CAPITO VOTES TO ACQUIT

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito voted to acquit President Trump on both impeachment articles he was facing. In doing so, she said that there was no doubt that the House impeachment process was partisan, political, and denied President Trump his basic due process rights. Capito said time and again, the House demanded that the Senate do things that the House itself neglected to do. She also said that our founding fathers recognized that impeachment should not be used as a blunt instrument of partisanship.

MARTINSBURG WOMAN ADMITS TO HEROIN, COCAINE, FENTANYL DISTRIBUTION OPERATION

A Martinsburg woman admited to her role in a cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl distribution operation. 58 year old Devale Jackson, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility.” Jackson admitted to using a phone to arrange a heroin sale in Berkeley County in December 2018. When sentenced, Jackson is facing up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

ORELLANA MURDER TRIAL UNDERWAY

On Wednesday, jurors began hearing testimony in the case of a Gerrardstown mother accused of premeditated murder. 47 year old Julie Orellana took the stand yesterday, and told jurors of her side of the story…. along with her past struggles with mental illness, and three separate suicide attempts dating back to when she was 17 years old. Orellana has previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of her 8-year-old daughter and the wounding of her 11-year-old daughter.

PAINE CALLS IT QUITS

Steven Paine… the superintendent of West Virginia schools… will retire effective June 30th. Paine’s departure however, could come even earlier depending on when the state Board of Education finds a replacement. The retirement is said to be necessary “to care for a family member who is experiencing significant health issues.” Paine also said that he intendes to spend more time with his children and grandchild, and after months of discussion with his family, he has decided to retire. Paine joined the state Department of Education in 2003.

EARLY MORNING FIRE

According to the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department, no one was injured in an early morning fire Monday on Carnegie Links Drive, off of Golf Course Road. Crews had the fire under control by around 2:30am yesterday.

GAS PRICES KEEP DROPPING

AAA reports that gas prices continue to drop across much of West Virginia. A gallon of regular is about 10 cents cheaper this week at $2.38. A year ago, the statewide average was $2.19. Today in Martinsburg, it’s $2.51. The national average today is $2.47.

MORGAN SHERIFF RUNNING AGAIN

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer is running for re-election in 2020. Bohrer will face challenger and former sheriff Vince Shambaugh in the May 12 primary election.

TAX COLLECTIONS REGAINING GROUND

Tax collections were slightly below estimates for the first half of fiscal year 2020, but January started out the second half much better, due to changes in estimates and a one-time infusion of money. Gov. Jim Justice said January brought in $13 million above estimates, bringing year-to-date tax collections to a little over $2.6 Billion.

MARTINSBURG WOMAN ARRESTED ON CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES

A Martinsburg woman… the mother of seven children… has been arrested and is now charged with seven counts of child neglect after police discovered three of her children, all under the age of 5, home alone. 31 year old Lacey Ann Meikle-John was arrested after Martinsburg Police officers did a welfare check at her Centre Street home after getting a call from a maintenance man, who told them he had knocked on the door.. a small child answered,,, and said her mother and father were not home. The house was filthy and in poor condition. CPS took custody of all seven children.

WV PHARMACIST TO PRISON

A West Virginia pharmacist is headed to federal prison for a long time for illegally distributing oxycodone. 41-year-old Scott Tingler of Morgantown, was responsible for the unlawful distribution of a quarter of a million oxycodone pills from 2014 through 2018 here in West Virginia, and also in Pennsylvania. Prosecutors say his sole motive was greed. Tingler was also ordered to pay over $500,000 in restitution, most of it to the IRS for taxes he failed to pay. The government will have a forfeiture against Tingler of at least $1.8 million, and he has given up his pharmacist license.