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by DAVE McMILLION | February 26, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Any planned expansion of a Jefferson County racetrack and driver's training facility not already under way cannot begin until a court case challenging the project is resolved, a judge ruled Tuesday. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. ordered any additional work at Summit Point Raceway to be suspended as part of a case brought against the track by Valerie Owens and her husband, Mike Dunkum. Owens and Dunkum want the car racetrack to be limited in its ability to expand for anti-terrorism training.
NEWS
April 10, 2008
A Washington County District Court case against the mother of a former Maryland State Police trooper convicted of possessing child pornography was rescheduled Wednesday. Vicki A. Murphy, 59, of 3920 Wistman Lane in Myersville, Md., was charged in February with participating in a fight outside the courtroom where her son, Brian H. Murphy, was being sentenced on pornography charges. Vicki Murphy's case was rescheduled Wednesday for May 27. Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Wednesday that the case was rescheduled to keep it with related cases that have also been rescheduled for May 27. Vicki Murphy was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the fight that occurred outside a courtroom in District Court on Feb. 13, 2008.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 8, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Former Assistant Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Cassell lashed out at Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp Thursday after Surkamp placed an item on the commission's agenda which referred to "legal ethics" and Cassell. The discussion involved a court case that is referred to as the Kletter case. Among other issues, the Kletter case affected the interpretation of Jefferson County's zoning ordinance, Cassell said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | February 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A former Maryland State Police trooper convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended one-year jail term and three years of supervised probation in an emotional hearing that erupted into violence in the hallway during a recess. Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas said he thought the sentence was appropriate given the misdemeanor charges and the spotless record of the defendant, Brian H. Murphy, 34, of Boonsboro. However, Thomas said he was concerned by new information that suggested Murphy allowed his inappropriate thoughts to spread to the way he viewed children he knew.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 10, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Incumbent Larry Faircloth was the apparent winner in Tuesday's Republican primary in his bid to represent the 53rd District in the House of Delegates for an 11th consecutive two-year term. With 41 of 46 precincts reporting, Faircloth had 600 votes to GOP challenger Tom Slater's 416 . Faircloth will face Democrat Don Kawalek of Bunker Hill, W.Va., in the general election in November. Kawalek was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Faircloth, 51, of Inwood, W.Va.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 28, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com An increasing number of gay people had been asking for marriage licenses. It was time for Maryland's attorney general to get involved. State law and jurisprudence offered bits and pieces of gender guidance, such as a reference to a "widow" possibly marrying a "widower" and an 1828 court case that mentioned "man and woman. " So, the attorney general used anatomy to bolster his opinion that only a man and a woman may make up a wedded couple.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
When it comes to zoning, is government allowed to change its mind? That question is at the heart of a court case now being fought by the City of Hagerstown and Evergreen Properties LLC. In 2001, Evergreen won a zoning change for a 3.6-acre parcel at the corner of Eastern Boulevard and Potomac Avenue across the street from the Long Meadow Shopping Center. Evergreen had proposed putting a CVS pharmacy with a drive-through window on the site. But after residents opposed to the idea appealed it, Judge W. Kennedy Boone III ruled that the council's explanation of what it had done was insufficient and sent it back to the city's elected officials for a rewrite.
NEWS
April 18, 1997
To students in Spring Ward's Government and Politics class, for putting together one of the few forums to feature candidates in Hagerstown's city election. To Delores Finney, a Hancock native who's dedicated 28 years of her life to teaching in the local school system. Her devotion and expertise in the classroom won her honors as Washington County's Teacher of the Year. To Washington County Attorney Richard Douglas, for telling the county's sewer advisory commission they could close a budget workshop session to the press.
NEWS
April 3, 1997
West Virginia residents could face higher taxes in the next few years as a result of a judge's decision on school funding. We recommend that state officials use the year they've been given by the court to work out a solution to craft one that equalizes expenditures without adding a new layer of bureaucracy. The court case that spawned the ruling came out of a 1979 case brought by Dan Hedges, a Charleston lawyer representing Lincoln County. That case went to the Ohio County Circuit Court, where Judge Arthur Recht (now on the state Supreme Court)
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by PEPPER BALLARD | April 24, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com For a crime victim, dealing with the sometimes disappointing outcome of a court case can be frustrating, but understanding the system and options available through it can help ease the blow when a sentence is pronounced. "Most people aren't satisfied, but they don't work in the court system," said Jill Ritter, Washington County State's Attorney's Office Victim Witness Unit director. It's Ritter's job and those in her unit to meet with victims and explain to them their options and the possible outcomes of their cases.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2012
Where the south side of the Potomac River ends and the state of Virginia begins is the subject of a court case in Washington County Circuit Court between the owners of the river bottom and two river rafting companies. On Friday, Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. heard arguments on a defense motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Potomac Shores Inc. against River & Trail Outfitters of Knoxville, Md., and River Riders Inc. of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Potomac Shores Inc. owns more than 500 acres of land that includes the bottom of the Potomac River and that property extends to what is now dry land on the Virginia side, due to changes in the course of the river, Potomac Shores' attorney Bradford Webb argued during in the hearing.
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April 10, 2008
A Washington County District Court case against the mother of a former Maryland State Police trooper convicted of possessing child pornography was rescheduled Wednesday. Vicki A. Murphy, 59, of 3920 Wistman Lane in Myersville, Md., was charged in February with participating in a fight outside the courtroom where her son, Brian H. Murphy, was being sentenced on pornography charges. Vicki Murphy's case was rescheduled Wednesday for May 27. Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Wednesday that the case was rescheduled to keep it with related cases that have also been rescheduled for May 27. Vicki Murphy was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the fight that occurred outside a courtroom in District Court on Feb. 13, 2008.
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By HEATHER KEELS | February 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A former Maryland State Police trooper convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended one-year jail term and three years of supervised probation in an emotional hearing that erupted into violence in the hallway during a recess. Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas said he thought the sentence was appropriate given the misdemeanor charges and the spotless record of the defendant, Brian H. Murphy, 34, of Boonsboro. However, Thomas said he was concerned by new information that suggested Murphy allowed his inappropriate thoughts to spread to the way he viewed children he knew.
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by DAN DEARTH | March 10, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown couple told the city council last month that their efforts to block the construction of a hospital on Robinwood Drive are being opposed by elected officials at the county and state levels. Gordon and Janet Bartels and three other people are clinging to an appeal that they filed last year with the state's Court of Special Appeals to challenge the decision to build a hospital on Robinwood Drive. The current hospital is in downtown Hagerstown. "There has been tremendous pressure for us to drop the appeal," Gordon Bartels told the council.
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by DON AINES | July 21, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Penn-Mar Ethanol failed to close the deal on a $2.2 million land purchase at the Cumberland Valley Business Park by midnight Wednesday, meaning the 55-acre parcel will go back on the market. Scott Welsh, the project manager for Penn-Mar, and LIDA Executive Director John Van Horn confirmed Thursday that the York, Pa., partnership did not meet the deadline. Welsh said Thursday he could not comment on Penn-Mar's future plans. "We have had the public and private support of thousands of Franklin County residents in opposing construction of the Penn-Mar ethanol distillery over the past 17 months," DeEtta Antoun, the director of Citizens for a Quality Environment, said in a statement issued Thursday.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | July 2, 2006
Sometimes you don't know what it is that you've got. And if you're not willing to remain open to the possibility that what you've been thinking of as an apple is really an orange that's been painted red, you might be in trouble. I thought about that this week, following my interview with Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong Jr. One of the things Strong said was that it is important for a prosecutor to keep an open mind on cases, so that if new information surfaces, it isn't disregarded because it doesn't fit the previous theory of what happened.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | April 24, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com For a crime victim, dealing with the sometimes disappointing outcome of a court case can be frustrating, but understanding the system and options available through it can help ease the blow when a sentence is pronounced. "Most people aren't satisfied, but they don't work in the court system," said Jill Ritter, Washington County State's Attorney's Office Victim Witness Unit director. It's Ritter's job and those in her unit to meet with victims and explain to them their options and the possible outcomes of their cases.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 8, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Former Assistant Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Cassell lashed out at Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp Thursday after Surkamp placed an item on the commission's agenda which referred to "legal ethics" and Cassell. The discussion involved a court case that is referred to as the Kletter case. Among other issues, the Kletter case affected the interpretation of Jefferson County's zoning ordinance, Cassell said.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
When it comes to zoning, is government allowed to change its mind? That question is at the heart of a court case now being fought by the City of Hagerstown and Evergreen Properties LLC. In 2001, Evergreen won a zoning change for a 3.6-acre parcel at the corner of Eastern Boulevard and Potomac Avenue across the street from the Long Meadow Shopping Center. Evergreen had proposed putting a CVS pharmacy with a drive-through window on the site. But after residents opposed to the idea appealed it, Judge W. Kennedy Boone III ruled that the council's explanation of what it had done was insufficient and sent it back to the city's elected officials for a rewrite.
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by TIM ROWLAND | July 8, 2004
I have this uneasy feeling that it is the opinion of the folks over in the Washington County Commissioners' offices that I have lost my comedic edge. Fortunately, they appear willing to do something about it. In order to restore me to my old, humorous form, they are pitching a couple of "batting practice fastballs" to help me get my timing back. Most notable was a story in The Herald-Mail last week detailing a "Frequently Asked Questions" link on the Washington County Commissioners' Web site.
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