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News | By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 25, 2011
A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former Martinsburg attorney to five years of probation for her part in an alleged scheme to be paid for court-appointed work that was not done. Heidi J. Silver Myers, 32, pleaded guilty in April 2010, to one count of aiding and abetting mail fraud and one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud, but the court deferred acceptance of the plea until sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti told U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Preston Bailey in Tuesday's sentencing hearing that since entering the plea, Myers provided "substantial" assistance to the government in preparing to prosecute co-defendant, Nancy P. Burkhart.
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By ANGELICA ROBERTS | June 30, 2008
Editor's note: The following story about the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army Base is one in an occasional series of stories about some of the treasures of Washington County's past. CASCADE - What was to become Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade started out as the Buena Vista Ice Co., became a National Guard camp and then was taken over by the U.S. Army to train soldiers in military intelligence and psychological warfare during World War II. It wound up its military years as a command center for Site R, a government installation known locally as the Underground Pentagon, built under Raven Rock Mountain in neighboring Pennsylvania.
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By DAVE McMILLION | September 19, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- Pirates? In Williamsport? Mayor James G. McCleaf II figures there was probably some connection, given the town's proximity to the Potomac River. "I'm sure there were pirates on the river at one time, but that was a long time ago," McCleaf said. The town was home to the scraggly characters Sunday as people dressed up like them in the town's first Pirate's Plunder event. Town officials wanted to have an event to attract people downtown and see improvements that have been made in its business district, McCleaf said.
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December 28, 1999
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Truckers at the Travel Port truck stop in Greencastle showed little concern Tuesday over a Pennsylvania law that took effect last week making it illegal to stay in the left lane on major roads. The law forces drivers to use the lane "nearest the right-hand edge of the roadway," except to pass or to make a left turn - and then for only two miles before making the turn.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2011
As a dome of sweltering heat, dense humidity and bright sunlight pushes eastward, experts are urging everyone, not just those at high risk, to take precautions. "When you get all three together - heat, humidity and sun - it makes the trifecta, and it really increases your chances of getting ill," according to Stacey Talbert, a registered nurse at Meritus Medical Center emergency department. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene activated its heat emergency plan this week, warning localities and residents to prepare.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 15, 2004
KEEDYSVILLE andrews@herald-mail.com A community movement to overshadow hate with tolerance was launched Wednesday, six weeks before the Ku Klux Klan is scheduled to march in Sharpsburg. About 50 people gathered at Salem United Methodist Church of Keedysville to talk about events and attitudes that can counter the Klan's public demonstration on Aug. 28. The Rev. Malcolm Stranathan of Salem United stressed that the community should not confront the Klan head-on.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | February 4, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Air Force One landed Friday at Hagerstown Regional Airport, marking the first time a Boeing 747 has touched down at the airport since the runway extension was built, airport officials said. President Bush was on his way to Camp David when his plane landed at the airport just before 5 p.m. because of the threat of inclement weather, said Greg Larsen, the airport's business development manager. Bush, who was at the airport for less than 10 minutes, was transferred to a motorcade for the rest of the trip, Larsen said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2011
Motorists driving by might assume they are some kind of highway department markers. Those small numbered white obelisks emblazoned with Confederate flags mark spots, or near spots, where incidents, skirmishes or significant battles took place in Jefferson County during the Civil War. In 1910, the local United Confederate Veterans, Jefferson County Camp No. 123, forerunner of today's 50-member local Sons of Confederate Veterans, installed 25...
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 22, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Seven proposed residential subdivisions in Berkeley County have been pulled from the Planning Commission's approval process after officials determined a health department sanitarian charged with bribery and extortion earlier this month had inspected the sites. A total of 53 residential lots in the developments up for preliminary plat approval were affected by the Berkeley County Board of Health's decision on Monday to have Berkeley County Health (Department)
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by PEPPER BALLARD | July 31, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com Mercy was given a second time Friday to a 21-year-old Williamsport man who was sentenced in February to a year in jail for killing his childhood friend during an August 2003 drunken driving accident. Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ordered that Bryan Lee Markell be released from jail after Markell's attorney, Gregory Bannon, reported that his client has served about five months of his sentence and had completed a jail substance abuse program.
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By DON AINES | August 23, 2010
A Maryland State Police sergeant and a former girlfriend have filed criminal complaints against one another -- she claiming he pointed a gun at her earlier this month and he alleging she trespassed on his property. On Aug. 8, Sarah E. Britton sought charges of first- and second-degree assault against Sgt. Timothy J. McKenrick in an Aug. 6 incident, Washington County District Court records show. On Aug. 18, McKenrick filed a complaint seeking to charge Britton with third- and fourth-degree burglary, trespassing and second-degree assault, court records show.
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By DON AINES | April 11, 2000
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A man and woman who suspected their spouses were having an extramarital affair were charged Tuesday with plotting the death of the woman's husband, who disappeared 15 years ago, Pennsylvania State Police said. cont. from front page Ronald West Harshman, 51, of 11807 Clearview Road, Hagerstown, and Joan Snyder Hall, 56, of 12850 Grant Shook Road, Greencastle, were both charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy in the death of Melvin E. Snyder, who was last seen May 25, 1985.
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BY Christine L. Moats | April 1, 2002
Q: What can I do to prepare for my first doctor's visit without one of my parents? A: To be prepared, do the following: Bring your medical records or have them transferred from your previous doctor's office. Bring your insurance card with you to your visit. Arrive early for your first visit as you will most likely have to fill out paperwork. If you haven't been feeling well, make a list of the symptoms you've been experiencing to share with your doctor. Write down any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss with the doctor.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | August 24, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Red, yellow, orange or pink? Heirloom or hybrid? Does the skin color or breeding of a tomato really indicate whether it's less acidic and does it matter? It's generally assumed that orange or yellow tomatoes are going to be lower in acid than red tomatoes, but that's not necessarily true, says Jon Traunfeld, regional specialist in fruits and vegetables with the Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center in Ellicott City, Md. Some yellow varieties are high-acid and some red are low, local experts say. For example, Jetstar, a red tomato, is low-acid, says Steve Bogash, regional horticulture educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, Pa. Seed catalogs usually note whether a tomato cultivar or variety is low-acid, but people shopping locally for low-acid tomatoes might be pressed to find somebody at a produce stand who knows for a fact whether their tomato is low-acid, Bogash says.
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