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NEWS
October 16, 2012
A 23-year-old man who was struck and apparently killed by a train in Jefferson County on Sunday night had been walking on the railroad tracks with his girlfriend to a friend's house in Ranson just before the incident happened, police said Tuesday. Michael William Johnson, of Ranson, was struck by a Norfolk Southern train in the vicinity of Universal Forest Products off 16th Avenue near Ranson at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Johnson's body was dragged about 350 feet after he was struck by the train, according to the sheriff's department.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 12, 2012
One of three people to be charged in connection with an Aug. 26 carjacking along Golf Course Road was arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Lisa Marie Horne, 26, of Ranson, W.Va., was arraigned by Magistrate Jim Humphrey on single counts of first-degree robbery, grand larceny and accessory to robbery, according to court documents. Preliminary hearings in magistrate court for co-defendants Brad Lee Waldron, 25, of Purcellville, Va., and Paula Christina Killian, 26, of Martinsburg, who face the same charges, are scheduled for next month, according to court records.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2012
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said President Obama's years in office “could have been a lot better” and the state's junior senator gave no indication he would vote for the Democratic president in the Nov. 6 general election. “There's some high water marks - foreign policy, Osama bin Laden, the auto industry (recovery) ... you can always second guess, but there's some strong points,” said Manchin, D-W.Va., while eating a chicken burrito at Habanero Mexican Grill. The downtown Martinsburg restaurant was among several places Manchin visited Tuesday in Martinsburg, Charles Town and Ranson as part of his “West Virginia First” listening tour.
OBITUARIES
June 20, 2012
Walter Nathaniel Harris, 79, of Ranson, W.Va., died Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Martinsburg. The family will receive friends from Saturday from 10 to 11 p.m. prior to the service at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson. The service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Amy Jackson officiating. Military graveside services will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.
OBITUARIES
June 12, 2012
Judith A. Whittington, 67, of Ranson, W.Va., died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
A Ranson, W.Va., man accused of shooting another man at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town, W.Va., last week was taken into custody Tuesday morning by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, police said. Maurice Larnard Hough, of 300 S. Marshall St., Apt. 5, was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of attempted murder and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to court documents. Hough was being held Tuesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond for the attempted murder charge and a $50,000 bond for the drug charge, according to court and jail records.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2012
Police Thursday morning executed search warrants at the Apple Tree Gardens Apartments and other locations in Ranson as part of the investigation into an April 25 fatal shooting at the North Mildred Street complex, according to the city police chief. The search warrants were also executed in connection with an investigation into an armed robbery at a 7-Eleven down the street on April 23 which may be related to the shooting, Police Chief William “Bill” Roper said. Xavier Juan Roberts, 23, of Halsey Court, Martinsburg, W.Va., was arrested Thursday evening in connection with that robbery, Roper said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 3, 2012
Perry J. Keller is criss-crossing the state this month to gather opinions on bicycle paths. Keller, a planner with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, held the first of eight informational meetings Thursday afternoon in the Ranson City Hall. About 25 people attended. They were asked to add their opinions on improving cycling in the Eastern Panhandle on a color-coded map. The transportation department needs the information for a study to identify proposed designated and signed bicycle routes along the state highway systems like the 11-mile paved biking/hiking path beside the newly opened W.Va.
NEWS
April 26, 2012
The homicide of a 27-year-old man and shooting of a 26-year-old woman Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in Ranson, W.Va., remain under investigation, police said Thursday. Dontrell Tyree Curry of Ranson was found shot in the head by police at a second-floor apartment in Apple Tree Gardens Apartments in the 800 block of North Mildred Street shortly after authorities received a report of shots fired at 5 a.m. Rachel Cooke, 26, who resides at the apartment, was shot in the arm. Two of her children who were home at the time of the shooting were not harmed, police had said.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
A fire that destroyed a vacant storage building Saturday night was intentionally set, Independent Fire Co. Chief Donald Longerbeam said Sunday. “It was an arson fire,” Longerbeam said. There was no power to the 30-by-60-foot wooden building and witnesses said they saw juveniles running from the scene, he said. The fire in the 200 block of North George Street was reported at 10:16 p.m., Longerbeam said. Though the building is four blocks from the firehouse, it had partially collapsed by the time firefighters arrived, he said.
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