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Crime Report-Nov. 7

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:08

Joseph Richard Gephardt IV, 35, of Saint Monica Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, was arraigned Oct. 20, 2016, in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and telephone harassment. Scott Wayne Clark, 47, of Inwood, was arraigned Feb. 20, 2014, in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of fraudulent schemes.

HPRC denies request for new police station, courthouse

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:45

By a vote of 4-3, members of the Martinsburg Historic Preservation Review Commission denied a request by the City of Martinsburg for a certificate of appropriateness for the city's new police department and municipal court facility. Plans call for a three-story, about 33,000-square-foot police station and municipal courthouse on the site of the vacant American Legion post as well as remodeling the parking lot behind city hall and installing a bioswale, or rain garden, for stormwater management.

Patrolman Fitz, Canine Titan named MPD Officers of the Month

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 01:17

The Martinsburg Police Department announced that Patrolman Ryan Fritz and his partner, Police Canine Titan, have been selected as MPD's Officers of the Month for November, 2017. Officer Fritz and Canine Titan form MPD's new Canine Unit.

Around the Region-Nov. 6

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 01:17

Donations are still sought for Harvest Lighthouse Ministry's Thanksgiving dinner celebration, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Moose Lodge, 201 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. All are welcome to the event, including children.

HPRC schedules public hearings

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:33

The City of Martinsburg has applied for a certificate of appropriateness to build a new police department and municipal court facility at 125 W. Race St. Plans call for a three-story, about 33,000-square-foot police station and municipal courthouse on the site of the vacant American Legion post as well as remodeling the parking lot behind city hall and installing a bioswale, or rain garden, for stormwater management. Andrew Johnson has requested a certificate of appropriateness to renovate the storefront at 131 N. Queen St., which is known as the Cohen building.

Pastor steps forward to care for black cemetery

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 01:27

The Rev. Ed Hall of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Martinsburg is interested in taking over the care of an abandoned, forgotten black cemetery next to Green Hill Cemetery off East Burke Street.

Crime Report for Nov. 3

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:09

Douglas Kirk Stephens, 60, of New York Avenue, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of trespassing, third offense public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Orlando Santos Barahona, 20, of Hanshew Lane, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of obstructing, underage consumption, disorderly conduct, battery on an officer and refusal to finger print.

Around the Region for Nov. 3

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 02:39

Tickets are still available for the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra's concert in Shepherdstown on Nov. 18. However, seating is limited and those who wish to attend are advised to purchase tickets soon. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members.

Former NAACP leader Tolbert remembered for advocacy work

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:30

The Charles Town native, who was known across the state for his advocacy work, is being remembered for his impact on West Virginia. During an appearance Thursday on Panhandle Live on MetroNews affiliate WEPM in Martinsburg, Martinsburg-Berkeley County NAACP Treasurer Christina Lundberg said it had been a pleasure working with Tolbert over the last 10 years.

Paving possibilities: Martinsburg gets grant for East Martin improvements

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 01:51

City Manager Mark Baldwin announced during a special City Council meeting Monday that Martinsburg has won a nearly $847,000 grant that will go toward rehabilitating East Martin Street. Council members met as a committee of the whole to review several projects that are either underway or getting ready to start.

Warm the Children helps youth in need

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:48

For many of us, a warm winter coat is something we take for granted. Others, however, are not so fortunate.

Journal Junction for Oct. 31

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 05:17

I find it ridiculous that the city is spending $300,000 to replace ambulances bought two years ago, that cost over a million dollars. And they have employees retiring with no health care.

City Council reviews projects-Gateway signs could welcome visitors to Martinsburg in a year

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 00:46

It was the consensus of the council members to move forward with the project. Council members have set aside $400,000 for the project.

Sen. Manchin says federal spending is out of control

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 08:32

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin told West Virginia voters that the nation's biggest threat comes from unaddressed, excessive spending. The Democratic senator held a town hall meeting Friday in Berkeley Springs, where he responded to a number of questions from voters on topics that included health care, gun rights and opioid treatment, The Journal of Martinsburg reported .

Sentencings in connection with Mumaw death set for Monday

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 14:42

Two men charged in the fatal July 2016 shooting of a West Virginia University student are set to be sentenced Monday in Jefferson County. Malakye Boyd, 19, and Rakeem Newman, 22, both of Charles Town, were found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first- degree robbery stemming from the death of Ryan Mumaw, 21. A jury recommended back in August that mercy be attached to the verdict in Boyd's case, meaning he would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Martinsburg City Council to meet, hear project updates

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 02:13

Members of the Martinsburg City Council will meet as a committee of the whole Monday to get updates on several projects. Frazier Associates of Staunton, Virginia, will discuss the Gateway and Wayfinding Signage System Project.

Deer hunt begins in Martinsburg

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 02:04

Residents had complained that large deer herds in the city have become health and safety hazards. Residents said deer can carry ticks that spread Lyme disease, and deer get into traffic, causing accidents Residents also said deer are damaging gardens, shrubs and trees.

Around the Region for Oct. 28

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 02:04

Donations are still sought for Harvest Lighthouse Ministry's Thanksgiving dinner celebration, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Moose Lodge, 201 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. Free transportation will be provided by the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority.

Volunteers pack 590 meals for backpack program

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 15:05

Needy students get a bag full of food to help feed them over the weekend so they don't have to study on an empty stomach. Their slogan: "Ending Child Hunger One Backpack at a Time."

Martinsburg council OKs ambulance purchase

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:37

Fire Chief Paul Bragg informed council members that his department was having irreparable problems with three customized ambulances purchased a little less than three years ago for a total of $778,464. "A long-term solution, we're still looking into that.

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