NAMES OF CRASH VICTIMS RELEASED

We now have the names of the people who died in Wednesday’s head on crash in Morgan County on U.S. 522, that the sheriff says was caused by road rage. 53 year old Richard Keefer of Berkeley Springs was driving a pickup truck pulling a trailer of logs. 76 year old Dennis Rhinehart… also of Berkeley Springs… was driving another pickup, when the two collided head on. Both men died in the crash. Rhinehart’s body was burned so badly, that his identity can only be officially confirmed after a post-mortem examination. A passenger in Keefer’s vehicle… 36 year old Robert Bowles… was taken to Winchester Medical Center with injuries. There has been no update on his condition.

ALDRIDGE GUILTY! FACING UP TO 75 YEARS IN PRISON

A Berkeley County jury on Thursday, found former Martinsburg resident Jerome Aldridge, guilty of Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor, Delivery of Marijuana, Sexual Abuse in the
First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, two counts of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Sexual Assault in the Third Degree, and Possession of Marijuana. Aldridge was found not guilty of brandishing and of two counts of assault. He now faces up to 75 years in prison on the felony convictions. The trial wrapped up yesterday, after three-days of testimony.

HORSES TRAMPLE SPECTATORS AT JEFFERSON COUNTY FAIR

Five people were hurt, and at least two had to be rushed to the hospital Thursday night, after an incident at the Jefferson County Fair. Last night around 7:45, two of the horses that had just taken part in the Horse Pulling Contest got loose and trampled some people in the crowd in the arena area at the fairgrounds. No names or other details have yet been released. There has been no update on the conditions of those who were injured.

CHARLES TOWN MAN SHOT IN THE FOOT, THEN ARRESTED

A Charles Town man who was shot in the foot, is now facing charges of domestic assault, public intoxication, and indecent exposure. 40 year old Richard Burger… according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, was with two other adult friends and three children at his home. After eating dinner, Burger was drinking “bourbon, moonshine and beer,” and according to witnesses, started threatening the victim. They all left, but later the victim and one of the other adults went back for their things, and that’s when it all escalated… to the point of Burger attacking them and causing one of the adults to fire a shot at him in self defense. The victim is not facing charges for shooting Burger.

FATAL CRASH IN MORGAN COUNTY

According to the Morgan County Sheriff, it was road rage and a head on crash that led to two deaths Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 522 in Morgan County. The crash happened around 3:30 yesterday just south of the Berkeley Springs Bowling Alley and involved two pickup trucks… one of them pulling a trailer of logs. Both drivers died in the crash, and a third person was taken to the hospital. No names have been released, and the condition of the person who was hurt has not been updated. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate.

HEDGESVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CHILD LEFT IN CLOSED AND HOT CAR

A Hedgesville woman was arrested on Tuesday by Martinsburg Police, who found an 11 month old child in her car, while she was in the Martinsburg Walmart. 62 year old Barbara Sheerer is now facing felony charges after an officer found the infant unattended and strapped into a carseat… with all of the windows on vehicle completely closed. The temperature at the time was around 85 degrees. Police had to break the window to remove the infant. The child was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but is now fine. Sheerer was jailed, but has since posted a $50,000 bond and been released.

OLDER ADULTS OFFERED WELLNESS PROGRAMS

WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center is teaming with Jefferson County Council on Aging to provide health and wellness educational programs for older adults in Jefferson County. All presentations will begin at 11 a.m. and are open to the public at no charge. They will be held at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center at 103 West 5th Avenue in Ranson. The first is set for September 23rd, and they run through October 23rd. For more information, call 304-724-7111.

FORMER MARTINSBURG MAN BEHIND BARS ON DRUG AND SEX CHARGES

A man who prosecutors say sold drugs and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl, was convicted on Wednesday in Berkeley County, on a string of charges. 37 year old Jerome Aldridge, Jr…. formerly of Martinsburg, was found guilty of mulitple counts of delivery of marijuana to a minor, delivery of marijuana, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. The jury acquitted Aldridge on two charges of assault and one charge of brandishing. When he is sentenced, Aldridge could be looking at the possibility of spending up to 75 years in prison. He remains for now, in the Eastern Regional Jail. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 18.

Vice Chairman of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority Dead

The Vice Chairman of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority… Dennis Barron… has died. According to a press release by the authority, the 68 year old Barron… a Martinsburg resident… passed away last Friday, August 16th. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol for more than 50 years, where he achieved the rank of Colonel. He was former Commander of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron, former Commander of the WV Wing, former Vice Commander of Mid-Atlantic Region, and at his time of death Director of Cadet Programs for the WV Wing. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday at 11am at The Airborne Church.

DRUG STING WRAPS UP— MORE THAN 800 POUNDS OF METH SEIZED

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration this week announced the conclusion of Operation Crystal Mountain, a sweeping enforcement action spanning three states. DEA special agents, working closely with their state and local counterparts throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia targeted Mexican drug cartels, drug trafficking organizations and other individuals involved in the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine. More than 800 pounds of methamphetamine were interdicted or seized during the operation.