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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 14, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Both men asking Berkeley County voters to support them on Nov. 4 to be the county's next sheriff tout their many years of experience. Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven, 57, of 194 Dinali Drive, said he worked as a law enforcement officer for the Martinsburg Police Department and the sheriff's department for a total of about 16 years. The Republican Party's nominee also mentioned his years as a Berkeley County magistrate and work in legal research. "With having 23 deputies with less than two years experience, that's where that (judicial background)
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September 29, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. --Cynthia Stotlers was appointed by 23rd Judicial Circuit judge Gina M. Groh as Morgan County's magistrate clerk. She replaces  Frances Lutman who has been on leave due to illness, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia announced Monday. Stotlers is scheduled to take the oath of office at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the magistrate court building in Berkeley Springs.  Groh, the presiding Circuit judge in Morgan County, will administer the oath.
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July 25, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County man was in Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend with a pair of scissors, according to jail and county magistrate court records. David Allen Lidie, 46, of 14 Seaquest Lane, was arraigned Thursday on felony counts of domestic battery third offense and malicious wounding, according to court records. He was being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond. West Virginia State Police Trooper D.S. See said in a complaint that he and two other troopers went to the couple's home about 5:45 p.m. and found Lidie with blood on his arms standing in the yard.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 27, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County magistrate on Wednesday ordered a woman to pay $114,883 in restitution for the county's care of 149 dogs that were seized from a canine shelter in 2006 after authorities found evidence of animal cruelty there. Magistrate Joan V. Bragg last month sentenced Mara Spade, 63, of Inwood, W.Va., to two years of probation and ordered her not to have any contact with animals for five years after she entered a no-contest plea in December to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 12, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A case coordinator for 24th Circuit Family Court judge William "Bill" Wertman formally announced her candidacy for Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Democrat Ywatta "Nessy" Mitchell, 36, of Martinsburg, is one of eight candidates vying for five seats. "I want to ensure fairness, equality and equitable treatment under the law," Mitchell said in a news release. "My working knowledge will promote and support an inclusive judicial system that will protect the integrity of the judiciary.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 25, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg formally announced Wednesday that she will be seeking a sixth term on the bench in the upcoming election. In seeking another four-year term, Bragg, of Martinsburg, said in a news release that she would continue to serve in an impartial manner and be mindful of alternative sentencing options to help alleviate the ever-increasing burden of jail costs on county taxpayers. "In cases where someone is convicted of lesser crimes, it is more beneficial to everyone for that person to be sentenced to (home confinement)
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By DAVE McMILLION and MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 18, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County's three magistrates again told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday that they are running out of space in the magistrate court building. Magistrates Gail Boober, Mary Paul Rissler and Bill Senseney told the commissioners about increasing case loads and concerns about where to put growing magistrate operations. The commission is looking at ways to move county government operations around as they prepare to open new space in buildings like the former Jefferson County Jail, which is being renovated, Boober said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | January 17, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? Jefferson County's three magistrates again told the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday that they are running out of space in the magistrate court building. Magistrates Gail Boober, Mary Paul Rissler and Bill Senseney told the commissioners about increasing caseloads and concerns about where to put growing magistrate operations. The commission is looking at ways to move county government operations around as they prepare to open new space in buildings like the former Jefferson County Jail, which is being renovated, Boober said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | December 14, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Patsy Noland announced Thursday she will run for the Kabletown District seat on the Jefferson County Commission next year. Noland, 61, said one reason why she is running for the seat held by Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan is because she is concerned about where the county is heading. Noland, who is running as a Democrat, said she is concerned about the county getting involved in preservation of historic land such as Civil War battlefields and she doesn't agree with the county spending money to create new governmental departments.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 26, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County magistrate was recused from presiding over the state's case against a man charged in the death of Douglas "Scott" Funk II after she told an assistant prosecutor that she "agonized" over the allegations levied by police, officials said Wednesday. Magistrate Jo Ann Overington's request for voluntary recusal from proceedings involving Christopher M. Speikers was granted Tuesday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, Prosecutor Pamela J. Games-Neely said Wednesday.
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