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Stormwater management projects planned for Martinsburg

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 03:53

One of the projects would be at the Kilmer Springs Water Treatment Plant on Baltimore Street and the other would be at Lambert Park on Woodbury Avenue, according to Kristin Mielcarek of the Canaan Valley Institute. She toured several sites in Martinsburg with Chad Minnick, Martinsburg's stormwater coordinator, and Kristen Bisom, stormwater technician for the city, where stormwater projects might be needed, she said during Tuesday's meting of the TCPT.

Burglaries, robberies in city down from last year

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 03:53

Burglaries and robberies decreased in the city in 2017, according to the Martinsburg Police Department's annual report released Friday. For the second year in a row, reported burglaries and robberies decreased, following the large reductions in 2016, according to the report.

Non-Citizen Charged by Secretary of State with Perjury

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 18:00

A man from Burkina Faso, now living in Martinsburg through a green card program, has been charged by investigators with the West Virginia Secretary of State for providing false information on his voter registration application. Investigators were alerted of the conduct by Berkeley County Clerk John Small.

Oak Street bridge replacement to begin March 19

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 13:34

Replacing the Oak Street bridge over the Tuscarora Creek in Martinsburg is set to start March 19, when the West Virginia Division of Highways will close the street beginning at 7 a.m. Detour signs will be posted. The detour will include East John Street, South Water Street, East Stephen Street and Cypress Way, according to the DOH news release.

From left: Kija Wilson, Coordinator, Project Aware Trainer/Evaluator, ...

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 08:58

From left: Kija Wilson, Coordinator, Project Aware Trainer/Evaluator, meets with Tricia Ballard, Joni Greenberg and Stephanie Harding Friday afternoon at the Ramer Center in Martinsburg. MARTINSBURG-Some are calling mental illness a silent epidemic - especially among children -and schools are working to spread awareness and help students.

Senate approves MARC funding

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 04:11

House Bill 4389 transfers $1.5 million from the Enterprise Resource Planning System Fund in the state auditor's and treasurer's departments and puts it in the West Virginia Commuter Rail Access Fund. It was introduced by House Speaker Tim Armstead at the request of Gov. Jim Justice.

Lawsuit in area man's death likely heading to trial

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 23:46

Nearly 100 people marched on Queen Street in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on May 5, 2015, to ask for accountability in connection with the police shooting death of Stephens City resident Wayne Jones. Journal file photo The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has ruled there is "disputed material fact' as to whether five Martinsburg, West Virginia police officers used excessive force when in 2013 they shot and killed a 50-year-old man once from Stephens City.

Motion to withdraw from plea agreement denied

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:57

After almost two hours of arguments and testimony, a Martinsburg man's motion to withdraw from his plea agreement was denied Wednesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Rafael David Zuniga, 31, of North Queen Street, previously entered a guilty plea under Alford circumstances in front of Judge Gray Silver III to charges of domestic assault, domestic battery, stalking and two counts of violation of a protective order.

Journal Junction March 8

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:04

Hope all the teachers are satisfied they got what they wanted, since they said it wasn't just about the money. When your taxes go up, don't complain.

Career criminal' sentenced after attempted robbery

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:47

A Martinsburg man was sentenced to one to 10 years in prison Monday for an attempted robbery of a Martinsburg business in June 2017. Clifford Gilliam Edwards, 47, of an unfixed address, pleaded guilty on Jan. 12 to one felony count of breaking and entering.

Martinsburg applies to be an Opportunity Zone

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:05

Matt Ward of Sustainable Strategies DC is preparing Martinsburg's application as well as applications for Ranson and Charles Town. According to information provided by Ward, Opportunity Zones are part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act signed into law by President Donald Trump in December.

Ruling reversed in 2013 officer-involved shooting

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:05

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th District in Richmond, Virginia, issued an opinion Monday reversing the summary judgment awarded in favor of the City of Martinsburg in the matter of the Estate of Jones v. City of Martinsburg.

Fire damages former Berkeley Club Beverage Co.

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 04:05

An early evening fire Monday severely damaged the former Berkeley Club Beverage building on U.S. 522 in downtown Berkeley Springs and closed the north-south route for several hours. The call came into 9-1-1 at 5:15 p.m., and crews were dispatched at 5:17 p.m. Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Co.

Fighting Poverty, Drugs and Even Violence, All on a Teacher's Salary

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:05

They were asked to preside over classrooms of up to 60 children, many of whom could not speak English, in a city surging with immigrants and struggling to control rampant child labor and typhoid in the water. All for the equivalent of $13,000 a year in today's dollars.

Crime Report March 6

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 04:12

Kayleb Stefan Christian, 23, of West John Street, Martinsburg, was arraigned Nov. 11 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of obstructing. Brandon Lee O'Dell, 35, of no fixed address, was arraigned Saturday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.

On Day 8 of strike, Governor Justice says he's...

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:45

On Day No. 8 of public school closures in all 55 West Virginia counties for the teacher and school service personnel strike, Governor Jim Justice claimed on MetroNews "Talkline" that he could not get a meeting with Senate leaders.

Berkeley County group looking for home for vintage car

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 03:20

A Berkeley County group is looking for a museum home for a vintage automobile originally built in Martinsburg roughly104 years ago. appeared before the Berkeley County Council meeting Thursday to ask for support in finding an appropriate storage location for its According to Breeze, the car is the only known surviving1914 Norwalk Underslung Six car.

Downtown is on an upswing

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:53

While the Eastern Panhandle is truly a unique and exciting spot, transforming downtown Martinsburg to a place where people want to be is tremendous. As the region continues to grow, imagine what having an attractive downtown will do for the city.

In the Know for March 4

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:53

Voting is now open for Shepherd University's 2018-2019 Common Reading book. Five semifinalists have been chosen for consideration.

Martinsburg man arrested for sexual assault

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 00:34

A Martinsburg man was arrested Friday by officers with the Martinsburg Police Department for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in the 300 block of East John Street. Joseph Lee Stephens, 58, of Golf Course Road, is being lodged at Eastern Regional Jail on a bond set at $100,000 after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman Thursday evening, according to Martinsburg Police Department.