Archives for May 2019

MAN ADMITS TO DRINKING AND SMOKING POT, THEN SHOOTING INTO THE AIR TO QUIET BARKING DOGS

A man who police say was shooting a gun into the air and threatening to kill a neighbor’s dogs was arrested by Berkeley County deputies. 49 year old Lewis Moore is now facing charges including wanton endangerment involving a firearm, being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm and habitually addicted to alcohol, brandishing a deadly weapon, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. It happened on Berkeley Station Road where Moore told officers the neighbor’s dogs bark from the time he gets home from work until about 10 p.m., and he was just trying to make the dogs be quiet.
Moore… who also told officers he drinks and smokes marijuana daily, is now behind bars in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $11,500 bond

MARSHALS SEEKING INWOOD FUGITIVE

The U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force is asking for your help locating 25 year old Corey Wise of Inwood. Wise is wanted for violation of his Berkeley County Probation with an underlying charge for drug distribution. Corey Wise has family in the Inwood and Harpers Ferry areas. Wise is a known drug user and is believed to still be in the Berkeley County Area. He is 25 years old, 5’ 8” tall, 185 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo on his face. If you have any information about Corey Wise or his possible location you are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (304) 267-7179.

MARYLAND CRASH LEAVES KEARNEYSVILLE RESIDENTS INJURED

A crash in Smithburg, Maryland resulted in two Kearneysville residents being flown with injuries to a hospital in Maryland. Maryland State Police say the two-vehicle, head-on collision happened on Foxville Road at South Mountain Road and Gun Club. Investigators say Daniel McDougal of Smithsburg was westbound on Foxville Road when he crossed the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane, and slammed head on into an oncoming vehicle driven by 53 year old Deborah Everly of Gerrardstown (Jareds-town). Everly and her daughter, 26 year old Alissa Everly, were flown to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma. McDougal was treated at the scene. Police did not indicate if any charges were filed.

MARTINSBURG ANNOUNCES BUG SPRAYING SCHEDULE

The City of Martinsburg, through Ehrlich Pest Control, will conduct ground fogging for mosquitos on Saturday, June 8th, at about 4:30am weather permitting. The areas affected will include War Memorial, Lambert and P. O. Faulkner Parks. Although the target date is a week from tomorrow… Saturday, June 8th, the rain date if necessary will be the following Saturday, June 15th. Both will be at the same time… 4:30am. Mosquito dunks will also be placed in the Tuscarora and Dry Run Creeks on Saturday, June 8th.

MARYLAND STATE POLICE HOLDING OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY

On Saturday from 11 until 2:30, the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barracks will host an open house. Everyone is invited to attend the free event, which will have several live action demonstrations, food vendors, games and prizes for all ages. There will be both static displays as well as demonstrations including motorcycles, K-9’s, bomb disposal, crime scene technicians, SWAT, divers and more. There will also be a live action recreation of a car crash with troopers, fire and EMS responding to extricate a simulated injured driver. Recruiters from the Maryland State Police as well as numerous other federal, state and local agencies will be on hand, and children will have the opportunity to be sworn in as honorary Maryland State Troopers.

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATING TOSSED STROLLERS

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident in which someone was throwing items off an overpass onto vehicles traveling the road below. They say it happened sometime between midnight and 1am this past Tuesday. Rocks and other items were tossed off an overpass by someone who was attempting to hit vehicles traveling on West Virginia 9 between the Leetown Road and Wiltshire Road exits. Items tossed included a number of strollers for some reason. Anyone with any information, or who may be missing a stroller, is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 304-728-3205.

MOTION TO DISMISS GRANTED IN BERKELEY ARSON CASE

A motion to dismiss was granted in Berkeley County Court, in a pending arson case due to lack of evidence. 24 year old Dalton Donivan of Martinsburg, was indicted by the Berkeley County Grand Jury in February, after being accused of starting a fire at his grandmother’s house. He was originally charged in August. This week, 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge Laura Faircloth accepted the state’s motion for dismissal due to insufficient evidence to try the case. Nobody was hurt in the fire. The case will however, remain subject to possible subsequent presentation to a Grand Jury in the event additional evidence of guilt is obtained.

ROCKWOOL RESPONDS TO CHURCH OPEN LETTER

Rockwool has responded to an open letter from a Shepherdstown church, which passed a resolution opposing Rockwool’s Ranson facility. The letter was penned by the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church’s body of elected elders, and addressed concerns by many in the community about the factory, and how it will affect health. Rockwool officials say the facility has been approved “based on strict emissions laws as set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and in accordance with the 1990 Clean Air Act” and poses no threat to the health of citizens or to the environment.

MARTINSBURG MAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING POLICE CAR

A Martinsburg man was arrested after Berkeley County deputies say he slammed his vehicle into a deputy’s police cruiser Sunday morning while trying to flee. 28 year old
Lance Washington, Jr. is now facing charges of fleeing in a vehicle, hit and run, fleeing on foot, obstructing, and driving revoked for driving under the influence. The incident began around 3:50am Sunday on Edwin Miller Boulevard near the Knights Inn. Washington is now behind bars in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $21,000 bond.

CIVIL TRIAL SET IN EXCESSIVE FORCE CASE

A jury trial has been tentatively set for June 9, 2020 in a civil lawsuit based on claims that a teenager was subjected to excessive force while being arrested back in November. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the minor, known only as “J.H.” and names the West Virginia State Police, former troopers Michael Kennedy and Derek Walker, plus Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies Christopher Merson and Austin Ennis as defendants. It alleges that the defendants individually and acting together, severely beat and injured the teen following a high speed chase and crash last November 19th. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified compensatory damages; punitive damages; and interest, costs and attorney’s fees.