Archives for April 2019


A team of belly dancers will perform on the streets of Berkeley Springs on Saturday May 11th as part of Shimmy Mob and World Belly Dance Day… an international dance event that includes over 2,000 dancers in 183 cities around the globe. The objective of the event is to raise funds and awareness for domestic abuse survivors. The Berkeley Springs Shimmy Mob team will perform at the Master Gardeners Plant Fair in Berkeley Springs State Park, and later that day at the Morgan County Courthouse. This is the seventh year in a row that the team has participated. So far, they have raised over $20,000. Donations can be made at the Morgan County Public Library; at Travel Berkeley Springs; at any of the performances; or online at


A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Hedgesville man on drug charges. Martinsburg Police pulled over 48 year old Walter Evans on West King Street for speeding. They discovered that Evans had at least six different forms of controlled substances all packaged for distribution in his vehicle, along with a lot of unexplained cash, and drug paraphernalia. While being processed later at the police station, Evans was found to have more drugs in his underwear. He’s now facing felony charges, and is behind bars in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $240,000 bond.


The average price of gasoline across West Virginia is 10 cents higher this week… at $2.85 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Most Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are seeing large jumps at the pump week-over-week, including West Virginia. The average price last year at this time, stood at $2.76. In Martinsburg right now, the average price of a gallon of regular stands at $2.87. With a four-cent jump on the week, today’s national gas price average sets a new high for the year at $2.88… but that’s only about seven cents more than a year ago. You can always find current gas prices anywhere in the country at


Governor Jim Justice’s approval numbers keep going up. While how the final outcome may still be decided, based in part on how the secondary road issue or the recent subpoenas into the Greenbrier Classic may affect affect it, Governor Justice seems to have the backing of more and more West Virginia voters. A recent survey shows the governor now with a 50 percent approval rating… his highest since June 2017. Mike Lukach, campaign manager for Justice’s 2020 re-election, says the positive approval numbers mean West Virginians strongly support Governor Justice’s work with President Trump to create jobs in West Virginia, to improve the state’s roads, and to protect conservative values.


It was once considered eradicated in the entire United States, but now measels is making a comeback… and new outbreaks in Virginia are raising new concerns here in West Virginia. So far, there have been no confirmed cases in West Virginia, but measles outbreaks in neighboring states have doctors at West Virginia University Medicine Berkeley Medical Center’s infectious disease clinic worried. They say there are no verifiable links between Autism and vaccines, but they say those unproven fears may expose West Virginia to the disease, that can have deadly consequences. They point to solid evidence that vaccines are the single most effective health care intervention that’s ever occurred in preventing avoidable death.

National Association of Social Workers West Virginia

One workshop at this week’s Spring Conference of the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia will explore the brain science behind Substance Abuse Disorder, and how that can help explain the behavior of addicts. Workshop presenter Jessica Holton says in her practice, almost all of the addicts have trauma in their background, as well as Substance Abuse Disorder. Holton says this is because both addiction and trauma take over part of the brain… bypassing the rational decision-making part.

The Spring Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, West Virginia starts Wednesday. It’s the largest event of its kind in the country.


A local physician plans to offer a running clinic. Mark Cucuzzella, M.D., will be conducting monthly running clinics at The Wellness Center at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center. Dr. Cucuzzella is a nationally ranked distance runner, local physician and founder and organizer of Freedom’s Run and the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon. He will be conducting running clinics to promote proper form, injury prevention and improve performance… geared to runners of all levels. The next clinic will be held May 10th at 5pm in The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center. It’s free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. For details, visit or call 304-264-1287.


A Martinsburg man who stands accused of a stabbing on April 13th near Capital Heights, waived his right to have a preliminary hearing in Berkeley County Magistrate Court late last week, in exchange for a bond reduction. 25 year old Wayne Ross was originally being held on a $30,000 bond, but it was reduced to $10,000. Ross is charged with one felony count of malicious wounding in connection with the stabbing of 22 year old James Salliez of Martinsburg. His was boundover to Circuit Court, and is now pending an indictment by a grand jury. As of late Friday, Ross remained in the Eastern Regional Jail.


A tragic accident Friday morning in in the 6600 Block Hedgesville Road in Hedgesville, leaves one person dead. It happened at the entrance to Tomahawk Elementary School, where a truck and a passenger car collided. Berkeley County Deputies say 53 year old
Karen Wade was pinned inside her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver… 39 year old Juan Gomez-Reyes of Maryland, and Wade’s 5-year-old granddaughter… a passenger in the car… were taken to Berkeley Medical Center, and then life-flighted to other hospitals for treatment. Anyone who witnessed the accident is being asked to call the sheriff’s department.


A Berkeley County intermediate school was placed on lockdown Friday morning following reports of suspicious gunshots in the area. Eagle School Intermediate was placed on Code Orange by the Sheriff’s Department Friday morning just after 11. The Sheriff’s Department rushed officers to the school, who determined that the sounds were coming from a firearm training facility a couple of miles away. It is believed that the sound traveled in the direction of the school with the wind. The whole thing lasted for about 17 minutes and the lockdown was lifted at about 11:30.