FATAL I-81 CRASH

A fatal crash Monday night on I-81… State Police tried to pull over a car being driven erratically in the northbound lane around mile marker 14 mile, but the driver would not stop, then lost control near the 16 mile marker, ran through a fence and into the parking lot of the West Virginia Department of Highways, where it hit an unoccupied parked vehicle, and then burst into fire. The driver… 36 year old Apollo Bey of Hagerstown, along with two others, were trapped inside and had to be pulled to safety by police. 38 year old Machele Smith of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, who was in the back seat, was pronounced dead at the scene. Bey and another female passenger, 37 year old Kimberly Knode of Hagerstown, were taken to Berkeley Medical Center. A West Virginia State trooper was also injured, and was treated and released at Berkeley Medical Center. A 27 year old man from Hagerstown was ejected. He was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with severe injuries. His name is currently being withheld. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Bey.

MARTINSBURG MAN FACING DRUG CHARGES

A Martinsburg man has been arrested in a drug investigation. 38 year old Joshua Lowe is facing felony charges of possession with the intent to deliver and trafficking marijuana. Martinsburg Police contacted Lowe at his North Maple Avenue home, where they smelled marijuana. Officers say Lowe was “extremely nervous, breathing heavily, sweating profusely and talking fast.” He admitted to traveling to Washington to pick up his nephew and stopping in Colorado on the way back. Police got a search warrant, and found 9 bags of pot; a bottle of THC; a pill container with burnt marijuana; a Crown Royal bag with cash; guns and ammo; mushrooms; and drug paraphernalia.

SOME CITY STREETS SHUT DOWN THIS WEEKEND FOR PARADE

On Saturday, the Miss West Virginia Pageant Parade will be held in downtown Martinsburg beginning at 11am. A number of streets will be closed down beginning at 10am on Saturday, and they will remain closed until the event’s conclusion at approximately 1pm. During the event, parking will be prohibited after 9am. All vehicles parked in those restricted areas will be towed away, so make a note of the restriction and make arrangements to park elsewhere during that time. The Martinsburg Police Department will be watching for violators. A complete list of the affected streets is posted on our website… www.talkradiowrnr.com
*********************************************************************************************************
The following streets will be closed to traffic and parking will be prohibited:
200 block of North Queen Street
100 block of North Queen Street
100 block of South Queen Street
200 block of South Queen Street
100 block of West King Street
100 block of East King Street
100 block of West Burke Street
100 block of East Burke Street
100 block of West Martin Street
100 block of East Martin Street

CAPITOL DOME RIPPED BY STORMS

The strong winds that moved through Charleston Monday night damaged the protective covering on the state capitol dome. The material that was covering a massive scaffolding project was ripped by the wind. The covering had been in place to protect the dome where large limestone blocks are being removed, repaired and put back into place, and it was designed to keep the rain from going inside the dome. The good news… we have no reports of anyone being hurt.

NEW SUPER READY TO GET TO WORK

The new Berkeley County Schools Superintendent says he’s ready to learn about the area and meet the local residents. Dr. Patrick Murphy was hired June 17th, and now he says he is ready to hit the ground running. Superintendent Murphy said he wants to get into the classrooms and talk to students, and he also wants to meet with parents, teachers and community members. Murphy has been Superintendent for Arlington Public Schools for the past ten years, and he was Virginia’s Superintendent of the year in 2015.

CHARLES TOWN MAN COULD SPEND 4 DECADES IN PRISON ON SEX CHARGES

A Charles Town man now is looking at the possibility of spending the next 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to 54 of a total 106 felony sexually-related charges. 21 year old
Jason Whitten was sentenced Monday after a plea deal was reached with prosecutors. It calls for Whitten to serve at least 15 years… and possibly up to 40 years in prison. Whitten was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine; to register as a sexual offender for life; serve 35 years of supervised release; and pay restitution. In return, 52 other charges will be dismissed.

FORMER EDUCATORS SEEK ANNULLED RESIGNATIONS AND BACK PAY

A petition has been filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court, seeking the annulment of two former Berkeley County teacher’s aides’ resignation amid ongoing allegations of child abuse at Berkeley Heights Elementary. It revolves around the acceptance back in February, by the Berkeley County Board of Education, of the resignations of Kristin Douty and June Yurish… and a tape of children receiving verbal abuse. Douty and Yurish are now asking that their resignations be annulled and they be placed back on administrative leave. They’re also seeking backpay from February 14th.

BIKERS RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

An annual bike run raised money for a good cause over the weekend. About 100 bikers and passengers turned out to ride in the fourth annual Bikers Against Heroin motorcycle run on Saturday… beginning in Inwood at the Four Corners Club and ending up at Moose Acres in Martinsburg. To be a part of it, bikers paid $25 and then paid an additional $5 for a passenger. The money raised went to the Bikers Against Heroin West Virginia Chapter… and will be used to continue their efforts of helping those who struggle with addiction and to stop addiction.

LOCAL CLOSING COSTS LOWEST IN WEST VIRGINIA

Buying or selling a property? Here’s some information you might want to know… Closing costs in Jefferson and Berkeley Counies are among the lowest in West Virginia. According to a new study just completed by financial technology company SmartAsset… closing costs as a percentage of median home value at the county level in Jefferson County were the lowest in the state… averaging 1.9%. Berkeley County came in 4th lowest in all of West Virginia, at 2.3%. For the full report, visit smartasset.com.

JEFFERSON COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH OVERDOSE DEATH FROM 2018

A Jefferson County man has been arrested on charges dating back to an overdose death in 2018. 41 year old Mark Ortega of Song Lane, has been charged with one count of failure to render aid resulting in death in connection with an incident that happened on April 12, 2018 in which the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to an EMS assist call at his home in reference to a possible overdose. Ortega is now behind bars in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.