Archives for March 2019

MARTINSBURG MAN DEEMED INCOMPETENT

A Martinsburg man who has been arrested and is now charged with strangulation, domestic battery and unlawful restraint, will serve time in a mental health facility. 38 year old Timothy Jones has been determined to be incompetent to stand trial, and according to a clinical psychologist, he is unlikely to regain that competency. The doctor testified that he believes Jones was “psychotic” at the time of the incident last May.. and was most likely not taking his medication as prescribed at the time, which caused him to have auditory hallucinations that were telling him to hurt the victim. Jones remains in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Resources and is in Sharpe Hospital.

MARTINSBURG MAN WHO THREATENED ANIMAL CONTROL BEHIND BARS

A Martinsburg man who police say threatened to shoot animal control officers, has been arrested and is now behind bars. 27 year old William Freeman is being held in lieu of a $20,000 cash-only bond on a felony charge of intimidation of or retaliation against public officers and employees. His arrest came when Martinsburg Police were called to Berkeley County Animal Control, where Freeman, along with a woman, were there to pick up a dog that had been confiscated. After they got the dog back, the two are said to have begun yelling and Freeman said he was going home to get a gun. If convicted of all the charges he faces, Freeman could be looking at up to 10 years in prison.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

The suspicious circumstances surrounding an 18-year-old who was found lying dead on Monday on the bleachers of Oatsdale Park, remains under investigation today by Martinsburg Police. The body of Bo Harrison was discovered wearing blue jeans, a light blue hooded sweatshirt and a black “Steelers” backpack, at around 9am on Monday at the part on Tavern Road. The death has been termed suspicious, but so far, no additional details are being released. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives at 304-264-2100.

MAN FOUND DEAD ON BLEACHERS AT OATSDALE PARKE

Monday morning at about 9, Martinsburg Police responded to a call from Oatsdale Park on
Tavern Road in Martinsburg about a dead man that was found there. Martinsburg Police, along with Martinsburg Fire Department units arrived to discover 18 year old Bo Harrison lying dead on a set of bleachers. Detectives and Berkeley County Medical Examiner Rodney Jenkins were called in, and they determined the death to be suspicious. The investigation into Harrison’s death is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Corporal Luciano at 304.264.2100.

MAN FACING FELONY CHARGES FOR RIPPING OFF ILL WOMAN

A Capon Bridge man has been arrested and is now facing 64 felony counts, after investigators say he ripped off more than $27,000 from a victim who had hired him for help due to her illnesses. 51 year old Christopher Mowery is facing 52 felony charges of forgery and uttering, six counts of forgery and six counts of conspiracy to commit uttering… all in response to a fraud complaint from a victim living on Poor House Road in Martinsburg. Mowery is accused of taking checks out of the victim’s check book and forging her signature, saying the more than $23,000 he took was for remodeling supplies, but deputies say there are no signs that any part of the home had been or is being remodeled. Mowery is in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $59,000 bond.

33 INDICTED IN DRUG STING

Federal prosecutors have indicted 33 people in connection with an investigation into distribution of heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. The 33 have been indicted by a federal grand jury following the investigation known as “Operation Triple Crown,” in which agents seized 891 grams of different controlled substances, several firearms, ammunition and more than $33,000 in cash during several raids and searches conducted in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania in January. According to prosecutors, those involved in criminal conduct will learn that the potential consequences are not worth the perceived and false reward of their conduct. They say for far too long, the Eastern Panhandle has been plagued by drugs and violence.

VIDEO FOOTAGE RELEASED IN ABUSE CASE

Dash cam video from an incident that happened back in November in which police appear to use excessive force while arresting a teen, was released Thursday by the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. That footage is part of a case against two West Virginia State troopers and two Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies who have been the focus of an investigation into allegations that they beat a 16-year-old suspect. Trooper First Class Michael Kennedy and Trooper First Class Derek Walker were discharged in February. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies Chris Merson and Austin Ennis were then terminated. Kennedy is the only one so far, who has been indicted.

MURDER TRIAL SET IN LINDAMOOD SLAYING CASE

A jury trial has been set now for January 2020 in a case involving a Falling Waters man who is accused of fatally stabbing a woman last summer. 41 year old William Franklin, Jr. has been charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of 37-year-old Melissa Lindamood last July 15th. Franklin has pleaded not guilty. The whole thing unfolded last July 15th, when West Virginia State Police responded to a house on Crawford Quarry Road after a man believed to be Franklin, called Berkeley County 911 and reported in an oddly calm manner, that Lindamood was “no longer with us.” When police arrived, Lindamood was found dead on the floor with multiple stab wounds. Franklin was on the front porch covered in blood.

HARLEM WIZARDS HAND OUT CHILDHOOD ADVICE AT RANSON ELEMENTARY

Before taking to the court in a charity basketball game Tuesday, some star players
from the Harlem Wizards delivered an important antibullying message to Jefferson County School students when they visited several middle and elementary schools yesterday morning. Lloyd “Loonatik” Clinton visited Ranson Elementary School where he spoke to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students about working hard to achieve their goals. He said he talks to students about getting the most out of their education….

The Wizards played against teachers and administrators in the charity event organized by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. Proceeds from last nights game benefit the Rotary student organizations at area schools.

THERMAL COAL TAX CUT PASSES

The West Virginia Legislature passed a 40-percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes. The coal industry argues that lower taxes and less environmental regulation would prompt a boom in mining jobs. According to the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, about eight-percent more coal miners are working now than two years ago. But David Schlissel with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says another trend is emerging that will help renewables at the expense of all fossil fuels – huge, grid scale batteries and pumped storage….

He says storage will make the electric grid more reliable, and as more storage comes online, its price will fall.