Berkeley Springs Bank Robbed

A robbery on Tuesday afternoon at City National Bank in Berkeley Springs. The Berkeley Springs Police Department says the bank was robbed just after 3pm Tuesday by a lone bandit. The department released surveillance photos of the suspect. Those photos are available now on the police department’s Facebook page. They ask that anyone who might know who the person in the photos is, or anyone who saw the suspect or has video footage of the incident, contact them at 304-258-0305.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To False Statement To Purchase Firearms

A man from Baltimore, Maryland was in federal court in Martinsburg, where he pled guilty to a firearms charge. 27 year old Cordario Artez Crowder… also known as Tony… pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Commit False Statement During the Purchase of a Firearm.” Crowder admitted to conspiring with another person, by asking him to make a false statement to purchase a 9mm pistol for Crowder, who was previously convicted of a felony and prohibited from purchasing or having a firearm. The crime took place in October 2018 in Mineral County. Now, Crowder faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced.

Martinsburg Man Arrested On Drug Charges Following Hit And Run

A Martinsburg man was arrested Tuesday by Berkeley deputies following a hit and run when he was found to be in possession of arcotics. 20 year old James Michaels is now facing felony charges including possession with the intent to deliver. He was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs following the traffic stop at Mercedes Drive and Blairton Road. Michaels is being held in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $35,000 bond.

Mineral County Woman Admits Meth Distribution

A Mineral County woman appeared in Federal Court on Tuesday, and admitted to her role in a drug distribution conspiracy. 26 year old Gypsy Winkler of Keyser, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Winkler admitted to distributing methamphetamine fin March 2018 in Hampshire County. Next up for Winkler now will be sentencing. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

West Virginia Planning Opioid Summits Targeting School Students

Public educators here in West Virginia are teaming up to help students “Be A Game Changer” in the fight against opioid addiction. On Tuesday, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission announced an upcoming series of opioid awareness summits presented by West Virginia University and Marshall University. The first summit will be held September 17th at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown… The second will be held September 18th at Marshall’s Cam Henderson Center in Huntington. About 7,000 high school students are expected to participate in each of the summits, which will also will be live-streamed to middle and high schools throughout the state, reaching about 150,000 West Virginia students.

Martinsburg VA Center Gets Awarded

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center has received the 2019 Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award for “Most Sustainable Facility” by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network. More than 65 projects were submitted in eight different categories. The medical center received the award for its community outreach and staff education component as well as innovative approach to incorporating stormwater management into the existing and proposed green space on campus. Due to the amount of localized flooding, the medical center has implemented a series of projects to manage the runoff and reduce potential pollutants. The Chesapeake Stormwater Network is a local non-profit organization that promotes more sustainable stormwater management throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

METH CONSPIRACY RESULTS IN PRISON FOR FOUR MEN

Four men were sentenced Monday to a combined total of 116 months in prison for their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy. 26 year old Corey Bircher of Elk Garden will spend 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of “Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime” in February. 39 year old Steve Gray of Luray was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.” 25 year old Tyler Whitacre of Elk Garden was sentenced to 15 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” And 36 year old Joseph Hagan of Petersburg was sentenced to 46 months in prison, after he too entered a guilty plea to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.”

NY CIGARETTE SMUGGLER SENTENCED IN MARTINSBURG

A man from New York on Monday, learned the cost of dealing in untaxed cigarettes here in West Virginia. 42 year old John Fairchild of East Islip, New York, was sentenced yesterday to three years probation for trafficking cigarettes to avoid paying the cigarette tax. Fairchild pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Evade Tobacco Taxes” and one count of “Contraband Cigarettes Trafficking Act.” Prosecutors said Fairchild conspired with others to profit from the unlawful sale of contraband cigarettes, and he transported large quantities of cigarettes across state lines for redistribution and sale. The cigarettes were acquired in Virginia, where the tax rate for cigarettes is one of the lowest in the nation, and sold in other states, including New York, which has one of the nation’s highest tax rates. The cigarettes were possessed and transported here in West Virginia. Fairchild was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

MAN SPENDING MORE TIME BEHIND BARS FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION AND FOR HAVING A WEAPON IN LOCAL LOCKUP

A Baltimore man was in federal court on Monday, where he learned he is going to spend years behind bars for drug distribution and for having shank in prison. 38 year old Samuel Hogans… also known as Richard Hogans, and also known simply as “Lex”… was sentenced to 60 months for having a weapon while he was serving time as an inmate at the Eastern Regional Jail in Berkeley County while being held on another federal charge. Hogans was also sentenced to 151 months, to be served concurrently with the 60-month sentence, for drug distribution… after he pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin” in December 2018. Hogans admitted to distributing heroin in October 2017 in Berkeley County.

BERKELEY COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR TAX FRAUD

A Berkeley County man appearerd in federal court yesterday, for filing a false tax return. On Monday, 39 year old Jay Dehaven of Hedgesville, was sentenced to five years probation, after having pled guilty to one count of “Filing A False Income Tax Return” in January. Dehaven admitted to understating his income by more than $136,000, resulting in an unpaid tax of more than $50,000. The crime took place in October 2016 in Berkeley County. Dehaven was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $99,640 in restitution.