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Harper's Ferry man sentenced in armed robbery

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:20

A Harpers Ferry man was sentenced Tuesday to an indeterminate sentence of four to 23 years in prison after being charged in a robbery involving a firearm. Michael Long, 35, pleaded guilty to single counts of destruction of property, wanton endangerment, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and attempted murder in the second degree as part of a plea agreement, according to assistant prosecuting attorney Ben Hiller.

Scholarship banquet to honor MLK, benefit students

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:20

Continuing an established tradition of giving back to the community and youth, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee will host its 40th annual banquet Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg starting at 5 p.m. The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee established this endowed fund to distribute scholarships to graduating seniors from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. According to Sharon Curry, event coordinator, a limited amount of tickets are still available.

Crime Report

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:02

Devan Michael Sims, of no fixed address, was arraigned Dec. 15 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charges of possession of a controlled substance inside a jail. Demontre A. Spriggs, 45, of Witherspoon Court, Falling Waters, was arraigned May 12 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of shoplifting.

Around the Region

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:47

Hospice of the Panhandle's Center for Grief Support is starting two new grief support programs, Grief 101 and Grief in Progress. A Grief 101 is a one-time introduction to coping with grief.

Pipeline hearing tonight in Berkeley Springs

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:47

The state's Division of Water and Waste Management is holding an open meeting tonight to field public comments on Mountaineer Gas' plans to build a gas pipeline extension through Berkeley County. To be held at Berkeley Springs High School from 6 to 8 p.m., the meeting is to allow residents to comment on Mountaineer's draft permit to cover the discharge of stormwater during pipeline construction.

Trial against Mormon Church moved

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 00:47

After an approximately five-hour pre-trial hearing Monday, 23rd Judicial Court Judge Christopher C. Wilkes opted to move the trial against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, to Wednesday, Jan. 17. Due to the nature of the case, parties anticipate the need to call a pool of 100 potential jurors. That number could not be accommodated in Wilkes' court room.

Yoga teacher gives kids 'tools to be brave'

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:33

Chrissy Lewin 's four kids played outside in the snow Dec. 30, while she took a break from her busy schedule as a yoga instructor and second-grade teacher at Rosemont Elementary School. "I have taught children's yoga for about two years now," Lewin said, mentioning that she regularly teaches children's and family yoga classes at The Station in Shepherdstown and Climbing New Heights in Martinsburg.

Man pleads guilty in attempted murder

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 01:52

The alleged shooter in a Labor Day street shooting entered a guilty plea Friday in Berkeley County Circuit Court to single counts of attempted second-degree murder and wanton endangerment. Hudson, 29, of Martinsburg, is accused of shooting at a vehicle with occupants inside near a city park on Sunday, Sept.

New jury trial dates tentatively set

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:52

Two jury trials have been tentatively set in the coming months for charges related to assault, delivery of a controlled substance and sexual assault. Christopher W. Rebish, 29, of Aztec Drive, Martinsburg, was indicted by the Berkeley County grand jury on five counts of attempted murder, 21 counts of wanton endangerment and single counts of burglary, first degree robbery and fleeing from a law enforcement officer with reckless indifference and three counts of malicious assault.

Push on to eliminate W.Va. personal property tax

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 01:59

State lawmakers expect West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to submit during the upcoming legislative session a resolution for a vote on a constitutional amendment to eliminate the personal property tax, or so-called inventory tax. state Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said Thursday in a telephone interview.

Journal Junction for Jan. 4

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 05:37

Many thanks to the great people of the Martinsburg water department who worked long hours in a flooded ditch on a frigid New Year's Day to restore water service to our Briarwood neighborhood. For those of you complaining of the cold, where were you during the early 1970's when the daytime high for an entire week was ten below zero? As a student at CTHS we had a total of four or five days of school in the month of March of 1971.

Municipal League sets goals

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 00:55

Dropping pilot from the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program and making it permanent is the No. 1 legislative priority of the West Virginia Municipal League for the upcoming session.

Crime Report for Jan. 3

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 10:44

Scott William Albers, 57, of North Maple Avenue, Martinsburg, was arraigned Sunday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of driving revoked DUI and obstructing. Christina Marie Walker, 27, of Half Street, Martinsburg, was arraigned Saturday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

Deep freeze: More Arctic blasts on the way for panhandle

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 05:59

MARTINSBURG-Until mid-December, the Eastern Panhandle enjoyed moderate winter weather allowing locals to engage in many outdoor holiday activities, with no snow or freezing temperatures to stand in their way. Then a cold front of Arctic air swept down from Canada during the second week of December, and, according to National Weather Service officials, that cold front paved the way for a series of additional cold fronts to sweep along the East Coast that month.

Martinsburg plans several major projects for 2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 01:33

The City of Martinsburg has several major projects scheduled for 2018, but the biggest is the new police station and municipal court facility. The city wants to build a new three-story, 33,000-square-foot police station and courthouse behind city hall on the site of the American Legion post.

Yoga teacher gives kids - tools to be brave'

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 02:01

Chrissy Lewin's four kids played outside in the snow Saturday, while she took a break from her busy schedule as a yoga instructor and second-grade teacher at Rosemont Elementary School. Lewin said, mentioning that she regularly teaches children's and family yoga classes at The Station in Shepherdstown and Climbing New Heights in Martinsburg.

Martinsburg rings in 2018 with apple drop

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 03:17

Journal photos by Adranisha Stephens Residents of Martinsburg celebrate the start of 2018 with a New Year's Eve apple drop Sunday, enjoying food, activities and music. A count-down clock was projected on the square.

Journal Junction Jan. 1

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 03:17

I am 80 years old and have seen some great quarterbacks come out of MHS -I was in the senior class in 1954 when MHS went undefeated for the 1st time in school history. I have to say Tyson Bagent is the best to come out of MHS.

Welcoming a new year

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 14:11

As we count down the hours to 2018, we reflect on the passing of what seems like one of the most tumultuous years in recent history. The same can be said of the Las Vegas shooting, where stories were told of complete strangers shielding others with their bodies.

Year in Review: Pipeline project hangs in balance

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 05:09

After numerous public debates last year, the fate of a $50 million natural gas capacity expansion project in the Eastern Panhandle awaits a do-or-die decision by Maryland officials. Months ago, the West Virginia Public Service Commission approved the first phase of a three-phase gas service expansion project for prime development areas in the Eastern Panhandle.

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