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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2013
Young African-American males are “under siege and should be classified as an endangered species,” the keynote speaker told a conference of delegates from West Virginia's 16 NAACP branches on Friday.  The remarks came in an address by local attorney Sherman Lambert before about 100 NAACP members and guests gathered for the first day of the two-day 69th Annual WV State Conference of Branches at Mount Zion United Methodist Church at 532 W. Martin St.  Lambert centered his remarks on the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, reaching back into three noted Mississippi and Alabama civil rights cases of the 1950s and 1960s to illustrate his points about racial discrimination.
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August 9, 2013
Two men accused of stealing a commercial vacuum Friday at the Sheetz store in Spring Mills, W.Va., were later nabbed by a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy on his way home from work, according to court records. John Henry Wade of Lonely View Drive, Hedgesville, W.Va., and Andrew James Buckler of Mobile Court, Falling Waters, W.Va., were both arraigned on single counts of grand larceny and conspiracy by Berkeley County Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, the court records said. Sheriff's Deputy Lt. R.L. Steerman Jr. said he was heading home when he stopped to offer to help a man who was walking around a green car that was stopped with the hood up near the intersection of Little Georgetown and Tice roads, records said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 8, 2013
The trial for two people charged in the 2012 New Year's Day death of a 3-year-old boy has been rescheduled for Nov. 4 after one of the defendants was determined to have regained competency at a state psychiatric hospital. James N. Mauldin, 21, and Jasmine K. Dawkins, 24, were indicted in May 2012 in Berkeley County Circuit Court on single counts of death of a child by parent, guardian and/or custodian by child abuse, two counts of gross child neglect creating substantial risk of serious bodily injury and single counts of presentation of false information regarding a child's injuries in the death of Kaiwon Connelly.
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August 6, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night after a standoff with Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies Monday shut down Crossroad School Road for several hours, according to police and jail records. Michael P. Anderson, 56, of Spies Drive was arraigned Tuesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one felony count of wanton endangerment and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, according to magistrate court records. Anderson was being held in jail on a $30,000 bond, according to court and jail records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 2, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man faces additional crypt-tampering and destruction of property charges in connection with damage reported at a second Berkeley County cemetery, according to court records and police. Warrants issued Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate court charged David P. Bowers III with 10 counts of disinterment of a dead body and one count of destruction of property, according to court records. Bowers, 24, was arraigned last week on single felony counts of destruction of property and disinterment or displacement of a dead body stemming from a crypt-tampering case at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 2, 2013
The last time Jack Clem saw his wife alive, she was crawling into the master bedroom from the hallway of their Falling Waters, W.Va., home. Vickie Clem had just been struck in the head with a baseball bat by a male intruder of their split foyer home at 81 Vinca Lane. Having just been stabbed in the groin moments earlier by a second man, Clem couldn't protect her from the lethal injuries to the head and chest that followed the night of May 26, 2011. He had fallen into the bathroom from the hallway, but remembered hollering to his wife to lock the bedroom door.
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August 1, 2013
The adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard and area educational representatives signed a pact Tuesday that will allow airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing to get training in cybersecurity. Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer signed an agreement with Jerry Forster, regional president of University of Charleston at Beckley; Peter G. Checkovich, founding president of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College; and Greg Morris, vice chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, that will allow Airmen assigned to the Martinsburg-based airlift wing the opportunity to train through both schools' cyber-security programs, according to a news release from the 167th.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
Police are looking for a man who robbed the Charles Town branch office of MVB Bank Thursday off U.S. 340. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank at 88 Somerset Blvd. after presenting a note and demanding money from each teller, according to Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Victor Lupis. Police were dispatched to investigate the robbery at the bank in Somerset Village shopping plaza at 12:10 p.m., Lupis said. The bank robber was described by bank employees as a white male between 25 and 35-years old and 6 feet tall, Lupis said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 23, 2013
A Berkeley County Circuit Court judge on Monday ordered a woman convicted as an accessory in the March 2011 shooting death of a man to serve a five-year sentence after her probation was revoked for multiple violations. Ashley Nicole Carpegna, 29, who had been placed on probation in February at her sentencing hearing, admitted to several violations Monday, including failure to adhere to a 10 p.m. curfew while working at a strip club, drug use and contact with convicted felons, according to court documents.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 23, 2013
The Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police is only “a few vacancies away” from being unable to provide 24/7 service, State Police Capt. Rob Blair said Tuesday. “That is simply not acceptable in a county as populated and busy as Berkeley County,” Blair said in an email when contacted about a reported statewide trooper shortage. “With the strains of day-to-day police matters and then throw in the recent issues we have had to deal with on Interstate 81 - (the)
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