May 14, 2013
Authorities are investigating incidents at two cemeteries in Martinsburg, where approximately 50 to 60 crypts have been tampered with, according to a news release from the West Virginia State Police. According to the release, Trooper 1st Class R.D. Eshbaugh on Tuesday responded to the Pleasant View Cemetery on Charles Town Road, where a caretaker at the facility noted damage to the mausoleum buildings on the south side of the property. Further investigation revealed approximately 50 crypts between two buildings had been tampered with, according to the release.
March 15, 2013
A man wanted by the West Virginia State Police on six counts of sexual abuse of a minor was arrested last month by members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task force, a deputy U.S. Marshal announced Friday. Donald Freedman Graham, 29, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was arrested Feb. 27 after task force members converged on a mobile home where he was located, according to a news release from deputy U.S. Marshal Jon LaLiberte. The case pending against Graham was investigated by State Police Trooper W.R. Garrett and LaLiberte said in the news that additional victims were identified and interviewed after the man's arrest.
August 4, 1997
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police said three members of a Winchester, Va., family were taken to Winchester Medical Center after their car rolled over Sunday on Interstate 81. The accident occurred just after 4 p.m. about a mile south of Exit 12 when a southbound minivan driven by Robert Lutjan of Roanoke, Va., switched from the right to the left lane, police said. Carmel M. Taibia-Lehn, 42, of Winchester, drove onto the berm to avoid a collision and lost control of her car, flipping it over, police said.
August 17, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police are investigating what they say could be a homicide in Jefferson County. Edna Mae Trout, 57, of Mount Airy, Md., was found dead Friday about 4 p.m. in her van off Bloomery Road near the Millville power station, police said. Police described Trout's wounds as "severe," but have not released any more information about the nature of the wounds or how she died. "We're in the initial phases of this investigation, and we don't want to say too much that it would compromise the investigation," state police Capt.
September 5, 2010
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A 26-year-old Morgan County woman was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center on Saturday after being shot with a shotgun and beaten with a baseball bat, according to a West Virginia State Police press release. Robert Alan Gretsinger, 58, of Berkeley Springs, was charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding in the incident at 1255 Pious Ridge Road, West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Davis said. Gretsinger allegedly fired several shots at Carrie Lowe after she took the keys to his truck at his home, Davis said.
January 11, 2004
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - A 51-year-old Jefferson County man was killed Friday night when his small passenger car and a Waste Management garbage truck collided on W.Va. 9 in Kearneysville, according to West Virginia State Police. James Shank Jr., the driver of the 1989 Ford Escort, died in the 8 p.m. accident, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper M.L. Dickerson said Saturday. The Waste Management truck was westbound and the Escort was eastbound when the two vehicles hit head-on just past W.Va.
February 21, 1998
Martinsburg boy, 16, killed in automobile accident MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., boy was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Berkeley Station Road, according to West Virginia State Police. Aaron Setting was a passenger in a 1984 Buick when he was killed in the wreck shortly before 7 a.m., said West Virginia State Police. Walter Dunn, age unavailable, was traveling north on Berkeley Station Road in a 1979 Ford station wagon, police said.
July 14, 1997
The FBI and authorities in North Carolina on Sunday located a West Virginia man who allegedly fled with his two young children in March, according to West Virginia State Police. Bobby Gene King Jr. was being held Monday in Charlotte pending extradition to Berkeley County, W.Va., police said. He is charged with felony concealment of a minor, police said. The children, two daughters, were being kept by North Carolina Health and Human Services officials until the mother, Julia McGhee arrives, police said.
December 5, 2011
A 37-year-old Shepherdstown-area man died early Sunday after the car he was driving crashed into a tree along W.Va. 480 in Jefferson County, West Virginia State Police said Monday. Timothy David Kamer of 236 Maddex Drive was pronounced dead by county medical examiner Donald Shirley at the scene of the crash, which happened just after 3 a.m. north of Orleans Drive near Kearneysville, W.Va., according to a news release. Kamer was driving north in a white 1992 BMW on W.Va. 480, also known as Kearneysville Pike, when the car went off the west side of the road, rolled through a plain of grass and struck a tree in a head-on collision, police said in the news release.