Archives for September 2019

“CIDE” COLLECTION SATURDAY IN BERKELEY COUNTY

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, will hold their 2019 pesticide collection event from 9 to 5 this coming Saturday (10/5) at the South Berkeley Recycling Center in Inwood. It’s open to any West Virginia resident with proof of residency, and will allow the disposal of insecticides, herbicides, algaecides… any item with ‘cide’ as a description. However, paints, stains, solvents, gasoline, kerosene or pressurized cylinders will not be accepted.

MARTINSBURG FUGITIVE NABBED IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Back on September 4th, the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force asked for public help locating 24 year old Johnathan Jennings of Martinsburg, who was being sought after he escaped from home confinement by cutting off his GPS monitoring bracelet. The public responded, and the tips came in. US Marshals followed up on those tips, and late last week, they found Jennings in Graniteville, South Carolina… where they took him back into custody without incident. Jennings is now being extradited back to West Virginia to face additional charges.

HOMICIDE IN HAGARSTOWN

Hagerstown Police today, continue to investigate a death that they now are calling a homicide. It happened Friday night just after 8, when officers were called to the corner of Madison Avenue at West Washington Street, for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. So far, no names are being released, and there have been no arrests. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed it, is asked to call 301-790-3700.

MARTINSBURG MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ABUSE OF CHILD

Two Martinsburg men were arrested by West Virginia State Police, who say they were injuring young children. 37 year old Joshua Elmore and 22 year old Ricky Day, Jr each face felony charges in connectioin with the incident that was reported last Thursday evening, when State Police first learned of a possible child abuse case after a call from Winchester Medical Center, when a 20-month-old child was brought to the hospital with bruising on the face and neck. Elmore remains in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Day meanwhile, has been released on bond.

FLAMES DESTROY HOME IN FALLING WATERS

A trailer fire Sunday in Falling Waters resulted in a total loss to the structure, but fortunately… nobody was hurt. Flames were first reported yesterday around 3pm from the Lexington Avenue trailer home, where the residents were not home at the time. By the time crews arrived, the flames had spread to the nearby woods, but firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze. The cause remains unknown.

EASTERN REGIONAL JAIL INMATE DIES

A Martinsburg man who was serving time in the Eastern Regional Jail is dead. 62 year old inmate Randy Nealis died at Berkeley Medical Center, where he was taken after he was discovered lying facedown outside his cell shortly after 9pm one week ago today… last Thursday, September 19th. Jail officials say Nealis was responsive when a correctional officer first found him. EMS arrived within 15 minutes, he was rushed to the hosptial, where he was pronounced dead about a half hour later. The cause of death remains unknown, and is under investigation. So far, they say there are no signs of foul play.

MACYS OFFERS HOLIDAY JOBS

If you are still looking for work, here’s some good news… Macy’s West Virginia Fulfillment Center in Martinsburg announced plans to hire more than 6,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs. The new workers will be offered benefits, and will be packing orders placed online and on the Macy’s mobile app, handle merchandise from receiveing through sorting… ticketing… and then shipping to customers across the country. If you are interested, visit www.macysJobs.com to apply online. You can also stop by the fulfullment center at 333 Caperton Boulevard in Martinsburg.

MAILBOX SMASHERS SOUGHT

Somebody was busy over this past weekend, smashing mailboxes on Pious Ridge Road, Martinsburg Road, New Hope Road, and Fearnow Road, an The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department wants to find out who did it. They thought they had that person when they tried to pull over a truck on Jim West Road, but the suspect vehicle fled. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. If you had your mailbox smashed and have not yet reported it, you can do so by calling 304-258-1067.

WVU SHOWS OFF NEW OPERATING ROOMS

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg is expanding… Five new operating rooms are now available in a surgical expansion that was aimed to address a need presented by the growing population here in the Eastern Panhandle. As more general surgeons and specialty physicians join the medical staff at Berkeley Medical Center, the demand for operating room time has increased. The five new operating rooms are larger than traditional operating rooms, and are built to accommodate the latest innovative technology necessary for the new surgical specialties WVU Medicine has brought to the region.

MINERAL MAN TO PRISON FOR 14 YEARS IN DRUG CASE

A Mineral County man will spend years in prison for drug distribution. 34 year old Michael Alt of Elk Garden, was sentenced to 168 months… or about 14 years… in federal prison for his involvement in a drug distribution conspiracy. Alt pled guilty in March, to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine”… admitting that he worked with others to distribute methamphetamine from August 2017 to June 2018 in Mineral, Hardy, and Hampshire Counties and elsewhere.