MAN HELD ON KIDNAPPING CHARGE

Berkeley Springs resident Kenneth Eugene Merchant II is being held without bond, after the Morgan County Sheriff and a deputy rescued his girlfriend from a home there on Monday. An eyewitness notified police about the possible abduction of a woman on Tabor Road. Sheriff K.C. Bohrer and a deputy arrived at the home, but Merchant refused to allow them into the residence. Once inside, they found a woman with visible injuries to her face. Merchant tried to flee but was apprehended. He faces charges of kidnapping and possible counts of domestic battery and assaulting an officer.