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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…

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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…

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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…

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Shute murder trial underway

A jury of nine men and three women were sworn in this morning in Morgan County Circuit Court as the murder trial of Erick Shute begins, two years after Shute shot and killed three Great Cacapon men and is alleged to have tried to kill a fourth man. Circuit Judge Steve Redding is presiding over…

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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,…

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Suspected local case not Hepatitis A; state case numbers rise

by Kate Evans A suspected case of Hepatitis A in Morgan County was determined not to be a case of the virus after investigation, said Berkeley County/Morgan County Health Department nurse Angie Gray on Monday morning. Berkeley County still has three cases of Hepatitis A. The number of acute hepatitis A virus cases in West…

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Council seeks grant money for water lines

by Trish Rudder They say the third time’s the charm. At the Town of Bath council meeting on July 5, Mayor Scott Merki authorized the submission of a third Community Development Block Grant – Small Cities application to the West Virginia Development Office for $1.5 million. The grant would pay for the new public water…

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Two drivers charged in separate accidents

The drivers of two vehicles face criminal charges for their roles in two separate motor vehicle crashes last week that sent four individuals to the hospital for medical treatment. The first of the two incidents was a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday, July 3 in the 200 block of Fearnow Road east of Berkeley Springs shortly…

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