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Around the Region Feb. 20

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:38

The United Methodist Churches in the City of Martinsburg, invite the community to join them as they continue their Lenten worship series. The next Lenten Worship Service will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave..

Crime Report Feb. 20

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:38

Kayleigh Ann Wagner, 24, of Thornberry Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and speeding. James McCormick, 64, of South George Street, Charles Town, was arraigned Jan. 31 in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of dog running at large.

Officer-involved deadly shooting under investigation in Berkeley County

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:50

Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputies responded to reports of a massive fight inside the Coco Loco Club around 2:00 Saturday morning. "That's protocol whenever there's an officer involved shooting," Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti said.

Bad day? Fix your outlook

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:50

Don't worry, I wasn't upset, since for half a day last year I was convinced I was already 39, this year feels like a freebie. When you forget how old you are, it's much easier to put things in perspective.

Wood County Board of Education paid $6K for employee investigation

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:48

The Wood County Board of Education spent $6,000 on an employee investigation conducted in the fall that resulted in no public disciplinary action. The board on Tuesday approved a payment of $4,984.22 to Hewett & Associates in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Man found guilty on 1 count of sex abuse of minor

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:59

After approximately three and a half hours of deliberation, an eight male and four female Berkeley County jury returned a guilty verdict on one count of sexual abuse of a juvenile minor in the case against Patrick Francis Stritch. Stritch, of Martinsburg, was indicted in August on 30 counts in a superseding indictment of 2015 charges after allegedly assaulting and abusing a then 8-year-old girl.

Special Martinsburg council meeting called

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:59

W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc.'s bid to build the new Martinsburg police station and municipal court facility has been recommended by Silling Architects, the Charleston-based firm designing and engineering the new facility. Martinsburg City Council members will be asked to vote on the recommendation during a special meeting called for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

State officials, Eastern Panhandle lawmakers discuss funding fix for MARC

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:50

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith led transportation officials and lawmakers from Charleston to the Eastern Panhandle Thursday to discuss a funding fix for the MARC train that serves Jefferson and Berkeley Counties.

Crime Report for February 15

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:32

Ian Andre Carr, 48, of Flagstaff Circle, Kearneysville, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charges of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and possession with the intent to deliver marijuana. Alisha Rapia-Guillen, 29, of South Rosemont Avenue, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

Martinsburg woman pleads guilty to distributing heroin

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:18

A Martinsburg woman pleaded guity Tueday in federal court after admitting to selling heroin in February 2017 in Berkeley County, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said. Shonna Marie Thomas, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.

For the faithful

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:43

Rev. Matt Day, applies an ash cross to Catherine Neel Wednesday at the noon service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Martinsburg. Ash Wednesday is a Christian day for peace and the first day of Lent, which is six weeks of repentance before Easter.

Civil trial against Mormon Church enters week five

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 04:05

The civil trial involving a suit against the Mormon Church and members of the church has entered week five in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Six families filed the suit alleging that sexual abuse by Michael Jensen, 26, of several children over the course of five years had been covered up by the defendants.

Martinsburg man accused of sexually abusing girl now on trial

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 23:29

The jury trial of a Martinsburg man accused of sexually abusing a juvenile girl began Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Patrick Francis Stritch was indicted in August on more than 30 counts in a superseding indictment of 2015 charges after allegedly assaulting and abusing the victim over an extended period of time.


Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:35

With obesity, diabetes and heart disease common among West Virginians, medical experts here want to offer a recipe for healthier living. The formula created by the WVU Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health in Martinsburg and the WVU medical school includes free cooking demonstrations each month in Charles Town.

wvcheckbook.gov will help involve, inform residents

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:52

Wouldn't it be useful to have one central place online where residents of West Virginia can see how their tax dollars are being spent? West Virginia State Auditor John McCuskey held press conferences across the state Monday in Martinsburg and Charleston to unveil the state's new website: www.wvcheckbook.gov. The website provides curious residents with a graphic snapshot on spending by various state government departments.

Arson, murder trial rescheduled again

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:45

The trial date for a Martinsburg woman, who was charged with arson resulting in the death of her two children in January 2017, has been rescheduled for mid-June. Molly Jo Delgado, 30, of Cracked Walnut Way, Martinsburg, was indicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in May on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson for a fire that killed her two children-Justin Wade Delgado Jr, 5, and Delmar Wade Delgado, 3-on Jan. 24, 2017.

Plea proposed for former teacher accused of soliciting

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:45

A plea agreement has been proposed to the Berkeley County Circuit Court in the case against a former Jefferson High School music teacher and choral director accused of soliciting two female students in April 2016. Joel Ziler, 29, of Good Drive, Martinsburg, was indicted on two felony counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust and two counts of solicitation of a minor via computer.

Around the Region Feb. 13

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:45

The Morgan County Democratic Party will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at commission meeting room of the Morgan County Courthouse, 77 Fairfax St. Pre-meeting dinner will begin at 5 p.m. at Mi Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, 141 Independence St. MARTINSBURG - The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the BRCTC headquarters building, 13650 Apple Harvest Drive. Agenda items include reports on the workforce, enrollment, and finances.

167th Airlift Wing deploys more than 70 airmen to Asia and Africa

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:30

More than 70 members of the Martinsburg-based 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard have been deployed to Southeast Asia and Africa. The airmen and the Mission Support Group, which includes such specialties as civil engineering, security forces, communications and logistics, departed in two waves with some leaving in October and the rest in January.

Quartets to serenade across the Panhandle

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:06

Two quartets from the Blue & Gray Barbershop Chorus will be serenading people this Valentine's Day throughout the Eastern Panhandle. The twelve-year-old annual fundraiser features the quartets singing two four-part barbershop harmony love songs from the Barberpole Cat Program and Song Book to an individual or group, to whom the quartet also gives a Valentine's Day card and long-stemmed red rose.