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.
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.
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.
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.
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.