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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.
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NEWS
July 17, 2012
The 6th annual Pickin' in the Panhandle will celebrate the Mountain State's best barbeque with two competitions at the Lazy A Campground in Hedgesville, W.Va., Sept. 7 to 9. “These competitions showcase the best in BBQ, with teams coming from all over the mid-Atlantic and as far away as Missouri to compete,” Jennifer Jensen, co-director of the festival, said in a news release. Pickin' is also host to a backyard BBQ competition with cash prizes for the winner.  This year, the festival will bring back the Tastin' Tent, where attendees can sample the contest submissions and vote for their favorite.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 29, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Virginia man charged in the June 6 deaths of a Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman and her 3-year-old son waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Antonio Prophet, 34, of Lorton, Va., who is charged with two counts of murder, did not appear in the courtroom for the hearing, which attracted several family members and friends of victims Angela Kay Devonshire, 22, and Andre White. The waiver signed Monday allows the state's double murder case against Prophet to be bound over to circuit court, where evidence can be presented to a grand jury for indictment.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 9, 2012
More than 200 members of convention and visitors bureaus from across West Virginia are in Shepherdstown this week to network and talk about tourism. U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., was the keynote speaker Tuesday, the second day of the three-day Governor's Conference on Tourism at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. Rockefeller said many people don't understand how important tourism is to West Virginia's economy. “The tourism industry - and it is an industry - accounts for more than 44,000 jobs in West Virginia and more than $4 billion in consumer spending,” he said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2012
West Virginia State Police have released the names of two people whose bodies were found in a fire Friday at a mobile home in Berkeley County. The bodies of David Hutzler and his son James Hutzler were found in the mobile home after the fire that was reported at about 8:25 a.m. at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., Sgt. Ed Anderson said. A published death notice listed David Hutzler's age as 56 and his son James Aquilla “Mack” Hutzler as being 9 years old. Anderson said he couldn't comment on whether the fire had been intentionally set. “It's an ongoing investigation,” Anderson said.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
A remembrance walk in memory of Tommy Kegarise, who died in a car crash Oct. 14 in West Virginia, will be held Sunday night in Hagerstown. The walk will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the main entrance to City Park along Virginia Avenue. It will continue to Rose Hill Cemetery on South Potomac Street. Donations will be collected to help the family with funeral expenses.
NEWS
September 1, 2012
A Martinsburg, W.Va., man died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday on Interstate 70 west of Beaver Creek Road, according to Maryland State Police. Jorge Alberto Silva-Alvarez, 45, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer that went off the left side of the road, crossed the center median and overturned several times before coming to rest in the fast lane of eastbound I-70, police said in a news release. Troopers responded to the crash at 3:34 a.m., police said. Witnesses said the vehicle had been swerving back and forth on the highway and traveling at a high rate of speed for some distance before swerving into the median, according to police.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding trip to the Altona Marsh in Jefferson County, W.Va. at 8 a.m.  Wednesday, March 20. The Marsh is a 70-acre marl wetland protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. It is a good site for birding, not only because it harbors a rich variety of species but also because the terrain offers easy viewing. Species likely to be seen at this time will include waterfowl, winter visitors and year-round birds. The trip is free. Children ages 12 and older must be accompanied by an adult.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
Shepherd University will sponsor an open meeting for the community to hear a presentation about the pedestrian underpass planned for W.Va. 480 on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Engineering designers for Alpha Associates will present the project design and anticipated timeline. University personnel will be available to answer questions about the project. The pedestrian underpass is slated to be constructed at the intersection of W.Va. 480 and West Campus Drive.
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