Archives for February 2019

MARTINSBURG MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL MACHINE GUN

A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday to 96 months in federal prison for having a machine gun. The US Attorney’s Office says 30 year old Christopher Rebish pled guilty back in October, to one count of “Illegal Possession of Machine Gun” after he was caught with the weapon in Berkeley County in March 2017. The case against Rebish was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods… the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

HARPERS FERRY PERVERT HANDED MAXIMUM SENTENCE

A Harpers Ferry man is headed to prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors after facing multiple felony sex charges. 40 year old Derrick Williams was handed the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison after reaching a deal with the state after being originally charged by a Jefferson County Grand Jury last September with sexual abuse and multiple counts of sexual assault in connection with a 15-year-old female victim, who was also reportedly pregnant. In addition to the time behind bars, Williams will be required to register as a sexual offender when he is finally released, and he will be placed on 10 years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence.

THREE ARRESTED AFTER SUNDAY PARKING LOT ROBBERY

Three people have been arrested in connection with a robbery Sunday in the parking lot of the Martinsburg Target. 33 year old Bryan Fishack of Smithsburg, Maryland; 29 year old Richard Kline and 19 year old Lindsey Dion… both of Falling Waters, now face felony charges of robbery and conspiracy. Berkeley County deputies were called Sunday to Retail Commons Parkway, where a female victim told them that after putting her children in her vehicle, she saw two men walking toward her. Fishack she said, tried to grab her from behind while attempting to get in the car… hitting her multiple times while trying to steal her purse. Kline was also trying to get her purse. The two fled to a car in which Dion was the lookout. Fishack, Kline and Dion are all now in the Eastern Regional Jail.

NOW THE CLEANUP BEGINS

Now the cleanup is underway, after high-speed winds over the weekend left many in Berkeley County and the surrounding area without power. Downed limbs and other debris littered many roads and left thousands in the dark in both Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. The downed trees and power lines made many roads impassable, and caused lots of delays and detours. Many found it difficult or impossible to get to or from work. Most schools operated on a two-hour delay. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said that at one point, a total of 75,000 people in West Virginia were without power after the intense weekend weather.

FORMER SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY STUDENT ARRESTED FOR SEX WITH STUDENTS WHILE STUDENT TEACHING

A former Shepherd University student has been arrested after investigators say she had sexual relations with two teenage students while completing her student teaching last year in Berkeley County. 23 year old Rachel Grizzle of Berkeley Springs, is a string of facing felony charges in connection with incidents investigators say involved a 13 year old boy and a 16 year old student at Spring Mills High School, where she was a student teacher. Grizzle was taken into custody, but later released after posting $75,000 bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 6th.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING SHOES, PURSE, AND CASH AT GUNPOINT FROM WOMAN ON THE WAY TO A STRIP CLUB

A Martinsburg man already facing a murder charge and multiple felony drug charges, is now facing even more charges after being indicted by a Berkeley County Grand Jury on new charges in which he is accused of robbing a female bar patron. 27 year old Alvin Gilbert is accused of leaving the 9 East Bar and Grill on Eagle School Road with the victim and another man to go to a local gentleman’s club. She says Gilbert pulled off the side of the road in a dark area, got out of the car and pointed a gun at her head, then took her shoes and purse, which contained approximately $2,700. Gilbert remains behind bars without bond.

HIGH WINDS CAUSE DAMAGE

High winds of nearly 50 miles per hour Sunday, brought down electrical wires that in some cases, blocked roads and in others, caused some fires. A number of trees were reported down, causing structural damage around the area. The National Weather Service says that around 6 Sunday evening, they recorded winds of nearly 50 miles per hour. A high wind warning remains in effect today, with sustained winds of between 18 and 26 miles per hour, but gusts at times reaching as high as 48 miles per hour. More power outages are expected, and the winds are expected to blow down more trees due to the saturated ground .

MARTINSBURG COUPLE FACING FELONY CHARGES AFTER FRAUD ATTEMPT

A Martinsburg couple has been arrested this week, and are now facing a string of felony charges after Martinsburg Police say they swiped more than $10,000 from an elderly victim, by convincing her that she had won a sweepstakes with “Publishers Clearing House.” 71 year old Richard Stiles and his wife… 68 year old Patricia Stiles of Golf Course Road according to police… called the victim, claiming to be with the Publishers Clearing House, telling her she had won $17 Million and a new Mercedes Benz. But in order to claim it, she had to pay the taxes, amounting to $80,000, starting with an upfront payment of $2,000, and the balance with money transfers through Walmart. The victim’s son reported it. Richard and Patricia Stiles were jailed, but they were released Tuesday after posting $30,000 bond each.

MAN FACING DRUG AND ROBBERY CHARGES

A man already in deep trouble with a long list of drug charges, is now facing more charges after he was found to be in possession of narcotics, cash, drug paraphernalia and a firearm during an investigation into a Martinsburg robbery. 30 year old Rashad Scrivens is now facing three new felony charges of possession with the intent to deliver, and one count of conspiracy. Back in May of last year, Scrivens was charged with delivery of heroin, conspiracy to deliver heroin, delivery of xanax, conspiracy to deliver xanax, possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver xanax, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver xanax.

PLEA DEAL NIXED IN ASSUALT CASE

A plea agreement was not accepted Tuesday the case of a Martinsburg man who is accused of assaulting another man in 2016. Dante Moore faced a felony charge of malicious wounding. Yesterday, he appeared in court to enter a conditional guilty plea to one count of unlawful assault. However, prosecutors told the judge that a deferred adjudication agreement had been reached, and if he successfully completes a period of supervised probation, Moore could withdraw his guilty plea. However, if he is unsuccessful, the felony conviction would be entered. Unlawful assault is punishable by one to five years in prison. In addition to any possible time behind bars, Moore would also be required to complete 100 hours of community service and pay restitution.