Archives for May 2019

HAGERSTOWN POLICE CHARGE FORMER WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL TEACHER AFTER NUDE PICS SENT TO STUDENT

An investigation by Hagerstown Police into an incident in which a possible obscene image was sent to a student by a teacher, has resulted in charges being filed against a Gettysburg, Pennsylvania woman.  The Hagerstown Police Criminal Investigations Division worked with the Washington County Board of Education throughout the course of the investigation, and they now say that 26 year old Vallie Lawver sent a nude photo of herself to a student who attends Washington County Public Schools.  At the time the photo was sent, Lawver was employed by Washington County Public Schools. Lawver is now charged with Sexual Solicitation of a Minor and Displaying Obscene Material to Minor.

CROSSMAN ID NOW POSITIVE

Although until now, it’s been pretty much a foregone conclusion, it’s now official…. The body found off Tuscarora Pike a week ago is definitely that of 15 year old Riley Crossman. The sheriff’s department got that official word from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Some other details surrounding her death are still not being released… in part because some autopsy results can take several months. Crossman was missing for a little over a week before her body was found. Her mother’s boyfriend… 41 year old Andy McCauley, Jr. of Berkeley Springs, has been charged with her death. He remains behind bars in the Eastern Regional Jail without bond.

VIRGINIA WOMAN SENTENCED FOR HER PART IN THE DEATH OF A BUNKER HILL MAN

A Virginia woman was sentenced Thursday in Virginia, after being convicted back in March of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the death of a Bunker Hill man. 31 year old Bianca Bowman was sentenced yesterday, to 5 years in prison, with 4 years suspended in favor of an indefinite term of probation. Bowman will also have to surrender her drivers license for three years. Bowman was driving the wrong way on U.S. 17 when she crashed head-on into another vehicle driven by 23 year old Luke Pollard of Bunker Hill. Pollard died at the scene. Bowman and a passenger… along with two passengers in Pollard’s vehicle, were hurt in the crash.

BERKELEY COUNCIL ADDRESSES WATER CONCERNS

The Berkeley County Council met Thursday, and agreed to begin addressing water drainage issues in a local subdivision. That agreement comes after some residents of the Crestview subdivision have complained of flooding and drainage issues in their neighborhood created by the Pikeside Waterway for a while now. Their aim now is to try to improve the Crestview subdivision in the area that is affected through the use of the water way. Specifically, the county has identified an area on Common Street that now most likely, will need to be surveyed in order to address the flooding issues. They say it will need to be a joint effort between Procter & Gamble and the subdivision and the development authority.

POOLS OPENING SATURDAY IN MARTINSBURG

As we head for the first holiday weekend of the summer season… actually before the official arrival of summer… good news for those seeking a little relief from the heat… Community pools will begin opening up this Memorial Day weekend. Both Lambert Park Pool and War Memorial Park Pool in Martinsburg will be open beginning this Saturday. Both will be open only Saturday and Sunday until Monday, June 3rd, when they will be open daily. Regular hours are noon to 5 Monday thru Friday; noon to 6 on Saturdays; and 1 to 6 on Sundays. The timing is perfect, with temperatures expected to be in the upper 80s this weekend.

HARPERS FERRY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES

A Jefferson County woman has admitted to having a role in a heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl distribution operation in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. 45 year old Amy Little of Harpers Ferry… also known as “Amy Jackson”… pled guilty Wednesday in Federal Court, to one count of “Unlawful Use of A Communication facility.” In layman’s terms, that means Little admitted to using a phone to arrange a purchase of heroin last September in Berkeley County. Now, Little faces up to four years in prison and fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced. No sentencing date was announced.

BERKELEY COUNTY MAN ADMITS TO DRUG CHARGES

A Berkeley County man admitted to drug charges in federal court. 30 year old Nicholas Deminds of Martinsburg, pled guilty yesterday to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl.” Deminds admitted to distributing more than 25 grams of fentanyl last December in Berkeley County. As part of the plea, Deminds also agreed to forfeit a box of 20 rounds of ammunition and $4,523 in cash. Next up for Deminds… sentencing. No date was announced, but when it does happen, he now faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

CHANGE.ORG ACCOUNT ESTABLISHED FOR MURDER VICTIM

A Change.org account has been established in honor of 15 year old Riley Crossman, the Berkeley Springs High School student whose body was found last week along Tuscarora Pike. A petition aims to establish a permanent memorial for Crossman. Her mother’s boyfriend… 41 year old Andy McCauley Jr, has been charged with her murder. The Change.org account asks for public support for a memorial for Crossman in Berkeley Springs State Park. Those behind it say they would like to eventually see a concrete bench engraved with Riley’s name, surrounded by flowers. As of this past Monday, the petition already had over 10,000 signatures. The goal is 15,000 signatures.

BERKELEY COUNTY MAN FACING FIREARMS CHARGES

A Berkeley County man is facing federal firearms charges. 62 year old Donald Wilson of Hedgesville was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of “False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.” Wilson… who was previously convicted of a felony… is accused of lying about his previous conviction when trying to purchase a .357 caliber revolver last September in Berkeley County. Now, Wilson faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count if found guilty.

GOV’S COAL COMPANIES HIT WITH FEDERAL LAWSUIT NOW FIRING BACK

Governor Jim Justice’s coal companies that have been hit with a federal lawsuit, are now hitting back. The Governor’s Bluestone Energy Group said on Tuesday, that Justice’s coal operations are seeking a declaratory judgement in federal court against the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement… asking the court to require the federal agency to live up to an agreement to settle various fines, penalties and reclamation fees. The filing alleges that the agency agreed to settle various fines and penalties with Justice’s coal companies in early April. But they say, company officials became skeptical of the agreement after the federal government filed suit against the companies earlier this month.