March 8, 2013
A trash collection truck worker who died Thursday after he was struck by a pickup in the 800 block of Dominion Road near Gerrardstown was identified Friday as Jeremy Lee Tabler of Martinsburg, police said. Tabler, 30, was working as a driver for Apple Valley Waste when he was struck by a green Ford F-250, according to police and a Berkeley County Emergency Services supervisor. Tabler of Whitings Neck Road, was pronounced dead at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he succumbed to his injuries, police had said.
January 22, 2013
A 26-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman after a birthday party over the weekend, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Darryl Fountaine Clinksdale II, no fixed address, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of second-degree sexual assault by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court documents. Clinksdale was allowed early Sunday into the residence where the victim was staying upon returning from the party, but another woman who lived there told police he wasn't supposed to stay, according to court documents.
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.
July 7, 2012
Firefighters responded to a fire at a log home Saturday afternoon in the 500 block of Zig Zag Lane, a Berkeley County 911 dispatcher said. The fire was reported at 5:15 p.m., and the last units cleared the scene at about 7:45 p.m., the dispatcher said. The South Berkeley Fire Co. could not be reached for further details Saturday night.
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.
February 17, 2012
Authorities Friday arrested a 31-year-old fugitive from Virginia at an Inwood, W.Va., residence, the U.S. Marshal Service said. Fred Hasenbaughler III, who was believed to be living at Chantilly Lane, was wanted on charges of obtaining money on false pretenses in Virginia, Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Ulrich said in a news release. Task force members from the U.S. Marshals Service, West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg Police Department and West Virginia Parole located Hasenbaughler in a residence on Tabler Station Road in Inwood, authorities said.
September 21, 2012
An early morning fire that destroyed a Berkeley County home off Buck Hill Road early Thursday was under investigation, Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker said Friday. The two-story structure at 26 Solarwood Court in Deerwood subdivision was destroyed by the fire, which was reported just before 3 a.m. Thursday, according to Barker. The Gerrardstown, W.Va., area residence was vacant, but had been a nice home that might have only been built in the last 20 to 30 years, according to Barker. Due to the amount of damage, Barker said the cause of the fire was not immediately determined.
December 26, 2011
A Morgan County, W.Va., man has been charged with murder after admitting he woke up from a blackout earlier this month to find his girlfriend strangled in their apartment, according to the Morgan County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Department. James T. Zell Jr. was charged with murder, the sheriff's department said in a news release. His girlfriend, Kelly Elizabeth Butler, 29, was found dead Friday in a cabin in a remote part of Hampshire County, W.Va., where Zell told police he had taken her body, the sheriff's department said.
January 20, 2012
A fire Friday afternoon destroyed a small, ranch-style home in Bunker Hill, W.Va., displacing two adults and a child, the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. said. No one was injured in the fire at 218 Budding Dogwood Road, which was reported at 1:37 p.m., according to fire company Deputy Chief P.J. Burroughs and a Berkeley County Central Dispatch supervisor. The homeowner said he had just started a fire in the woodstove before the flames apparently ignited the home off Rawhide Drive and Specks Run Road, Burroughs said.
April 27, 2011
Submissions are due Sunday, May 1, for the West Virginia Fiction Competition. The short-story competition is open to any West Virginia resident or student attending a school in West Virginia. Original, unpublished stories of between 500 and 2,500 words written by authors of any age are eligible. The first-place winner will receive the West Virginia Fiction Award and $500. The winning story will be read at the Appalachian Heritage Festival concert in September at Shepherd University.