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August 21, 2013
The Potomac District of the Boy Scouts of America invites first- through fifth-grade boys to join the Cub Scouts. Cub Scouting offers fun and challenging experiences that boys and parents can do together, including learning how to put up a tent, swim, care for animals and use hand tools to complete small projects. Information sessions are being offered at the following times and places: Tuesday, Sept. 3: Mountain Ridge Intermediate School, 2691 Gerrardstown Road, Gerrardstown, W.Va., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
NEWS | August 20, 2013
Administrators and teachers in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have been experiencing what gunfire in their public school buildings sounds and feels like as part of a fledgling safe-schools initiative.  “Hopefully, we'll never need this, and they'll never hear it again, but at the same time, I think it helps. You can never be too prepared,” said Ron Stephens, Berkeley County Schools' assistant superintendent for pupil services. “And if it saves one life or makes people take things more seriously when we're talking about safety protocol, then it's well worth it.” The firing of blank ammunition inside the school buildings is part of the Eastern Panhandle Safe Schools Initiative, which is an ongoing collaborative effort of the FBI, West Virginia State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Berkeley County Schools and Jefferson County Schools.
August 20, 2013
A Gerrardstown, W.Va., man accused of growing marijuana on his property this summer was arraigned Monday on one felony count of cultivating marijuana, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Lemuel Dale Silver, 58, of Doberman Lane, was arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, according to court records. Marijuana plants were spotted growing on Silver's property by two West Virginia State Police troopers on July 19 when they were in a helicopter looking for marijuana, according to court records.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 19, 2013
The family of a Berkeley County man whose remains were found at a shale pit in November 2012 after he threatened to commit suicide several months earlier has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the West Virginia State Police. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court on behalf of Walter N. Hughes' widow, Victoria Hughes, and their three daughters, Kristal M. Hughes, Kristina Arntz and Kristie Canfield, according to court records. In addition to the wrongful death claim, the lawsuit claims that state police and the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are liable for mishandling the man's remains after they were found at the shale pit. West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous said Friday he had not been made aware of the claims contained in the lawsuit and declined to comment.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 16, 2013
A reported road-rage incident early Friday morning led to the arrest of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man whose vehicle crashed into the Hedgesville Elementary School playground, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Kenneth P. Yeakley Jr., 46, of Turquoise Drive was later arraigned on single counts of driving under the influence with injury, reckless driving and destruction of property, court records said. Trooper M.C. Morgan of the West Virginia State Police said in a complaint filed against Yeakley that the defendant's vehicle, a Ford F-150 truck, was found resting against a wrecked swing set in the school's playground after he responded to investigate the incident about 4:30 a.m. A guardrail and a fire hydrant were broken, and a fence was also damaged, Morgan said in the complaint.
August 14, 2013
Two New York residents were arraigned on tobacco excise-tax violations Wednesday after police stopped the vehicle they were traveling in on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Shao Zhen Wang, 45, and Rong D. Lin, 50, were arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single misdemeanor counts of evading the excise tax on multiple cartons of cigarettes found in the green Kia Sportage, the court records said. West Virginia State Police Trooper N.K. Campbell counted more than 10 cartons of cigarettes in the couple's possession, records said.
August 13, 2013
A man charged with the July 14 arson of a Martinsburg-area residence is accused of setting a bed on fire with a lighter after breaking into the home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Aaron L. Curry, 22, of Roberts Drive in Martinsburg was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond Tuesday after being arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one count of first-degree arson, according to jail and court records. Bedington Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 311 Trimble Ave., at 2:33 a.m., according to court records.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 13, 2013
The new public library building in Hedgesville is less than  a year away from opening now that officials have the financing in place to complete the first phase of the project. Bobby Lewis, the state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office in West Virginia, joined with local leaders in Hedgesville Tuesday to celebrate the agency's approval of a $700,000 bridge loan for the project in “probably record time.” Inside the completed shell of the building, Lewis congratulated the community for coming together in support of the project and the Berkeley County Building Commission for stepping up to help the library obtain the financing.
By TERESA DUNHAM CAVAGNARO | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 12, 2013
A new wave of coffee is brewing in Shepherdstown. Hypnocoffee Roastery, just off the beaten path at 104 S. King St., around the corner from the Sweet Shop Bakery and the Shepherdstown Public Library on German Street, is the little shop that offers what coffee aficionados refer to as the “third wave” of coffee. The third-wave movement is more about quality and less about speed, treating coffee more like a culinary experience, such as drinking wine, than a quick way to give you a morning jolt.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 12, 2013
On her 65th birthday, former Del. Charlotte Lane announced Monday in appearances in Martinsburg and Charleston, W.Va., that she is running for Congress in the 2nd District. In a brief stump speech Monday evening outside the Berkeley County Courthouse, Lane touted her work to protect West Virginia jobs while serving on the International Trade Commission and involvement in public water and sewer issues in Berkeley County while serving on the West Virginia Public Service Commission. Lane, a Republican and a resident of Kanawha County in southern West Virginia, particularly noted the success of the consolidation of the public service districts in the county in her tenure as chairwoman of the PSC. “With this part of the state being such a high growth area, you need a good infrastructure, and I was very helpful in trying to help your county officials and your other local officials achieve those goals,” Lane said.
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