Martinsburg Police respond to gun shot victim

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Martinsburg Police responded to reports of shots fired at 3:08 AM today, February 14th, on the 400 block of W. Race Street.

Shortly after arrival, officers spotted a man who appeared to be in need of urgent medical assistance.

The male victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and received lifesaving care from officers on the scene until paramedics from the Martinsburg Fire Department arrived to care for the victim.

He was then transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.

The crime scene was established along W. Race Road with Martinsburg P.D. and the West Virginia State Police working closely to document the area.

Traffic diversions have been placed in the area between Queen and College Streets from Byrd Avenue to Raleigh Street.

Martinsburg Police request the community’s patience while the scene is processed.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with related information should contact the MPD Detective Bureau or the Berkeley County Crime Solvers hotline at 304-264-4999.

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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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Officer involved shooting in Martinsburg leads to fatality

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The Martinsburg Police Department reported an officer involved shooting from Friday, December 8th just before 12:30 pm.

An unidentified man arrived at 253 N. Queen Street in Martinsburg armed with a shotgun.

The man then discharged the firearm through the door and struck a female victim inside.

Martinsburg Police engaged with the armed suspect as he continued to attempt to enter an interior apartment door while firing his weapon.

The parties exchanged gunfire and then the suspect took his own life.

The female victim was transported to Berkeley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The identities of those involved have not been released and preliminary investigations suggest the shooting stemmed from a domestic situation.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

Chief Erin Gibbons stated, “Our officers responded swiftly and courageously to this dangerous situation. Their decisive actions, I have no doubt, prevented further harm and potentially saved lives.”

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FRPD resolve an assault case with help from Marshal’s Ser. and MPD

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On Sunday September 17, the Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) report launching an investigation into a breaking and entering in the 900 block of South Marshall Street.

Upon arrival officers found a victim in front of the location suffering from life-threatening injuries as the result of an assault.

The victim was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) before being transferred to Winchester Medical Center (WMC) for emergency surgery.

A suspect fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Monday September 18, Anthony M. Stewart was arrested by the United States Marshals Service and Martinsburg Police Department (MPD) Officers in Martinsburg.

Stewart is being held without bond awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

The 35-year-old Stewart is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, burglary and violation of protective orders.

Stewart’s court date is set for October 12 at 9 a.m. in Warren County Juvenile and domestic relations court according to an email from FPD.

Anyone with any information on this incident or on Stewart is asked to contact the FRPD at 540-635-2111.

Information can also be delivered to Detective M.R. Ramey at 540-636-2208 or email

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Multiple Agencies respond to a school threat in Martinsburg

On August 29 the Martinsburg Police Department reports that they were made aware of a social media threat against a student at North Middle School.

Authorities responded immediately to the threat and secured the school for the safety of students, staff and the surrounding area.

Martinsburg Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies, West Virginia State Police, The Eastern Panhandle Task Force, Federal agencies and school officials preformed a coordinated methodical search of the school.

After the thorough search of the building authorities confirmed that the building was secured.

An investigation was launched to assess the credibility of the threat and potential risk it posed.

At this time authorities confirm that there was and is no immediate threat to anyone or to the school itself.

Further investigation revealed that the threat came from a 10-year-old in Michigan.

Martinsburg authorities are working with Michigan agencies to resolve the situation.

During the entire ordeal the authorities were grateful for the total cooperation of all involved in the situation.

Students, staff and the community at large conducted themselves in a very calm and cooperative manner under these trying circumstances.

A message from Berkeley County School Superintendent Ron Stephens is found here.

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