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Striking West Virginia teachers to return to class Thursday

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:42

West Virginia's teachers are refusing to go to school for a fourth day Tuesday in protest of pay that is among the lowest in the nation. Teachers are on strike in all 55 West Virginia counties and rallied outside the state capitol on Monday.

Teachers to continue strike today

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:45

Thousands of striking schoolteachers who have shut down West Virginia classrooms for days are demanding a face-to-face meeting with the governor and legislative leaders on their pay grievances, a union official said Monday.

Man sentenced to 5 years probation for soliciting minor

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:03

A Martinsburg man was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty Friday to one count of soliciting a minor via a computer. David Wilt, 51, of Royal Crest Drive, was indicted on the sole count after attempting to meet up with a minor who contacted him in reference to a Craigslist ad, according to court records.

Crime Report Feb. 27

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 07:22

Eddie Donavan Jr., 47, Bessemer Lane, Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charges of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment and the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Casey Malinda Day, 28, of West Stephen Street, Martinsburg, was arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of possession of heroin.

Martinsburg property tax rates will not be going up

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 02:47

It was the consensus of the Martinsburg City Council members attending a committee-of-the-whole meeting Monday to not raise property taxes more than 3 percent if at all for the fiscal year that begins July 1. In West Virginia, municipalities can raise property tax rates up to 3 percent without having to hold a public hearing. Attending Monday's committee of the whole meeting were Council members Gregg Wachtel, Harriet Johnson, Kevin Knowles, Ken Collinson and Mark Baker.

Woman sentenced to 45 years in murder case

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 02:47

A Martinsburg woman was sentenced to 45 years in prison Monday in connection with the June 2014 shooting death of a 22-year-old female. Nasstashia Shasha Powell , 29, was found guilty of second degree murder by a Berkeley County jury in October for the death of Taylor Hawkridge, also of Martinsburg, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on June 28, 2014.

Politicians lend support to W.Va. candidates

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 00:34

ENDORSEMENT: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has endorsed Republican Patrick Morrisey in the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia.

West Virginia teachers to continue strike Tuesday

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:54

Hundreds of people wait in line to attend a town hall style meeting in Wheeling, W. Va., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, about the on-going statewide teacher's and service personnel walk-out over wages and benefits. Ivan Weikle makes a face at his father while holding a sign in support of PEIA drawn by Lewisburg Elementary School art teacher Jody Wilber along Route 219 in Lewisburg, W.V., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 on the third day of the statewide walkout by school personnel.

From planning to day-of coordination, Bridal Expo offers plenty of tips

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:20

Love was in the air Sunday afternoon as more than 100 brides-to-be gathered for inspiration on how to plan for their big day. Whether they were hoping to find a last-minute vendor, or just in the beginning stages of planning, the 20th Annual Ultimate Wedding Expo had everything a bride and groom could need.

WV teachers, service personnel gather at candlelight vigil

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:18

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A candlelight vigil of teachers and service personnel at the state Capitol began and ended with "Country Roads."

Construction contract awarded for police station, courthouse

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 04:20

One of the recommendations made by the Garner Economics LLC economic development study for the City of Martinsburg in 2013 was to "Invest public dollars to build a signature building downtown that shows the city's commitment to change and draws activity to the core business district." During a special City Council meeting Tuesday, W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc. of Martinsburg was awarded the contract to build a new police station and municipal court facility in downtown.

Parks and Rec board awards contracts

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 04:20

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation board members awarded contracts during their meeting Tuesday for improvements to several parks around the area. Taylor Sports and Recreation of Martinsburg was awarded the contract for playground equipment and basketball units at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, $9,020, and Leeland Playground, $17,561, both on West Martin Street in Martinsburg, and Oak Street Park, $6,948, in Martinsburg.

Berkeley County building auction a no show

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:28

All the arrangements were in place for Berkeley County to auction the Royce Hosiery plant Thursday afternoon, except for one important element: bidders. Scheduled for 4 p.m., the planned auction never became one when Berkeley County Council President Doug Copenhaver asked the group of roughly 20 people congregated inside the cold and dark former hosiery located at 750 Baltimore Street who planned to make a bid on the building.

Berkeley County educators demonstrate on first day of statewide strike

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:56

MARTINSBURG, W.Va . - Classrooms were quiet today in Berkeley County as the first statewide teacher and service personnel strike since 1990 began its first day.

Crime Report for February 22

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 07:15

Steven Schaeffer Barrett, 52, of St. Andrews Drive, Charles Town, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of DUI drugs, possession of heroin, driving while license suspended and no insurance. Gideon E. Elliott Jr., 33, of Catalina Point, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of possession of heroin.

Man arrested for threatening police on Facebook

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:39

A Martinsburg man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly threatening police in comments made on The Journal's online post about an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday. Gary Owen Jones, 46, of Paynes Ford Road, Martinsburg, was arrested on a warrant for the felony count of threatening to commit a terroristic act, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Judge denies bond reinstatement in attempted murder case

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:39

The motion by a Martinsburg man, accused of attempted murder and wanton endangerment, to reinstate his bond was denied Wednesday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Debra McLaughlin. Billy Evans, 36, of Karla Court, is accused of shooting another man at a Sheetz convenience store in early 2017.

Sliding seasons

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:41

From left:a SWarner Marcel-Rene, 17 months, enjoys the warm weather with his dad, Emmanuel Marcel-Rene Monday afternoon at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg.

City will appeal zoning decision

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:56

During a special Martinsburg City Council meeting Tuesday, members voted to authorize the Bowles Rice law firm to appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court a ruling by Circuit Court Judge Christopher Wilkes that the Berkeley County Council and Berkeley County Building Commission do not have to abide by Martinsburg's zoning regulations. "State code is specific that no government should interfere with another government.

Field training officer for DJS recognized for dedication

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:56

Esposito, who is the field training officer for the Division of Juvenile Services, was recently recognized in Charleston for going above and beyond at the Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center in Martinsburg by volunteering for difficult assignments, building positive relationships with the community and donating hours of his personal time to improve the facility. On Feb. 9, Esposito was one of nine correctional officers, support staff members and other employees given the Secretary's Freedom Award, which recognizes dedication, perseverance and above-and-beyond service in the line of duty within the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority and Division of Corrections.