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A former loan officer at The Bank of Romney will spend a year in federal prison for bank fraud.

Kimberly Haslacker had pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May. The 39-year-old Romney resident was sentenced on Monday in U.S District Court in Martinsburg.

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The Martinsburg City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in both housing and employment. The state of West Virginia does not provide these protections to the LGBT community although lawmakers have introduced bills for several years that would do so.

Because of the lack of support at the state level, members of Fairness West Virginia, an LGBT rights group, have spent the past year or so calling on cities to pass these protections. At the Martinsburg meeting Wednesday night, members of the community were heavily divided.

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Members of the Martinsburg City Council are expected to take up an ordinance Wednesday that will prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community in their city.

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When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

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More than three dozen people have been indicted on charges stemming from a multistate heroin trafficking operation.

The 163-count indictment was unsealed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

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A 91-year-old man has decided to donate 206 acres to the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board to guarantee his property remains farmland.

The Journal reports after more than a year of paperwork and process, Robert Elwood Jr. and the Farmland Protection board of directors transferred the deed and solidified their partnership Monday as the donation became official.

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  Martinsburg officials plan to use the city's new home rule authority to crack down on sanitation and nuisance violators.

Planning department head Michael Covell tells The Journal that the city will begin issuing warnings and citations to violators in July. Violations include unmowed lawns and open storage in residential districts.

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Thirty-nine people have applied to become Martinsburg's next police chief.

Mayor George Karos says in a statement that the names of the applicants aren't being released.

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Several dozen people marched in Martinsburg on Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in 2013.

  The Journal reports that the protesters called for accountability for the officers' actions.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from a drug summit in Martinsburg where heroin addiction is a serious issue.  And Digital Coordinator Dave Mistich talks with Trey Kay about his new podcast launching May 1 called “Us and Them.” 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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US Senator Shelley Moore Capito hosted a Drug Prevention Summit Monday in Martinsburg. Dozens of community members and lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle came together to discuss drug trafficking in Berkeley County. Heroin addiction is a major problem in the area, and the community is concerned about where to send those who need help.

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Federal prosecutors plan to review evidence from a state investigation of the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by Martinsburg police.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld notified Berkeley County NAACP President Hubert J. Smith of the review in a letter sent last week. Smith read the letter at a Martinsburg City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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A former Berkeley County deputy is on trial on charges of embezzling guns from the sheriff's office.

Fifty-four-year-old Dennis E. Streets of Martinsburg is charged with felony embezzlement and fraudulent scheme. The Herald-Mail reports that Street's trial began Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

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Representatives of the coal and gas industry as well as solar are expected to speak at a public forum in Martinsburg next week. The forum is about energy and how it relates to West Virginia’s economy.

Rozwell Kid

Rozwell Kid is what you'd call a slacker-rock band. On second thought, maybe they're a post-grunge outfit? Whatever you call them (note: frontman Jordan Hudkins believes they play "Hawaiian shirt core"), they're a West Virginia-based group of friends who love good times and great music. Hudkins chats with me about Rozwell Kid's "origin story," the band's new releases and how the Mountain State is still their musical home.

Police are investigating two deliberately set fires that prompted the evacuation of a Walmart in Martinsburg.

Martinsburg police tell media outlets that the store was closed Sunday afternoon after someone set a rack of men's T-shirts and a pile of towels on fire.

Police say no one was injured. People in the store put out the fires with a fire extinguisher.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

 

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Coffee has always been a popular drink. It’s been a big trade item for hundreds of years and continues to be one of the leading beverages in the world. Coffee is so popular that many people don’t even care if it’s cheap or low quality; as long as they have that caffeine fix. But more and more people are searching for that higher quality coffee only found in the specialty shops.

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Earlier this month the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic in the nation and named West Virginia a state with widespread flu activity. Now some hospitals in the eastern panhandle are taking extra precautions to make sure the virus doesn’t spread in their facilities.

When West Virginia statehood leaders carved out the new state’s borders, the eastern panhandle counties were included primarily to keep the B&O in West Virginia and outside of Confederate Virginia.
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University Healthcare Berkeley Medical Center has installed a video system that allows new parents and family members to check in on their infants in the neonatal intensive care unit anytime and from anywhere.

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