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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1978 PEOPLES BANK OF CHARLES TOWN A GROWING BANK FOR A GROWING COMMUNITY Psychiatric Exam Forthcoming Boyd Recaptured After Fleeing Courtroom BY GREGORY MAZZONI The "third time" held little charm for Clarence Boyd. The Ranson man, awaiting trial for robbery and negligent homicide, attempted his third escape from county custody Thursday, June 8, but' was ap- prehended within minutes. The 23-year-old black man, who twice within the last two months successfully escaped -- once from a deputy sheriffs custody and once from within the jail -- fled following a Circuit Court bearing at whicb he was granted a psychiatric examination. About to be handcuffed following a 3-hour bearing before Judge Vance E. Sen- cindiver, Boyd suddenly brushed aside Deputy Robert Butt hurdled a 34oot railing, fled down the courthouse front stairs and out the back door. Once on North George Street, Boyd encountered Prosecuting At- torney Robert Skinner, who at the trial attempted to picture Boyd's insanity plea as a ruse, perpetrated by Boyd and his lawyer Steven Askin. Boyd evaded Skinner's valiant flying tackle, cut up E. Liberty Street and behind V.F.W. Post 3522. Deputy Burt followed by about I0 yards, his revolver aimed at the fleeing felon, several times shouting, "Stop, or I'll shoot." Skinner followed closely behind. Boyd was captured in a macadam parking lot behind Williams Motors Parts Co. He initially was intercepted by Mike Wilt, 20-year-old son of Sheriff HANDCUFFED AND ESCORTED to court, Clarence Boyd presented no problems to Deputy Robert Burt. Because general courtroom procedure permits a defendant to be unshackled during proceedings, Boyd later escaped, but was recaptured after fleeing only 217 yards through the streets of Charles Town. Howard Wilt, former jail tur- nkey, who wrestled him to the ground. Burt and young Wilt took Boyd back to the jail, where he immediately was placed in the single-occupancy maximum security cell. After being apprehended, Boyd pleaded., "I want to die, I just want to die," and "Please just don't lock me up by myself." Boyds dmire to di: was central to lawyer Askin's case. Askin had obtained court per- If You Have Electrical Problems . , Call Us MAGAHA, Inc. Specializing in Commercial & Industrial Wiring & Service Stocking many Brands Names of: Electdcal Devices & equipment Flourescent & Incadescent Lamps Water Heater elements & Electdc Heaters And Many Popular Types & Sizes of Wire mission on April 21 for Boyd tc undergo intelligence and reading tests, and on Thursday successfully won approval for t' psychiatric examination, to be conducted by the Eastern Panhandle Mental Health Center. Askin's motion was granted after he argued that a denial might lead to reversal of any forthcoming conviction. His case was based on five supposedly irrational acts by Boyd: His initial escape was made within seven days of a hail bond hearing; he escaped a second time, but remained in the local area, where he surely would be apprehended; and on Monday, May 29, he was treated for minor burns at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital, after an alleged suicide attempt in which he wrapped himself in a burning blanket at the jail. Also Askin noted the rambling suicide note that Boyd left behind at the jail following his second escape, and he recalled Boyd's apparent inability to respond coherently to hearing cross-examination by Skinner. "It's obvious, Askin noted, "that Clarence Boyd doesn't know where he is, where he's going, what he's doing." Askin had refused to call Boyd to the witness Stand during morning testimony, when the authenticity of a note found in Boyd's jail cell, threatening suicide, was in doubt, Askin admitted he refused to question Boyd because Skinner then essential. On cross-examination Skinner questioned Boyd about the incident when he allegedly burned himself. Boyd said, "I couldn't breathe as normal as I should...I thought I'd die...l layed on the burning blanket." Skinner asked about the nature of his burns and the treatment. Boyd said he now feels no pain, but added he requested treat- ment "50 million times...I asked for a psychiatrist to check me over." "What's the matter?" "My commit suicide." Skinner questioned Boyd about the number of conferences be had had with Askin about suicidal motivations. "None," Boyd softly replied. "Then what is Askin doing here now?" "I don't know." "What is the purpose of this hearing?" "I don't know." Skinner's entire cross- examination, met similar responses. Boyd apparently was unable to remember where he had gone during his two escapes, or how long he was gone. The questioning led to Boyd's capture in Martinsburg. Skinner asked Boyd why he failed to run from police, when they could have shot him, fulfilling his supposed death desire. "I wanted to run," Boyd mumbled, "But there were too many of them...I wanted them to kill me." In closing remarks Skinner contended that testimony from Wilt and turnkey Albert Henry showed Boyd's behavior to be normal. He added that the West Virginia versus Sette case cited by Askins "ignores attempts by the defendant to throw a case...where there is no real attempt at suicide. "It's a very simple matter to avoid actual suicide...obviously (Boyd's) was not a sincere at- tempt to commit suicide. He had the opportunity when taken until the court received results of the psychiatric testing. Moments later, while talking to his attorney, hands behind his hack apparently waiting to be handcuffed, Boyd attempted the escape, his least successful of three. Deputy Burt said he hesitated to fire at Boyd -- though the opportunity was evident -- because of recent court rulings that treat an officer "as a common murderer." Burt noted that if Boyd is taken from the jail again he will be handcuffed to a waist manacle and his legs will be shackled, even during court proceedings. Meeting June 20 To Air Nil & Water Conservation Act The public is invited to a meeting at the Charles Town Library Auditorium on Tuesday, June 20, at 8 p.m. This meeting is related to the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977. The views expressed by the public will be used to develop a national soil and water conservation program. The local conservation program will be based on the views expressed by Jefferson County citizens at the meeting, so it is very important that we have a good turn-out. Par- ticipation by groups and organizations is also needed. In conjunction with the public meetings, the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) will be appraising the status and coridition of soil, water, and related resources of the nation. The appraisals, coupled with input by private citizens will give direction to the future conservation efforts of the USDA to ensure that these programs respond to the-needs of the public. The final step will be a com- plete program analysis and evaluation that will determine surrounded by police...he has a the effectiveness of the program desire to live and a person who in meeting the objectives, which has a desire to live is competent are conservation of soil, water, to stand trial." and related resources. Sencindiver ruled a con- We will be glad to send you a tinuance on Askin's motion, and questionnaire and take written noted no further action would be comments up until July 6, 1978. PUBLIC SALE Discontinuing housekeeping and moving into a nursing home, I will sell my personal property located at 323 E First Avenue, Charles Town, W. Va., on: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21,'7978 BEGINNING AT 70:00 A. M. 4 pc. Victorian parlor suite; 3 pc. maple living room suite; Wicker rocker, chair, settee, and table; wicker corner chair; 4 Victorian side chairs; 2 swivel chairs; straight chairs: rockers; end tables; hall tree; 2 braided rugs; Zenith T. V.; 10 pc. dining room suite; oval, walnut, dining room table; 3 pc. dinette set; two, 5 pc. dinette sets; wooden tea cart; office desk; swivel desk chair; 3 metal chairs; desk lamp; Burroughs adding machine; 4 drawer file cabinet; 4 pc. bedroom suite; pr. of mahogany single beds; 3 pc. mahogany Dial 725. 5516 would claim Boyda competent bedroom suite; spool type double bed; 2 pc. bedroom suite; Victorian marble top dresser; Victorian dresser; bachelors witness -- competent to stand MAGAHA, j.nC. examination.trial without the psychiatric chest; metal bed; 3 metal wardrobes; 2 clothes hampers', _ roll-a-way bed; Apt. size Perfection gas range; Apt. size _ , However, later in the af- Admiral refrigerator; Apt/size Frigidaire electric stove; North George SL- Ranson, W. Vs. ternoon, shortly "before Sen- /Admiral refrigerator; Crosley freezer; Frigidaire washer: cindiver's decision, Askin Frigidaire dryer; 2 wringer type washers; kitchen stool; ._ decided Boyd's testimony was WARD MOBILE HOMES MONTHLY SPECIALS ONE_  12X56 TWO BEDROOM No. 2425 COMPLETELY CHECKED OUT FOR ONLY s5,495" PRICE INCLUDES HOME-TWO BED-DINNETTE-STOVE- REFRIGERATOR-COUCH-CHAIR'COFFEE and END TABLE DELIVERY & SET UP. ONE''ED"I"24H"M"E" B'['M"'o.'8.-'T'HIS'qE HAS GUN OIL HEAT BATH--'2-NEW FURNITURE. ALL FOR ONLY $6,995" ONE'ED--D'ELU'X'I'X4W'O'BED'RO'OM V'O  TH REFURBI.RICE IN- CLUDES DELIVERY BLOCK ANCHORS and ,WATER & SEWER HOOK UP. ALL FOR ONLY s8 79500 dr emm ,,mw   m ONE NEW 12164 THREE BEDROOM FRONT KITCHEN WASHER/DRYER WITH A BUILT-'GN A REAL LOVELY HOME and A 1978 model as well for only j mmmmmmm' mmmmmmmmmm-- m ONE NEW  DELUXE TWO TWO BEDROOM WITH DEN and BUILT ON DECK. COM'P[JEL-Y-FU-RNIsHED FOR ONLY $14,295" INCLUDES BLOCK-ANCHORS AND OIL TANK kitchen cabinet; metal lawn furniture; iron butchering pot; iron ham boiler; rotary mower; garden hose; pipe vise; some tools; crocks; kitchen utensils and appliances; POts; pans; china and glassware including one set, Royal Em- bassy, china; other items too numerous to mention. Terms: Cash Virginia Eby Benner Auctioneer: Paul E. Miller Clerk: N. Clark Furr Not responsible for accidents on property. June 8-2t WITH FINANCING AVAILABLE & DEPENDABLE DELIVERT & SERVICE OWN A HOME OF YOUR OWN A WARD'S AFFORDABLE HOME 2o24 VALLEY AVE. -- WINCHESTER, VA. PHONE: 301-667-2354 : 15 - 3-T For further information contact the Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District or the Soil Conservation Service at 209 East Third Avenue, Ranson, or phone 725-3471. Emergency Feed Program Assistance Totals $121.7-Million The $25,678,880 provided during April by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help U.S. livestock producers buy feed under the emergency feed program brought total assistance for the first seven months of the program to $121,654,849. Ray Fitzgerald, administrator of USDA's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, said that 98,406 ap- plications were approved during the period Oct. l through April 30 to help producers purchase up to 11.1 billion pounds of feed (19f million bushels, corn equivalent). Under the emergency feed program, the secretary of agriculture may authorize COMMUNITY OIL CO. INC. 1978 SUMMER FILL-UP PROGRAM 1975 -k "k "k "k DISCOUNTS, "k $.01 PER GALLON PLUS 2% CASH TEN NET 30 DAYS NOW IS THE TIME TO SAVE MONEY 011 YOUR NEXT WINTER HEATING BILLS, PROTECTS YOUR , , STORAGE TANK, EFFECTIVE MAY---JUNE--- JULY--- AUGUST CALL COMMUNITY OIL CO., INC. 26 ALSO APPLIES TO NEW CREDIT A[ ACCOUNTS , MAY 4 - TF financial aid to farmers when their livestock are threatened by conditions brought on by natural disaster. Participants may be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the cost for feed purchased during the emergency period. This, however, may not exceed 2 cents per pound in terms of feed grain equivalent. TRAVEL CLUB PICNIC HAS BEEN CANCELLED The Travel Club of Mar- tinsburg which was to have held its annual picnic Saturday, June 17, at the Berkeley County War Memorial Park has cancelled the event until a later date, it was announced Monday. III I Southern '\\; COMPLETE PUMP SALE ENDS JUNE 30th. EMERGENCY SERVICE AVAILABLI 1/2 HP SUBMERSIBLE PUMP Sale s 198 ,, REG. 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