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BWW Trailer Reveal: BRAVE by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:09

Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked series is super popular and fans have been salivating to get their hands on the third book in the Wicked Saga, BRAVE. This week marks the debut of this highly-anticipated series ender, and to celebrate, here's a look at the brand-new trailer: Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately.

Police still looking for occupants of car hit by train

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:56

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is still looking for occupants of a vehicle that was struck by a train east of Martinsburg around 4 a.m. Friday, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller. Keller said a white Lincoln Town Car appeared to have gotten stuck on the tracks on Van Clevesville Road near the intersection of Connector Road.

Man sentenced in deadly hit-and-run case

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:48

A Martinsburg man was sentenced Monday to serve one year of home confinement and 15 consecutive weekends in the Eastern Regional Jail after being indicted on charges in a fatal hit-and-run that occurred in 2016. Brandon Hyler, 25, of Martinsburg, pleaded guilty to one felony count of fraudulent claims to insurance company in front of the Honorable Judge Debra McLaughlin in Berkeley County Circuit Court as part of his plea agreement.

DMV commissioner says pay differential is working

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:58

An increase in pay for weekend work is helping to reverse a tide of turnover at the Division of Motor Vehicles, according to the agency's Commissioner Pat Reed. The DMV started a shift differential pay program three months ago for those who work Saturday in the Martinsburg and Kanawha City offices.

Rockstar Realty opens in Martinsburg

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:30

Open a little less than three months, Rockstar Realty LLC has already sold about $3 million in real estate, and has 85 properties in listings totaling about $20 million. The Martinsburg Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the new business in the Rosemont Mansion at 815 W. King St. in Martinsburg.

Meeting set to discuss gas pipeline extension

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:40

The state's Division of Water and Waste Management will hold an open meeting to field public comments on Mountaineer Gas plans to build a gas pipeline extension through Berkeley County. To be held at Berkeley Springs High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8, the meeting is to allow residents to comment on Mountaineer's draft permit to cover the discharge of stormwater during pipeline construction, according to a public notice issued in the Journal on Dec. 6. Mountaineer Gas executives outlined plans for the company's $30 million natural gas pipeline project to run from Berkeley Springs in Morgan County to Martinsburg in Berkeley County that would more than double its natural gas output in the area.

Around the Region Dec. 9

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:54

The Good Samaritan Free Clinic is moving to its new location, 601 South Raleigh St, and will be open at 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Hours of operation will be at 5 p.m. every Wednesday and the first Thursday of the month. Additional hours will be available in 2018.

Motorist dies after two-vehicle crash in Berkeley County

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 20:52

Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller told the Herald Mail the deceased individual had reportedly been driving recklessly, and nearly struck eight vehicles near the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles regional office. Deputies were en route to the area when the crash was reported at about 3:00 in the afternoon near Ridge Road.

Top MPD officers receive honors

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:03

Journal photos by Kelsie LeRose Cpl. Justin Harper, right, receives the Officer of the Year Award for the Martinsburg Police Department.

Crime Report for December 8

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:20

Shawna Virginia Lebon, 34, of South Rosemont Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of shoplifting 3rd offense. Christopher Alfreeman Harris, 33, of Gregway Drive, Martinsburg, was issued a warrant for his arrest Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of possession of heroin and shoplifting 1st offense.

Inmate charged with possessing knife, lighter in jail

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:33

A Martinsburg man lodged at Eastern Regional Jail after breaking into a Spring Mills salon twice in two days is facing new charges after allegedly possessing a knife and lighter in jail. Kevin Ray Fowler Jr., 33, was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court for two felony counts of possession of dangerous material and/or weapon inside a jail, according to magistrate court records.

County vs. City court case proceeding

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:52

The City of Martinsburg has responded to a court filing by the Berkeley County Council and Building Commission asking for a declaratory judgment finding that the city's zoning ordinance does not apply to county-owned property, and the county has responded to the city's response. In its response, the city moved to have the case dismissed.

Court Briefs Dec. 7

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:28

A Ranson woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court after she pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. Christina Jacobs, 42, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $11,963 in restitution, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Trial reset in W.Va. overdose death cases

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:06

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Baltimore man accused of selling drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two West Virginia residents last year saw his trial rescheduled for Kelvin Johnson, 25, faces single counts of distribution of heroin and aiding and abetting in the distribution of heroin stemming from the deaths of Joel Custer, 22, of Augusta, W.Va., and Jorge Mercado-Madrano, 18, of Falling Waters.

Doors to Christmas wreath, tree auction raises $3,200

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 06:58

Her wreath, festooned with gold ornaments, ribbons and flowers, brought the highest bid of the night as Main Street Martinsburg's annual Doors to Christmas concluded Wednesday evening. Twenty-four wreaths decorated by businesses, groups and individuals were auctioned.

Deputies seek info in bank robbery

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 02:29

Deputies are seeking the public's help with information surrounding a robbery that took place Wednesday morning at the 167th Federal Credit Union in Martinsburg. The bank, located at 4400 Winchester Avenue, reported the robbery at 10:54 a.m., Lt.

Murder trial rescheduled again

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 02:29

The trial for three suspects charged with shooting Ramon Walker in his Berkeley County home in January during a botched robbery was rescheduled for March 27. The trial was originally scheduled Sept. 26, and was first rescheduled for Dec. 12. Kevin C. Hamill, 28, of Winchester, Virginia; Courtney L. Hamill, 18, of Inwood; and Destiney A. Baker, 19, of Martinsburg, are each being charged with murder, robbery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Couple arrested after fight at Ranson Moose Lodge

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:33

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday after officers responded to a fight in progress at the Moose Lodge in Ranson. Aubrey Lee Gibson, 46, and Loretta Charlene Cross, 48, both of Nadenbousch Lane, Martinsburg, were arrested for obstructing an officer.

Woman enters plea agreement in shooting case

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:33

A plea agreement was presented to Berkeley County Magistrate Court Tuesday for a Martinsburg woman who is alleged to have killed her boyfriend in their home in May 2016. Court documents charging Pendias said the victim, Harald Martinson, was shot one time in the clavicle while he was showering following an argument.

Journal Junctions Dec. 6

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:33

Competing with John McCain for the leftist media's favorite Republican, Senator Lindsay Graham had this to say about Roy Moore's Senatorial candidacy: the moral of the story is: or the nation as a whole, and those that pretend it does do so in an effort to inculcate a segment of our society with a sense of grievance, and all for the purpose of gaining/ From Hedgesville: Better fix up that extra room.