond reproach. If you didn't dress appropriately, "he didn't care if you were a juror or a lawyer - you were out the door," attorney Patrick Henry III said Tuesday. Sencindiver died Sunday at City Hospital in Martinsburg. He was 85. "If you listened to him, you learned a lot. If you didn't listen, you better get out of Dodge," Henry said of Sencindiver's mastery of law and order in the courtroom.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 4, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Former employees of AB&C Group Inc., who were laid off last month, could receive some of the wages they are owed as early as next week, attorneys said Friday during a court hearing. Two boxes of paychecks for workers laid off March 14, the day they were to be paid, were turned over Friday to an attorney appointed by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh to marshal the custody of company assets seized by a court order signed Monday. Before distributing the March 9 payroll checks, attorney Carmela Cesare, the court-appointed receiver, is expected to verify that the checks can be cashed and photocopy them for the benefit of two civil lawsuits filed against the company since it shut down.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 28, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 22-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in the July 2007 death of Douglas S. Funk II could enter a plea to a misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter to resolve the allegations pending against him, Berkeley County's prosecuting attorney said Wednesday. "There is a plea with the blessing of the victim's family in place," Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely said of the lesser offense now pending against Christopher M. Speikers in Berkeley County Circuit Court.
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By DAVE McMILLION | December 26, 2007
"There is a fullness of time when men should go, and not occupy too long the ground to which others have a right to advance. " - Thomas Jefferson CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. ? Those are the words that 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. is living by these days. After serving as judge since 1985, the 56-year-old Steptoe has decided it's time to move on. Steptoe has decided he will not seek re-election when his term expires next year, and said he is looking forward to being able to explore other interests.
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December 25, 2007
"There is a fullness of time when men should go, and not occupy too long the ground to which others have a right to advance. " - Thomas Jefferson CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? Those are the words that 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. is living by these days. After serving as judge since 1985, the 56-year-old Steptoe has decided it's time to move on. Steptoe has decided he will not seek re-election when his term expires next year, and said he is looking forward to being able to explore other interests.
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August 25, 2007
Thumbs up to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, for its ruling that a circuit judge correctly upheld zoning variances that would allow the Washington County Hospital to build a new facility next to the Robinwood Medical Center. If the opponents of this decision can be persuaded not to appeal to the Maryland Court of Appeals, hospital officials say they could break ground in eight to 10 weeks. Thumbs up to the Salem Avenue Elementary School PTA, for its decision to raise $8,000 to purchase school supplies for every one of the Hagerstown school's more than 500 students.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 18, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Attorneys argued in court Friday whether a lawsuit over the death of a former Smithsburg fire company volunteer and her unborn baby should be dismissed. After more than an hour of oral arguments, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. did not offer a decision, but pledged to have one in writing "as promptly as I can. " Four years after Christina Lynn Hess, 20, died from complications connected to her pregnancy, her mother and her fianc are suing a variety of entities and individuals over their roles in the emergency medical response.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 6, 2007
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia will add 10 judges to its family court system, including one for Berkeley and Jefferson counties, but none to circuit courts after Gov. Joe Manchin signed and vetoed the final batch of bills Wednesday from the recent legislative session. Manchin approved more than 60 measures, including ones that will block new methadone clinics and allow younger adults to join their parents' health insurance. But Manchin also vetoed five bills, including one (SB400)
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 14, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Gina M. Groh, the newly appointed judge in the 23rd Judicial Circuit, will be sworn in Feb. 16 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, W.Va. Groh will be sworn in by Robin Jean Davis, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. "I was very, very honored that she asked I swear her in," Davis said in an interview last week. Davis, the only woman re-elected to a statewide office and lone female jurist on the state's five-seat appellate court in Charleston, was "absolutely delighted" to learn of Groh's appointment, which was announced Dec. 15 by Gov. Joe Manchin.
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