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Friday Jan 22 | via Martinsburg Journal
When Martinsburg police Chief Maury Richards was a police officer patrolling the streets of Chicago, a fellow officer was killed because of a police pursuit. It was the end of the officer's shift and he was driving home to his wife and family, Richards said. Comment?
Tuesday Jan 19 | via Martinsburg Journal
With so much talk in the news today about the rights of gun owners and purchasers, instances of pre-existing regulations being followed are comforting. Such an incident occurred last month at a gun shop here in Martinsburg, when an illegal straw purchase attempt was thwarted by observant and quick-thinking staffers. Comment?
Saturday Jan 16 | via Martinsburg Journal
In the wake of last week's bank robbery in Martinsburg, local law enforcement officials said they are working hard to find the perpetrators of a rash of unsolved bank robberies in the area. The Martinsburg Police Department is actively investigating the Jan. 7 robbery of the MVB Bank at 704 Foxcroft Avenue, according to Detective Jared Luciano. Comment?
Jan 8, 2016 | via NewsandSentinel.com
Two people have been sentenced to life in prison for the 2014 fatal shooting of a man in West Virginia. The Journal of Martinsburg reports a judge sentenced 36-year-old Tulsa Johnson of Martinsburg and 20-year-old Vincent S. Smith, of Frederick, Maryland, Thursday to serve life without parole followed by one-to-five years in prison for their felony murder and conspiracy convictions, respectively. Comment?
Jan 8, 2016 | via West Virginia Metro
Two people will spend the rest of their lives in prison for their roles in the Sept. 2014 death of Michael Garcia, 33. Police say Johnson and Smith set Garcia up to do a drug deal near Technology Drive near Tabler Station Business Park. Comment?
Jan 7, 2016 | via Martinsburg Journal
Berkeley County 911 received 519 overdose calls in 2015 - which averages out to about 10 responses each week. And even though Martinsburg has only about 14,000 residents, municipal overdose calls accounted for 42 percent of the overall call numbers, according to county officials. Comment?
Jan 5, 2016 | via West Virginia Metro
Roger Doleman, the second of two brothers convicted of in the 2013 home-invasion robbery of former National Football League defensive back Fulton Walker Jr., has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison. Doleman received that sentence for first-degree robbery Monday, along with a 2-10 year sentence for assault in the Walker case, and 1-5 years for failing to appear in court for trial in that case on June 14, 2015. Comment?
Jan 3, 2016 | via Martinsburg Journal
For years, investigators at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department processed their own crime scenes, painstakingly collecting fibers and spraying luminol to find blood stains, according to now-retired Chief Gary Harmison. Having worked the Criminal Investigations Division for eight of his more than 20 years with the department, Harmison knows all too well how processing-securing the scene and looking for evidence-can tie up an investigation. Comment?
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