Berkeley County’s Prosecutor ask for a special Prosecutor

Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie Wilkes Delligatti confirmed that she is going to ask a special prosecutor be appointed to review the accident involving the daughter of the Berkeley County Sheriff.

Sheriff Nathan Harmon’s 22-year-old daughter Carrie was involved in a single vehicle accident on Jan. 6 in which she ran off the road and damaged property on Cemetery Road in Berkeley County.

West Virginia Metro News reports that Harmon did make his way to the scene to make sure his daughter was medically sound.

Harmon also wishes to be totally transparent in the incident and called the wreck a basic traffic accident with no sign of alcohol being involved.

Body camera footage from responding Deputy William Henderson shows Harmon asking if Carrie had been drinking.

Henderson replied that he couldn’t tell with no mention of alcohol or drug use in the official report.

Prosecutor Wilkes Delligatti wants to ensure total transparency with the appointment of the special prosecutor.

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U.S. Marshals assist with recovery of a child in Berkeley County

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office contacted the U.S. Marshals service to assist in the search for a man wanted in connection with a child’s disappearance.

According to the press release from the U.S. Marshals Office a warrant was issued for the arrest of Johnte Fitzhugh for felony concealment or removal of a minor child from a custodian.

The U.S. Marshals Mountain State Fugitive Task Force was almost immediately able to locate Fitzhugh and began the process of arrest of the fugitive and recovery of the missing child.

Fitzhugh was located in the 100 block of Wayne Place Southeast in Washington D.C.

Authorities notified the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force who arrested Fitzhugh and recovered the missing child safely.

The fact that the fugitive and missing child were located within 24 hours of the warrant being issued is the direct result of the relationship the U.S. Marshals Office has with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

That relationship continues to impact the community in a positive manner according to Terry Moore acting U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Since 2015 the U.S. Marshals Service have assisted in the recovery of over 2,300 missing children.

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Berkeley County Deputy arrest driver who endangered 10

The Panhandle News Network reports that a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy arrested an extremely dangerous driver who endangered at least 10 lives. 

The Deputy spotted a vehicle with Virginia registration traveling at a high rate of speed and passing multiple vehicles down Interstate 81.

Before the traffic stop could be conducted the speeder struck another vehicle carrying three juveniles, a pregnant women and an adult male and then ran.

The speeder continued to race down 81 reaching speeds of over 115 miles per hour passing other vehicles on both the right and left shoulders.

Deputies report the driver put a minimum of ten lives in danger with his driving before striking a second vehicle with a woman and toddler inside.

The driver finally exited 81 on to Martinsburg Pike at exit 323.

The drive continued to pass multiple vehicles on the wrong side of the road was speeding and improperly passing other vehicles.

The driver finally stopped at the old Piggy’s parking lot on Winchester Avenue in Bunker Hill.

The driver exited the vehicle with a knife that he was swinging at deputies.

It took approximately a minute for deputies to convince the man to drop the knife.

He finally complied, surrender and was arrested without further incident.

James Davenport faces a number of charges with further information to be released when the investigation is complete.

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Police chase ends in Frederick County

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A police chase began in Berkeley County where officers pursued a vehicle on 81 south under suspicion of a DUI.

The vehicle, listed as stolen in Jefferson County, then entered Frederick County before taking exit 323 and continuing south.

Officers deployed a successful spike strip at Welltown Road.

Then the suspect, Matthew Kerlin, 31, led the officers on a brief foot chase.

Kerlin claimed to have swallowed methamphetamines during the pursuit and showed signs of overdosing when EMS arrived at the location.

He was then taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.

Kerlin will face charges including possession of drugs and a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and driving suspended.

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FCSO led on high speed chase

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Frederick County Sheriffs responded to a report identifying a wanted man, Michael Paul Warner of Chesapeake.

When officers attempted to stop and search the vehicle on Cedar Creek Grade, the suspect fled.

The suspect traveled throughout Winchester city streets then towards 522 where he drove through a funeral procession and into Shenandoah Memorial Park where he damaged grave plots.

The suspect then traveled to 81 North and continued to West Virginia.

WV State police pursued through Berkeley County and into Jefferson County before the vehicle was disabled using tire deflation devices.

Throughout the chase the driver committed a hit and run, drove into oncoming traffic and reached speeds of 95 mph.

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Berkeley County Authorities investigate a shooting on I 81

In a social media post from the Berkeley County West Virginia Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) it is reported that they are investigating a shooting on Interstate 81 (I-81).

It is reported that two unidentified tractor trailer drivers got into an argument when heading north on I-81.

The two drivers pulled over near mile marker 23 on I-81 in West Virginia.

The argument reportedly continued before one driver pulled a gun and shot and killed the other driver.

The shooting suspect then continued on I 81 north toward Maryland and beyond.

The shooter was later found and apprehended in Pennsylvania where he is being held.

Authorities believe there was no immediate threat or danger to the general public.

The incident remains under investigation.

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The Toebbe’s federal espionage trial has been rescheduled

The federal espionage trial of Jonathan and Dianna Toebbe has been rescheduled according to the Journal News.

The trial will now begin with jury selection on May 17, 2022 in Martinsburg.

The case was rescheduled to give the U.S. Government more time to review the sensitive information involved.

The couple believed they were selling the information to a foreign government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) videotaped the couple dropping off the information.

The drop off location was near a hiking trail in Jefferson County which is why the case is being held in Martinsburg.

The couple have been housed in the Eastern Regional Jail in Berkeley County since October.

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Accident claims lives of two truckers

A multi-vehicle accident in Berkeley County, West Virginia Thursday morning took the lives of two truck drivers.

Two separate accidents involved four vehicles and two pedestrians.

The first accident resulted in two cars driving off the side of the interstate.

Two truck drivers were bystanders for the accident and were going to check on the passengers when another vehicle came and hit one of their tractor trailers which then crashed into the two men.

As a result of the second accident, 52 year old Adam Miller of Hagerstown, Maryland and Ashish Patel of Ontario, Canada lost their lives.

The driver was sent to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The interstate closed for clean up and an investigation which lasted nearly seven hours .

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