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By DAVE MCMILLION | July 21, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va -- A crowd of about 100 people outside the Orioles nightclub along Mid Atlantic Parkway dispersed quickly after three people at the scene were shot early Sunday, said a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department spokesman. Kenneth Waybright, 37, of Stephens City, Va., was in critical condition Monday morning at City Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. Denzel White, 19, of Martinsburg, was in stable condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to a news release from Lt. Gary Harmison.
NEWS
March 30, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Part of one wall was all that remained standing after a fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home in southwestern Berkeley County early today, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison. No one was injured, Harmison said. The loss at 1716 Tub Run Hollow Road was estimated to be about $175,000, Harmison said. The cause of the blaze is under investigation and remains undetermined because of the significant damage, Harmison said.
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August 26, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man was at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed during a fight early Wednesday at Legz Club on Aero Street in Martinsburg, Berkeley County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison said. The stabbing happened about 3:30 a.m. and involved a knife, Harmison said in a telephone interview. The man first was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, a Berkeley County Emergency Services dispatcher said. He had been in stable condition about 5 a.m., but later was transferred to Winchester Medical Center, Harmison said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 30, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. A man apparently shot his wife three times early Tuesday before taking his own life with the same gun while the couple's two children were asleep in their Berkeley County home, police said. Brant Gregory Kitzmiller, 32, and Tessia Ann Kitzmiller, 28, were found dead in the master bedroom at 95 Fawn Haven Court shortly after an emergency dispatcher received a 911 call at 3:14 a.m., according to Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 4, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 15-year-old boy and two Martinsburg men were arrested Monday night on armed robbery charges after allegedly using a BB gun to take about $635 in property from two boys who were skateboarding in the Berkeley Plaza shopping center, according to a press release from Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison. Jeremy Scott Johnson, 23, of 219 Frederick St., and Jason Matthew Neff, 19, of 48 Richard St., and the boy each were charged with aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, Harmison said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 31, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A man apparently shot his wife three times early Tuesday before taking his own life with the same gun while the couple's two children were asleep in their Berkeley County home, police said. Brant Gregory Kitzmiller, 32, and Tessia Ann Kitzmiller, 28, were found dead in the master bedroom at 95 Fawn Haven Court shortly after an emergency dispatcher received a 911 call at 3:14 a.m., according to Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. Harmison said autopsies will be performed in Charleston, W.Va.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 21, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Hedgesville, W.Va., man is accused of attempting to conceal the body of 38-year-old Frederick, Md., man who died from drug intoxication in Morgan County, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said. Robert W. Unger, 47, of 9087 Martinsburg Road, was indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury on one felony count of concealment of a deceased human body, according to Games-Neely's office.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
A New Jersey pedestrian died early Friday after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 north of Exit 12 in Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. Dominic Okereke, 64, of Hamilton, N.J., was found dead in a grassy area between the northbound lanes of I-81 and Martin's Food Market, sheriff's Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said. The truck driver, Tony Cromartie, 32, of Charlotte, N.C., was cited for failure to render aid and failure to report a motor vehicle accident, which occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes, deputies said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
A 28-year-old man who died early Sunday after he was shot in the parking lot of a Berkeley County sports bar was a Purple Heart recipient who served in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard, according to a National Guard spokesman. Samson Edmond of Columbus, Miss., was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg after being shot once in the chest at The Brickhouse Bar & Grill along Mid-Atlantic Parkway, according to police. The shooting was reported at 2:55 a.m., police said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2012
Four people have been charged in the theft of more than 400 pounds of copper wire from multiple electric power substations in Berkeley County since August, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Justin William Harrison, 25, of Inwood, W.Va., and Samantha Jo Wingard, 18, and Dillon Alexander Nusbaum, 20, both of Hedgesville, W.Va., were arraigned this week on charges of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, according to court documents. Harrison is charged with three felony counts of conspiracy and Wingard and Nusbaum each were charged with two counts, according to court document.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
A New Jersey pedestrian died early Friday after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 north of Exit 12 in Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. Dominic Okereke, 64, of Hamilton, N.J., was found dead in a grassy area between the northbound lanes of I-81 and Martin's Food Market, sheriff's Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said. The truck driver, Tony Cromartie, 32, of Charlotte, N.C., was cited for failure to render aid and failure to report a motor vehicle accident, which occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes, deputies said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2013
Warrants issued Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court charge two men in the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man at a Martinsburg-area sports bar in September, according to court records and police. Christopher R. Wyche, 22, and Rashaun R. Boyd, 29, are incarcerated on other charges in North Carolina and Maryland, respectively, according to court records and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison. Samson Edmond of Columbus, Miss., was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg on Sept.
OBITUARIES
February 12, 2013
Wilson C. Harmison, 88, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Rehab & Nursing Home. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Falling Waters Presbyterian Cemetery, Spring Mills, W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 4, 2012
Four people have been charged in the theft of more than 400 pounds of copper wire from multiple electric power substations in Berkeley County since August, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Justin William Harrison, 25, of Inwood, W.Va., and Samantha Jo Wingard, 18, and Dillon Alexander Nusbaum, 20, both of Hedgesville, W.Va., were arraigned this week on charges of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, according to court documents. Harrison is charged with three felony counts of conspiracy and Wingard and Nusbaum each were charged with two counts, according to court document.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
A 28-year-old man who died early Sunday after he was shot in the parking lot of a Berkeley County sports bar was a Purple Heart recipient who served in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard, according to a National Guard spokesman. Samson Edmond of Columbus, Miss., was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg after being shot once in the chest at The Brickhouse Bar & Grill along Mid-Atlantic Parkway, according to police. The shooting was reported at 2:55 a.m., police said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 28, 2011
 Two Hagerstown men accused of shooting a Frederick, Md., man multiple times at a club in Berkeley County over the weekend waived extradition Monday in Washington County District Court. Leon William Racks, 29, of 69 West Side Ave., and Joseph Wayne Mason, 27, of 923 Kenly Ave., are both charged in Berkeley County with malicious wounding in the shooting of Kevin R. Mullen, 28, which police said occurred about 2:50 a.m., Saturday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.
NEWS
December 30, 2010
Police are looking for a man who robbed the branch office of BB&T bank at 1111 Winchester Ave. on Thursday afternoon. The robbery, which was reported at 3:03 p.m., is the second at the bank since Dec. 22, according to Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison. The bank is at Winchester Avenue’s intersection with Apple Harvest Drive. The suspect did not show a weapon before taking an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police. He was last seen walking north on Winchester Avenue and it is unknown if he got into a vehicle, police said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 20, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Motorists on Saturday should expect street detours in downtown Martinsburg and traffic stoppages for the 43-mile motorcycle ride in Berkeley and Jefferson counties as part of Martinsburg Bike Night. At 8 a.m., East Burke Street, from Queen to Spring streets in the city's historic business district, will be closed to allow for event staging, according to organizers. At about 2 p.m., Queen Street, from King to Race streets, will be closed to allow vendors to set up. The east and west blocks of Martin and Burke streets, between College and Spring streets, also will be closed at that time.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 21, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Hedgesville, W.Va., man is accused of attempting to conceal the body of 38-year-old Frederick, Md., man who died from drug intoxication in Morgan County, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely and Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Gary Harmison said. Robert W. Unger, 47, of 9087 Martinsburg Road, was indicted Wednesday by a Berkeley County grand jury on one felony count of concealment of a deceased human body, according to Games-Neely's office.
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