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July 21, 1997
Thanks so much for roadside help To the editor: At this time we would like to extend a very special thank you to Bob Noland's Garage in Hagerstown. My husband, our 4-year-old twins and I had just left Middletown, Md. for our long journey home to upstate New York when we started to experience serious car trouble. We pulled off in Hagerstown not knowing what to do and very scared. It was 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I phoned my sister and her husband and within minutes my brother-in-law got in contact with Bob Noland Sr. at his home.
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NEWS
September 4, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer An investigator with the Washington County Public Defender's office was charged Wednesday with illegal drug possession after he allegedly bought crack cocaine from an undercover drug agent, according to court records. Bruce Scott Gilbert, 33, of 706 S. Samuel St., Charles Town, W.Va., was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He was released on personal recognizance, Washington County District Court records said. On Tuesday, Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents charged Ruki Kareem Medley with attempted distribution of illegal drugs.
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By DON AINES and JENNIFER FITCH | April 7, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Franklin County (Pa.) Public Defender Michael Toms said Wednesday his office might represent Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., the 46-year-old State Line, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro, Pa. Toms said his office would petition the court to represent Miles. Miles is charged with killing Kristy Dawn Hoke, 29, of Hagerstown, whose family reported her missing on Easter Sunday, according to police and court documents.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 17, 2007
The man accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl from her Halfway apartment and raping her will be represented by Assistant Public Defender Jerome J. Joyce, according to Washington County Circuit Court documents. James Ellis Hackey Jr. was scheduled for a court appearance Thursday, but it was canceled because Joyce already had filed his appearance as the man's attorney. Hackey, 39, was charged June 14 with two counts of rape, four counts of sexual offense, one count of sodomy, one count of unnatural and perverted sexual practice, one count of kidnapping, one count of abduction, one count of assault, one count of Peeping Tom, two counts of theft and three counts of burglary in the attack reported May 10. The 11-year-old girl's younger sister woke up the night of the kidnapping and saw a man sitting on the edge of her sister's bed, according to court documents.
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By ERIN JULIUS | October 1, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Of the 200,000 cases handled by the Office of the Public Defender in the last fiscal year, 10,000 were handled by private attorneys due to conflict of interest with the public defender's office. Due to recent budget reductions, the public defender no longer will pay for private attorneys -- known as panel attorneys when they work in this capacity -- to represent clients, said Kimberlee Schultz, director of communications for the Office of the Public Defender. The new policy is effective Wednesday, Schultz said.
NEWS
February 14, 1998
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The copying fee fight between the Berkeley County Prosecutor's Office and the public defender's office has been delayed by legal wrangling. Berkeley County Circuit Judge David Sanders did not rule on the case Friday. Instead, he required that the public defender's office file a motion as to the reasons behind the complaint. "I expected this ruling all along," said Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. "My opinion all along is this is a stupid lawsuit.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 14, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County will not be responsible for funding defense attorneys for some criminal defendants, as some county officials first thought. Maryland Public Defender Nancy S. Forster said in September that the state would quit paying panel attorneys -- those brought in to represent clients when there is a conflict of interest with the public defender's office -- effective Oct. 1. The Office of the Public Defender was notified by the Department of Budget and Management on Nov. 25 that it would grant a requested $3.5 million in funding, Kimberlee Schultz, director of communications for the Office of the Public Defender, said Thursday.
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March 6, 2012
Date of birth : July 29, 1960 Address : 2316 Dargan Road Hometown : Dargan Education : bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1990; law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1994 Occupation : assistant public defender handling felony jury trials in Washington County; planning to resign in February to focus on his campaign Party affiliation : Democrat ...
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By AMY WALLAUER | February 10, 1998
Lawsuit filed over copying fees MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County's public defender's office has filed a civil suit against the county's prosecuting attorney, claiming it should be exempt from paying for copies of documents because its clients are indigent. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for Friday before Judge David H. Sanders in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Public Defender Vito Mussomeli said his office wants the prosecutor's office to provide copies of discovery for magistrate court cases - evidence to be used at trial, such as the defendant's statements and witness lists - at the state's expense.
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by DON AINES | June 11, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. When John F. Nelson was hired by the Franklin County District Attorney's Office in 1977, the staff consisted of District Attorney John Walker, Nelson, a part-time assistant district attorney and two secretaries. Now the district attorney, Nelson, employs five full-time assistant district attorneys, three part-time attorneys, a restitution coordinator, four clerical and administrative workers and several contract employees, not all of whom can fit into the suite of offices on the fourth floor of the courthouse annex.
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