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By DON AINES | May 20, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Almost three months after being charged with criminal homicide, a Chambersburg man has been appointed outside counsel by Franklin County President Judge John R. Walker. Walker on Thursday appointed David R. Yoder and Thomas S. Diehl to represent Timothy J. Ross, 25, of 280 Miller St. He has been charged by Chambersburg police with the March 1 shooting death of Drake Luckett, 34, of 217 Linden Ave. Ross was arrested early on the morning of March 2. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Luckett was shot as he opened the West Catherine Street door of Dave's Tavern, 401 S. Main St. Ross, who has been held in Franklin County Prison since his arrest, has yet to have a preliminary hearing.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 4, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An attorney charged last month in a 112-count federal indictment with defrauding the state by submitting false vouchers to Public Defender Services entered a not guilty plea Monday during an arraignment hearing. Heidi J. Silver Myers, 29, of 1314 W. King St., was released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond set by U.S. Magistrate judge David J. Joel, who set a trial date of Aug. 28. Myers' lead defense counsel, William B. Moffitt, entered the not guilty plea on behalf of his client and requested a jury trial.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 30, 2007
An 18-year-old admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to absconding from his placement. He escaped June 1 from a juvenile home in Olney, Md., and was captured later that month, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said in court. The man faced new drug charges through the Hagerstown Police Department and elected to be waived into the adult system, Assistant Public Defender Michael A. Wilson said. The juvenile system could not offer the offender any more in terms of rehabilitation, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 30, 2007
An 18-year-old admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to absconding from his placement. He escaped June 1 from a juvenile home in Olney, Md., and was captured later that month, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said in court. The man faced new drug charges through the Hagerstown Police Department and elected to be waived into the adult system, Assistant Public Defender Michael A. Wilson said. The juvenile system could not offer the offender any more in terms of rehabilitation, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said.
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June 6, 2011
A judge on Monday appointed a new attorney for one of two men charged in the stabbing death of Andre Jackson of Martinsburg after ruling that a potential conflict existed with the public defender’s office, which was representing him. Attorney Eric Black was appointed by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to represent Thomas Anthony Grantham, 35, after Chief Public Defender Deborah Lawson disclosed in court that she represented co-defendant...
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By ERIN JULIUS | November 14, 2007
A woman charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 5 shooting death of a Hagerstown man was scheduled Tuesday morning for an arraignment in Washington County Circuit Court. Michelle L. Hebron, 23, formerly of 101 East Ave., Apt. 3, did not have to appear in court because the Office of the Public Defender already filed notice it would represent her. David Leonard Moore, 23, of 105 E. Washington St., was found shot in the head Oct. 5, lying at the base of a staircase in the first-floor hallway of the apartment building.
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September 25, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two men with 13 drunken driving convictions between them were sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to serve one to five years in state prison. Anthony Wayne Benner, 47, of 302 S. Locust St. in Hagerstown, was sentenced by Judge Carol Van Horn for driving under the influence. His previous seven convictions were in Maryland, Public Defender Michael Toms said. Benner was charged with driving under the influence in December 2007 by the Washington Township Police Department.
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By DON AINES | December 19, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the death of a New Jersey woman in an April crash had his preliminary hearing continued Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Christopher L. Haines, 25, of 227 Tyrone St., is charged in the April 2 death of his passenger and girlfriend, Megan E. Sullivan, 31, of Bedford, N.J., according to the criminal complaint and affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police.
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By DON AINES | December 18, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? A Greencastle, Pa., man charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the death of a New Jersey woman in an April crash had his preliminary hearing continued Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court. Christopher L. Haines, 25, of 227 Tyrone St., is charged in the April 2 death of his passenger and girlfriend, Megan E. Sullivan, 31, of Bedford, N.J., according to the criminal complaint and affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police.
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April 20, 1999
A legislative study done by West Virginia's Joint Committee on government Relations shows that contrary to popular belief. most of the people who are represented by public defenders really couldn't afford to hire lawyers on their own. That's the good news. Unfortunately for those concerned about the state's costs, the report also concluded that the only way to stem the rising tide of red ink in the public defender's office is to remove jail penalties from many minor crimes. For most elected officials, the choice comes down to two unpleasant alternatives - raising additional revenues or risking the charge that they're being "soft on crime.
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