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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 15, 2011
A state judicial ethics panel has found probable cause that 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder committed misconduct when he allowed his law clerk to preside over two name-change hearings in Morgan County in May. Members of the Judicial Investigation Commission, who are appointed by the state Supreme Court of Appeals, decided in their Aug. 26 meeting that Yoder should be publicly admonished after finding probable cause that he violated the...
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March 21, 2012
Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder, who returned to the bench Wednesday after undergoing heart surgery last month, will preside over Judge Gina M. Groh's docket, according to an administrative order put in effect Wednesday. Groh resigned Monday at noon after her nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia was confirmed last week by the Senate. A White House official said Tuesday morning that President Obama subsequently appointed Groh to the federal bench.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 16, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va -- Newly elected 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder said Wednesday that he will make a third bid to be elected to West Virginia's high court in 2010. "I've had a number of people around the state who have been urging me to run for quite some time," said the 58-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., attorney, who was unsuccessful in campaigns for the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1996 and 2000. Yoder, who decided against running again last year, said the death of Justice Joseph P. Albright accelerated his plan to run for the high court in 2012.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 10, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A bill that would have allowed Berkeley County voters to decide whether to increase the number of county commissioners from three to five members is flawed and will not be passed out of the state Senate, the chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee said Friday. Along with problems with the wording of House Bill 3269, Edwin Bowman, D-Hancock, said an attorney retained to advise his committee on legislation concluded the bill "was not introduced properly.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2012
23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John Yoder expects to undergo heart valve replacement surgery in the next few weeks, but vows to return to the bench and resume his campaign for the state Supreme Court. “I'm looking forward to feeling better when it's done,” said Yoder, 61, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Yoder said he expects to undergo open-heart surgery toward the end of the month at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  Retired Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. has been assigned to handle Yoder's caseload in his absence, including a  jury trial scheduled to start next week, according to Yoder.
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By DAVE McMILLION | November 21, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? After initially expressing interest in a local state Senate seat but then deciding to run for governor, Bob Adams is now back to running for the Senate seat. The Charles Town Republican has announced he will run for the 16th district senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson. Yoder said earlier this month he will run for a local circuit court judge seat. Adams initially expressed interest in Yoder's position but Adams encouraged Yoder to seek re-election.
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By DAVE McMILLION | November 23, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - After initially expressing interest in a local state Senate seat then deciding to run for governor, Bob Adams now is back to running for the Senate seat. The Charles Town Republican has announced he will run for the 16th District Senate seat being vacated by Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson. Yoder said earlier this month that he will run for a local circuit court judge seat. Adams initially expressed interest in Yoder's position, but Adams encouraged Yoder to seek re-election.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 14, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Sen. John Yoder said on Tuesday that he will decide by Dec. 1 as to whether he will seek another four-year term. Yoder, R-Jefferson, also confirmed that he intends to form an exploratory committee to gauge a possible bid for a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the state's high court. Yoder, 56, was first elected to the State Senate in 1992. In 1996, the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., attorney unsuccessfully campaigned for a seat on the high court.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | February 8, 1998
by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer click below for enlargement Fulton Co. man beams hope 'round the world HARRISONVILLE, Pa. - A casual observer passing a nondescript frame building on U.S. 30 West in central Fulton County may not know that a handful of people inside are producing radio programs that are broadcast around the world to more than 50 million people in six languages. The Rev. J. Otis Yoder, 83, started the Heralds of Hope radio ministry after an inspiration that came to him one day in 1965 while he was driving between Allentown and Harrisburg, Pa. "The Lord spoke to me," he said,'There's room for another voice.
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By DAVE McMILLION | July 30, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - To help offset the low salaries paid to Eastern Panhandle teachers, lawmakers have tried in recent years to get so-called "locality pay" for the instructors. Locality pay would be a higher amount of pay for local teachers to help them offset a higher cost of living in the Eastern Panhandle. But lawmakers have found it tough to convince their colleagues from other parts of the state to pass the measure. Eastern Panhandle lawmakers support locality pay, but state teacher unions like the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers oppose the idea, said Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 16, 2013
A Berkeley County judge ruled Thursday that a man accused of shooting another man and an 8-year-old girl at Martinsburg's Fourth of July celebration last year could be tried May 28 on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Remaining counts of attempted murder, malicious assault, wanton endangerment and fleeing from a law enforcement officer against Daniel Lee Herbert, 28, were severed from the firearm charge by Circuit Judge John C. Yoder during a pretrial hearing.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to at least one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in April 2011. Steven Edward Thompson, 47, was fined $500 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder and ordered to report to Eastern Regional Jail by 5 p.m. Friday to begin serving the sentence, which requires him to spend not less than one year nor more than five years in prison. Yoder denied the defendant's plea for home confinement Thursday after Thompson pleaded guilty to one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence resulting in the April 12, 2011, death of Lorena Beth “Lori” Roberts of Bunker Hill, W.Va.
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June 4, 2012
Mrs. Sonja L. (DeHart) Yoder, 72, of 143 Camelot Drive in Chambersburg, Pa., died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 7:50 a.m. at Manorcare Health Services in Chambersburg. She had been in failing health since February.  Born Jan. 11, 1940, in Waynesboro, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Rhoda (Kauffman) Wagaman. Mrs. Yoder was a graduate of Quincy High School. Following high school, she received training to become a certified nursing assistant.  She and her first husband, the late Mr. Kenneth E. Baker, were married in December 1957.
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March 21, 2012
Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder, who returned to the bench Wednesday after undergoing heart surgery last month, will preside over Judge Gina M. Groh's docket, according to an administrative order put in effect Wednesday. Groh resigned Monday at noon after her nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia was confirmed last week by the Senate. A White House official said Tuesday morning that President Obama subsequently appointed Groh to the federal bench.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2012
23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John Yoder expects to undergo heart valve replacement surgery in the next few weeks, but vows to return to the bench and resume his campaign for the state Supreme Court. “I'm looking forward to feeling better when it's done,” said Yoder, 61, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Yoder said he expects to undergo open-heart surgery toward the end of the month at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  Retired Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. has been assigned to handle Yoder's caseload in his absence, including a  jury trial scheduled to start next week, according to Yoder.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2011
Eastern Panhandle Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes has joined a growing list of prospective candidates eyeing two state Supreme Court seats that will be on the ballot in the 2012 election. The 55-year-old Berkeley County Republican filed precandidacy papers last week, according to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office. Wilkes, who resides near Martinsburg, could not be reached for comment Tuesday at his office in the Berkeley County Judicial Center. By filing a precandidacy form, prospective candidates for elected offices may lawfully begin to accept contributions and make expenditures for the election, according to Tennant's office.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 15, 2011
A state judicial ethics panel has found probable cause that 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder committed misconduct when he allowed his law clerk to preside over two name-change hearings in Morgan County in May. Members of the Judicial Investigation Commission, who are appointed by the state Supreme Court of Appeals, decided in their Aug. 26 meeting that Yoder should be publicly admonished after finding probable cause that he violated the...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2011
A 23rd Judicial Circuit judge has backed away from his plan to hold night court after personnel changes were made by the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office and the state Supreme Court denied his request to help pay for the added cost. "The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney's office has made personnel changes that I am hopeful will partially alleviate or eliminate the pressures that caused me to ask to hold cases at night," Judge John C. Yoder said last week. "I think it makes sense for me to wait a couple months to see how those changes work before I ask the Supreme Court for help.
OBITUARIES
February 23, 2011
Mildred E. Myers Yoder, 84, of Chambersburg, Pa.,  and formerly of Belleville, Pa., died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in ManorCare Health Services, Chambersburg. The service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at West Side Brethren in Christ Church, Chambersburg. The family will receive friends locally on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, Greencastle, and at the church one hour before the service on Monday. Her family will also be receiving friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at Henderson Funeral Home in Belleville.
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December 19, 2010
JAN. 20, 1958-DEC. 18, 2010 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Dale E. Yoder, 52, of 197 Social Island Road, Chambersburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in his home. Born Jan. 20, 1958, in Meyersdale, Pa., he was the son of Robert Creed and Miriam Irene (Bender) Yoder of Greencastle, Pa. Dale was the director of the Intensive Behavior Management Program of The Arc of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md. In his earlier years, he served as a houseparent with Cedar Ridge Children’s Home in Williamsport, Md. He graduated in 1976 from Salisbury Elk-Lick High School, received his BA degree in psychology from Cedarville University and his master’s degree in community counseling from Shippensburg University.
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