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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 6, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg-area woman who ran a fundraiser for a terminally ill child in April 2007 and failed to pay event vendors or give any proceeds to the girl's family entered a guilty plea in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of obtaining money by false pretenses. Jennifer Nicole Swartz, 34, of 141 O'Connor Lane, agreed to pay more than $3,000 in restitution to the vendors and court costs as part of a plea agreement reached with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 1, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The local director of the state Division of Motor Vehicles will serve six months in jail for driving with a revoked license, despite his plea for alternative sentencing, a judge decided Wednesday. Berkeley County Circuit Judge David Sanders ruled that a previous sentence imposed on Craig Loy, who heads the Martinsburg DMV office, will stand. Loy, 40, of 402 Porter Ave., Martinsburg, will serve six months in jail for driving on Jan. 22, 1999, several months after his license had been revoked.
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December 29, 2000
Man fined $5,000 for open blaze By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer The vice president of a Boonsboro hardware company was fined $5,000 and given a one-year suspended jail sentence Thursday after a Washington County Circuit jury found him and the firm guilty of violating Maryland open burning and dumping laws. Todd Eugene Easterday, of 11012 Stanley Drive, was placed on probation for three years by Judge Frederick Wright, who presided over the two-day trial. Court costs were also assessed.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | June 9, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Misdemeanor theft charges against former Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Glenn Fishack Jr. were dismissed this week after Fishack agreed to pay restitution and court costs, District Justice Larry G. Pentz said Tuesday. Fishack had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on the charges, Pentz said. Fishack said Tuesday he was pleased that the charges were dropped. "There never was an intent to keep anything from the fire department.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 16, 2004
A 19-year-old Williamsport woman who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to striking a teen-age girl in December was given probation before judgment by a Washington County Circuit judge. Heather Renee Stotler, 19, whose last known address before her arrest was 18 W. Church St. in Williamsport, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a Dec. 17, 2003, incident. Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced her to probation before judgment. Probation before judgment is a conditional avoidance of imposition of sentence after conviction.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2012
It's official. The Lord's Prayer will no longer be part of the Greencastle-Antrim School Board's agenda. The board observed a moment of reflection while the audience - smaller than in previous meetings - recited the Lord's Prayer aloud. At its last meeting, board President Eric Holtzman said the district's legal counsel advised pulling the prayer from the agenda and replacing it with a moment of silence. But, on Thursday, board Vice President Brian Hissong, filling in for Holtzman who was not in attendance, made it official.
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April 23, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners and other members of the criminal justice advisory board received a report Thursday that said the courthouse is undersized for current operations, let alone prepared for the addition of a fifth judge in 2010. Consultants from the National Center for State Courts and Carter Goble Lee recommended master planning to design more effective spaces. "Both studies indicated that future population growth and caseload projections will result in the need for a sixth and possibly seventh judge in the next 20 years," the commissioners wrote in a press release.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 5, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 71-year-old Hagerstown woman accused of taking more than $30,000 from the Berkeley County chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of embezzlement on Monday in circuit court. Josephine Wright of 12433 Gateway Ave. was placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay court costs and $35,374.78 in restitution as part of a plea agreement that was accepted by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | March 28, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Parking tickets in downtown Waynesboro would increase from $2 to $5 for an expired meter if the Waynesboro Borough Council adopts changes to its parking ordinance, Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon said. Under the existing code, vehicle owners are subject to citations issued through the district justice's office for such violations as parking within 15 feet of a hydrant, in a fire lane, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, more than 12 inches from the curb and parking against traffic.
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June 20, 1997
By TERRY TALBERT Staff Writer An inmate at one of the prisons south of Hagerstown once sued the institution because guards opened a humidor sent to him as a gift, and made the cigars inside go stale, Washington County Circuit Court officials said. Under a new law that goes into effect on Oct. 1, prisoners won't find it quite so easy to get their day in court. The law, which was originally proposed by Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran, is designed to put an end to filing of frivolous lawsuits by inmates.
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