ANOTHER ARREST IN CASE OF HANDCUFFED KIDS

Following the arrest last week of 34 year old Yasman Ridley of Martinsburg, who is now facing felony charges in connection with the case of two of her step-children who police say were handcuffed at nigth for at least a week, now a second Martinsburg woman has been arrested in connection with that case. 30 year old Dominique Ridley…is the mother of the two child victims.

COLLEGE LAUNCHING FOOD TRUCK PROJECT

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s Culinary Arts program has purchased a new food truck which will be used as a mobile laboratory, where students will have line orders and cook for paying customers. The food truck will be used as a marketing tool for the culinary arts program and other programs at Blue Ridge CTC… going around downtown to local businesses, events, fairs all to get students used to the restaurant world. The truck will be used for the culinary arts program’s catering class

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN BERKELEY COUNTY TO HEROIN CHARGES

A Baltimore man admitted to cocaine and heroin distribution. 29 year old Gary Thornton pled guilty to distributing heroin and cocaine base in Berkeley County, and now faces up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to one million dollars.

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR PARKS SYSTEM

New leadership for the Eastern Panhandle parks system now, after both the Recreation Coodinator and the Executive Director positions were unfilled during the last half of 2019. Jason Howe took the position of Recreation Coordinator as of Tuesday, and the board is said to be close to hiring a new Executive Director now too. Interviews will take place on March 6th.

MARTINSBURG HARDWARE STORE HIT BY FIRE

A longtime Martinsburg hardware store burned Monday night. Boltz Hardware on Winchester Avenue, has been in business for more than 90 years. Firefighters were called last night just before 7:30, about a report of flames there. The fire reportedly damaged the second floor, and the rest of the building suffered smoke and water damage. Nobody was hurt. The cause remains under investigation.

DOYLE IS RUNNING

Delegate John Doyle of Shepherdstown, has announced that he will seek re-election to his seat as delegate of the 67th District. Doyle said he believes the Rockwool issue from his last run will continue to help in his quest for re-election. He says it is still a major factor.

BERKELEY SPRINGS MAN KILLED WHEN HIT BY SEVERAL VEHICLES

A Berkley Springs man died early Sunday morning when he was hit by a tractor trailer and then run over by another vehicle on Valley Road. Police say 44 year old Ryan Ogden apparently jumped in front of the big rig before being hit by a small car just before 5:30am Sunday. The drivers of the involved vehicles were not hurt. West Virginia state police are continuing their investigation.

HUNT ON FOR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER WHO FAILED TO RE-REGISTER

The search is on for a registered sex offender who failed to register as required. 34 year old Jesse Mason’s last known address was in Martinsburg. Mason is about 5’-8” tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information about Mason, call the West Virginia State Police at 304-267-0002.

BILL TO OUTLAW PROTESTS IS PROTESTED

Environmental groups spoke out this week against a West Virginia House bill that would make peaceful protests against pipelines and other “key infrastructure” criminal acts. Neal Laferriere with the Sierra Club…

Supporters of the bill insist it doesn’t inhibit anyone’s First Amendment rights and believe it would protect important or sensitive property from what they see as illegal interference.

STATE DISCUSSES ROAD MAINTENANCE

During floor session this week in the West Virginia Senate, lawmakers discussed the lack of substantive legislation on road repairs so far this session. Multiple senators rose to say more should be done to ensure the state’s roads and highways are properly maintained.