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News | By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 11, 2012
Nine years before Hall of Famer Lewis Robert “Hack” Wilson set the yet-to-be-broken Major League Baseball single-season record for runs batted in, he got his professional start in Martinsburg. Wilson, who is buried in Rosedale Cemetery in Martinsburg, started in 1921 as a catcher for the Mountaineers, the city's minor league team, according to historical accounts.  Wilson's success led to a major league career, which was highlighted by his 56-home run season in 1930 with the Chicago Cubs.
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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.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | HAGERSTOWN | May 3, 2011
It didn’t take long for Vicky Bullett to grasp Hagerstown Community College’s motto. “Stay close. Go far,” are words the school has built its reputation around. They are also the words Bullett is living by. Bullett, who went from Martinsburg High School star to one of the pioneers in women’s pro basketball in the United States, has returned to the area where it all started to begin a new chapter in her life — as an assistant coach at HCC. “I’m a homebody,” Bullett said after being introduced as the newest member of Marlys Palmer’s staff.
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by TARA REILLY | October 4, 2006
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said she was appalled by former lawmaker Mark Foley's sexually explicit messages to underage male pages, calling his actions "despicable. " Capito, R-W.Va., is a member of the House Page Board. "Mark Foley's disgraceful lies and repulsive behavior have stained this institution, but we must not let it harm the future of this great program for our nation's young people," Capito said in a written statement released Monday. Foley, of Florida, resigned abruptly Friday over the sexually explicit e-mails and instant messages to young male pages, The Associated Press has reported.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 28, 2009
Elet Hall trained at a downtown Hagerstown parking lot as though he were preparing for a high-stakes game of tag. He leapt up a wall nearly twice his height and vaulted over shorter walls, as though he were being chased or someone else's life were in danger. But as a practitioner of parkour it's all in a day's training. Popular in larger urban centers like Washington and New York, parkour and its close cousin, free running, have been described as what happens when cross country meets steeple chase in the streets for a rumble.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2011
Gold and silver apparently are not the only "precious" metals in the world, at least in the eyes of area thieves. In fact, just about any item containing copper or any other increasingly valuable metal - from heat pumps and air conditioners to catalytic converters - continues to be a target for theft, according to law-enforcement agencies in Washington County and the Eastern Panhandle. Utility manhole covers, grates from car washes and items made with iron and steel also have been carted off to recycling facilities for quick cash, police said this week.
NEWS
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 TARA REILLY | March 26, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County's former Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis retired on Tuesday, according to a written statement issued by the county. Davis' retirement date is effective April 1, but County Attorney Richard Douglas said Davis is no longer a county employee and is no longer being paid. Davis, 47, had been on paid leave from Feb. 25 through March 18, Douglas said. County spokesman Norman Bassett said Davis, who has worked for the county for 22 years, is eligible for early retirement.
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DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 25, 2011
First it was stealing copper pipe out of houses. Now, metal thieves are targeting outside air-conditioning units, according to police. Since June, police in Washington County said there have been about 24 instances of thieves stealing outdoor air-conditioning compressor units or stripping from them valuable metals - such as copper and aluminum - which can be sold for cash at metal-recycling businesses, police said. Four churches were targeted in the thefts, including Downsville Church of the Brethren on Dam No. 4 Road in Williamsport and Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church on Donelson Drive in Williamsport, said Sgt. Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | July 6, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Lt. K.C. Bohrer, a 25-year veteran of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, started to tell a story about a case one of his co-workers is handling that involves heroin. Before he could delve into the details the co-worker, Sgt. Gary Harmison, interrupted him. "It all relates to heroin," Harmison said, stressing the word "all. " Bohrer, Harmison and Sgt. Russell Shackelford, members of the Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division, said that lately at least half of their time is spent working on cases related to heroin, which they said is becoming the drug of choice in the county.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
Groups say tap water could be harmful By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com Two environmental groups say pregnant women should stop drinking tap water that comes through the Hagerstown treatment plants, because there could be harmful levels of a contaminant, which is a byproduct of the chlorination process to disinfect the water. But City Water Department Manager Gene Walzl said city water meets government standards and is safe to drink. The city provides water to Hagerstown, Williamsport, Smithsburg, Funkstown and some of the surrounding areas.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | December 30, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said Friday the county has begun preliminary discussions with the Economic Development Commission about making the organization a private entity. With a private status, the EDC would be able to receive contributions from private businesses, which it now cannot do, Wivell said. The EDC currently receives its funding - which totaled $431,896 for fiscal year 2003 - from the county, and must follow government regulations on funding as a result, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2012
Officials in Winchester, Va., appear to be losing hope that they will land the Hagerstown Suns baseball team, according to a published newspaper report in that city. With Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn's final decision still up in the air, Winchester City Council President Jeffrey Buettner told The Winchester Star on Wednesday that he's not optimistic that the South Atlantic League club will be coming to town. “I have not heard anything that leads me to believe that this is moving forward,” he told the newspaper.
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