Mount Jackson man receives 16 years for drug trafficking

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The Virginia State Police (VSP) announced the sentencing of a Mount Jackson man for drug trafficking.

Merle Brook Stephens was found guilty in January of one count of knowingly or intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Stephens also faced a count of a carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession of a firearm in relation to a  drug trafficking crime.

The 53 year old Stephens also faced a count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Stephens received his sentence Monday May 9 after a three day jury trial and has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Stephens was arrested on December 7, 2018 as a part of a larger law enforcement sting operation.

At the time of his arrest Stephens was in possession of more than 323 grams of methamphetamine.

Stephens was found to be in possession of a loaded 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun with five loaded magazines over $3,000 in cash and variety of drug paraphernalia.

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The City of Winchester has begun reassessments

The City of Winchester has begun their 2023 General Real Estate Reassessment.

The City’s Vendor for appraisals is Pearson’ s Appraisal Service.

Pearson’s Appraisal Service will be conducting reviews of properties within the city limits.

According to the City’s news release Pearson’s staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have proper identification.

If you are a property owner with information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment or your property or if you would like an interior inspection it is important to get in touch.

Those with anything to share or special instructions or request contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator by calling (540) 667-2048.

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Winchester man dies in West Virginia shooting

West Virginia State Police and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the fatal  shooting of a Winchester man.

According to a Journal report The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office responded to an early Friday May 6 shooting at Touch of Texas.

Around 2:30 a.m. Deputies arrived at the Bunker Hill establishment to find a Winchester man shot in the parking lot.

The victim was identified as 21 year old Diata Johnson and was transported to Winchester Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

Johnson was shot after a dispute with another man at the establishment.

Authorities arrested 18 year old Dyreek Harris and charged him with wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Anyone with any information in the incident is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 267-7000.

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4 hurt in Bunker Hill fight and shooting

The Herald Mail reports a fight and shooting at a gentlemen’s club in Bunker Hill West Virginia.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to reports of a shooting Saturday morning May 7 at the Elysium Gentlemen’s club.

A large fight was reported at the bring your own beverage club on Winchester Road around 5 a.m..

An unidentified Virginia man was injured when he fell fleeing reported gunfire and was taken to the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Two other individuals who had been at the club were later reported at the Winchester Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds.

Another was injured by broken glass after a bullet struck the windshield of the vehicle he was fleeing in.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the outbreak and the extent of the injuries involved.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are being assisted by the West Virginia State Police on the investigation.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police  are also working on the case.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities.

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News Maker Niki Foster on the return of Wine and Craft

The Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to Front Royal on May 21.

We spoke with Front Royal Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster about it in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Niki tells us about the return of the event after 2 years.

She also tells us about the wines that will be on hand for the event as well as beer being available.

Niki also tells us that she could really use some volunteers to help out.

Click here for Niki’s interview.

All the details along with ticket information and volunteer opportunity are available by clicking here.

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