August 22, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Blake Martin, Franklin County's first public defender and a mentor to local attorneys and judges, died late Thursday morning. He was 67. A known and respected fixture in the local legal circle, Martin practiced law up to the end as an associate in the Chambersburg law firm of David C. Cleaver and Associates, P.C. The Franklin County Bar Association appointed Martin, a Chambersburg native, as public defender in 1967.
July 30, 1997
CHARLES TOWN W.Va. - The Wisconsin man charged in the shooting of three Maryland men Saturday night in Harpers Ferry will be assigned a public defender, officials said. The Public Defender's Office in Jefferson County received an application Tuesday to represent Patrick J. Carr, 53, of Minocquan, on three counts of malicious wounding, but no attorney had yet been assigned to the case. Carr is charged with three counts of malicious wounding in the shootings of Danny Lerch, James Hoare and Barry Deeds Sr. at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
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.
April 15, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer After unsuccessfully defending himself in his 1995 trial for the murder of his wife, Timothy Ray Sucik has decided he again doesn't want an attorney when he is resentenced. Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright on Monday advised Sucik that he had a right to a public defender to represent him at that sentencing, as yet unscheduled. "This is meaningless to me," Sucik said after telling Wright he didn't want an attorney to represent him. Maryland's highest court ruled in February that Sucik must be resentenced because a pre-sentence investigation was not conducted before he was sentenced.
November 14, 1996
11/14/96 By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Eighteen years after he was sentenced to two life terms plus 20 years for terrorizing a Georgia family vacationing in Hagerstown, Samuel Parthemore was back in court Tuesday. Now nearly 40 years old, Parthemore complained that back in 1978, his lawyer promised him he would get only one life sentence - a promise he said wasn't kept. Washington County Circuit Judge Fred Wright wanted to know why Parthemore waited so long to bring up this claim.