BCSO Warns of Spam Calls

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware that a phone scam is circling Berkeley County.

The scam is requesting payments for fines or bail using iTunes or Green Dot cards from the victims.

Victims are also given instructions to purchase cards and provide serial or PIN numbers.

Citizens are being advised to hang up immediately and not comply with such calls.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, or any sheriff’s office, will never ask for sensitive information or ask for gift cards as a form of payment.

Authorities do not accept phone payment information over the phone.

If in doubt about a call, contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

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WCSO arrests Inwood man for online solicitation of minors

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest made stemming from an investigation launched on February 28th.

The investigative team launched a proactive, undercover operation in the Warren County area regarding the online solicitation of minors.

During the operation, an adult male contacted an investigator who was acting as a juvenile under the age of 15.

The suspect then requested photos and lewd content and transmitted obscene materials with who he believed was a juvenile female.

The investigative team identified the perpetrator as Steven Sherman, 57, from Inwood, West Virginia.

On April 16th, investigators from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, successfully apprehended Sherman and took him into custody without incident.

Following his arrest, he was taken to Eastern Regional Jail and appeared before a magistrate where he was ordered to be held without bond pending extradition to Virginia.

His court date is set for May 9th at 9 am in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Sherman is currently charged with three counts of using communication systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

If you have information on this case, contact Sgt. Ramey of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-7100 or by email at mramey@warrencountysheriff.org.

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BCSO arrest an Inwood man after a traffic stop

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) reports the arrest of an Inwood man after a traffic stop.

Inwood resident Derrick Hollins has been arrested after being stopped by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Corporal Shockey.

Shockey stopped two vehicles on South Foxcroft Avenue Martinsburg Friday, February 16 around 3 a.m.

Back up was called and Deputies located 10 bags of suspected cocaine along with a bag of suspected fentanyl along with a loaded handgun in the search of Hollins’ F-150 truck.

Further investigation revealed that the 50-year-old Hollins was a convicted felon which prohibits his possession of a firearm.

Hollins is not only facing charges of possession with the intent to deliver both cocaine and fentanyl but also charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Domestic Violence call leads to firearm arrest

Rodney Allen Mayhew, age 43, of Martinsburg, pled guilty this week to one count unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to the plea agreement reached in federal court, officers were called to Mayhew’s home to serve a protective order involving domestic violence. When officers arrived, Mayhew admitted to having firearms in the bedroom. Officers recovered two pistols and a rifle.

The Mayhew case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayhew is facing up to 15 years in prison.

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