Berkeley County briefs

April 01, 2012

Charges dismissed in shooting of Mich. man

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —Charges against two men accused in the shooting of a Michigan man last summer were dismissed March 26 because the victim declined to cooperate in the prosecution of the defendants, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Without the victim’s cooperation in the June 2011 shooting, Jones said Tuesday he “had no other way to prove the case.”

The felony charges pending against Mitchell L. Fernandors of Washington, D.C., and Dorian M. Wilson of Martinsburg were dismissed Monday.

Both were indicted by a grand jury in February on counts of conspiracy, and Fernandors also was indicted on one count of malicious assault, according to court documents.

With the dismissal of the case, an order releasing Fernandors from Eastern Regional Jail also was signed Monday by presiding 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes.

Wilson was not incarcerated at the time of the hearing, Jones said.

Police said the victim was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg for gunshot wounds to the torso and arm after the June 28 shooting at 601 Forbes Drive was reported.

The weapon appeared to have been a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, police had said.

Air show organizers ink performers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —Organizers of Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show organizers announced March 26 they have signed contracts with three aerial acts and air show announcer Larry Rutt.

Bill Finagin, Jerry Wells and Charlie Schwenker are returning to perform for the Sept. 15 and 16 event, which is to be staged on the 167th Airlift Wing base at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg.

Finagin will demonstrate the aerobatic capabilities of the Pitts S2C, a light, highly maneuverable aerobatic biplane designed for air-show performances, according to a news release.

Wells will perform twice each day. One performance will be in a Bucker Jungmeister, or “Young Master,” a 1930s German biplane known for its agility and originally used as a trainer for the Luftwaffe. He will also pilot an Extra 300, a German aerobatic monoplane. 

Schwenker also will perform in an Extra 300.

Known as “the voice of experience,” Rutt will return as the announcer for this year’s show, which he announced in 2010 and 2011.

Event organizers said in the release that they are looking forward to contracting a number of other military and civilian aerial demonstration teams and static displays in the near future.

Shaun Perkowski,  president of Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Inc., encouraged local companies to partner with Thunder Over the Blue Ridge. 
“Sponsors have the opportunity to maximize exposure of their product while helping build an exciting community event,” he said.

“Thunder Over the Blue Ridge has a history of giving back to the community. This is a great way for local businesses to also support local charities through Thunder’s partnership with United Way of the Eastern Panhandle,” he said.

Those interested in sponsoring the 2012 air show are asked to contact Perkowski at 304-283-1038 or send an email to; or Nic Diehl at 304-702-3700 or by email at

Courthouse sidewalk replacement under way

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —Work by Devonshire Construction LLC is under way to replace the sidewalk in front of the Berkeley County Courthouse at 100 W. King St. in Martinsburg. The Bunker Hill, W.Va., contractor was awarded the $18,900 project last week by the Berkeley County Council.

In addition to replacing the sidewalk, two trees will be planted in front of the courthouse and a flagpole will be installed. The work is expected to be completed before early voting begins April 25 for the May 8 West Virginia primary election.

The project adjoins recently completed town square pedestrian safety improvements that Martinsburg officials plan to celebrate at a dedication ceremony on May 12, which is Martinsburg Heritage Day.

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