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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
A Martinsburg man entered a guilty plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Wednesday. Douglas D. Starling, 49, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and oxycodone in Martinsburg, Ihlenfeld said in a news release. Starling, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the Martinsburg Police Department.
NEWS
August 16, 2012
A 57-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man is accused of sexually abusing a girl multiple times over a span of about three years, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Edward Lee Gross of 66 Nozzle Drive was arraigned on one count of first-degree sexual abuse by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court documents. Gross was released from custody after bail for a $10,000 bond was posted, according to court documents. The victim told authorities that Gross had abused her five times a month since she was in seventh grade, according to a complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Padilla.
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NEWS
September 10, 2013
Tips received from the public helped authorities find a man Monday who was wanted for violation of his bond conditions, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Tuesday. Brian Nickens was found in a car in the Long John Silver's restaurant parking lot in Charles Town, W.Va., and taken into custody by members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force,  Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Ulrich said in a news release. Nickens was wanted on bond conditions stemming from a case where he was charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm, according to the release.
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NEWS
September 6, 2013
Tri-State area authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man who has been charged in warrants with theft, distribution of heroin and other counts, according to the Hancock Police Department. Michael John Burton, 37, whose last known address was Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is wanted in Maryland for theft under $10,000 and numerous traffic warrants, a Hancock police news release said. Burton also is charged with distribution of heroin in Pennsylvania, and a parole violation in West Virginia for cutting off his monitoring bracelet and fleeing the state, police said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
Fire raced through a building containing a gun business and a motorcycle shop along Baxter Road west of Hedgesville Wednesday morning in Berkeley County, according to a spokesman for the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co. When firefighters arrived at the scene, fire was coming through the roof, Lt. Bradley Crowell said in a telephone interview. Battling the blaze was challenging at first, because there were no fire hydrants in the area, Crowell said. But after firefighters established a water source, they were able to get the fire extinguished fairly quickly, he said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito listened with area bankers Wednesday as officials from the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Home Loan Bank announced a new program to help low- and moderate-income families buy their first homes. The announcement came at a meeting of bankers at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. The First Front Door program helps first-time homebuyers get help with down payments, closing costs and other ways to secure a mortgage. The program will grant qualified prospective borrowers $3 for every $1 they invest up to a maximum of $5,000.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
A West Virginia man who pointed a shotgun at a tractor-trailer driver during a road rage incident earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree assault. “I can't think of another case where this kind of assault presented as much risk” to other people, Washington County Circuit Judge Dana Moylan Wright told Brandon Scott Castle.   Wright sentenced the 20-year-old Falling Waters, W.Va., man to eight years in state prison, suspending all but the 18 months, which he will serve in the Washington County Detention Center.
NEWS
By CECELIA MASON | West Virginia Public Broadcasting | September 2, 2013
As fall approaches and the weather cools, the omnipresent brown marmorated stink bug will begin looking for a nice, cozy place to stay. So researchers at the USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Jefferson County, W.Va., are asking the public to help them figure out why the bugs choose some houses over others. Since its introduction to the United States from Asia in the late 1990s, the stink bug has spread to 41 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. The bugs damage crops and are basically pesky because they invade homes in the winter.
LIFESTYLE
August 31, 2013
Name: Daniel Boyd Age: 56 City in which you reside: Charleston, W.Va. Hometown: Martinsburg, W.Va. Day job: Professor at West Virginia State University in Institute, W.Va. Book title: “Chillers” book one and two Genre: Horror graphic novel, anthology Synopsis of book : Inspired by Boyd's orignial 1998 film feature “Chillers,” the graphic novel is a series of stories of the format of the stories of people on their final bus destination.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
A Summit Point, W.Va., salvage and recycling business repeatedly cited for allowing an open dump and failing to clean up oil-based spills has agreed to pay a $8,130 penalty, according to a public notice released Thursday. The penalty to be paid by Remac Inc./Summit Point Salvage & Recycling for the violations is part of a proposed settlement outlined in an administrative consent order to resolve state permit violations, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection notice said.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
A $150,000 allocation for taxiway rehabilitation at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport is among more than $6 million in federal funding announced Wednesday for improvements at several West Virginia airports. The funding for Shepherd Field, which is south of Martinsburg, and improvements at airports in Barbour, Braxton, Greenbrier, Harrison, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Nicholas, Raleigh, Randolph, Upshur, and Wood counties, was announced by Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, in a news release.
LIFESTYLE
August 21, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two Jefferson County birding trips in early September. Both trips will focus on migrating fall birds. The first trip will be to the Altona Marsh west of Charles Town on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Altona Marsh is a rare, 70-acre marl wetland protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. Because this is a protected site and there are access issues, participants in this trip must register in advance and sign a waiver. For more information, contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.
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