BCSD continue the investigation of a murder suspect

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) report that they continue to investigate murder suspect David Antonio Calderon.

Working with the FBI information has come to light that Calderon has an extensive criminal history in his native El Salvador.

Arrest records show convictions of DUI, Sexual Assault/Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and narcotics related charges.

Calderon severed time in an El Salvador prison from 1999 to 2021.

Once released it is believed that Calderon entered the United States illegally to later attempt asylum in Canada only to be denied at the border.

Calderon is being investigated for his involvement with a body discovered in Martinsburg on May 6.

Calderon is incarcerated in Frederick County Virginia and fighting extradition to West Virginia.

Anyone with any information on Calderon or the May 6 investigation is asked to contact the BCSD at 304-267-7000.

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BCSD make an arrest of a man violating election laws

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Berkeley County Sheriff Department (BCSD) reports the arrest of a man violating West Virginia electioneering laws.

During Tuesday May 14 West Virginia Premieres Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a polling location on Needy Road for reports of trespassing.

A male subject at the polling location was asked to leave the property after being seen handing out pamphlets.

The subject later identified as George Melik-Agamiriam became very agitated and refused to leave.

Melik-Agamiriam actually met with the deputies in the driveway and handed them pamphlets when they arrived.

The deputies went into the polling place believing the subject they were after was inside the polling location.

Deputies were told that the man was previously inside with political pins on his shirt and attempting to distribute political pamphlets to voters.

The deputies learned that the subject was indeed the man that greeted them in the driveway.

After review of the pamphlets they were found to be in violation of West Virginia electioneering laws.

Those laws prohibit an individual to be present inside any official voting location attempting to distribute political materials that would affect individual citizen’s decisions in an election.

When confronted by officers the subject refused to provide identification and began to resist deputies orders.

Melik-Agamiriam is being charged with electioneering, trespassing and obstructing an officer.

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BCSD investigate a father daughter stabbing in Inwood

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) reports the investigation of a stabbing in Inwood.

At approximately 11:30 A.M. May 8  Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies and West Virginia State Police responded to the stabbing at the Inwood McDonald’s.

The unidentified wounded victim told authorities that his 25-year-old daughter stabbed him in the chest and fled in her car.

The father confirmed that his daughter Julia Chanclor had gotten into an argument with him that escalated.

During the argument Cnanclor grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her father multiple times causing severe injuries.

His injuries were so severe that the father was flown to INOVA Fairfax hospital by helicopter and is currently in critical condition.

Approximately an hour later Chanclor was found in her vehicle on Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg.

Chanclor was taken into custody without incident and is being charged with attempted murder.

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BCSD investigates the discovery of a body near Martinsburg

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) reports that investigators have recovered a body near the Martinsburg golf course.

Patrol deputies were first on the scene in the 100 block of Golf Course Road Monday May 6 around 7:30 p.m.

The victim is identified as someone who died under suspicious circumstances at this stage of the investigation.

The body appears to be that of a female and has been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston to determine identity and cause of death.

In the meantime, authorities are asking anyone who may have observed anything suspicious or who has any relevant information to contact Berkeley County Authorities.

Contact the Berkeley County Criminal Investigation Division at 304-267-7000.

At this time the investigation is in the earliest stage with more details expected once more details develop.

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Stolen ATV leads to discovery of marijuana operation in WV

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department to recover a stolen Polaris All-Terrain Vehicle from Driftwood Drive in Gerrardstown.

At approximately 1 pm on April 14th, Cpl McBee observed the stolen ATV parked next to the residence.

McBee was then notified by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office about other items had been stolen along with the ATV.

She then received a search warrant to look for the other stolen items in the home.

After a search, deputies located a marijuana growing operation at the residence and obtained a second search warrant which allowed the search for illegal drugs.

Authorities recovered a stolen TV, tree stand, and key box originally from the same location as the ATV.

They also confiscated marijuana plants, two jars of marijuana, 27 ounces of methamphetamine, six loaded syringes of an amphetamine, and two guns.

The suspect was not home during the search and arrest warrants for several charges will be announced later.

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BCSD arrest an Inwood man after a tip from ICACTF

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department report the arrest of an Inwood West Virginia man after a cyber tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF).

At approximately 3 p.m. April 12 Berkeley County Sheriff’s Investigators took 40-year-old Russell Franklin into custody on child pornography charges.

Investigators that included West Virginia State Police were able to trace the internet activity to Franklin who had accessed child pornography on a device.

A warrant for Franklin’s home was acquired and executed and his devices were confiscated and examined.

Franklin’s devices were found to have incriminating photos on them.

Franklin has been charged with 8 counts of distribution and exhibiting minors in explicit and illicit acts.

More charges are likely upon further investigation.

After appearing before a Berkeley County Magistrate Franklin was released on bond.

The ICACTF is a national network composed of over 5,400 federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel.

The network is dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children.

Anyone with information on the case involving Franklin or any case regarding the solicitation or exploitation of children should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department investigating jewelry theft

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The Berkeley County, W.Va., Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of jewelry valued at about $85,000 from a residence on Duckwoods Lane in Martinsburg.

The victim reported Thursday that the jewelry has been stolen while she and her daughter were out during the day. Her daughter’s fiance was watching the house, according to a report from the department.

Deputies said the fiance identified himself as Cooper Ross. When they grew suspicious of him and got a fingerprint scanner, he told them he lied about his identity and his real name was Igor Rosensteel. He told the deputies that he had left the residence for about 45 minutes. Deputies later determined the 33-year-old Baltimore man had sold the jewelry at a local pawn shop. They recovered the money and said in the report that they hoped to recover the jewelry Friday.

Deputies also determined that Rosensteel is on federal probation stemming from a 2018 conviction  of impersonating a Secret Service agent in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Hedgesville man kills ex-wife outside Urgent Care

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call regarding a shooting at the WVU Urgent Care in Spring Mills.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they spotted a female lying unresponsive in the parking lot.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and identified as Jennifer Conley, 49, of Hedgesville.

Deputies obtained a description of the vehicle and suspect, and then relayed that information to law enforcement from around the area.

Shortly after, Martinsburg Police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The suspect was identified as the victim’s ex-husband, Dennis Conley, 53, of Hedgesville.

He was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered in his vehicle.

Preliminary investigations have shown that the suspect made threats to his ex-wife over the last few months leading up to the shooting.

Dennis Conley was charged with murder and transported to Eastern Regional Jail where he remains without bond.

Anyone with information on this case should contact Deputy D. Jenkins at 304-267-7000. 

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Night club shooting leaves Winchester man dead

Early Friday morning, a shooting occurred at the Touch of Texas nightclub in Bunker Hill, WV.

Upon arrival at the scene, authorities found Diata Johnson, 21 of Winchester, VA, shot in the parking lot.

He was transported to Winchester Medical Center but later died from his injuries.

Authorities at the scene identified the shooter but did not release his information.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on the shooting should contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at 304-267-7000.

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