The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation board has recognized a local couple for their dedication to Poor House Farm Park, by naming the lake and some buildings in the park after them. During their meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board presented Jim and Nancy Rickard with plaques of recognition honoring the years of work and donations the couple has put into Poor House Farm Park. The smokehouse and springhouse buildings on the park property were named after Nancy Rickard and will feature new name plates. The couple was also presented with a plaque stating that Tuscarora Lake — would be renamed Rickard Lake to honor the couple’s longstanding dedication to the park.


An 18-year-old from Martinsburg has been arrested and charged with allegedly breaking into a number of Berkeley County businesses this summer. Joseph Long on Tuesday, was arraigned on a felony charge of breaking and entering in connection to an alleged July 26th incident, in which West Virginia State Police say Long broke into the Petrucci Ice Cream Shop on Hedgesville Road, then carried the cash register outside and forced it open. Two days later, Long was arrested for breaking into Heffle Motors on Hedgesville Road. Long also… back in June… is accused of breaking into Habanero Mexican Grill on North Queen Street. He was locked up Tuesday, at Eastern Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.


More improvements are being made by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation on local tennis courts. So far, they include removing the old asphalt from the courts and replacing it at P.O. Faulkner Park in Martinsburg. Bids will be advertised before the end of the montyh, and the work should wrap up before the end of September. Plans also call for resurfacing of the War Memorial Park tennis courts, and then painting regulation Pickleball markings on the them instead of P.O. Faulkner Park as originally planned. The total cost is expected to reach $139,000.


A 43-year-old Martinaburg man is facing charges after police say he filmed a nude woman while she was taking a shower. Angel Pagan is was arrerested and charged with invasion of privacy back on July 18th, when Martinsburg Police caught him with a camera they say he used to record the naked woman in the shower on at least six separate occasions. Pagan is behind bars in the Eastern Regional Jail, where he is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.


A case involving a Martinsburg man accused of delivering drugs to and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female, moved one more step toward resolution on Monday. A jury was selected in Berkeley County Court, to hear evidence in the case of 37 year old Jerome Aldridge, who is facing felony charges in the case that dates back to November 2017. The state is expected to finish calling witnesses in the case today.


Three people are now facing criminal charges related to allegations of verbal and physical abuse in a special-needs classroom at Berkeley Heights Elementary School. Former Berkeley Heights teacher… 38 year old Christina Lester; former teacher’s aide… 57 year old June Yurish; and former teacher’s aide… 54 year old Kristin Douty…. all of Martinsburg… were arrested by the Martinsburg Police Department and they all were taken to the Eastern Regional Jail. All then posted bond and were released. Their arrests stem from investigations taht began last fall, after a concerned parent placed a recording device in her child’s hair..

Nelson Sworn In To Martinsburg Council

Berkeley County teacher Kimberly Nelson joined the Martinsburg City Council taking the oath of office at last Thursday night’s meeting. She was appointed to fill the seat held by Ward 4 Councilman Mark Baker who died in May. The Herald Mail reports Nelson is the second woman on the council joining Harriet Johnson. Nelson won out over two other finalists, David McCauley and Doug Reid.

Man Arrested In ATM Theft Spree

A Martinsburg man is taken into custody for a string of ATM thefts last week. Police say 45-year-old Ronald Lee Long, Jr. broke into machines at United Bank on Foxcroft Avenue and MVB Bank on Foxcroft Avenue on Monday and broke into two other Berkeley County ATMs on Tuesday. According to investigators surveillance photos from the ATMs help identify Long as the suspect. He was arrested Wednesday and appeared in Berkeley County Magistrate Court then booked into jail on a $39,000 bond

One Person Killed In Kearneysville Crash

One person is dead and two others hurt in a Kearneysville crash. Police say it happened early Sunday on Old Leetown Pike when a car driven by a Martinsburg man failed to make it around an S curve and went into the opposite lanes hitting an oncoming car head on. 25-year-old Tiffany Colangelo died at the scene while the Marinesburg man was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The driver of the car that was hit was taken to Winchester Medical Center.

Man Charged With Intimidating Parking Attendant

An investigation into a Martinsburg parking meter employee being threatened results in a man taken into custody. Police say Marc Allen Petitpeirre of Martinsburg received a ticket on Aug. 9 and last Monday Petitpeirre made the threat at the Martinsburg office by making a gesture of a gun and pointing it at the worker then tried to go after her as they went to their office. Petitipierre was arrested and booked into the Eastern Regional Jail.