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NEWS
February 17, 2013
Five people were arrested and about an ounce of crack cocaine was seized after police conducted a search Saturday at 118 Centre St., according to the Martinsburg Police Department. More than $1,300 in cash also was seized when members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, city police and West Virginia State Police searched the home off East Burke Street, according to a news release from Sgt. J.E. Darby. According to Darby, those arrested were Shasta C. Myers, 21, of 35 Perry Drive, Falling Waters, W.Va.; Luis M. Delgado, 21, of 3551 East Tremont, Bronx, N.Y.; Eric Junior Donaldson, 19, of 35 Perry Drive, Falling Waters; Bobby T. Hoyt, 40, of 118 Centre St.; and Eusebio D. Booth, 33, of 118 Centre St. All five were charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine/conspiracy.
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NEWS
February 16, 2013
A Martinsburg man who was wanted on three felony warrants for failing to comply with West Virginia state sex offender registry laws was arrested Friday by members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force. Larry Gene Edwards, 55, was arrested Friday morning without incident on East John Street in Martinsburg, according to a U.S. Marshals Service news release. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is comprised of three offices and covers the northern portion of West Virginia. The Martinsburg Office of the task force is comprised of West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg Police Department, Shepherdstown (W.Va.)
NEWS
February 11, 2013
A Martinsburg woman was killed Sunday evening in a single-vehicle crash on W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg, West Virginia State Police said in a news release. Elizabeth Ann Putman, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 7:07 p.m., police said. Putman was the front-seat passenger in a Kia Sportage driven by Andrea Irene Hawkins, 20, which was traveling eastbound on W.Va. 9 near Opequon Lane, police said. The vehicle veered to the right and went off the south side of the roadway, struck a guardrail and came to rest on the shoulder of the road, the release said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2013
A man pointed what appeared to be a handgun in the direction of employees at Shepherdstown Pharmacy when he robbed the business Thursday morning at 7670 Martinsburg Pike, police said. The employees were upset, but not injured in the robbery, which was reported at 10:21 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Victor Lupis said.  Police were told the white male suspect concealed his identity with a black ski mask and also was wearing glasses, Lupis said. The robber was wearing a yellow sweat shirt and blue sweat pants when he entered the business and demanded prescription drugs while brandishing the firearm, according to Lupis.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
The deaths of a Berkeley County man and his 9-year-old son in January 2012 now are being investigated as a double homicide because of the discovery of new evidence, West Virginia State Police said Wednesday. James A. “Mack” Hutzler and David C. Hutzler, 56, were found in the master bedroom of his father's mobile home at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., on the morning of Jan. 6, police have said. Police initially had said they believed Hutzler shot his son, set the home on fire and then took his own life.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
A man suspected of a robbery at the Spring Mills Walmart pharmacy Tuesday afternoon was later arrested, West Virginia State Police said Tuesday night. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, State Police Sgt. M.A. Cole said. The vehicle was stolen in Pennsylvania, Cole said. Police were told the suspect went into the pharmacy and demanded Xanax, Cole said. He did not display a firearm, but threatened to use one, Cole said.
BREAKINGNEWS
January 15, 2013
Southbound Interstate 81 at Exit 23 (U.S. 11) was closed for more than 10 hours Monday night and Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer hauling fish wrecked and landed on its side Monday night, West Virginia State Police said. The crash was reported at 9:14 p.m. Monday at the on-ramp from U.S. 11 to southbound I-81 near the 23-mile marker, a Berkeley County Emergency Services spokeswoman said. Both southbound lanes had reopened by 8 a.m. Tuesday, state police said. Southbound traffic was being routed off I-81 at Exit 23 onto U.S. 11 and back onto the interstate at Exit 20 (Spring Mills)
NEWS
By DON AINES and MATTHEW UMSTEAD | dona@herald-mail.com; matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 28, 2012
Martinsburg police shot and killed a woman Friday morning after she called police saying another woman was holding her at gunpoint. Tiffany Lee Overholser, 45, of 108 S. Georgia Ave., was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Martinsburg Police Department said in a news release. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday in Morgantown, W.Va., police said. The incident began at about 3 a.m. when police received a call through Central Dispatch about a woman at 108 S. Georgia Ave., who said another female was pointing a gun at her, police said.
NEWS
December 18, 2012
A Kearneysville, W.Va., woman died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near the Tabler Station Road exit south of Martinsburg, West Virginia State Police said. Danika Guier, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene from apparent injuries she sustained in the crash, which was reported at 1:57 p.m., police said in a news release. The other two motorists involved in the incident, Ashley French, 28, of Martinsburg, and Ann Prince, 47, of Mays Landing, N.J., were not medically transported, police said.
BREAKINGNEWS
December 11, 2012
The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the Marlowe and Falling Waters exit were closed for more than an hour Monday night after a tractor-trailer crash. A Berkeley County 911 supervisor said at 10:30 p.m. she was sure traffic was backed up into Maryland and she said the 911 center was getting complaints from motorists caught up in the gridlock. Only the trailer section of the rig overturned, blocking both southbound lanes shortly before 9:30 p.m., the supervisor said. A state police spokesman said he thinks the crash might have been caused by two trucks that had traveled too closely together on the interstate.
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