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Hancock briefs

August 09, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Presentation on gangs given



HANCOCK - Washington County Narcotics Task Force Investigator Ryan Shifflet gave a presentation during Hancock's town meeting Wednesday on gangs and gang-related activities.

He said that the prison complex outside of Hagerstown supplies a lot of gang members to the area. Hagerstown is No. 2 in the state, behind Baltimore, in the number of "received" gang members, Shifflet said.

"These gang members are staying locally," he said.

The Bloods are the largest gang in Maryland, Shifflet said, and Hagerstown has the second largest population of those gang members. It is second only to Baltimore in its population of Bloods gang members.

Shifflet said there is a gang network that spans New York, Baltimore and Hagerstown.

He said there is no documented gang activity in Hancock, but gangs are spreading throughout Washington County and beyond.




Night skateboarding a concern to some



HANCOCK - Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said he has heard from residents concerned about late-night skateboarding on their streets.

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He said skateboarders are out after dark at high speeds on High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.




Video equipment added at park



HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager David D. Smith said two more video surveillance cameras were added to Widmeyer Park.

He said there already were several cameras there.




Public hearings slated on zoning ordinance



HANCOCK - Hancock Town Council will hold a public hearing in September on a zoning ordinance.

The hearing will be Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

The council also will hold a work session Aug. 22 about proposed zoning.

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