Archives for July 2019

BALTIMORE MAN SENTENCED ON SEX ABUSE CHARGES IN BERKELEY COUNTY

A man from Baltimore, Maryland was sentenced in Berkeley County Court, to one to five years in prison, after pleading no contest to one felony count of first degree sexual abuse. 25 year old Lamont Eades according to prosecutors, touched the then 11-year-old victim in 2017. Eades was also ordered to serve 50 years of supervised post-release, and he must register for the rest of his life as a sexual offender. Because his effective sentencing date is in November, Eades will be eligible for parole in four months, but could still face up to all five years behind bars.

JEFFERSON COUNTY MAN AND SON ACCUSED OF SWINDLING FROM ELDERLY

A Jefferson County father and son find themselves in trouble again after West Virginia State Police say they were taking money from homeowners for projects that were either not completed or done poorly. 47 year old Frederick Tarmon, Sr. of Martinsburg and his son, 25 year old Frederick Lee Tarmon, Jr. of Ranson… operating as Tarmon and Son Complete Handyman Services LLC, are now each facing a string of felony charges after investigtors looked into a fraud complaing from an 87 year old victim. Both men are now in the Eastern Regional Jail.

JEFFERSON COUNTY TO OFFER FREE CONCERTS

Jefferson County residents are invited to free outdoor concerts every Thursday during the month of August courtesy of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Tomorrow, it will kick off at the Cool Spring Nature Reserve. The family friendly event is open to everyone. Bring your own beverages. Performances start at 6:30 and last until 7:30 or so, depending on the performer. Come early and enjoy a picnic or walk the trails. Everyone is welcome, and the concerts are completely free of charge. For a complete lineup of performances for the whole month, visit www.potomacaudubon.org.

MORGAN COUNTY SHERIFF SEIZES DRUGS AND PARAPHERNALIA IN SEARCH

A search warrant that was executed Tuesday in Morgan County, resulted in the seizure of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the West Virginia Division of Parole, searched 384 Wilkes Street in Berkeley Springs, when they were sent there to arrest 37 year old Jonathan Cain on a parole warrant. Officers found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view… including heroin, digital scales and drug injection paraphernalia… along with several hundred dollars in cash. Cain was charged with parole violation and possession with the intent to deliver illegal drugs. Another person… 43 year old Sam Barnes… was also charged with possession with the intent to deliver illegal drugs.

TWO DRUG HOUSES TARGETED IN MARTINSBURG

Martinsburg Police are taking aim at another property under the city’s “Drug House Ordinance.” The latest case involves the rental property at 909 Fountainhead Lane, where illegal drug activity has been under investigation. Darby Bolt, the property manager, has begun the process to evict the problem tenant. She is scheduled to appear in court on August 28th to provide evidence of compliance, where police say they found evidence of a a crack cocaine manufacturing and selling operation that has resulted in several arrests so far.
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122 S. Raleigh Street, Apartment B in Martinsburg, was reported as the location of a Drug House Ordinance violation. Police executed a search warrant, and seized about $8,000 worth of illegal drugs, digital scales, and drug packaging materials. 3 people were arrested, including the tenant, who was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substances. The landlord was found to be in violation of the Drug House Ordinance and ordered to take measures to abate the problem. He said he did, but police continued to monitor it, and on July 23rd, after additional complaints, officers went there and found the same tenant who had been arrested previously, and was supposed to have already been evicted. He told the officers that he had been allowed to stay after paying the landlord more money. A search then found further evidence of drug activity.

NEW COUNCIL MEMBER APPOINTED TO FILL BAKER TERM

There is now a new member of the Martinsburg City Council… Kimberly Nelson was appointed Monday night, filling a seat that had been vacated following the passing of Mark Baker. Nelson’s appointment came during a closed-door session, despite some objections from some members of the public who showed up for last evening’s meeting, to voice their objections to what they saw as the inappropriateness of the council holding interviews and discussions for a public position behind closed doors. 9 people expressed interest in the position, but only three were interviewed.

DOMINO EMPLOYEE CAUGHT WITH POT AND HANDGUN

An employee of Domino’s Pizza in Martinsburg, has been arrested after getting caught with a large quantity of marijuana and a handgun. 22 year old Brandon Pumphrey is now facing a felony charge of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance after Martinsburg police found the pot and a Glock handgun with a loaded magazine inside Pumphrey’s vehicle while executing a search warrant. Police say the marijuana was being stored in a backpack that also contained 24 “THC vape cartridges” and a “digital scale with marijuana residue.” Pumphrey was jailed, then later released on $25,000 bond.

HARPERS FERRY DRUNK IN EASTERN REGIONAL JAIL

A Harpers Ferry man who was arrested for driving under the influence and injuring three people, blew a .086 on a preliminary breath test according to police. 26 year old Ronald Helms is now facing felony charges of DUI and DUI causing serious bodily harm, as it was his third offense. Helms was arrested Saturday just after 5:30pm, when Jefferson County deputies were called out to a two-vehicle accident with entrapment. They say when they got there, Helms had an odor of alcohol coming from this breath, bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech. He remains in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

MARTINSBURG MAN ARRESTED AS HE JUMPS FROM HIDING IN DUMPSTER

A Martinsburg man who was wanted by police for for shoplifting, took off on foot and tried to get away when first captured, but was later found hiding in a dumpster on North Queen Street. 25 year old Jesus Chaparro is now facing charges including obstructing, resisting arrest, trespassing, battery on an officer, and two counts of fleeing from an officer on foot. Chaparro finally jumped from the dumpster, and officers placed him in handcuffs and leg restraints. He was checked by medics because he landed on his face. He was then taken to Berkeley Medical Services while in custody, and then finally locked up in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $15,500 bond.

BERKELEY SCHOOLS GOING GREEN

Berkeley County Schools continue to strive to “go green” by using renewable energy for cooling and heating. Geothermal renovations in the HVAC systems are underway at Martinsburg High… representing Berkeley County Schools’ second such project. The first involved the renovation of 35 buildings in 18 months, and included the installation of 23,400 LED light fixtures, and 1,741 plumbing fixtures either replaced or retrofitted and all new direct digital controls systems. All the changes will mean big savings on utility costs… enough savings to pay for the upgrades.