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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries reached an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma following a lawsuit claiming the company’s marketing of opioids caused a public health epidemic. The settlement leaves co-defendant Johnson & Johnson the remaining defendant to stand trial on Tuesday; Purdue Pharma settled in March. This marks the first state trial “over culpability for the drug crisis,” and more than 40 other states have filed lawsuits against drug companies and pharmacies. ... See MoreSee Less

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries reached an $85 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma following a lawsuit claiming the company’s marketing of opioids caused a public health epidemic. The settlement leaves co-defendant Johnson & Johnson the remaining defendant to stand trial on Tuesday; Purdue Pharma settled in March. This marks the first state trial “over culpability for the drug crisis,” and more than 40 other states have filed lawsuits against drug companies and pharmacies.

3 weeks ago

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Just got a copy of one of our Narrative projects—a travel guide for the Eastern Panhandle that was distributed in the Washington Post! Makes me want to get in the car and visit! We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you to drive more visitors to the state, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, River Riders, Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown WV, Visit Jefferson County WV, Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB, and Ranson CVB! Good work, team! ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you tried something different? How about Aquatic Physical Therapy. The pool adds a whole new perspective of health and wellness. Perfect for those with arthritis, pain, weakness, balance issues or those that are having a hard time exercising. Call one of our convenient aquatic locations to find out more about our Aquatic Physical Therapy or to schedule your appointment today.
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1 month ago

Martinsburg, West Virginia

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During the press conference with WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on developments in the Berkeley County child abuse investigation, he answers Valerie Bell WDVM's question about the next step in the investigation process. www.localdvm.com WATCH:
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The annual Irie Wine Festival is returning and will debut at a new location, the historic Martinsburg Roundhouse. The festival will feature Jamaica reggae artist Conkarah, Jah Works, and another band to be announced later.

There will be over 100 wines from around the world and more than 12 craft beers and ciders on tap. There will also be great Caribbean food from Island Bliss and various other food selections, and many art and craft vendors to choose from, as well as fun things to do for kids such as; moon bounces, mechanical bull, face painting and more!

This is guaranteed to be a great time, as this year's festival at a new location; a 50,000 sq ft historical complex known as The Martinsburg Roundhouse.

When: May 18, 2019; Noon - 8:00 pm

Where: Martinsburg Roundhouse via The Caperton Train Station, 229 E Martin St, Martinsburg, WV
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The annual Irie Wine Festival is returning and will debut at a new location, the historic Martinsburg Roundhouse. The festival will feature Jamaica reggae artist Conkarah, Jah Works, and another band to be announced later.

 There will be over 100 wines from around the world and more than 12 craft beers and ciders on tap. There will also be great Caribbean food from Island Bliss and various other food selections, and many art and craft vendors to choose from, as well as fun things to do for kids such as; moon bounces, mechanical bull, face painting and more! 

This is guaranteed to be a great time, as this years festival at a new location; a 50,000 sq ft historical complex known as The Martinsburg Roundhouse. 

When: May 18, 2019; Noon - 8:00 pm

Where: Martinsburg Roundhouse via The Caperton Train Station, 229 E Martin St, Martinsburg, WV

Help Relay For Life of Berkeley County paint the park purple. This event will include bands, vendors, games, yard sale, food, and the return of the High Heel Race! This event is free and open to the public! ... See MoreSee Less

Help Relay For Life of Berkeley County paint the park purple. This event will include bands, vendors, games, yard sale, food, and the return of the High Heel Race! This event is free and open to the public!

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Jimmy Douglas, DPT at the Motor Vehicle Administration / Maryland Department of Transportation yesterday in Hagerstown for their 10th annual event. #EnjoyLife #StaySafe #KeepAnEyeOutForBikers #RankinPT #Hagerstown
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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Jimmy Douglas, DPT at the Motor Vehicle Administration / Maryland Department of Transportation yesterday in Hagerstown for their 10th annual event. #EnjoyLife #StaySafe #KeepAnEyeOutForBikers #RankinPT #Hagerstown

Local softball teams set for sectional action
By Jessica Wilt jmanuel@journal-news.net Apr 30, 2019

It's do-or-die time for the local softball teams as sectional action begins today.

In Class AAA, Region II, Section 1, Hedgesville, which has been a dominate force all season, earned the No. 1 seed. Musselman earned No. 2, while Spring Mills and Martinsburg are Nos. 3 and 4.

The Eagles host the Bulldogs tonight at 7 p.m., while the Cardinals head to Musselman.

Hedgesville (24-8) swept Martinsburg in their two matchups this season as well as sweeping both Spring Mills and Musselman throughout the year. Against Martinsburg, the Eagles picked up wins of 14-4 and 10-0.

The Eagles are strong on both sides of the field with a strong pitching rotation and a strong lineup. Emma Turner leads the offense with a .474 average, while Avery Conner, Isabella Forte, Alexis Myers, Miranda Payne, Kelsey Turben, Ashlyn Ruest and Kailan Haught has all added strong bats behind her. All eight players are hitting better than .350.

Forte has been key for runs, leading the area with 44 RBI and 15 doubles, while Alexis Barnhart leads the area with six home runs.

In the circle, Payne and Turner are a dynamic duo, leading the area with 12 and nine wins, respectively. The pair has struck out a combined 128 batters. Payne is among area leaders with a 2.08 ERA.

Martinsburg, on the other hand, has seen its share of growing pains, sitting at 1-13. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs have started to see some improvement throughout the season. Carly Rice and Ellie Eversole have seen some big hits late in the season, while pitcher Jordan Bohrer has been a leader on the time for some time now.

In the other Section 1 game, it could be a tight matchup. The Applemen swept the season series with a 6-5 and an 11-0 win, but the Cardinals have been coming on strong as the end of the season grows nearer.

Musselman has a strong core of players who are solid both offensively and defensively. At the plate, KK Ambrose has been key, hitting .443 to lead the team, while Mikky Davis, Brianne Stocks, Kiana Bagnell and Kelly Mahoney have provided tough performances as well. Stocks and Ambrose have also been key in the circle with six and four wins, respectively. Stocks' 51 strikeouts lead the team, while she has an ERA of 4.44 to pace the Applemen.

The Cardinals are led by Keeliegh Megargee and Taylor Harper. The pair is hitting .525 and .526, respectively, and Megargee is among area leaders with five homers and five triples this year. Jordan Grimes and Emily Cole provide two more solid bats for Spring Mills. Cole's driven in 30 runs, while Harper leads the team with 33 RBI.

Grimes and Harper are the Cardinals' go-to pitchers with Grimes leading the area with 68 strikeouts. Both have been solid down the stretch and will be looking to put the strong Musselman offense to the test.

The two losing teams will face off Wednesday night at the higher seed as will the two winnings teams in a double-elimination tournament.

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Washington is the team to beat in the Section 2, which also features Hampshire and Jefferson. The Patriots earned the No. 1 seed after finishing the regular season 22-1 and having swept both of their sectional foes. The Cougars played Spring Mills late Monday to wrap up their regular season, and the Trojans have seen some struggles this season.

Washington virtually mercy-ruled its way through the season with a stacked lineup and tough pitching. Kylie Condon leads the team in average, hitting .545, but Hannah Ruffner, Brittany Cenate, Taylor Cenate, Madi Cenate, Madison Carlisle, Katie Dubyak, Mackenzie Myers, Jordyn Brown and Sophie Crowder have also been big offensive producers. Everyone on the team is hitting better than .300.

Pitching-wise, the Patriots have a three-headed monster in Brown, Taylor Cenate and Ruffner. The trio leads the area in ERA with Brown at .38, Taylor Cenate at 1.57 and Ruffner at 1.65. The group has spread the wins evenly with Taylor Cenate at eight and Brown and Ruffner at seven.

The pitching rotation hasn't recorded quite as many strikeouts as other staffs, but they've relied on a tough defense behind them to outscore opponents 255-24.

Washington will await the winner of Wednesday night's game between No. 2 Jefferson and No. 3 Hampshire.

Jefferson has seen some success throughout the season, including beating Hampshire in their only matchup 12-0.

Rachel Cunningham leads the Cougar bats and the area with a .554 average, while Ashtin Hoover (.434) and Isabella O'Bannion (.377) have also been tough at the plate. Maddy Edwards has also put up decent numbers, including hitting seven doubles this season.

The pitching staff is led by Chloe Munslow, who has a 3.67 ERA and four wins. She's also struck out 30. Hoover also has three wins in the circle.

For Hampshire, Kira Odom and Shyann Strawdermann provide strong senior leadership in addition to their talents on the field. Both are solid hitters who help lead the Trojans. Strawdermann is also a leader in the circle for the Trojans.

The loser of Jefferson and Hampshire's game will play at Washington on Thursday as the three teams work their way through a double-elimination format.
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Local softball teams set for sectional action
By Jessica Wilt jmanuel@journal-news.net Apr 30, 2019 
 
Its do-or-die time for the local softball teams as sectional action begins today.

In Class AAA, Region II, Section 1, Hedgesville, which has been a dominate force all season, earned the No. 1 seed. Musselman earned No. 2, while Spring Mills and Martinsburg are Nos. 3 and 4.

The Eagles host the Bulldogs tonight at 7 p.m., while the Cardinals head to Musselman.

Hedgesville (24-8) swept Martinsburg in their two matchups this season as well as sweeping both Spring Mills and Musselman throughout the year. Against Martinsburg, the Eagles picked up wins of 14-4 and 10-0.

The Eagles are strong on both sides of the field with a strong pitching rotation and a strong lineup. Emma Turner leads the offense with a .474 average, while Avery Conner, Isabella Forte, Alexis Myers, Miranda Payne, Kelsey Turben, Ashlyn Ruest and Kailan Haught has all added strong bats behind her. All eight players are hitting better than .350.

Forte has been key for runs, leading the area with 44 RBI and 15 doubles, while Alexis Barnhart leads the area with six home runs.

In the circle, Payne and Turner are a dynamic duo, leading the area with 12 and nine wins, respectively. The pair has struck out a combined 128 batters. Payne is among area leaders with a 2.08 ERA.

Martinsburg, on the other hand, has seen its share of growing pains, sitting at 1-13. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs have started to see some improvement throughout the season. Carly Rice and Ellie Eversole have seen some big hits late in the season, while pitcher Jordan Bohrer has been a leader on the time for some time now.

In the other Section 1 game, it could be a tight matchup. The Applemen swept the season series with a 6-5 and an 11-0 win, but the Cardinals have been coming on strong as the end of the season grows nearer.

Musselman has a strong core of players who are solid both offensively and defensively. At the plate, KK Ambrose has been key, hitting .443 to lead the team, while Mikky Davis, Brianne Stocks, Kiana Bagnell and Kelly Mahoney have provided tough performances as well. Stocks and Ambrose have also been key in the circle with six and four wins, respectively. Stocks 51 strikeouts lead the team, while she has an ERA of 4.44 to pace the Applemen.

The Cardinals are led by Keeliegh Megargee and Taylor Harper. The pair is hitting .525 and .526, respectively, and Megargee is among area leaders with five homers and five triples this year. Jordan Grimes and Emily Cole provide two more solid bats for Spring Mills. Coles driven in 30 runs, while Harper leads the team with 33 RBI.

Grimes and Harper are the Cardinals go-to pitchers with Grimes leading the area with 68 strikeouts. Both have been solid down the stretch and will be looking to put the strong Musselman offense to the test.

The two losing teams will face off Wednesday night at the higher seed as will the two winnings teams in a double-elimination tournament.

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Washington is the team to beat in the Section 2, which also features Hampshire and Jefferson. The Patriots earned the No. 1 seed after finishing the regular season 22-1 and having swept both of their sectional foes. The Cougars played Spring Mills late Monday to wrap up their regular season, and the Trojans have seen some struggles this season.

Washington virtually mercy-ruled its way through the season with a stacked lineup and tough pitching. Kylie Condon leads the team in average, hitting .545, but Hannah Ruffner, Brittany Cenate, Taylor Cenate, Madi Cenate, Madison Carlisle, Katie Dubyak, Mackenzie Myers, Jordyn Brown and Sophie Crowder have also been big offensive producers. Everyone on the team is hitting better than .300.

Pitching-wise, the Patriots have a three-headed monster in Brown, Taylor Cenate and Ruffner. The trio leads the area in ERA with Brown at .38, Taylor Cenate at 1.57 and Ruffner at 1.65. The group has spread the wins evenly with Taylor Cenate at eight and Brown and Ruffner at seven.

The pitching rotation hasnt recorded quite as many strikeouts as other staffs, but theyve relied on a tough defense behind them to outscore opponents 255-24.

Washington will await the winner of Wednesday nights game between No. 2 Jefferson and No. 3 Hampshire.

Jefferson has seen some success throughout the season, including beating Hampshire in their only matchup 12-0.

Rachel Cunningham leads the Cougar bats and the area with a .554 average, while Ashtin Hoover (.434) and Isabella OBannion (.377) have also been tough at the plate. Maddy Edwards has also put up decent numbers, including hitting seven doubles this season.

The pitching staff is led by Chloe Munslow, who has a 3.67 ERA and four wins. Shes also struck out 30. Hoover also has three wins in the circle.

For Hampshire, Kira Odom and Shyann Strawdermann provide strong senior leadership in addition to their talents on the field. Both are solid hitters who help lead the Trojans. Strawdermann is also a leader in the circle for the Trojans.

The loser of Jefferson and Hampshires game will play at Washington on Thursday as the three teams work their way through a double-elimination format.

Roundup: Jefferson softball wraps up regular season with win over Cards
Apr 30, 2019

SPRING MILLS — The Jefferson softball team held off Spring Mills in the regular-season finale for both teams on Monday.

The Cougars held a 3-2 lead after one inning, but the Cardinals managed to even the score in the second. Jefferson put up three runs to start to pull away in the third. The Cougars outscored Spring Mills 4-2 over the final four innings to hold on.

Ashley Palmer led the Cougars’ nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort and two RBI. Lacie Lewis added two hits and two RBI, while Makenzie Daniels also had a pair of hits.

Emily Cole led the Cardinals with four hits, while Keeliegh Megargee and Taylor Harper each drove in two runs.

The Cougars took advantage of six Cardinal errors to improve to 11-12.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Hedgesville 14, Washington 2

CHARLES TOWN — Hedgesville jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 14-2 win over Washington, improving to 17-8.

The Eagles led 7-2 after three innings and added four in the fifth and three in the seventh to seal the win. Hedgesville capitalized on a 13-hit attack and a pair of Patriot errors.

Jameson Matthew led the Hedgesville offense with three hits, while Chase DeLauter and Brady Weaver each added two. DeLauter drove in three runs, and Matthew and Weaver each knocked in two.

Ryan Frye got the win for the Eagles, going six innings and striking out four.

The Patriots fell to 1-21.

Jefferson 13, Spring Mills 1

SPRING MILLS — A 12-run fourth inning helped Jefferson pull away for a 13-1 win over Spring Mills.

The Cougars scored once in the first, and the Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the second. The double-digit inning sealed the win for Jefferson.

Despite the lopsided win, the Cougars had just six hits, and Hayden Stang was the only Cougar with multiple hits, having a 2-for-4 night. He drove in four runs. Chase Anderson knocked in three, while Coleson Titus and Mason Lantz each had two RBI.

The Cardinals were held to just two hits, both singles. Corey Hammond and Aidan Moss each had one hit.

James Walsh picked up the win for Jefferson, going four innings and allowing just one hit and one run (none earned). He struck out seven.

Martinsburg 9, Moorefield 5

MARTINSBURG —Martinsburg used a three-run sixth inning to pull away for a 9-5 victory over Moorefield.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first, third and fifth innings to pull away. Moorefield had a four-run fourth to even the score, but Martinsburg was able to regain the lead in the fifth.

Martinsburg added another three runs in the sixth and worked its way out of a jam when Moorefield added a run in the seventh.

Grant Harman led the Bulldogs with a 4-for-4 effort with an RBI, while Nick Wright and Ashton Staubs each had two hits. Staubs drove in three runs, and Wright two.

Staubs also picked up the win, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits. He struck out eight.
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Attorney: Audio should be admitted in Berkeley County abuse case
By Kelsie LeRose klerose@journal-news.net

MARTINSBURG — Last week, defendants in a case involving allegations of verbal and possible physical abuse against special needs students at Berkeley Heights Elementary filed a motion to exclude an audio recording of the alleged abuse. One mother’s attorney is speaking out on why it should be admitted as evidence in the case.

In February, Amber Pack, mother of a 6-year-old victim, filed a lawsuit against the Berkeley County Board of Education and four school employees related to the allegations. The lawsuit specifically names Berkeley Heights employees Christina Lester, school teacher; June Yurish and Kristin Douty, teacher’s aides; and Amber Boeckmann, principal.

In October, the lawsuit filed in Berkeley County Circuit court said, Lester, Yurish and Douty “verbally and physically” abused Pack’s daughter, who is autistic and nonverbal, and other students.

Evidence of this was obtained through an audio recording from a device that was placed in the child’s hair after she showed signs of emotional distress and cried before and after school, according to the lawsuit. Pack was also suspicious about bruises on the child’s arm.

The motion raised issues of privacy — saying the recording violates state and federal wire-tapping laws — and requested excluding the use of the audio tape as evidence at any future hearings or trial in the case.

According to the motion, the West Virginia Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act prohibits the “intentional interception or attempted interception” of any oral or electronic communication. The Wiretap Act also prohibits procuring another person to intercept or attempt to intercept any oral or electronic communication.

Pack’s attorney Ben Salango said Tuesday a number of courts have concluded there is “no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public classroom for a number of reasons.”

“There are two-way intercom systems so people in the office can listen anytime they want; there are numerous people in the classroom...; and the parents sign consent forms permitting videotaping in the classroom and on the school bus,” he explained. “So there is no reasonable expectation of privacy that defeats any arguments that the audio tape was illegal.”

Salango added West Virginia is a one-party consent state and parents are permitted to consent on behalf of their children if they suspect abuse.

Salango said the Board of Education had pursued legal action against Pack through a third-party lawsuit.

According to the originally filed complaint, the board requested a preliminary injunction preventing Pack from “further use and disclosure of the audio recording” pending the outcome of the board’s declaratory judgment action for the audio not to be used further.

However on Tuesday evening, The Journal received a copy of a notice of voluntary dismissal of the third-party complaint and counterclaim provided by defense counsel for the Board of Education.

“The board filed these actions — that do not seek money damages or any other penalties — for the sole purpose of seeking the court’s ruling on the critical legal issue of whether the audio recordings in this matter were obtained and used in violation of the West Virginia Wiretap Act and/or federal law,” the dismissal said.

The dismissal continues by saying whether the recordings are admissible is an “important legal issue” that all parties need to know at the outset of this litigation.

Subsequent to the board’s pleadings, other named defendants filed suits that seek the same, records said.

“The court’s rulings on the other defendants’ claims will adequately inform and guide the board’s actions and decisions regarding its legal obligations for possessing and properly using or not using the audio recordings at issue in this case,” the board’s dismissal said.

Salango said these individuals have also requested injunctive relief to keep the tape from being used in the litigation.

“Basically they got caught red-handed and are trying to find a way out,” Salango said.

In March, two Berkeley County mothers filed a second civil lawsuit in the case, which was against the Berkeley County Board of Education, former Superintendent Manny Arvon and seven school employees.

The board had also filed a counterclaim in this case, which has also been voluntarily dismissed. However, subsequently the other named defendants also filed suits that seek the court’s determination on the legal issue whether the recordings should be admissible.

Although the lawsuits were filed separately, due to the similarities in the two lawsuits, the cases will be consolidated, according to court records.

A motion hearing has been scheduled for June 7, according to Salango and court records. Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Laura Faircloth will preside.
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Attorney: Audio should be admitted in Berkeley County abuse case
By Kelsie LeRose klerose@journal-news.net
 
MARTINSBURG — Last week, defendants in a case involving allegations of verbal and possible physical abuse against special needs students at Berkeley Heights Elementary filed a motion to exclude an audio recording of the alleged abuse. One mother’s attorney is speaking out on why it should be admitted as evidence in the case.

In February, Amber Pack, mother of a 6-year-old victim, filed a lawsuit against the Berkeley County Board of Education and four school employees related to the allegations. The lawsuit specifically names Berkeley Heights employees Christina Lester, school teacher; June Yurish and Kristin Douty, teacher’s aides; and Amber Boeckmann, principal.

In October, the lawsuit filed in Berkeley County Circuit court said, Lester, Yurish and Douty “verbally and physically” abused Pack’s daughter, who is autistic and nonverbal, and other students.

Evidence of this was obtained through an audio recording from a device that was placed in the child’s hair after she showed signs of emotional distress and cried before and after school, according to the lawsuit. Pack was also suspicious about bruises on the child’s arm.

The motion raised issues of privacy — saying the recording violates state and federal wire-tapping laws — and requested excluding the use of the audio tape as evidence at any future hearings or trial in the case.

According to the motion, the West Virginia Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act prohibits the “intentional interception or attempted interception” of any oral or electronic communication. The Wiretap Act also prohibits procuring another person to intercept or attempt to intercept any oral or electronic communication.

Pack’s attorney Ben Salango said Tuesday a number of courts have concluded there is “no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public classroom for a number of reasons.”

“There are two-way intercom systems so people in the office can listen anytime they want; there are numerous people in the classroom...; and the parents sign consent forms permitting videotaping in the classroom and on the school bus,” he explained. “So there is no reasonable expectation of privacy that defeats any arguments that the audio tape was illegal.”

Salango added West Virginia is a one-party consent state and parents are permitted to consent on behalf of their children if they suspect abuse.

Salango said the Board of Education had pursued legal action against Pack through a third-party lawsuit.

According to the originally filed complaint, the board requested a preliminary injunction preventing Pack from “further use and disclosure of the audio recording” pending the outcome of the board’s declaratory judgment action for the audio not to be used further.

However on Tuesday evening, The Journal received a copy of a notice of voluntary dismissal of the third-party complaint and counterclaim provided by defense counsel for the Board of Education.

“The board filed these actions — that do not seek money damages or any other penalties — for the sole purpose of seeking the court’s ruling on the critical legal issue of whether the audio recordings in this matter were obtained and used in violation of the West Virginia Wiretap Act and/or federal law,” the dismissal said.

The dismissal continues by saying whether the recordings are admissible is an “important legal issue” that all parties need to know at the outset of this litigation.

Subsequent to the board’s pleadings, other named defendants filed suits that seek the same, records said.

“The court’s rulings on the other defendants’ claims will adequately inform and guide the board’s actions and decisions regarding its legal obligations for possessing and properly using or not using the audio recordings at issue in this case,” the board’s dismissal said.

Salango said these individuals have also requested injunctive relief to keep the tape from being used in the litigation.

“Basically they got caught red-handed and are trying to find a way out,” Salango said.

In March, two Berkeley County mothers filed a second civil lawsuit in the case, which was against the Berkeley County Board of Education, former Superintendent Manny Arvon and seven school employees.

The board had also filed a counterclaim in this case, which has also been voluntarily dismissed. However, subsequently the other named defendants also filed suits that seek the court’s determination on the legal issue whether the recordings should be admissible.

Although the lawsuits were filed separately, due to the similarities in the two lawsuits, the cases will be consolidated, according to court records.

A motion hearing has been scheduled for June 7, according to Salango and court records. Twenty-third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Laura Faircloth will preside.

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Berkeley and Jefferson Medical Centers part of 37 hospital suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

MARTINSBURG — On Monday, 27 hospitals across West Virginia, as well as 10 affiliated hospitals in Kentucky, filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and co-conspirators for damages to the hospital, directly and monetarily, due to the opioid epidemic.

The 341-page lawsuit was filed in Marshall County against marketing companies, distributors, National Retail Pharmacies — including CVS, Rite-Aid of Maryland, Inc., the Kroger Co., Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., Walmart, Inc. — Carl N. Hooker and the defendant’s agents and affiliated persons, according to the lawsuit sent to The Journal.

“This blockbuster lawsuit opens a new front in the war against opioids, as it shifts the focus to West Virginia and the Appalachian region, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic,” said a news release sent by Stephen B. Farmer with Farmer, Cline, and Campbell, PLLC. “The complaint sets forth evidence of criminal conspiracy that has devastated West Virginia and tens of thousands of its families.”

The hospitals in the lawsuit are seeking justice for West Virginia, where the epidemic has done so much harm, the release said.

All hospitals in the lawsuit include: West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc.; Charleston Area Medical Center Health System, Inc.; Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.; Bluefield Hospital Company, LLC; City Hospital, Inc. (dba Berkeley Medical Center); Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital Corporation; Charles Town General Hospital (dba Jefferson Medical Center); Davis Health System, Inc.; Broaddus Hospital Association; David Memorial Hospital; Grafton City Hospital, Inc.; Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, LLC; Monongalia County General Hospital Company (dba Mon Health Medical Center); Monongalia Health System, Inc.; Oak Hill Clinic Corp.; Potomac Valley Hospital of W.Va., Inc.; Preston Memorial Hospital Corporation; Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc.; St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon, Inc.; Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Company; and United Hospital Center, Inc.

“West Virginia hospitals are at the front line of the opioid epidemic, and our ability to deliver care has been compromised because of the enormous amount of resources we have had to dedicate to treating those affected by it,” said Ronald Pellegrino, M.D., chief operating officer at WVU Hospitals in the press release. “This is a big step toward asking that the responsible parties be held accountable for the role they’ve played in this crisis.”

According to the lawsuit, between 2001 and 2015, 7,209 people died from overdoses in West Virginia. The number of people who died from overdoses in West Virginia in 2016 (884) is more than four times the number of people who died in 2001 (212). In each of 2015, 2016 and 2017, West Virginia had the highest opioid drug overdose rate in the country.

“The economic distress occurring in West Virginia and the Appalachia region triggered a sense of hopelessness, which exacerbated the opioid crisis,” the lawsuit said. “Abuse of prescription pain medication is especially widespread among the growing ranks of out-of-work miners, who were often prescribed opioid medications to deal with the rigors of the job.”

In addition to these statistics, the lawsuit discussed the “heartbreaking tragedies” the community and West Virginia families are facing.

“Many grieving families have been financially tapped out by the costs of repeated cycles of addiction treatment programs; other have lost hope and given up. The increasing number of cases takes both a physical and mental toll on investigators, first-responders, and hospitals such as plaintiffs,” the lawsuit said. “As communities work to restore their lives, the opioid epidemic continues to outpace their efforts.”

Grounds for relief in the case include: the marketing defendants’ “false, deceptive and unfair marketing of opioids;” the defendants throughout the supply chain “deliberately disregarded their duties to maintain effective controls and to identify, report and take steps to halt suspicious orders;” and the defendants’ “unlawful conduct and breaches of legal duties cause the harm and substantial damage alleged herein.”

The lawsuit requests an amount of relief to be determined by a jury for compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages. It also requests all the costs of this action, including prejudgment interest, post-judgment interest, costs and expenses, attorney fees and such other relief as this Court deems just and equitable.
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Berkeley and Jefferson Medical Centers part of 37 hospital suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

MARTINSBURG — On Monday, 27 hospitals across West Virginia, as well as 10 affiliated hospitals in Kentucky, filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and co-conspirators for damages to the hospital, directly and monetarily, due to the opioid epidemic.

The 341-page lawsuit was filed in Marshall County against marketing companies, distributors, National Retail Pharmacies — including CVS, Rite-Aid of Maryland, Inc., the Kroger Co., Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., Walmart, Inc. — Carl N. Hooker and the defendant’s agents and affiliated persons, according to the lawsuit sent to The Journal.

“This blockbuster lawsuit opens a new front in the war against opioids, as it shifts the focus to West Virginia and the Appalachian region, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic,” said a news release sent by Stephen B. Farmer with Farmer, Cline, and Campbell, PLLC. “The complaint sets forth evidence of criminal conspiracy that has devastated West Virginia and tens of thousands of its families.”

The hospitals in the lawsuit are seeking justice for West Virginia, where the epidemic has done so much harm, the release said.

All hospitals in the lawsuit include: West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc.; Charleston Area Medical Center Health System, Inc.; Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.; Bluefield Hospital Company, LLC; City Hospital, Inc. (dba Berkeley Medical Center); Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital Corporation; Charles Town General Hospital (dba Jefferson Medical Center); Davis Health System, Inc.; Broaddus Hospital Association; David Memorial Hospital; Grafton City Hospital, Inc.; Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, LLC; Monongalia County General Hospital Company (dba Mon Health Medical Center); Monongalia Health System, Inc.; Oak Hill Clinic Corp.; Potomac Valley Hospital of W.Va., Inc.; Preston Memorial Hospital Corporation; Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Inc.; St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon, Inc.; Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Company; and United Hospital Center, Inc.

“West Virginia hospitals are at the front line of the opioid epidemic, and our ability to deliver care has been compromised because of the enormous amount of resources we have had to dedicate to treating those affected by it,” said Ronald Pellegrino, M.D., chief operating officer at WVU Hospitals in the press release. “This is a big step toward asking that the responsible parties be held accountable for the role they’ve played in this crisis.”

According to the lawsuit, between 2001 and 2015, 7,209 people died from overdoses in West Virginia. The number of people who died from overdoses in West Virginia in 2016 (884) is more than four times the number of people who died in 2001 (212). In each of 2015, 2016 and 2017, West Virginia had the highest opioid drug overdose rate in the country.

“The economic distress occurring in West Virginia and the Appalachia region triggered a sense of hopelessness, which exacerbated the opioid crisis,” the lawsuit said. “Abuse of prescription pain medication is especially widespread among the growing ranks of out-of-work miners, who were often prescribed opioid medications to deal with the rigors of the job.”

In addition to these statistics, the lawsuit discussed the “heartbreaking tragedies” the community and West Virginia families are facing.

“Many grieving families have been financially tapped out by the costs of repeated cycles of addiction treatment programs; other have lost hope and given up. The increasing number of cases takes both a physical and mental toll on investigators, first-responders, and hospitals such as plaintiffs,” the lawsuit said. “As communities work to restore their lives, the opioid epidemic continues to outpace their efforts.”

Grounds for relief in the case include: the marketing defendants’ “false, deceptive and unfair marketing of opioids;” the defendants throughout the supply chain “deliberately disregarded their duties to maintain effective controls and to identify, report and take steps to halt suspicious orders;” and the defendants’ “unlawful conduct and breaches of legal duties cause the harm and substantial damage alleged herein.”

The lawsuit requests an amount of relief to be determined by a jury for compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages. It also requests all the costs of this action, including prejudgment interest, post-judgment interest, costs and expenses, attorney fees and such other relief as this Court deems just and equitable.

June Jubilee
June 9, 2019
War Memorial Park
Martinsburg, WV 25401
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June Jubilee
June 9, 2019
War Memorial Park
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Date:
May 25
Time:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Main Street Events
Website:
Martinsburg Wine Fest
Venue:
Downtown Martinsburg
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Date:
May 25
Time:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Main Street Events
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/MartinsburgWineFest/
Venue:
Downtown Martinsburg

The annual Irie Wine Festival is returning and will debut at a new location, the historic Martinsburg Roundhouse. The festival will feature Jamaica reggae artist Conkarah, Jah Works, and another band to be announced later.

There will be over 100 wines from all over the world and more than 12 craft beers and ciders on tap. There will also be great Caribbean food from Island Bliss and various other food selections, and many art and craft vendors to choose from, as well as fun things to do for kids such as; moon bounces, mechanical bull, face painting and more!

This is guaranteed to be a great time, as this year's festival at a new location; a 50,000 sq ft historical complex known as The Martinsburg Roundhouse.

When: May 18, 2019; Noon - 8:00 pm

Where: Martinsburg Roundhouse via The Caperton Train Station, 229 E Martin St, Martinsburg, WV
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The annual Irie Wine Festival is returning and will debut at a new location, the historic Martinsburg Roundhouse. The festival will feature Jamaica reggae artist Conkarah, Jah Works, and another band to be announced later.

 There will be over 100 wines from all over the world and more than 12 craft beers and ciders on tap. There will also be great Caribbean food from Island Bliss and various other food selections, and many art and craft vendors to choose from, as well as fun things to do for kids such as; moon bounces, mechanical bull, face painting and more! 

This is guaranteed to be a great time, as this years festival at a new location; a 50,000 sq ft historical complex known as The Martinsburg Roundhouse. 

When: May 18, 2019; Noon - 8:00 pm

Where: Martinsburg Roundhouse via The Caperton Train Station, 229 E Martin St, Martinsburg, WV

Help Relay For Life of Berkeley County paint the park purple. This event will include bands, vendors, games, yard sale, food, and the return of the High Heel Race! This event is free and open to the public! ... See MoreSee Less

Help Relay For Life of Berkeley County paint the park purple. This event will include bands, vendors, games, yard sale, food, and the return of the High Heel Race! This event is free and open to the public!

Sun, Jun 2 – Mon, Jun 3
Orr's Farm Market
682 Orr Dr, Martinsburg, WV
From Festivalnet.com: Celebrating it's 12th year on June 2nd and 3rd.
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Sun, Jun 2 – Mon, Jun 3
Orrs Farm Market
682 Orr Dr, Martinsburg, WV
From Festivalnet.com: Celebrating its 12th year on June 2nd and 3rd.

Date:
June 15
Time:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Website:
Visit Event Website

Venue

Martinsburg Town Square
110 E King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401 United States
Phone:
304-262-4200

Organizer

Tony M. Music & Arts Foundation
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Date:
    June 15 
Time:
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Website:
    Visit Event Website

Venue

    Martinsburg Town Square 
    110 E King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401 United States
Phone:
    304-262-4200 

Organizer

    Tony M. Music & Arts Foundation

Description

The Great Catsby 2 will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10am-4pm at the Historic Roundhouse in Martinsburg WV.

A Free Family-Friendly Fundraiser Event to Benefit Local Cat Rescue: Pat's Little Angels.
Activities for All Ages!
Silent Auction | Vendors, Artists, Crafts & Authors | Rescues & Animal Based Organizations | Face Painting | Animal Spirit Readings | Live Music By Tony M. Music | Fashion Shows | Food & Much More!

Come dressed in your purrfect cat themed outfit ready to shake your tail on the cat-walk. Stay for the Cat Costume Fashion Show featuring the adorable cats from Pat's Little Angels Rescue. Mewsic provided by CJ's Music Masters
And much, much more!

Free Admission - Donation of cat food or supplies greatly appreciated.
Follow us for updates! www.facebook.com/events/2104940726265540/

Rain or Shine (indoor event) At the event, park at and enter through the train station @100 East Liberty Street. *No outside pets permitted*

If you would like information about being a vendor or volunteer at the event, please email us at martinsburggreatcatsby@gmail.com or message us on facebook. Thanks for your support!
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Description

The Great Catsby 2 will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10am-4pm at the Historic Roundhouse in Martinsburg WV.

A Free Family-Friendly Fundraiser Event to Benefit Local Cat Rescue: Pats Little Angels.
Activities for All Ages!
Silent Auction | Vendors, Artists, Crafts & Authors | Rescues & Animal Based Organizations | Face Painting | Animal Spirit Readings | Live Music By Tony M. Music | Fashion Shows | Food & Much More!

Come dressed in your purrfect cat themed outfit ready to shake your tail on the cat-walk. Stay for the Cat Costume Fashion Show featuring the adorable cats from Pats Little Angels Rescue. Mewsic provided by CJs Music Masters
And much, much more!

Free Admission - Donation of cat food or supplies greatly appreciated.
Follow us for updates! https://www.facebook.com/events/2104940726265540/

Rain or Shine (indoor event) At the event, park at and enter through the train station @100 East Liberty Street. *No outside pets permitted*

If you would like information about being a vendor or volunteer at the event, please email us at martinsburggreatcatsby@gmail.com or message us on facebook. Thanks for your support!

Are you an employer looking to recruit a skilled, industry-certified workforce to grow your business? The West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Development Office’s Apprenticeship In Motion (AIM) Initiative is hosting a series of Reverse Job Fairs at Career Technical Education (CTE) Centers across the Mountain State.

The Reverse Job Fair is a spin on the traditional job fair where CTE Simulated Workplace students will setup industry specific program booths to showcase their technical skills, portfolios, and talents to employers who are looking to hire skilled workers. Join us for the opportunity to engage with senior CTE students and learn more about the high-quality technical education programs and training with specialized equipment students receive to meet your business needs.

Who should attend?

Small business owners
Senior business leaders
Company representatives
Human Resources executives
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Are you an employer looking to recruit a skilled, industry-certified workforce to grow your business? The West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Development Office’s Apprenticeship In Motion (AIM) Initiative is hosting a series of Reverse Job Fairs at Career Technical Education (CTE) Centers across the Mountain State.

The Reverse Job Fair is a spin on the traditional job fair where CTE Simulated Workplace students will setup industry specific program booths to showcase their technical skills, portfolios, and talents to employers who are looking to hire skilled workers. Join us for the opportunity to engage with senior CTE students and learn more about the high-quality technical education programs and training with specialized equipment students receive to meet your business needs.

Who should attend?

    Small business owners
    Senior business leaders
    Company representatives
    Human Resources executives

Greenfields Farm Market

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10:00am

Greenfields Farm Market
135 Copperhead Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25401
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Rankin Physical Therapy taking care of local High School Football Players @ The Mid-Atlantic Combine at Handley High School.
#RankinPT #Football
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Rankin Physical Therapy @ Mid-Atlantic Combine
#RankinPT #MidAtlanticCombine. #HandleyHighSchool. #HighSchoolFootball
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At Rankin Physical Therapy we bring the best physical therapists together to help you with your rehabilitation needs. We offer the finest professional team with diverse experiences and interests combined with enthusiasm and compassion. Together, we strive to create a positive atmosphere from the first time you walk in our door. You can have confidence in our ability to help you with your therapy needs and to get you back to doing the activities you love.

Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness
Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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At Rankin Physical Therapy we bring the best physical therapists together to help you with your rehabilitation needs. We offer the finest professional team with diverse experiences and interests combined with enthusiasm and compassion. Together, we strive to create a positive atmosphere from the first time you walk in our door. You can have confidence in our ability to help you with your therapy needs and to get you back to doing the activities you love.

Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness
Berkeley Springs  304.258.1300
Hagerstown  301.790.9999
Hedgesville  304.754.6000
Inwood  304.229.1010
Martinsburg  304.267.0866
Shepherdstown  304.876.1000
Spring Mills  304.274.0123

We are a private practice physical therapy company which has been serving patients since 2001. We look forward to providing you with excellent care and helping you achieve your goals. Rankin Physical Therapy is a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals with extensive clinical experience, the latest training, and a commitment to your well-being. Our licensed therapists have the knowledge and experience to treat individuals of all ages and activity levels. We currently offer physical therapy at the following locations: Spring Mills, Inwood, Hedgesville, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, North Hagerstown, and South Hagerstown. Call us today, or stop by, and see why we are the area’s leading physical therapy provider. ... See MoreSee Less

We are a private practice physical therapy company which has been serving patients since 2001. We look forward to providing you with excellent care and helping you achieve your goals. Rankin Physical Therapy is a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals with extensive clinical experience, the latest training, and a commitment to your well-being. Our licensed therapists have the knowledge and experience to treat individuals of all ages and activity levels. We currently offer physical therapy at the following locations: Spring Mills, Inwood, Hedgesville, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, North Hagerstown, and South Hagerstown. Call us today, or stop by, and see why we are the area’s leading physical therapy provider.

Who’s ready for the NFL Draft?
#trevonwesco #nflbound #RankinPT
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Who’s ready for the NFL Draft?
#trevonwesco  #nflbound  #RankinPT

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Happy Easter from the staff at Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness

We are a private practice physical therapy company which has been serving patients since 2001. We look forward to providing you with excellent care and helping you achieve your goals. Rankin Physical Therapy is a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals with extensive clinical experience, the latest training, and a commitment to your well-being. Our licensed therapists have the knowledge and experience to treat individuals of all ages and activity levels. We currently offer physical therapy at the following locations: Spring Mills, Inwood, Hedgesville, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, North Hagerstown, and South Hagerstown. Call us today, or stop by, and see why we are the area’s leading physical therapy provider. ... See MoreSee Less

We are a private practice physical therapy company which has been serving patients since 2001. We look forward to providing you with excellent care and helping you achieve your goals. Rankin Physical Therapy is a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals with extensive clinical experience, the latest training, and a commitment to your well-being. Our licensed therapists have the knowledge and experience to treat individuals of all ages and activity levels. We currently offer physical therapy at the following locations: Spring Mills, Inwood, Hedgesville, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, North Hagerstown, and South Hagerstown. Call us today, or stop by, and see why we are the area’s leading physical therapy provider.