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PAGE A4 Wednesdax; January 24, 2018 NEWS S r~ ~. P1RI I of ,JE.FFH~SON ~n .~-- ~ - r ~ r~ and tARMER S AI) :OCAIE CHARLES TOWN - Debra McLaughlin, appointed last fall as a 23rd Circuit Court judge, has filed candidacy paperwork to re- tain the job. McLaughlin served as Morgan County's prosecutor before her appointment by Gov. Jim Justice. 201 8 She replaced John Yoder, who died seven months ago following heart surgery. He'd been re-elected to an eight-year term in 2016. If McLaughlin finishes first in the non- partisan election on May 8, she'll finish out Yoder's term. Since taking the bench on Sept. 18, McLaughlin said she's had an opportunity to show residents how she approaches the work of being a judge. "I treat people with respect while bringing resolution and finality to cases in a fair and ef- ficient manner," she said in a news release. McLaughlin, whose hometown is Manassa, Va earned her bachelor's degree from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, then interned as a juvenile probation officer in Prince William County in Virginia. She earned her law degree at Kansas Uni- versity and began working as a civil law attorney at a firm in Philadelphia in 1994. She also worked in civil law in York+ Pa before becoming an assistant prosecuting attorney in Morgan County in 1999. She first won election as the county's prosecu- tor in 2002. "It is one thing to talk about one's cre- dentials, training and work experience quite another to have these put to the test," McLaughlin said in her news release. Not long after becoming a judge, McLaughlin added hearing criminal cas- es in Berkeley County to her week af- ter Martinsburg-based Judge Gray Silver took leave and then retired. McLaugh- lin said she expects to continue covering both dockets until Justice appoints an ad- ditional judge. "Though it is a challenge to live in Mor- gan County while hearing cases in both Berkeley and Jefferson counties, I am grate- ful to have the opportunity to step up and take on the added caseload," McLaughlin explained. "It demonstrates my work ethic and, while I am not an old-timer, I am now an established circuit court judge." Judge Debra McLaughlin Family Court Judge David Cami[leffi stands at the entrance to the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town. He's a candidate to become a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge when voters in the Eastern Pan- handle go to the polls in May. MARTINSBURG - David Camilletti, with me." the West Virginia native who has served Camilletti said he believes his current as the 24th Circuit Family Court judge position has helped prepare him for the since mid-2015, now is hoping to win job he's seeking. "Having been a judge election as a circuit court judge, in family court, which handles divorc- Camilletti has filed for the judgeship es, custody, child support enforcement left vacant with the recent retirement and domestic violence, I have made the Of Gray Silver III. Voters in Jefferson, transition from zealous lawyer advo- Berkeley and Morgan counties will de- cate to a more deliberate study of each cide the nonpartisan election on May 8. person's dilemma," he said. "It calls for Born in Morgantown and raised in a point-of-view shift." Wheeling, Camilletti earned his law de- Camilletti was appointed as a family gree from West Virginia University in court judge in 2015 and then ran unop- 1982. His father and grandfather also posed to continue in the job the follow- maue mw melr careers, mg spring. lhat was the first election Camilletti worked in Morgantown and cycle in which elections for state Su- the Charleston area before settling in the preme Court, circuit judge, magistrate Eastern Panhandle in 1992. and family court judge were nonparti- Camilletti remembers wanting to work san, meaning candidates were no len- in the law from his earliest childhood, ger identified as Democrats, Republi- "Nothing else appealed to me," he said cans, independents or by other affilia- in a news release. "I could see the kind of tions. lawyer I would become as early as kin- For judicial candidates, no longer is dergarten. I was the kid standing up for there a primary election and then a gen- the other kids when I saw wrongdoing, eral election in November. The changes Somebody had to say, 'You can't do that came after legislators altered state law.in to that person' and that has remained 2015. Teachers get Jefferson Arts Council grants CHARLES TOWN -- Sixteen educators have been awarded more than $8,000 in "Teaching Arts Creatively" grants from the Jefferson Arts Council. The grants offer teachers the opportunity to bring visiting art- ists into their classrooms to pro- mote academic learning in new ways, according to officials with Jefferson County Schools. "We are excited to have the teachers in our county coming up with creative ways to teach our students," Bondy Shay Gibson explained in a news re- lease. Winning submissions came from Emily Cumberland of Ranson Elementary; Con- stance Balukoff of Blue Ridge Elementary; Amanda Groff of ShepherdStown Elementa- ry; Ruoshaun Chen, Tammy Kidwiler and Tia Nugent, all of North Jefferson Elementa- ry; Sarah DeAnna, Chris At- kins, Pam Shearer 'and Beth Manzuk, all of South Jeffer- son Elementary; Allison Me- ley of Wright Denny Interme- diate; Katie MacKinnon of Shepherdstown Middle; Laura Miller and James Miller, both of Wildwood Middle; and Sam Nelson and Laura Borkholder, bo.th of Washington High. Funding for grants comes from the Jefferson Arts Council, West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endow- ment for the Arts. For more on the Jefferson County Arts Council, g online to jeffersonartscouncil.org. CHARLES TOWN - Charles Town Police officers who responded to a Monday afternoon bank robbery not only caught that suspect, but also solved Friday's bank holdup in Ranson. R yan Michael Stepanian, 25, remains in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. Lt. George Manning of the Charles Town Police Depart- Ryan Michael ment said that after an alarm around 4:30 p.m. at City Na- Stepanian tional Bank at 1034 S. George St officers arrested Step a- nian, who matched a description of the robber. "There was a foot chase and we apprehended the suspect where we found on his person undisclosed amounts of U.S. currency and a bank robbery note," Man- ning said. Manning said that Stepanian confessed not only to Monday's crime but to the robbery of the BB&T at 301 S. Mildred St. in Ranson. -Justin Griffin i A building permit Ask any Rotarian what makes is required for Rotary special and they will i fences, decks, tell you, "Service above self." I porches, accessory We truely, live this motto and I -- u ' Y 118 N. 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