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Stephens City man to spend two years in federal prison for bank fraud
According to United States Attorney Bill Powell, Ajarhi Roberts, of Stephens City, Virginia, admitted to using another's identity to commit bank fraud in March and June of 2016 in Berkeley County, West Virginia.
Winchester outdoor pool's opening postponed past Memorial Day
WINCHESTER — Jim Barnett Park’s outdoor pool will not be open for Memorial Day weekend because of maintenance issues, city officials said on Wednesday.Off-season maintenance on the pool is taking longer than expected, according to city communications director Amy Simmons.The outdoor swimming complex
Berkeley County grand jury indicts 92
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The following individuals were indicted last week by a grand jury seated for the May term of Berkeley County (W.Va.) Circuit Court, according to the offices of Circuit Clerk Virginia M. Sine and Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti.An indictment merely indicates that a d
Amazon ready to begin hiring for 600 positions at Clear Brook
CLEAR BROOK— Amazon will start interviewing next week to fill more than 600 full-time positions at its new e-commerce distribution center here, the company has announced.Amazon, a global internet retailer, will host hiring events at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center at 711 Millwood Ave. in Winches
Martinsburg parking, traffic restricted for demolition work
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Demolition of the former American Legion building that began this week in downtown Martinsburg will make way for the city's new police station and municipal facility behind City Hall.The project at 125 W. Race St., which is expected to continue through December 2019, has require
Man to face shorter prison sentence due to plea bargain
In a plea bargain on Friday in Winchester Circuit Court, Dontrell Roberts pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and fleeing police with a suspended license.
Bunker Hill man indicted in city man’s killing
The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Winchester man on Oct. 6 in Bunker Hill, W.Va., over allegations the man made sexual advances toward the shooter’s girlfriend has been indicted on second-degree murder charges by a Berkeley County, W.Va., grand jury.Joshua Clyde Newill had been charged with
Inwood Bypass detours to begin next week
INWOOD, W.Va. — Drivers of large trucks should use alternate routes to U.S. 11 near Gerrardstown Road, or W.Va. 51, when a detour for the Inwood Bypass project begins next week, the West Virginia Division of Highways said.The work, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday night and expected to last abo
‘Pietown’ a name earned honestly
For a town so small, Stephens City, over its 260-year history, has been known by many names: Stephensburg, Newtown (hence the name of the town’s annual festival), Pantops (whose origin still eludes), and Stephens City.But, for roughly an 18-month period during the Civil War, the town gained another
VDOT: Low-water bridge will get gates
WINCHESTER — This summer, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to erect gates near the bridge on Old Charles Town Road (Route 761) to keep people from trying to cross it when the Opequon Creek is flooding.The one-lane, low-water bridge, which crosses the Opequon at the Frederick Co
Man gets probation for choking girlfriend
Aaron Dwayne Pugh, 41, of 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court where he entered an Alford plea of guilt to one felony count of strangulation. A defendant who enters an Alford plea maintains his innocence but feels that pleading guilty is in his best interest.
UPDATE: Nichols Hardware apologizes, fires employee who made homophobic declarations
Update: May 22, 9:54 a.m.Nichols Hardware management has issued an apology for last Friday's incident during which an employee kicked out a Boy Scout seeking help with a project. The employee, who made a homophobic statement during the incident, has been terminated, according to Nichols management.“
Woman sentenced to 35 years for role in botched robbery
Destiny A. Baker, 20, pleaded guilty in March to one count of first-degree robbery. The remaining counts against Baker were dismissed with the acceptance of the plea.
Winchester man arrested for burglary
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First tropical storm of the season could hit Southeast this weekend
Rain has been falling across America, with Arlington, Virginia catching 1-2 inches in about an hour.
Individuals indicted in Berkeley County
Following the alleged shooting, Newill left the scene and was captured days later asleep in his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Winchester, Virginia.
Martinsburg woman sentenced to 35 years in fatal shooting
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg woman charged in the fatal January 2017 shooting and robbery of a city man was sentenced Monday in Berkeley County (W.Va.) Circuit Court to 35 years in prison.Destiny A. Baker, 20, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree robbery stemming from the slaying of Ramon W
Va. hardware store at center of Boy Scout controversy fires employee accused of making anti-gay slur
A historic hardware store in Purcellville, Virginia, announced Tuesday morning it has fired an employee accused of using an anti-gay slur while kicking out a teenage Boy Scout seeking donations for a service project.
School Board member stepping down
BERRYVILLE — Clarke County School Board member Chuyen Kochinsky announced her resignation at Monday night’s board meeting.“I relocated to Clarke County in 2006 from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with my loving husband and my three beautiful, young children not knowing a single soul here,” Koch
Stephens City man sentenced for identity theft
A Stephens City man who used hospital patients’ names on checks and credit cards for $26,182 worth of identity theft will spend up to two years in federal prison.Ajarhi Savimi Roberts was sentenced Monday in a plea bargain U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to a news release from S