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Trial against Mormon Church begins

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:19

Five men and one woman were selected Thursday morning to hear a case accusing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, and local church officials of covering up allegations that Michael Jensen sexually abused several children over a period of more than five years. Jury selection began Thursday morning at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department due to the size of the jury pool.

Sexual abuse case against Mormon Church scheduled to begin Friday

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:09

Michael Jensen preyed on children in the close-knit Mormon community around Martinsburg, W.Va. At least, that's how law enforcement officials and at least half a dozen families see it now.

Crime Report for Jan. 17

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:51

Karson Z. Carpenter, 23, of Preschool Court, Inwood, was arraigned Nov. 11 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of false information to a police officer. David Cain Johnson, 39, of Virginia Avenue, Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of domestic battery second offense and domestic assault.

Jenkins officially files for Senate

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:07

Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter at the office of the Secretary of State in Charleston where he filed for the Republican nomination.

Brix 27 offers fine dining, wine to Martinsburg

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:30

MARTINSBURG-Brix 27, a new restaurant with an interactive wine experience, piano and event lounge, is set to open February in downtown Martinsburg. Johnson, owner of Brix 27, said the restaurant and retail store will feature more than 200 types of wine, 25 micro-brew options, plus traditional liquor options inside the restaurant.

Man accused of attempted murder skips pre-trial hearing

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:19

A Martinsburg man accused of shooting another man at a Sheetz convenience store in early 2017 was issued a capias for his arrest after not showing up to his pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Billy Evans, 36, of Karla Court, has a jury trail set for Jan. 30, which will likely be continued due to his failure to appear, 23rd Judicial Court Judge Debra McLaughlin said.

Martinsburg man facing 40 to 140 years for sexual abuse

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:19

A Martinsburg man could face 40 to 140 years in prison after pleading guilty to three felony charges Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court after allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. Willis Henry Grant III, 47, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in the first degree, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust and an additional sexual abuse charge.

Charles Town in top 5 safest W.Va. cities

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:13

Charles Town is the fourth safest city in West Virginia, while Martinsburg comes in at No. 20, according to a recently released report by SafeHome.org.

Around the Region Jan. 15

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:13

Animal Advocates of West Virginia will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dorothy McCormack Building, 2000 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, in the second floor conference room No. 2400.

Banquet raises funds for MLK Scholarship

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 02:51

Continuing an established tradition of giving back to the community and youth, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee hosted its 40th annual banquet Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg. Locals were invited to attend the banquet to support the Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships the committee awards to tri-county students annually.

Martinsburg Initiative crucial in opioid fight

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 13:31

"Then there is another child that starts drowning, and you swim out and you rescue that child. Then the next thing you know it is the same kids drowning over and over, and you just get exhausted and depleted."

'Just doing my job:' Resource officer honored for saving life

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 10:52

Martinsburg Police School Resource Officer Patrolman James Everhart receives hugs by Martinsburg High School 17 yrs old student Dakota Domer and her parents at the conclusion of a Resolution of Accomplishment presentation Thursday evening at the Regular City Council meeting in Martinsburg. On Dec. 17, 2017 Patrolman Everhart rushed to the classroom Dakota was at and found her not breathing and unresponsive.

Crime Report for January 13

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 06:21

Walter Lee Holliday Jr., 44, of Cashmere Court, Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of fraudulent use of a credit card. Jennifer Lynn Reynolds, 28, of Wilson Street, Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer and falsely reporting of an emergency.

Martinsburg council gets update on ambulance problems

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 01:56

Repairs and upgrades suggested by International Navistar to fix chronic problems with the Martinsburg Fire Department's three relatively new ambulances have not taken care of the issues, according to Chief Paul Bragg. "They suggested repairs and upgrades to the engines.

Felony trial receives continuance until April

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 01:56

Michael Buracker, 31, of Georgetown Square, Martinsburg, could face a felony conviction of delivery and conspiracy to deliver heroin in the Eastern Panhandle after being one of nine arrested during phase four of the Martinsburg Police Department targeted enforcement known as In May, Buracker was held at Eastern Regional Jail on $340,000 bond. However, his bond was reduced to $75,000 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court in exchange for waiving his case to Circuit Court.

Woman sentenced to time served for felony destruction of property

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 05:24

A Martinsburg woman was sentenced to time served Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to a felony charge of destruction of property. Racheal Lynn Kerill, 37, pleaded guilty to the crime at her arraignment and refused an attorney, according to assistant prosecuting attorney Joseph Kinser.

Around the Region for January 11

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:41

The Jefferson County Black Clergy Association will sponsor the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Independent Fire Hall, 200 W. 2nd Ave., Ranson. Guest speaker will be Ronald Jones, motivational speaker and Jefferson County native.

Crime Report for January 11

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:24

Trenton Lee Keller, 37, of Stuckey Court, Martinsburg, was arraigned Nov. 13 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of DUI, third offense. Lee Pulin Bland III, 26, of no fixed address, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of falsly reporting an emergency incident, three counts of obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Del. Saira Blair not to run in 2018

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:40

Citing her plans to attend graduate school outside of West Virginia next school year, state Del. Saira Blair, R-Berkeley, 59th District, has announced she will not run for re-election this year.

Journal Junction Jan. 11

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 00:57

Regarding the 80 percent of high school students who need remedial classes before they go to college: It's time to change the law for school attendance. Stop making excuses about opioid addiction, stop making excuses about environment and require students to come to school.