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Preliminary hearing waived in Charles Town DUI death case

CHARLES TOWN — A Virginia man charged with driving under the influence in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred in Charles Town last month waived his right to have a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.


Patriots' owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

JUPITER, Florida — The New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be charged with two counts in a human trafficking bust. According to WPEC police say Kraft visited Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter in January 2019.


Charles Town Police seek information in Feb. 13 robbery

CHARLES TOWN — The Charles Town Police Department continues to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at a local business last week. At approximately 8:18 p.m. Feb. 13, officers with the Charles Town Police Department responded to the business in the 100 block of Augustine Avenue, according to a


Police: Student teacher arrested for inappropriate relations with two teens

MARTINSBURG — A Berkeley Springs resident and former Shepherd University student is alleged to have had sexual relations with two teenage students while completing her student teaching last year in Berkeley County.


Charles Town Council prepares for Rockwool sewer line vote

CHARLES TOWN – The proposed W.Va. 9 sewer project – which would connect the Rockwool facility to the Charles Town Utility Board’s sewer system – was the primary focus of Tuesday’s City Council meeting in Charles Town.


Flowing Springs Road railroad crossing to be closed at Duffields

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Flowing Springs Road in Jefferson County at the Duffields railroad crossing is scheduled to be closed for several hours Friday for track work by CSX Corp., the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Wednesday.


Employees react to viral video of confrontation at West Virginia restaurant

PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP) — A video of a conflict between a customer and employees at Tampico Mexican Restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, is going viral, and employees say the customer's behavior was unacceptable.


Emergency Services Agency, others seek more from county

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency is asking the county for $547,000 more for the budget year that begins July 1, including money to add six full-time staff members and buy a pair of new vehicles.


Teacher, State Troopers Pay Raise Bill Passes West Virginia House

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that gives 5% pay raise to teachers, school personnel, and state troopers. The bill passed with a vote of 94 to four.


Filing period over: local candidates wait for spring elections

MARTINSBURG — In June, three local municipalities will go to the polls to vote for city mayors, recorders and council members. Although the official filing period ended Jan. 31, interested parties can still apply to run as a write-in candidate until April 9 in Charles Town and until April 23 in Harp


West Virginia musician donates funds from personal album to hospice

CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. - Tanner Haid is a West Virginia musician who presented funds earned from his music album to Hospice of Southern West Virginia. Haid said it was a very special time for him and his family. He adds, about 3,000 people have listened to the album.


Two charged in fatal fentanyl overdose of woman found on I-70

A Hagerstown woman and a Williamsport man are charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2018 fentanyl overdose death of a Montgomery County woman found unresponsive in a vehicle stopped on Interstate 70.


Bond reduction denied in sex assault case

MARTINSBURG — A request for a bond reduction in a case alleging a Falling Waters man sexually assaulted a minor in 2017 was denied Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Jeremiah Stadtler, 39, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust, two counts of third-degr


Virginia Students Told to Be Slaves for Black History Month Gym Activity: NAACP

Teachers at a Loudoun County, Virginia, elementary school instructed students to pretend to be slaves during a gym class activity for Black History Month, the president of a local NAACP chapter says.


Winchester resident crowned Mrs. Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. - While many people know about the Miss USA and Miss America pageants, a Winchester resident has earned a different title: Mrs. Virginia. Brieanna King-Kulik was crowned Mrs. Virginia in early February, after holding the title of Mrs. Winchester.


Loudoun County family shocked over hateful message left in snow

LEESBURG, Va. — An African American family in Loudoun County is distraught over hateful, racist messages left in the snow. Neighbors first saw the swastika, some drawings of male body parts and the N-word in huge letters next to Myra's house.


Senate Finance chair says no to raise for West Virginia teachers

CHARLESTON — While a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel is expected to pass the House of Delegates today, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is still sour over the loss of the Senate’s education reform package which also included the pay raise.


Martinsburg strip club's "Welfare Wednesday" Facebook post gets mixed reaction

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg strip club's marketing ad has people talking, on Facebook that is. A recent post on the Lust Club and Steakhouse page Welfare Wednesdays, EBT get in free, VIP, Section 8, complementary government cheese. The Lust marketing team said, it's an effort to get attention


Prosecuting public officials and celebrities for sex assaults

LEESBURG, Va. — The sex assault allegations against Virginia's Attorney General are now set for a public hearing. A Republican leader in the House of Delegates says he plans to hold a committee hearing to allow the two women who accuse Justin Fairfax of rape and sex assault to be heard.


Berkeley County Board of Education makes statement after contentious meetings

MARTINSBURG — The Berkeley County Board of Education has sent a letter to “parents and concerned citizens” after recent board of education meetings containing hours of frustrated and often contentious commentary from community members.