Man Admits To Setting Up Robbery Which Led To Homicide

A Harpers Ferry man charged with murder made his preliminary hearing appearance on Thursday. Prosecutors say Christopher Duane Jackson killed 34-year-old Joshua Case last March in a robbery at a Margarets Road home. At the hearing a West Virginia State Police civilian investigators testified that Jackson showed two other men where Case lived before the fatal shooting occurred. Those men have also been charged with murder. Jackson’s case now goes to a grand jury for indictment.

BCSD Issues Body Cameras

Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies now have body cameras. The department began issuing the cameras last Wednesday after training and the implementation of updated policies including for use of the video. The cameras cost between $85,000 and $90,000. Sheriff Curtis Keller tells the Journal News they looked at Martinsburg’s body camera policy as a guildline for their department. Cameras inside the deputy’s patrol cars have also been updated.

Three Face Charges In Martinsville Special Needs Student Case

Three people are facing criminal charges in connection with the treatment of students in a special-needs classroom at Berkeley Heights Elementary School last fall. Prosecutors say teacher Christina Victoria Lester along with teacher’s aides June Elizabeth Yurish and Kristin Lynn Douty all of Martinsburg are charged with failure to report suspected abuse and neglect in connection with an investigation into the October 2018 incident where the mother of a six-year-old autistic girl placed a recording device on her daughter which captured the suspected verbal abuse. Lawsuits have been fined in the incident.

Child Hit By Vehicle In Hagerstown

An 8-year-old girl is injured on Saturday after being hit by a car in Hagerstown. Police say it happened in the 200 block of Belview Avenue and the girl was airlifted to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. There’s been no word on her condition. An investigation is underway but it’s not clear if the driver stopped after the accident or fled. No other injuries were reported.

Former Teacher Takes Plea Deal For Partying With Students

A former Martinsburg High School substitute teachert who pleaded no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a minor will be on probation for a year. Prosecutors say the guilty plea from 25-year-old Frances Ann Dunn of Martinsburg also includes the surrender of her teaching certificate. An investigation determined that Dunn had been with about a half-dozen Hedgesville high school students between October and December of last and provided them with alcohol and e-cigarettes.

Morgan County Schools Start Monday

Morgan County students will be going back to school on Monday and the Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers to take extra care near schools and crosswalks. The department will have extra patrols out for the first few days of classes to ensure safety and to enforce laws especially those pertaining to school safety. Speed limits are reduced when schools are in session and drivers are required to stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing.

Star Theatre To Reopen

Today the Star Theatre in Berkeley Springs will have its grand re-opening. The News-Journal reports the 1916 theater shut its doors two weeks ago so the final touches could be completed. While some of the upgrades were to things people won’t see like air conditioning and electrical wiring others will be very noticable like the new marquee and an archway in the foyer that had been covered since the late 1940s. And next time you go be sure to look up at the ceiling to see the stars and constellations illuminated by fiber optics.

Parade In Charles Town Means Traffic Disruptions

On Saturday the 27th Annual Jefferson County African American Cultural & Heritage Parade will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Charles Town downtown business district. The parade will begin on North George Street and end at the intersection of West Congress Street and South Lawrence Street.
Police say parking restrictions will be in place along the parade route, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Vehicles not removed from the posted parade route will be towed at the owner’s expense. Officers will be providing traffic control at various intersections to assist with the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. However, motorists should expect delays.

Hagerstown Man Sentenced On Child Porn Conviction

A former Hagerstown pastor will be in jail for 25 years on his child sexual assault conviction. Prosecutors say Dru Darren Brown assaulted the girl in 2018 at a Hagerstown motel and a
in May a jury convicted him of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree rape, and second- and third-degree sex offenses. Brown testified that authorities pressured him into making a confession. He has to serve half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole and is required to register as a sex offender.

Ritchie County Conducting Extra Patrols For Back To School

The Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department is conducting special patrols now that students are back to class. Deputies will monitor speeds in school zones and enforce all traffic laws, including the “failure to stop/yield” for school buses loading or unloading children. Deputies say failure to stop or overtaking a school bus is a serious crime and carries heavy penalties so if you are unsure whether it is clear to drive past buses the best thing to do is wait for the driver to signal or turn off the flashing lights.