Shute gets three life sentences for 2016 murders

by Trish Rudder Erick D. Shute, 35, was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 15-18 years in prison on Wednesday afternoon, September 12 in Morgan County Circuit Court by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge R. Steven Redding. Shute killed three men and attempted to kill a fourth in Great Cacapon in…

South Carolina man wanted by police for child porn arrested here

A man wanted by South Carolina authorities for 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor was arrested in Morgan County last Tuesday, September 11 by the West Virginia State Police. Douglas B. Bishop, 50, of Union, S.C. was stopped near Paw Paw by Cpl. S. R. Smith  shortly after 6:30 p.m. last Tuesday. According…

Sewer district looks to tackle water issues before extending lines

by TRISH RUDDER At the September 12 Warm Springs Public Service District (WSPS) meeting, board members decided a proposed sanitary system improvement project needs further discussion and work sessions are being planned. Mike Jenkins, who chairs the public sewer board, said that the committee wanted an overall report of the health of the system from…

Man charged for voting in two states

A Great Cacapon man was charged last week with the misdemeanor of illegal voting after investigators from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office looked into his residency and voting record. Jeffrey Hartman, 73, of Gaither Road has been registered to vote in Morgan County since 2005. According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan…

Volunteers take on projects on United Way Day of Caring

by Kate Evans Morgan County students, businesses and organiza-tions spruced up the community and helped other agencies during the annual United Way of the Eastern Panhandle’s Day of Caring on Tuesday, September 11. Morgan County Extension Agent Cindy Smalley, the Morgan County Day of Caring coordinator, reported that nearly 200 volunteers participated in the Day…

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