Jury finds Shute guilty of first-degree murder, other felonies, grants no mercy

After deliberating for fewer than two hours on Wednesday, July 18, a Morgan County jury returned a verdict of guilty on all charges in the triple murder case against Erick Shute. The verdict included three counts of first-degree murder. Each count corresponds to a victim in the June 13, 2016 triple homicide in the Valley…

Shute testifies as murder trial enters third day

Erick Shute took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday, July 18, during the third day of his trial for murder in Morgan County Circuit Court. Shute was the first of three defense witnesses that testified on Wednesday. Shute was on the stand for 45 minutes. Linda Shute, the mother of the accused, and…

Victims in 2016 triple shooting were unarmed, asked to watch over property next to Shute

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s Prosecuting Attorney opened the murder trial of Erick Shute on Monday, July 16 by telling a Morgan County jury of nine men and three women that the 35-year-old Great Cacapon man “took the law into his own hands” on June 13, 2016 when he shot and killed three men on…

Man arrested on weapons charge at local church

A Berkeley Springs man has been charged with wanton endangerment after police were called to a downtown church for reports of a possible hostage situation on Monday, July 16. Richard “Rick” Jenkinson, 60, was located and disarmed by police after they received a 911 call from the wife of the pastor of the Gospel Light…

Frontier internet outages & service delays are top complaints

by Kate Shunney A number of Morgan County residents have complained in recent weeks about increased Frontier internet outages and wait times to get company technicians to fix their service. In some cases, local customers have been told they must wait up to 20 days for a technician to respond to a trouble ticket. Frontier…

Sheriff’s Dept. working to identify deceased man left at hospital

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is working to identify a deceased African-American male who was dropped off at War Memorial Hospital this morning, July 13, and are investigating the circumstances of his death. Deputy Luke Shambaugh is the lead investigator in the case. According to a press release from Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, the unidentified male,…

President approves disaster declaration for Morgan, other counties for June flood

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on July 12 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of West Virginia to help in recovery efforts in the eight counties affected by severe storms and flooding between May 28 and June 3. Morgan County is one of eight counties to get help…