CRASH IN MARYLAND TAKES MAN’S LIFE

A fatal crash last night just before 9:30 on Rt 418 near Misty Meadow Road in Smithburg… State Police say a car driven by 68 year old Timothy Keilholtz of Emmitsburg, Maryland was eastbound when it crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming vehicle head on. Keilholtz was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, 41 year old Scott Brown of Maugansville, Maryland told troopers he attempted to swerve to
the right avoid being hit, but was unable to move in time. There was no information released concerning Brown’s potential injuries. Maryland State Police from Hagerstown continue to investigate today.

CHARLES TOWN SEX OFFENDER FACING HUNDREDS OF YEARS IN PRISON

He first went over the terms of a proposed plea deal. Then, a Charles Town man accused of sexually assaulting women in Berkeley County, decided to take his chances and face a jury trial. 43 year old Derrick Berry was facing multiple counts of sexual abuse and sexual assault. With his refusal to accept the plea agreement offered by prosecutors, the court set the date for his expected four day trial to begin… March 10th. Berry faced similar charges in Jefferson County, was found guilty there, and was previously sentenced to 100 to 400 years in prison. He remains in the Eastern Regional Jail, awaiting he next day in court.

RURAL GRANTS AWARDED

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin on Tuesday, announced several rural development grants to address various needs in multiple communities across the state, from helping purchase vehicles to securing microloans for small businesses. Funding is provided through by the U.S. Economic Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In making the announcement, both Capito and Manchin said that grants such as these support local business owners and lift up communities, ensuring rural areas here in West Virginia don’t fall behind.

TEEN CHARGED IN MURDER CASE

A Berkeley County Magistrate on Tuesday, ruled the state established probable cause to believe a teenager was involved in the murder of a local man. 18 year old Nashaun Howard of Washington D.C. faces felony charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the shooting death of Thomas Dove Jr. at a home in the 2300 block of Paynes Ford Road. Howard told police the shooting occured after an argument over a $130 drug debt. Howard is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail without bond.

SCHOOL THREATS DEEMED NOT CREDIBLE

Two seperate and so far, unrelated possible threats remain under investigation in Jefferson and Berkeley counties. Investigators now say a possible verbal threat made by Jefferson High School students has been deemed it not to be credible The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office will offer no details, saying the incident is still under investigation. The other involves North Middle School in Martinsburg, and a social media threat that was posted Monday evening. Investigators also believe that threat was not a credible threat. It too is said to be an on-going situation. Martinsburg Police are providing additional patrols, but no additional details.

CAPUTO CHARGED WITH BATTERY

Minority Whip for the West Virginia House of Delegates, Mike Caputo… was charged over this past weekend with battery in connection with an incident that happened earlier this year, in which he is accused of injuring a house doorkeeper and another delegate. Caputo faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with the incident that happened last March. Yesterday, he released a statement in which he said he has already apologized for losing his temper that day, and he didn’t intend to physically hurt anyone. He also said he does not believe he committed a crime.

GRAND JURY RETURNS 21 INDICTMENTS

A Morgan County grand jury has returned indictments against 21 people, accused of various crimes, including a Berkeley Springs man who is accused of delivering drugs to another person which resulted in that person’s death. 32 year old Richard Hovermale is facing a four-count indictment, on charges including drug delivery resulting in death, possession with the intent to deliver fentanyl, possession with the intent to deliver heroin, and conspiracy. 30 year old Rachael Bryant of Berkeley Springs, was also charged in the same case with possession with the intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy.

PLEA DEAL IN SEX ASSAULT CASE

A plea deal is pending in a sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old disabled girl. 55 year old Norris Domer of Martinsburg, is facing three counts of third-degree sexual assault, three sexual assault-related charges, and three sexual abuse-related charges. Domer earlier this year, pleaded not guilty. Under the terms of the proposed plea agreement, Domer would plead guilty under Alford circumstances to a sexual abuse-related charge and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. The remaining charges would be dismissed. That would still expose him to up to 25 years in prison.

ROPER RESIGNS

Arthena Roper has stepped down from her position as a Jefferson County Board of Education board member. Roper resigned at the board meeting held last night, saying that she has accepted a position as County Magistrate for Jefferson County. She said she was unable to serve both on the board and as County Magistrate. Roper was elected to the school board in 2018. In the past, she also served as the cultural diversity facilitator and professional development coordinator with Jefferson County Schools for more than 14 years.

HARPERS FERRY WOMAN DEAD FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN

A Harpers Ferry woman died last week as a result of a hit-and-run. 66 year old Genevieve Eaton was killed when a car hit her as she was riding her bicycle on U.S. Route 220 near the Hester Bridge. The driver of that vehicle… 40 year old Adam Colasessano of Moorefield, fled the scene… went across the bridge and then hit a house. He then took off again, but was finally pulled over when he was spotted by West Virginia State Police. Colasessano was taken into custody and is now charged with driving under the influence causing death and hit-and-run causing death. Additional charges are pending. He is being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.