Archives for October 2019

CAPITO EXPLAINS SUPPORT ACT

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito spoke yesterday on the Senate floor, highlighting how the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act has helped West Virginia combat the opioid epidemic….

CYBER THREATS EXPLAINED

A speaker is coming to Shepherd University to talk about what many say is an ever increasing threat for all Americans who use social media… Cyber Warfare. Thomas Wingfield is the chancellor of the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace. Wingfield will give a lecture titled “The War We Are In: Strategic Insights From America’s New Cyber War College” at 6:30pm on Monday, November 11th, at the Robert C. Byrd Center at Shepherd. Wingfield says ways to make sure you’re not being exposed to false information is to set strong passwords, update security software and be cautious of what is posted on social media.

JEFFERSON COUNTY WOMAN ADMITS PART IN DRUG DISTRIBUTION OPERATION

A Jefferson County woman has admited to her part in a drug distribution operation. 37 year old Sandra Aramburo of Ranson, pled guilty Wednesday, to one count of “Unlawful Use of a Communication Facility.” Aramburo admitted to using a phone to arrange and collect money for the sale of cocaine hydrochloride last November in Jefferson County. Next up for Aramburo is sentencing, when she faces up to four years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

GUILTY PLEA BY INMATE WHO IS ACCUSED OF KILLING ANOTHER INMATE AT THE EASTERN REGIONAL JAIL

An inmate indicted by a grand jury last week in connection with the death of another inmate in 2018, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. 49 year old Gary Toppings of St. Albans, is accused of physically assaulting Michael Jones Jr resulting in his death, on January 10, 2018 while he was while incarcerated at the Eastern Regional Jail. The official charge he is facing is a felony… offense by an inmate. Toppings pleaded not guilty to that charge during his arraignment at the Berkeley County Judicial Center, and he did not waive his right to have a speedy trial. Toppings is being held in Huttonsville without bond. His trial is now set to begin on February 12th. If convicted, Toppings could face life in prison.

AREA TRICK OR TREAT SCHEDULES LISTED

It’s Halloween, and forecasters say prepare for a little rain, with a low of about 44 degrees tonight. If you are getting the kids ready to trick or treat, remember to grab an umbrella and bundle them up! The Berkeley Council will host Trunk or Treat from 6 TO 8 in the parking lot next to 400 West Stephen Street in Martinsburg. Many localities are holding trick or treat officially during certain hours this evening. We have the full list posted under the local news tab on our website:

((ALL FROM 6 TO 8PM:
Bath/Berkeley Springs
Berkeley County
Bolivar
Bunker Hill
Chambersburg, PA
Charles Town
Falling Waters
Funkstown, MD
Gerrardstown
Hagerstown, MD
Hancock, MD
Harpers Ferry
Hedgesville
Inwood
Kearneysville
Martinsburg
Ranson
Sharpsburg, MD
Shepherdstown
Williamsport, MD

EXCEPTIONS:
Berryville, VA: 6 to 8:30 pm
Boonsboro, MD: 5:00p.m.-7:00 pm
Boyce: 6 to 8:30 pm
Middletown: 6 to 9 pm
Paw Paw: 5-7 pm
Stephens City: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Winchester 6:30-8 pm))

RANSON CHIEF RETIRES

Ranson Police Chief William Roper turned in his resignation last week, and it becomes effective December 1st. According to local published reports, Roper says his decision came about… in part anyway… because of some recent health issues, but he also says “It’s just time.” As chief for the past 23 years, Roper has built the Ranson department, and has been responsible for hiring all officers currently on staff except for one of them… Captain Robbie Roberts. Roberts has now been named Acting Chief to replace Roper. He and his wife, Diane, have four children and 13 grandchildren, and now, Roper says his plans are to focus on family.

MAN COULD NOW SPEND LIFE BEHIND BARS FOR SHOOTING AND KIDNAPPING THREE YEARS AGO IN BERKELEY COUNTY

A former Alexandria, Virginia man could be facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. 20 year old Asaveaon Coleman learned on Monday, the cost of shooting and kidnapping a man nearly three years ago in Berkeley County. On Monday, Coleman was sentenced to life with mercy for kidnapping. He will be eligible for parole after serving at least 15 years. Coleman was also sentenced to 30 years for first-degree robbery, three to 15 years for attempted murder, two to 10 years for malicious assault, and two to 10 years for assault during the commission of a felony.

VA ANNOUNCES TRANSITION

Monday marked the beginning of community health care delivery to our local Veterans under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs contract awarded to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc., part of UnitedHealth Group, Inc. TriWest Health Care Alliance has been managing VA’s community care network in the area and will fully transition responsibility to Optum over the next 30 days. VA community providers contracted by TriWest will not be automatically enrolled in CCN, so they need to sign up with Optum to continue providing services to Veterans under CCN. Veterans will continue to receive care from their current community providers during the transition.

CAREFUL IN THE WORK ZONE TODAY

The West Virginia Division of Highways says be ready for some delays on Arden Nollville Road in Berkeley County beginning today. Work is getting underway at the Junction of Tuscarora Pike and will continue South for 450 feet on Arden Nollville Road, meaning you may have to deal with delays anytime from 7:30am to 5pm. The work is expected to tak only today, weather permitting, and is necessary for a resurfacing project involving milling and paving. While the work is underway, flaggers will be controlling traffic, adn drivers are urged to use caution and exercise patience in that work zone.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS THIS WEEK

Berkeley County voters begin weighing in on the school levy this week. This Thursday, October 31st, is the beginning of early voting for the Berkeley County School Levy. Election day is November 16th. The levy… if passed… will generate $31-point-6 million dollars each year for the next five years, providing extra money for $18.6 Million in salary supplements for personnel. Breaking it down, here’s how it would be distributed… About $6 million would go toward additional staffing and equipment, $3.5 million would be used for additional instructional materials, another 3.2 million dollars for facility maintenance. $112,500 each would go to both the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Department, and 4-H programs and the Berkeley County Health Department would see $28,500.