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New U.S. Attorney planning to face drug issue head on

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:34

Now that William Powell has taken the oath of office as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, he is prepared to take on drug-related obstacles facing the state.

Grand Jury reconvenes, deliberates, indicts

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 02:57

Derrick Dwayne Berry, 41, of Charles Town, was charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, seven counts of sexual abuse by a parent guardian, custodian, or person in position of trust, three counts of sexual assault in the first degree, and attempted sexual assault in the first degree. Edgar B. Browne, IV, 44, of Bunker Hill, was charged with three counts of third offense driving while license revoked for DUI, two counts of DUI resulting in serious bodily injury, second offense for driving under the influence of alcohol, and possession of a controlled substance.

Physician at VA Medical Center in Martinsburg admits to drug charge

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:36

Daniel J. Bochicchio, of Monkton, Maryland, 60, has pled guilty to one count of acquiring fentanyl by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge. Bochicchio admitted to acquiring fentanyl by fraudulently entering patient information at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Crime Report 10-18

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:45

Lewis Alvia Avey, Jr., 57, West King Street, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Jonas William Briggs, 22, of West King Street, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of DUI.

Streets closed off for Apple Harvest parade

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 02:32

As part of the Moutain State Apple Harvest Festival, the Bob Baronner Apple Trample 5K run and walk and the 38th annual Grand Feature Parade will make their way through downtown Martinsburg on Saturday, which will entail street closings and parking restrictions. Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday until the conclusion of the parade, the parade route will be closed to traffic and no parking will be allowed on the route.

Region 9 council opposes consolidation

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 02:34

Members of the Region 9 Planning and Development Council voted unanimously at their meeting Monday to oppose the consolidation of the regions. The West Virginia Department of Commerce has proposed reducing the number of regional councils from 11 to seven.

Top federal prosecutor for northern West Virginia sworn in

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:42

The northern half of West Virginia has a new top federal prosecutor. Having been confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month, William J. Powell took the oath of office Friday to become the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Woman found guilty of 2014 shooting death

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:42

A Martinsburg woman was found guilty of second degree murder by a Berkeley County jury Monday, according to a press release from the office of Catie Wilkes Delligatti, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney. Nasstashia Shasha Powell , 29, was found guilty of the June, 2014 shooting death of 22-year-old Taylor Hawkridge, also of Martinsburg, and faces a penalty of no less than 10 years nor more than 40 years of incarceration, according to the release.

Woman convicted of murder in 2014 shooting

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:42

A Berkeley County Jury found 29-year-old Nasstashia Powell, aka Nasstashia Van Camp, guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Taylor Hawkridge. Powell had been accused of being involved in the shooting that took place outside of Hawkridge's Martinsburg-area townhome in the early morning hours of June 28, 2014.

Crime Report for October 14

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 22:36

Paul Lee Ennis, 18, of Pocono Drive, Inwood, was arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice. Dominique Rachelle Blowe, 30, no known address, was arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of malicious wounding and the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

William J. Powell Sworn In As U.S. Attorney for Northern Panhandle District of West Virginia

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:26

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh administered the oath of office to Powell during a private ceremony Friday in Martinsburg, according to Stacy Bishop, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Powell was nominated by President Donald Trump on Aug. 3, 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate by voice vote on Oct. 3. His nomination came at the recommendation of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

Briefs for October 14

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 05:43

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Morgan County Chapter 2263 will meet Oct. 17 at Cacapon State Park dining room. Fellowship and dutch treat lunch begins at noon, followed by the meeting at 1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Debra McLaughlin, judge in the 23rd Judicial Circuit.

Homicide trial continues in Berkeley Co.

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:13

Attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense laid out their case in opening arguments in the murder trial of Nassthashia S. Powell, which began Wednesday. Powell, 29, of Martinsburg, is charged with one count of murder in the June 28, 2014, shooting death of Taylor Hawkridge, 22, who was gunned down outside her townhouse in the Towns of Willow Tree subdivision on the east side of Martinsburg.

A strong message for young girls

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:38

Of course, it's probably no coincidence the two events fell on the same day, but it sends a strong message to young girls here: Aspire to be ____. We intentionally left this line here, because we'd like to imagine young readers can fill in the blank with anything their heart desires.

Crime Report for Oct. 13

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:11

Michael Richard Bien-Aime, 25, of Heartwood Circle, Martinsburg, was arraigned Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of forgery. Shawn Douglas Devlin, 23, of Faulkner Avenue Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Man allegedly makes terroristic threat after arrested

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 02:06

West Virginia State Police arrested Martinsburg resident Scott Lee Knipple, 52, on Wednesday for allegedly making terroristic threats while police were transporting him to the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, according to court documents. Knipple, of Royal Crest Drive, was also charged with allegedly being intoxicated in public, and for providing police officers with false information when questioned.

Around the Region for Oct. 13

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 02:06

Absolute Supply and Services LLC of Lusby, Maryland, was judged the overall winner of the 13th annual Main Street Martinsburg Chili Cook Off last Saturday. The overall winner was selected through a blind taste test by judges Cheryle LaVonne and Roger Engle.

Car crash victim dies from injuries

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:54

James Seth Snyder, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, died in INOVA Fairfax Hospital at 10:13 p.m. on Wednesday due to injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash on Saturday, according a news release from state police. The accident occurred when Snyder, 20, was traveling eastbound on Stokes Airport Road.

Baker Heights, WV, Gets Urban Interface Pumper

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:23

The members of the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Martinsburg, WV, has a new Rosenbauer Timberwolf pumper. It's built on an International 7400 cab and chassis powered by a 350-hp Cummins engine.

Schneider prepared, if necessary, for electoral fight on Fairmont Human Rights Commission

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 07:33

The Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia has no intention of backing down if Fairmont Ordinance 482, which re-establishes a Human Rights Commission, does end up facing a city-wide referendum . "The Family Policy Council has tried to undo some of these ordinances in other municipalities where we've been successful," Andrew Schneider said in a phone call with WAJR Wednesday.

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