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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Winchester, VirginiaSee us on the web wow. Winchester Star. Com 75� saturday March 2 8, 2 0 15 119th year no. 225 Winchester Virginia 22601 the Winchester Star weekend edition miss your paper Call 665 4946 from 7 to 10 a. Office 8 a. To 5 p. M., 667 3200 today s forecast 35 partly sunny with a 30% Chance of Snow showers mainly this morning. Northwest winds 10 15 Mph with gusts up to 25. High full report a7 Low four sections 32 pages 18 6 08566 00046 7 bulletin Board. B2 business. B5 classified ads. C7 comics. C5 dear Abby. B7 editorials. A4 life. B6 local. B1 nation. A5 obituaries. A2 sports. C1 Virginia. A3 on Winchester Star. Com Check out the digital replica of today s edition on the web site and read your paper online every morning. By Onofrio Castiglia the Winchester Star Berryville More than five years after town Council member Gail Smith was slain in her Home her siblings have both been sentenced to serve time in prison in connection with her death. Timothy Smith jr., 56, of Burkeville pleaded guilty to first degree murder conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in Clarke county circuit court on feb. 12. In the same court on Friday he was sentenced by judge John e. Wetsel or. To 20 years for the murder charge and 10 years for the conspiracy charge to be served concurrently. He was also sentenced to three years for the firearm charge to be served consecutively with the preceding 20 years. In total he will serve 23 years in a Penitentiary. Smith had been facing a sentence Range of 18 to 23 years based on the conditions of a plea agreement. Deborah Smith 63, also of Burkeville Gail and Timothy s sister was arrested in August 2013 after being indicted for capital murder and conspiracy to commit murder stemming from her sister s death. She pleaded guilty on april 16, 2014, in Clarke county circuit court to felony perjury and Misdemeanour obstruction of Justice As part of an agreement. On Friday she was sentenced also by Wetsel to serve seven years for the perjury y charge and one year for the obstruction of Justice charge to be served consecutively in a Penitentiary y. Both the Smiths Are being held at the Northwestern re siblings get maximum sentences in Gail Smith death by Laura Vozzella and Tom Jackman � 2015 the Washington Post Rich Mon d gov. Terr y Mcauliffe on Friday proposed amendments to the state s newly passed ethics Bills the latest attempt to rein in gift giving in a Capitol Long used to unlimited freebies. The Democrat said he will close several loopholes in the legislation passed last month by the general Assembly including one that would allow Public officials to accept an unlimited succession of gifts from someone As Long As each gift was Worth $ 100 or less. His amendment would limit the value of All gifts Given by a single individual to by Raya Zimmerman the Winchester Star Winchester after members of the presbyterian Church u. S. A last week voted to change its Constitution to include same sex marriage two area presbyterian churches have not yet decided whether they will conduct Gay marriage ceremonies. Pastors from first presbyterian Church and Ope Quon presbyterian Church both presbyterian Church u. S. A or Scusa churches said this week they were not Able to give straightforward answers on whether they would marry same sex couples. We Are not endorsing or prohibiting anything said David Witt pastor at Ope Quon Church at 217 Ope Quon Church Lane in Kern town. Richard Reifsnyder a pastor at first presbyterian Church at 116 s. Loudoun st., said his Church is in an ongoing process of discernment. By Geir Moulson and David Mchugh associated press Montaba or Germany German wings co Pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared Happy and healthy to acquaint a n c e so u t a p i c t u r e emerged Friday of a Man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers including a torn up doctor s note that would have kept him off work the Day authorities say he crashed flight 9525 into an Alpine Mountainside. As German prosecutors sought to piece together the Puzzle of Why Lubitz locked his Captain out of the cockpit and crashed the Airbus a320, police in the French Alps toiled to retrieve the shattered remains of the 150 people killed in tuesday s crash. Searches conducted at Lubitz s Homes in due Seldor f and in the town of Monta Baur turned up documents pointing to an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment but no suicide note was found said r a l f h e r r engr u e c a spokesman for the Dusseldorf prosecutors of fice. They included ripped up sick notes covering the Day of the crash which support t the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues her Tenbrueck said in a statement. Saturday in the Star by Onofrio Castiglia the Winchester Star Winchester ask Winchester and Frederick county general District court judge David Shaw Whitacre to sum up his 40 plus years As a Leader in the local Legal Community in one word and he la say meaningful. Ask him to elaborate and he can Tell Story after Story about his experiences applying the constantly evolving Laws of Virginia to local cases since he became the City s first assistant Commonwealth s attorney in 1973. His last Day on the Bench will be tuesday when Whitacre will hand his Gavel Over to Winchester attorney Ian r. D. Williams who was elected by state lawmakers in february to succeed him. Though Whitacre 67, will continue to preside Over cases in the District As a retired judge tuesday will bring to a close a full time Legal career spanning More than four decades. V after receiving both his undergraduate and Law degrees from the University of Richmond Whitacre returned to the Northern Shenandoah Valley a member of the eighth generation of his family to reside Here and took a Job working under then Winchester Commonwealth s attorney Dabney Watts. In 1975, he took a Job As assistant c Ommo n we Al t h s attorney for Frederick county holding it at the same time As his City Job. He held both jobs until he became a judge in 1991. I wore two hats there for a while and was also in private practice for myself Whitacre said in an interview on tuesday. Though there was t a whole lot of time left for private practice Deborah Smith Timothy Smith or. Mcauliffe plans tweaks to ethics Bill churches react to presbyterian change on Gay marriage Scott Mason / the Winchester Star Winchester Frederick county general District court judge David Whitacre is retiring. Though he will continue to preside Over cases in the District As a retired judge tuesday will Mark the end of a full time Legal career spanning More than four decades. Gov. Terry Mcauliffe judge to step Down following More than 2 decades on Bench official co Pilot hid medical issues from employer see Whitacre Page a6 see Church Page a7 see ethics Page a2 see co Pilot Page a6 see Smith Page a7 Andreas Lubitz

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