ContributorsPublishersAdvertisers

Berkeley County, WV Crime & Safety

UPDATE: Suspect arrested after shooting on I-81

UPDATE 12/7 6:29 p.m. — Police said that the driver of the tractor-trailer has been arrested. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department did not provide any further information. BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — Police are searching for a tractor-trailer that entered Maryland after a shooting that took place on I-81 Tuesday morning. Police said that the […]
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV
Picture for UPDATE: Suspect arrested after shooting on I-81
Journal & Sunday Journal

BCSO seeks information into I-81 shooting Tuesday morning

One of two northbound lanes are now open on Interstate 81 northbound near mile marker 23, Falling Waters, as police investigate an alleged shooting that occurred earlier Tuesday morning. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department confirmed via its Facebook page around 10 a.m. that they were on scene investigating the shooting...
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV
Picture for BCSO seeks information into I-81 shooting Tuesday morning
RELATED CHANNELS

Martinsburg man sentenced for drug charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph George Ray, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 77 months of incarceration for a drug charge, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced. Ray, 56, also known as “YB,” pleaded guilty in July 2021 to one count of “Possession with Intent to...
MARTINSBURG, WV
Winchester Star

Police: Truck driver shoots, kills another trucker on I-81 in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting another tractor-trailer driver Tuesday morning on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The incident occurred just before 9:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes at the 23 mile marker in the Falling Waters area. Berkeley County Sheriff...
RELATED PEOPLE

Baltimore man admits to drug trafficking charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dontaz Lavan Brandon, of Baltimore, Maryland, has admitted to a drug a charge, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced. Brandon, 23, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl.” Brandon admitted to working with another to distribute fentanyl in January 2020 in Berkeley County.
MARTINSBURG, WV
Journal & Sunday Journal

Firefighter injured while on duty

According to a post from the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department, they responded to Classic Vanville Road for a structure fire Thursday afternoon. A firefighter assigned to the department from Berkeley County Fire was working overhaul when he hit an electrical line and was electrocuted. The firefighter was treated immediately...
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV
RELATED PUBLISHERS
Journal & Sunday Journal

Wanted parolee found after fleeing during Morgan County traffic stop

A search began Wednesday by West Virginia Parole with support from the Morgan County Sheriff's Department for a wanted parole violator and felon, Jentry A. Meade, Jr., 30, according to a press release from Sheriff KC Bohrer. Efforts to locate and apprehend Meade had been underway in both West Virginia...
MORGAN COUNTY, WV
Journal & Sunday Journal

Berkeley County accepts $500,000 to hire additional sheriff’s deputies

MARTINSBURG — A grant accepted by Berkeley County will allow for the hiring of four new deputies with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department. At the Berkeley County Council meeting on Thursday, Grants Administrator Tracey Guilliams, along with County Administrator Alan Davis, explained the COPS grant. “We are accepting the COPS...
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Maryland man admits to a firearms conspiracy

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dylan Michael Ward, of Hagerstown, Maryland, has admitted to a firearms conspiracy, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced. Ward, 22, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy.” Ward admitted to working with others to purchase and transport firearms illegally across state lines from West Virginia into Maryland. The crimes occurred in March and April of 2021 in Berkeley County and elsewhere.
MARYLAND STATE

Berkeley County to receive $500,000 to improve area law enforcement

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — Berkeley County is set to receive half a million dollars to improve the area’s law enforcement, Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced on Monday. “West Virginia’s law enforcement officers work tirelessly to ensure our communities are safe, which is why it’s so critical that we provide […]
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV

Baltimore man admits to drug trafficking charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tremaine Antonio Davis, of Baltimore, Maryland, has admitted to a drug a charge, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced. Davis, 31, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl.” Davis admitted to working with another to distribute fentanyl in January 2020 in Berkeley County.
MARTINSBURG, WV
Journal & Sunday Journal

Sobriety checkpoint set in Berkeley County

The West Virginia State Police has announced a sobriety checkpoint in Berkeley County beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The checkpoint will be in the 7400 block of Winchester Avenue/ U.S. 11. The secondary location will be on U.S. 11, north of the intersection of Evan Run Drive in Martinsburg in front of the business known as Carpet World.
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV
Journal & Sunday Journal

Crime Report

Editor’s note: An arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charge and is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Larry Junior Simmons, 70, of Chopwood Drive, Inwood, was arraigned Nov. 18 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of shoplifting.
BERKELEY COUNTY, WV