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Hancock briefs

February 14, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Council donates $4,000 to Hancock Fire Co.

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council made a $4,000 donation to the town's fire company Wednesday.

Hancock Fire Co. President Mike Stewart said donations are "very" important to the fire company. Its operating budget for the 2008 fiscal year was $226,000, he said.

"It's just a drop in the bucket," Stewart said.

Other money is received from Washington County, through fundraising and by other means, he said.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said it's unbelievable how many incidents the firefighters respond to each year.

"You guys do it somehow," he said.

Hancock swears in new police officer

HANCOCK - Hancock's newest police officer was sworn in during the town council's meeting Wednesday.

The town now has four police officers.

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Shawn Weddle worked as a police officer in Frederick, Md., for two years before coming to Hancock, where he has been on the job since late last month.

Weddle said Hancock is much different from Frederick, but each has its pros and cons. He said he enjoys getting to know Hancock residents and business owners.

"In a small town, you can get to know people better," Weddle said.

Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said that Weddle has been in contact with business owners and is doing a "great job."

"I think he's going to be a good asset to the town," Buskirk said.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the town was pleased to have Weddle on board.

"He certainly seemed to embrace the idea of community policing," Murphy said.

Resident's holiday decorating recognized

HANCOCK - Lifelong Hancock resident Susie Hinckle received the "Mayor's Award" Wednesday for her decorating.

Hinckle decorates her home for every season, said Mayor Daniel A. Murphy.

Barbara Hinckle said her sister, who is deaf, enjoys decorating and also makes wreaths that she gives away as donations to area groups.

Hinckle has always decorated her home, and right now has Valentine's Day decorations at her house on Main Street.

"She really gets into it," Barbara Hinckle said.

Hancock Police respond to 172 calls for service

HANCOCK - Hancock Police responded to 172 calls for service in January, according to Chief T.J. Buskirk.

There also were 14 scans using police dogs, 99 traffic violations, 12 arrests and two warrants that were served, he said. Police arrested five people for driving under the influence, and also had four miscellaneous arrests and one drug arrest, Buskirk said.

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