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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2012
A fight filmed on the steps of the historic Berkeley County Courthouse played out on televisions across the country Sunday night as part of TLC's “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.” Two young Romanichal gypsy women shoved and punched each other following a wedding in the reality series that depicts the everyday lives of families like Mellie Stanley's. She was charged with disorderly conduct after the brawl. Cameras caught Mellie and the maid of honor, Diamond, in what Mellie called “a huge argument.” It centered around comments allegedly made about the bride's mother-in-law.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012 PREP FOOTBALL Martinsburg 50, Musselman 7 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg returned a Musselman onside kick attempt for a touchdown on the opening kickoff, setting the tone as the Bulldogs cruised to victory in the West Virginia Class AAA quarterfinals at Cobourn Field. The Bulldogs (11-1), seeded second in Class AAA, led 22-0 less than five minutes into the rematch of a regular-season game played less than a month ago. Martinsburg won that game 73-0.
NEWS
March 21, 2011
Police in Martinsburg have confirmed a pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle along Foxcroft Avenue on Sunday. Additional information is expected to be released this evening, Martinsburg Police Lt. Terry Stanley said.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
The ROCS convenience store in the 1600 block of West King Street outside Martinsburg was robbed at about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, a Berkeley County Emergency Services supervisor said. The supervisor said West Virginia State Police was handling the investigation. State police said Tuesday morning that further details were unavailable.
NEWS
June 17, 2012
City officials are reminding motorists about street paving projects that will be occuring in Martinsburg over the next several weeks. Michael M. Covell, the city engineer and planning director, said in a news release that all cars will need to be removed from work areas. No-parking signs will be posted in the affected areas in advance, according to the release. Starting Thursday, portions of East Burke and East Race streets will be roto-milled and then repaved. It is possible that delays will occur.
NEWS
June 7, 2012
The city of Martinsburg is scheduled to formally announce today the completion of street improvements in the city's north end that are part of economic development efforts there. Mayor George Karos said Monday in a news release that the announcement would be made at 11 a.m. in the vicinity of Schewel's furniture, where representatives of the city will provide an overview of the project. A $1.7 million construction contract included the extension of Lutz Avenue to Meridian Parkway, along with a traffic circle at the new intersection of the roads.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2012
A trial for two defendants accused in the fatal stabbing of one man and the wounding of another began Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court in a case that will see about a dozen witnesses take the stand. Thomas A. Grantham, 36, of Martinsburg and James G. Cross, 33, of Kearneysville, W.Va., face multiple charges of murder, attempted murder, malicious assault and conspiracy in the fatal stabbing of Andre Jackson, 21, and the wounding of Jacques Taylor on April 23, 2011. The victims, both of Martinsburg, were attacked on Rock Cliff Drive near Polo Green Drive.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
A woman accused of prostitution in Martinsburg Tuesday night allegedly agreed to accept $20 from a police officer who was patrolling on a motorcycle in downtown Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Michelle Kimberly Wolfe, 31, of 487 Porter Ave. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one misdemeanor count of prostitution, according to court documents. While patrolling in the 100 block of North Queen Street Tuesday night, Martinsburg Police Sgt. J.E. Darby said Wolfe approached him at about 9:40 p.m. and asked for a cigarette, according to court documents.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
A house fire Thursday morning in the 500 block of Douglas Grove Road near Martinsburg appears to have been caused by lightning, according to Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department Chief Marty Roberts. Fire was found in the attic of the two-story home at 542 Douglas Grove Road when firefighters responded, according to Roberts and a Berkeley County 911 Central Dispatch supervisor. The fire was reported at 9:10 a.m. Members of the Chaffins family who lived there were not home, Roberts said.
NEWS
February 20, 2013
Police have arrested at least one of two men identified as being involved in an armed robbery late Tuesday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Devon Lee Wallace of 425 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg was arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and accessory to the crime, according to court documents. Police were told that one of the men struck a female in the face with a pistol and took $350 in cash from her at an apartment at 274 Joshua Drive, documents state.
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OBITUARIES
September 10, 2013
Gerald Stanley Hinton, 80, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. A celebration of life service will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Martinsburg. Private burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.
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OBITUARIES
September 9, 2013
Betty Jean Clark, 81, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Countryside Assisted Living in Martinsburg, W.Va. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Berkeley Springs. The service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Wayne Frum officiating. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery.
OBITUARIES
September 7, 2013
Leroy Walter Frazier Sr., 79, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. The service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. A military graveside service will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg.
NEWS
September 7, 2013
West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox will be joined by Martinsburg Mayor George Karos, officials from the Federal Highway Administration and other state and local leaders Wednesday as they cut the ribbon to mark the opening and completion of the 1.2-mile Raleigh Street Extension in Martinsburg. Beginning at 3 p.m., the event will take place on the new highway, just off W.Va. 9 (Edwin Miller Boulevard). The public is invited to attend. Division of Highways personnel will be on hand to assist with directions and parking.
OBITUARIES
September 7, 2013
Robert Lee "Snapper" Ainsworth, 79, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, W.Va. Born Aug. 28, 1934, in Harpers Ferry, he was the son of the late James Albert Ainsworth and Elsie Lee Myers Ainsworth. He was of the Lutheran faith. He retired from the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry as an equipment operator with 32 years of service. He was a member of American Legion Post 71 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948, both of Charles Town, W.Va., and a lifetime member of Friendship Fire Co. in Harpers Ferry.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
A Berkeley County jury needed less than an hour Thursday to convict a man on multiple counts in a shooting of a child and another man during a Fourth of July celebration last year at a crowded War Memorial Park. Daniel L. Herbert, 29, of Martinsburg was found guilty on two counts of attempted murder, three counts of malicious assault, two counts of wanton endangerment and one count of fleeing from police, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecutor Gregory K. Jones said. The jury convened at 4 p.m. and returned at 4:45 to announce its verdict, Jones said.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Martinsburg man charged in burglary at Queen St. business MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg police said they charged a city man with breaking and entering after he was taken into custody during a burglary in progress  Tuesday  night. Officers responded to an alarm at JR's Things and Stuff, 108 N. Queen St., at  9:15 p.m. , police said. The rear door had been forced open and during a search of the business a man was found inside and taken into custody without incident, police said.
OBITUARIES
September 3, 2013
Mildred Ann Hill Everson, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, after a short struggle with pancreatic cancer. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, W.Va. The service will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Central Church of Christ, Martinsburg, with the Rev. Warren F. Kenney officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.
OBITUARIES
September 3, 2013
Jill Ann Greenfield, 29, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at her residence. A graveside service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bates Memorial Cemetery in Snow Hill, Md., with Pastor James Chalfant officiating. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home. 
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2013
A first-ever “Dread the Undead Zombie Run” is being planned at the Martinsburg Mall next month. Organizers have asked the Martinsburg City Council to authorize Mayor George Karos to sign an endorsement letter to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration for an outdoor beer garden at the Oct. 12 event along Mall Drive. The request is among several agenda items for a special city council meeting Wednesday, which is set to begin at 5 p.m. in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 232 N. Queen St. Organizers of the zombie-themed event also requested the city's support for the mall's plan to temporarily close its private-access road to Mall Drive during the event for the safety of participants and spectators.
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