Archives for June 2019

CAPITOL DOME PROJECT CALLING FOR MORE REPAIR THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT

Engineers working on the state capitol dome project have found more damage, and now additional interior clay tiles will have to be replaced, moving back the projected completion date for the multi-million dollar project. A change order amounting to about $765,000 has been approved, according to state Department of Administration Secretary Allen McVey. That change order now pushes the total price of the project to $14.3 million. The contractor has given a revised completion date of about April 2021. The original completion date was December 2020.

MARTINSBURG MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH STABBING

A Martinsburg man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Capital Heights. 27 year old Michael Shelton is facing felony charges including malicious wounding after the stabbing that took place at about 12:30am on Wednesday. Police say Shelton admitted stabbing the victim, who suffered a puncture wound and a slash. Shelton surrendered to deputies. The victim said he was watching tv with the Shelton’s ex-girlfriend in a bedroom when Shelton burst in with the knife and stabbed him. Shelton was locked up in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond

EAST BURKE STREET UNDERPASS UPGRADE RUNNING BEHIND SCHEDULE DUE TO WEATHER

Weather is being blamed for delays in wrapping up the East Burke Street underpass upgrade project… which is now well past it’s original expected completion date. According to The Journal (www.journal-news.net) it now won’t be finished until late next year. The project aimed to upgrade the bridge’s stone arch, and replace sidewalks and railing through the underpass when initially sent out for bids in September of 2017, but due to unforeseen weather issues, it has been delayed time and again. According to the City of Martinsburg project website, the estimated completion date was originally set for sometime this summer.

ARMED ROBBERY OF CONVENIENCE STORE BLAMED ON ROBBER’S LOSS OF WORKERS COMPENSATION

A man from Fairplay, Maryland was in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in connection with the armed robbery of the Marlowe Rocs convenience store. 47 year old James Baker is facing the felony charge after the June 12th robbery of the store at 8812 Williamsport Pike. West Virginia State Police arrested Baker after he was seen on video surveillance footage walking up to the cash register while carrying a firearm. Police say he made off with only about $204, 1 alcoholic beverage, and two cartons of cigarettes. When he was later caught, Baker told police that he robbed the store because he was “screwed” out of workman’s compensation and needed money. Today, he remains in the Eastern Regional Jail.

75TH MISS WV PARADE SET FOR SATURDAY IN MARTINSBURG

Tomorrow in Martinsburg, the 75th Miss West Virginia will be crowned… marking the first time ever Martinsburg will host the festivities. Twenty-one contestants from around the state will compete at the Airborne Event Center, with the big event taking place on Saturday evening. The “Queens on Queen Street” parade begins tomorrow morning at 11. Carolyn Miller, who won the title of Miss West Virginia 1956 at the age of 19, will be the Grand Marshal in the parade. Fifteen other former Miss West Virginias will also be in the parade in addition to this year’s contestants. Some streets will be closed and there will be parking restrictions. Check our Facebook Page for details.

STORM TOPPLES TREE ON HOUSE

An afternoon thunderstorm in Inwood, almost turned into tragedy for one man who says he feels lucky to be alive today. 76 year old David Vanordales was in his house cooking around 5pm yesterday, when the storm kicked up, and the strong wind blew down a large tree that fell directly on his house… crushing his kitchen, dining room and back patio. Neighbors and family members rushed to his aid, and first responders also were called ini due to concerns of a gas leak. Nobody… including two dogs who were inside at the time… was hurt. Winds of about 50 knots were recorded during the storm at the Martinsburg airport.

SATURDAY ROAD CLOSURES FOR MISS WEST VIRGINIA PAGEANT PARADE LISTED

On Saturday, the Miss West Virginia Pageant Parade will be held in downtown Martinsburg beginning at 11am. A number of streets will be closed down beginning at 10am on Saturday, and they will remain closed until the event’s conclusion at approximately 1pm. During the event, parking will be prohibited after 9am. All vehicles parked in those restricted areas will be towed away, so make a note of the restriction and make arrangements to park elsewhere during that time. The Martinsburg Police Department will be watching for violators. A complete list of the affected streets is posted on our Facebook Page.
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The following streets will be closed to traffic and parking will be prohibited:
200 block of North Queen Street
100 block of North Queen Street
100 block of South Queen Street
200 block of South Queen Street
100 block of West King Street
100 block of East King Street
100 block of West Burke Street
100 block of East Burke Street
100 block of West Martin Street
100 block of East Martin Street

Posted to wrnr.vncnews.com
Jun. 26, 2019 10:56 AM CST
by ehisted

5 INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY ON DRUG CHARGES

Five people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for drug distribution in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. 41 year old Melanie Outen of Petersburg, West Virginia; 29 year old Ted Voss, also of Petersburg, West Virginia; 43 year old Dennis Miller of Moorefield, West Virginia; 49 year old Michael Smith, of Petersburg, West Virginia; and 29 year old Jared Judy of Petersburg, West Virginia, each now faces at least five years and possibly up to 40 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000,000.

BUNKER HILL MAN HEADED TO TRIAL FOR FATAL CRASH

A Bunker Hill man charged with a felony count of driving under the influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident involving death back in November, has now had his trial date set. 33 year old Matthew Ostendorf pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Now he heads to trial. The jury trial in Berkeley County is now scheduled to begin on October 16th. The crash on November 23rd on Goldmiller Road in Bunker Hill, took the life of a passenger in the vehicle… 43 year old Travis Ruckman of Virginia. At the time, Ostendorf admitted the two were returning home from a bar.

I-81 LANE CLOSURES NEAR MARYLAND STATE LINE

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that nighttime lane closures are scheduled this week through Friday night, for I-81 northbound at the Maryland State Line. The left lane will be closed between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The closure is necessary for work in preparation for an upcoming traffic shift. Signage is in place to warn motorists, who are advised to slow down and be very cautious traveling in the work zone.
As always, the exact schedule is weather dependent, and may be subject to change.