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October 29, 2012
Editor's note: As part of its ongoing coverage for next Tuesday's general election, The Herald-Mail asked the five candidates seeking three open Jefferson County magistrate positions the following questions: Question 1: What is your legal experience and/or other qualifications for the position? Question 2: Why are you the right choice for magistrate in your county? Question 3: What are the key qualities and components of a good magistrate? Candidates were limited to 50 words for the responses to questions two and three.
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By BRYN MICKLE | April 16, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Morgan County magistrate indicted on charges of workers' compensation fraud has been suspended from the bench. Berkeley County Circuit Court Judge David Sanders ordered Bonnie Riffle to turn in her badge and courthouse keys and barred her from performing any of her magistrate duties, according to an order signed Thursday by Sanders. "It was something that had to be done to maintain public confidence in the institution," said Sanders, who is by law Riffle's supervisor.
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November 5, 2008
Magistrates BERKELEY COUNTY Joan Bragg - 18,762 Sandy Miller - 18,125 JoAnn Overington - 18,076 Harry Snow - 17,214 W. Randy Smith - 17,030 Jim Humphrey -15,725 Robert Lowe III - 15,095 Ywatta Mitchell - 11,101 o Top 5 vote getters win seat o With 66 of 66 precincts reporting MORGAN COUNTY Debora Ditto - 3,343 Kermit Ambrose - 3,551 Gregory L. Miller - 3,721 ...
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By LAURA ERNDE | October 2, 1999
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Morgan County magistrate's lawyer says he'll appeal her conviction on charges she lied to police in an attempt to collect worker's compensation. Bonnie Riffle was convicted Friday night on all seven counts of an indictment against her, said Paul Lane, her Martinsburg, W.Va., attorney. The jury deliberated for approximately five hours, returning with the guilty verdict about 10:30 p.m., he said. "I'm just as surprised as she is," Lane said Saturday.
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By BRYN MICKLE | April 15, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Morgan County magistrate will be on the other side of the bench Monday morning when she appears before a Circuit judge to face allegations she lied about being assaulted as part of a workers' compensation scheme. A Morgan County grand jury this week indicted Magistrate Bonnie Riffle in two felony charges of workers' compensation fraud. Riffle also faces two misdemeanor charges of filing a false incident report and three misdemeanor charges of giving false information to a state trooper.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | December 16, 2003
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.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | June 3, 2000
RANSON, W.Va. - As far as Jefferson County Magistrate Katherine Santucci is concerned, her defeat in last month's primary election was fate. "I'm a firm believer that life gives you a big kick in the pants and sends you off in a different direction. There's a big purpose in that," she said. Santucci said she had thought about not seeking a third term as magistrate, but her friends talked her into running again, saying she had done a good job. Santucci was defeated in a five-way Democratic primary race for the county's three magistrate seats.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | May 19, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County magistrate was indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury on six charges stemming from allegations that she forced her assistant to forge a subpoena for her son so he would testify against her ex-husband. Kristy Dyroff, 42, of Martinsburg, was indicted on charges of forgery of a public document, uttering, false swearing, destruction of a public document, intimidation by fraudulent process and fraudulent process.
NEWS
June 21, 1997
According to court records, the following people appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Beachley Thursday on charges brought by National Park Service rangers on C&O Canal property: Christopher D. Caldwell, 20, of 307 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, Md., minor in possession of alcohol and possession of a suspended driver's license, $170 fine. Ronald Cauffman, 20, of 8226 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, $170 fine. Jody H. Hawbaker, 24, of Box 909, Falling Waters, W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center being built in Inwood, W.Va., is on track to be turned over to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board by mid-August, the board's executive director said Tuesday. Lettering is scheduled to be put on the side of the 18,200-square-foot building this week, Steve Catlett told board members at their regular monthly meeting. Catlett said some items remain to be addressed, including the need to cover exposed steel beams in the gymnasium, but added that some of the work will be done after the building is turned over to the parks and recreation board.  Smith, a Powerball jackpot winner and former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, made two contributions totaling $2.1 million for the project on the Musselman High School campus.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 17, 2012
Retiring Berkeley County Magistrates Joan V. Bragg and Sandra L. Miller will tell you the job is far from glamorous, but after serving together on the bench for 20 years, neither can't entirely give it up. At least not yet. Bragg, 65, and Miller, 67, were sworn in Friday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes as senior status magistrates. Both agreed to return for temporary assignments after they leave the elected judicial office at year's end after serving a total of more than 40 years on the bench.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 12, 2012
A Berkeley County woman accused of taking part in a robbery of her boyfriend in August was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony charges in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court documents. Rebecca Lynn Sims of 264 Sumter Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned on single counts of first-degree robbery, malicious wounding and two counts of conspiracy to commit the crimes on Aug. 19, according to court documents. Sims, 27, also was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on one felony count of conspiracy to uttering in a separate case, according to court documents.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Editor's note: As part of its ongoing coverage for Tuesday's general election, The Herald-Mail asked the 10 candidates seeking five open Berkeley County, W.Va., magistrate positions the following questions: Question 1: What is your legal experience and/or other qualifications for the position? Question 2: Why are you the right choice for magistrate in your county? Question 3: What are the key qualities and components of a good magistrate? Candidates were limited to 50 words for the responses to questions two and three.
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October 29, 2012
Editor's note: As part of its ongoing coverage for next Tuesday's general election, The Herald-Mail asked the five candidates seeking three open Jefferson County magistrate positions the following questions: Question 1: What is your legal experience and/or other qualifications for the position? Question 2: Why are you the right choice for magistrate in your county? Question 3: What are the key qualities and components of a good magistrate? Candidates were limited to 50 words for the responses to questions two and three.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2012
A Jefferson County man was charged with something that a local magistrate and former sheriff said is the first time he has seen it in 20 years in law enforcement. James Richard Gaynor, 26, of 796 Logan's Run Road in Kearneysville, W.Va., was arraigned Tuesday before Jefferson County Magistrate William Senseney on a single felony count of unlawful operation of a plant manufacturing distilled spirits. He was released Wednesday on $5,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing, the date for which has not been set. “I was sheriff of Jefferson County for eight years and a magistrate for 12, and this is the first time in 20 years that I know of anyone arrested for making a moonshine still,” Senseney said Thursday.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and RICHARD F. BELISLE | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com, richardb@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2012
Three of Berkeley County's five incumbent magistrates have filed for election in 2012 and two face opposition in the May 8 primary next week. Republicans JoAnn B. Overington of Hoffman Road, Martinsburg, and Harry L. Snow of Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., along with eight other Republican candidates are vying for five seats on the county-level, state court bench. Incumbent Magistrate Jim Humphrey, 61, of Riviera Drive, Martinsburg and four other Democrats who filed for the elected judiciary office will advance to the November general election.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2012
The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's Office claims a court magistrate exceeded her authority and failed to follow procedure when she dismissed drunken-driving charges against two people and then filed new charges against them to settle the case. The actions taken by Magistrate JoAnn Overington in two hearings on Feb. 6 were made “all over the objection of the state,” a petition filed Monday in circuit court said. The petition for writs of mandamus and prohibition asks the court: To void Overington's decision to file new charges of reckless driving against Lauren B. Nethers of Winchester, Va., and Franz X. Hiergeist of Martinsburg.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
The following Berkeley and Jefferson county residents have filed candidacy papers for county, state and federal offices in the May 8 primary election. The deadline to file for the upcoming election was Saturday at midnight. Berkeley County Republicans Richard Dennis of Martinsburg for assessor. Larry Hess of Martinsburg for assessor. Elaine C. Mauck of Martinsburg for county council, Adam Stephen District (incumbent). Steven Teufel of Martinsburg for county council, Adam Stephen District.
NEWS
January 26, 2012
Police seized five baggies of marijuana and $3,050 in cash in a traffic stop early Wednesday on Interstate 81 near Exit 12, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Michael Nicholas Calder of 36 Globe St., Martinsburg, and Delano A. Butler of Inkster, Mich., were arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy, according to court records. Calder, 25, also was charged with driving under the influence, the court records said.
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