Archives for February 2020

BERKELEY JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF FIREFIGHTERS

A Berkeley County judge has ruled in favor of 36 Martinsburg firefighters who filed a civil lawsuit against the city, alleging current and now-retired firefighters were not properly compensated for holiday pay or overtime over a period of years and received retaliation from the city for their claims.

PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED MARTINSBURG SEX FIEND HEADED BACK TO PRISON

A Martinsburg man was sentenced on Wednesday in a plea deal, for two counts of indecent exposure. 48 year old Brian Whalen… already a convicted sex offender… will spend between two and ten years in prison, after pleading guilty under Alford circumstances.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING SKINNY DOGS

A Martinsburg woman is facing felony charges after two of her dogs weighed in at severely below breed average weights. 23 year old Brianna Weaver is now charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, after an Animal Control Officer was tipped off, and showed up at her house in November, when he could see the ribs, hips and chest bones of both dogs… neither of which had county tax tags. The dogs were seized.

MARTINSBURG MAN FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES

A Martinsburg man is charged with sexual assault and battery of a woman. 39 year old Michael Norris… according to Berkeley County Deputies… attacked the woman, punched and choked her, sexually assaulted her, then stabbed himself with a utility knife three times in the head. He is also accused of battering a 2-year-old. Norris is now in the Eastern Regional Jail.

CAPITO MAKES EASTERN PANHANDLE STOP

United States Senator Shelly Moore Capito made a stop in the Eastern Panhandle on MOnday, to tour Mountaineer Recovery Center, where she spoke with its inpatient residents about the care they receive in the new facility, and learned what they would like to see her do on a federal level that could benefit recovering addicts. Capito opened the floor to comments from residents, encouraging them to share their stories and requesting they offer any comments or suggestions on what she can do to further help them in their recovery.

PTSD BILL PENDING

One of the bills the state Senate is taking up from the House is one that provides first responders here in West Virginia an opportunity to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). HB 2321 passed through the House of Delegates on Friday. The bill states that PTSD must be diagnosed by a psychiatrist from an event that occurred during employment as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or paramedic.

CHILD PORN CHARGES ADMITTED TO BY MARTINSBURG MAN

A man from Berkeley County admitted his guilt in a federal child pornography case. 50 year old Jeffrey Johnson of Martinsburg, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” Johnson admitted to having more than 600 images of child pornography in May of last year in Berkeley County. Next up for Johnson is sentencing, where he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

MARTINSBURG MAN ADMITS TO FIREARMS CHARGE

A Martinsburg man was in Federal Court on Friday, where he admitted to a firearms charge. 34 year old Dehaven Craig, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Possession of Firearm.” Craig is prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior conviction. He admitted to having a .380 caliber pistol in April 2018 in Jefferson County. Craig faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced.

MARTINSBURG SEX OFFENDER FAILS TO REGISTER

A Martinsburg man who failed to register as a sex offender could be headed to prison for a long time. 38 year old Andrew Cumbie pled guilty in federal court, to one count of “Failure to Register.” Cumbie, having been convicted of a sex offense in Oregon, admitted to traveling interstate commerce and not registering and updating his registration as a sex offender. The crime for which he was prosecuted, occurred in Berkeley County from November 16 to December 11, 2017.

GRAND JURY BUSY

The Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney says the February 2020 term of Grand Jury was convened this week at the Berkeley County Judicial Center. Grand Jury deliberations began on Tuesday, and lasted through yesterday. The Grand Jury returned a total of sixty-one indictments.