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News | 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 | davem@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2012
The room was charged with energy through much of the game as Baltimore Ravens fans jumped to their feet and pumped their fists in the air during the nail-biting AFC championship game against the New England Patriots. Then it came to an end when Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a field goal, ending the team's chances of keeping the game alive with a tie. The Hub City Ravens Roost room in Always Ron's Restaurant & Catering on Burhans Boulevard fell suddenly quiet as fans walked out the doors in disbelief.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2011
Hundreds came out Saturday to honor the memory of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Benjamin Franklin Bitner at a memorial service at Rescue Hose Co. No. 1. Bitner, 37, a native of Greencastle, was killed April 23 in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. As the song "Story of My Life" played in the background, clips of Bitner passed in front of the eyes of more than 400 family members, friends and community members who attended the service. For those who knew him or wanted to know him better, the video helped the crowd honor Bitner's memory on a more personal level.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2012
Feeling horrified and numb, a steady stream of friends of Williamsport High School seniors Brendon Edward Colliflower and Samantha Rae Kelly turned out at the spot along Rench Road on Sunday afternoon where the two sports standouts were killed in an accident the night before. Colliflower, a pitcher on this year's Williamsport High School baseball team, and Kelly, a tennis and volleyball athlete at the school, had been to the high school's prom at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Saturday night.
BREAKINGNEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 3, 2011
Christopher T. Jones was sentenced Thursday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court to a minimum of six years in state prison for the Feb. 25, 2010, shooting death of his wife in their St. Thomas Township, Pa., home. In January, Jones, 31, entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter before Judge Shawn D. Meyers. Jones shot his wife, Kristin Runyon, but said he thought she was an intruder in the 5 a.m. darkness. In their statements to the judge, her family argued Jones was angered that his wife of one year wanted a divorce.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | December 30, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com INWOOD - On the other side of Cynthia Smailes-Rybak's back yard, cars, pickup trucks and tractor-trailers rumble by, visible and audible as they make their way up and down Interstate 81. It's the road Smailes-Rybak's daughter, Amanda Smailes, could have taken Nov. 24, 1996. But Smailes didn't like the high speed required on the interstate, and chose instead after ending her shift at Wal-Mart to drive home on U.S. 11, a two-lane road that parallels the interstate.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 15, 2012
Civil War soldier and schoolteacher Thaddeus Taylor instantly fell in love with a young woman at a Waynesboro-area harvest ball, then disappeared hours later and left her pining for him for eternity. Or so legend says. The tale of Taylor and lost love is just one featured during “Waynesboro After Dark,” a storytelling tour of Waynesboro sites. John and Jenny Poniske started offering walking tours in 2008 and now do trolley tours. The trolley, owned by Larry and Delisa Leonard, departs from the Waynesboro Mall parking lot at 7 p.m. every Sunday in October and November.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2012
A Sharpsburg man charged last week with illegal possession of firearms is a "doomsday prepper" who told an undercover Maryland State Police trooper about an underground bunker and surveillance cameras on his property, according to a charging document filed in Washington County District Court. Terry Allen Porter, 46, of 4433 Mills Road, Sharpsburg, was charged Friday with seven counts each of being a convicted felon in possession of a rifle or shotgun and possession of firearms after being convicted of a disqualifying offense, court records said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 10, 2012
Sharpsburg-area residents and others plan to hold a meeting Saturday at Sharpsburg Town Hall to discuss the way Maryland State Police handled a search for illegal firearms last month at a man's home on Mills Road, one of the organizers said Monday. Sharpsburg Vice Mayor Bryan Gabriel said the noon meeting also would be a way for residents to show support for 46-year-old Terry Porter, who could not be found when police entered his property at 4433 Mills Road on Nov. 29. Porter surrendered to authorities a day later.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | August 15, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Maryland woman who police allege played a role in the kidnapping of a 24-year-old friend was taken into custody in Florida two weeks ago, and arraigned by a Berkeley County magistrate Wednesday. Amber Maize Crummitt, 20, also known as "Heaven," of Jefferson, Md., was charged with kidnapping and grand larceny auto, both felonies. Police allege Crummitt watched as her boyfriend, Brandon D. Green, 20, and another man beat Misty Dawn Hyson with a steel car ramp and shoved her into the trunk of her 2000 gold Honda.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | 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.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | May 7, 2008
Like love, Nick Adenhart believed pitching in the majors would be better the second time around. And since the Williamsport graduate loves to pitch, that makes it all the better. Yet as Adenhart approached his second career major league start on Tuesday, he said things would go much better if he just remembered all the little things that got him in a Los Angeles Angels uniform in the first place. Basically, Adenhart spent the five days after his debut last Thursday against Oakland trying to learn everything he already knew before he stepped on the mound at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium against the Royals.
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