McCauley hearing rescheduled

by Trish Rudder The preliminary hearing for the Berkeley Springs man who is charged with killing Riley Crossman, 15, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. in Morgan County Magistrate Court. It was scheduled for Friday, May 24 to be heard by Magistrate Kermit M. Ambrose. Andy J. McCauley, 41, who was…

Partnership gets $200,000 grant to plan local opioid response

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership was awarded a one-year $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant to help end the opioid crisis. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). West Virginia received a total of $600,000 in HRSA grants –$200,000 for…

Columbia Gas sues Maryland for pipeline access under Western Maryland Rail Trail

by Kate Shunney Columbia Gas has sued the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in an effort to get an easement under the Western Maryland Rail Trail west of Hancock in order to build a natural gas pipeline. Maryland’s Board of Public Works denied the easement to the gas company in January, citing ongoing concerns about…

Ridersville Cycle hit by motorcycle theft ring

by Kate Shunney An early morning break-in at Ridersville Cycle in Berkeley Springs is being tied to a known theft ring that has targeted cycle shops in the region. West Virginia State Police Sgt. H.D. Heil said Friday there have been similar crimes in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey in recent weeks. According to police,…

McCauley arrested for teen’s murder, police look to autopsy for critical answers

by Kate Shunney Last Thursday’s arrest of a Berkeley Springs man for the murder of teen Riley Crossman shifted police focus from a missing person’s search to a full criminal investigation. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources officers on May 16 recovered decomposed remains in neighboring Berkeley County along a steep embankment along Tuscarora Pike.…

60th annual Paw Paw Memorial Day parade has rich history

by Kate Evans This Saturday’s William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade in Paw Paw will be the 60th time that bands, floats and dignitaries have put on a show to mark the holiday weekend in western Morgan County. Paw Paw residents shared their memories of the annual parade, and how it has changed over six…

Paw Paw to host 60th Annual William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade & car show this Saturday

The 60th Annual William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade & Car Show will be hosted by the Paw Paw Parade Committee on Saturday, May 25. The parade’s Grand Marshals are past Paw Paw Parade Committee members. These individuals dedicated so much of their time and energy into past parade weekends. Schedule 9 a.m. Car Show…

Police arrest mother’s boyfriend for murder in Riley Crossman disappearance case

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer has announced his investigative team believes they have found the body of missing Berkeley Springs teen Riley Crossman along a steep hillside in Berkeley County. Officers arrested Andy J. McCauley Jr., 41, for the murder of Crossman today. McCauley was the boyfriend of Crossman’s mother, Chantel Oakley. Riley Crossman, 15,…

Missing NY man found in Hancock, flown to shock trauma

by Geoff Fox A missing persons case involving a young man from New York was closed Thursday in Hancock. Just before 8 a.m. Thursday, May 16, the Washington County 911 Center received a 911 hang-up from a cell phone from the area of the C&O Canal in Hancock. Troopers from the Maryland State Police responded…

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