Archives for October 2019

TWO FROM MARTINSBURG FACING FELONY CHARGES

Two Martinsburg residents appeared in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on Thursday to face charges in two seperate cases. 35 year old Gregory Emrick of Dry Run Road, was arraigned yesterday on a felony charge of grand larceny. 29 year old Danielle Foltz of Carmody Court, was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge of shoplifting… 3rd offense… and conspiracy.

EARLY VOTING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Early voting will be opened up for the special election for the renewal of the school levy that will be held on November 16th in Berkeley County. If approved, the levy would include a five-year plan, with $31.6 Million going toward salary supplements and benefits for all school employees, instructional materials, technology, textbooks, support for extracurricular activities, academics, the arts and athletics. Early voting for the November 16th election will take place at 400 W. Stephen Street in Martinsburg from October 31st to November 13th…. including Saturday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 9th.

GILBERT FOUND GUILTY

It took a Berkeley County jury less than an hour to reach their decision Thursday afternoon in the case of Alvin Gilbert of Martinsburg. The jury returned four guilty verdicts yesterday against the 27 year old man who was accused of holding a female at gunpoint in May 2018. Gilbert was found guilty of the felony charges of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault during the commission of a felony and use or presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The charges come after the incident on May 6, 2018, when Gilbert robbed a 44-year-old female bar patron after leaving the 9 East Bar and Grill on Hedgesville Road.

CAPITO VOTES DOWN OLD OBAMA ERA ENERGY RESTRICTIONS

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito on Thursday, voted against a resolution proposed by Democrats, that would have revived the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan….

Senator Capito said by refusing to return to the old Obama era rule, West Virginians don’t have to choose between a clean environment and a thriving economy.

RECYCLING GRANT MONEY APPROVED

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.. through its Covered Electronic Devices Recycling grant program… has approved 12 applicants for grants totaling $133,261. Among the winners was the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, which was awarded the highest individual amount…. $20,000… which will be used to fund four 15-yard hook roll-off containers and local transportation for the ongoing electronics collection program. Shepherdstown was awarded $500 to fund public awareness advertising for the ongoing electronics collection programs located in Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

TRUMP JR VISIT TO WEST VIRGINIA

Donald Trump Jr, the oldest son of President Donald Trump, was in West Virginia Thursday to help raise funds for Governor Jim Justice’s reelection campaign. Yesterday’s visit by Trump Jr was the second time he has come to the Mountain State since June. On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr appeared at a political fundraiser for Justice, who is seeking reelection in the May 12, 2020 primary. He told attendees that Jim Justice is one of the few people in politics with a genuine love for the people of this state.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO 50 STORAGE UNITS. MINOR MARKS III ALSO FACING FELONY DRUG CHARGES

Martinsburg Police say 43 year old Minor Marks III of South Kentucky Avenue broke into 50 storage units at Valley Storage. When they caught up with him, he was in possession a large amounts of narcotics. Marks is now being held on a $202,500 bond and is facing felony charges of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, cocaine and suboxone… in addition to 50 counts of entering without breaking and one count of grand larceny. When he was arrested, police say Marks told them he was going through financial hard times and made a “huge mistake.”

GAS REMAINS STEADY

The average price of gasoline across West Virginia this week remains steady at $2.56 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Last week, that price stood at about $2.57… little change there. A year ago, it was $2.89, so we are in better shape this year than we were last year at this time. In Martinsburg, the average today… according to AAA… is $2.56… same as the statewide average. Today, the national average gas price is $2.63, which is two cents less than last week and 26 cents cheaper than last year. You can always find current gas prices anywhere in the country at GasPrices.AAA.com.

MARTINSBURG MAN ARRESTED FOR HARASSING BANK

A Martinsburg man found himself behind bars after police say he was harassing a bank. Martinsburg Police took 74 year old James Frost into custody after they say he began harassing employees at an unnammed local bank via letters and voicemails. Back in July, Frost was delivered a cease-and-desist letter from the bank, but apparently that didnt’ stop him. Frost has since been released from the Eastern Regional Jail after posting bond

AG OFFICE TO HANDLE MEDICAID FRAUD UNIT

The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office has taken over the Medicaid Fraud unit at the state level. The move is being hailed as another step forward here in the Mountain State to address the needs of those who cannot always protect themselves from injustice. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office took over the state’s Medicaid Fraud unit as of October 1st. Morrissey said that’s big news for the state and the Eastern Panhandle, because now his office can go after multiple types of fraud by running that unit alongside all of their other fraud units. He said it’s especially meaningful in a state with the second highest population of senior citizens per capita in the nation.