News | | June 3, 2012
A fight filmed on the steps of the historic Berkeley County Courthouse played out on televisions across the country Sunday night as part of TLC's “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.” Two young Romanichal gypsy women shoved and punched each other following a wedding in the reality series that depicts the everyday lives of families like Mellie Stanley's. She was charged with disorderly conduct after the brawl. Cameras caught Mellie and the maid of honor, Diamond, in what Mellie called “a huge argument.” It centered around comments allegedly made about the bride's mother-in-law.
February 25, 2011
A Hagerstown soldier accused of killing an unarmed Afghan civilian last September was an exemplary leader who showed solid judgment and looked out for his men, an eyewitness to the incident told Army officials in military proceedings. Spc. Charles Miller testified during an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury, that Sgt. Derrick Miller, 27, was a "squared away" soldier who acted "reasonably in pressure situations. " "I wouldn't question his judgment if he believed the use of deadly force was necessary," Charles Miller said.
November 1, 2012
An anonymous letter-writing campaign against Washington County Board of Education President Wayne Ridenour picked up steam this week, days before the Nov. 6 election, with copies of the most recent letter sent to at least one teacher in at least three schools. Ridenour said Wednesday that since the fall of 2011 he had received three anonymous letters and one postcard. “I'm upset,” Ridenour said Wednesday. He said he thinks sending the anonymous letters to teachers has “crossed a line.” In general, the letters have stated that a group is working toward removing Ridenour from the board and from his post as board president.
May 26, 2013
Maryland's new gun law is set to take effect in October, and gun owners and gun-store employees are scrambling to figure out what the 62-page bill will mean to them. Tim Hafer, a manager at the Downsville Gun Shop and owner of Hafer's Gunsmithing, said the bill is confusing. The bill is written for “lawyers and judges,” he said. “A regular person will not be able to decipher it ... there are questions about everything ... what they will be able to buy and what they won't,” Hafer said.
October 24, 2012
Susan Kay Miller, of 1098 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, as a result of a motorcycle accident. Born and lived in Hagerstown her whole life, she was the daughter of James and Verna Ensminger of Hagerstown. She was a 1975 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Terry E. Miller; one daughter, Melody Susan Miller; one son, Timothy Eugene Miller; one sister, Sandy Lewis; five grandchildren, Matthew Lintz, Aiden Lintz, Khloe Presgraves, Nathan Miller and Gabrielle Miller; stepdaughter, Sherie Kershner and husband, Lance; and numerous nieces and nephews.