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Blast from the Past

August 27, 2008

Week of Aug. 24, 1958

  • State police and the sheriff's office today continued their investigation of the safecracking at the H.L. Mills Super Market in the 2200 block of Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown, but reported no new developments.

    The robbery yesterday morning netted thieves a total of $4,933, from two safes in the store. State police said that the safecrackers first gained entry through the boiler room at the rear of the store, after removing a large ventilator.

    A four-foot section of cinder block wall was then chiseled out, and entrance was made into the room where the two safes were located. Police said acetylene torches were used to burn open the safe. A state police bulletin was sent out, requesting all banks and other businesses establishments to be on the lookout for burned currency, caused when the safes were burned open.

  • There were some interesting news stories in last week's Daily Mail via news tips. It was most difficult to separate them, although some stood out above others. One of the $2 cash prizes was awarded to a Williamsport Rt. man for his tip about the bolt of lightning missing him while he was reading his Daily Mail.

    Week of Aug. 24, 1983

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  • A 6-year-old child was charged by Hagerstown City Police Tuesday with delinquency by reason of assault, after he allegedly threw a steak knife at a playmate.

    Officers said the boy and the victim, a 6-year-old girl, were playing in Court 7 in the 1000 block of Noland Drive when the incident occurred.

    Washington County Hospital officials said the girl was treated for a minor stab wound to the upper abdomen and released. Police said the boy was released to the custody of his parents.

  • An organization of Washington County blacks unleashed a stinging attack against the city government last night, threatening to report alleged violations of federal civil rights if the city doesn't change its hiring policies.

    The city has a "disgraceful" record of minority hiring, and ought to force government contractors to hire more minority workers said Don Davis, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

    Davis said he hopes City Hall will cooperate. But "if they're going to make us use quotas, we'll use quotas" established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he said.

  • For the sixth straight year, the number of students dropping out of Washington County high school has declined. Last year 161 students withdrew from the school system because of "indifference", according to James Lemmert, supporting services director.

    Lemmert said several factors are responsible for the decreased number of dropouts, with the county's economy perhaps the most important. He said students are more likely to remain in school when they can't find jobs. Washington County's unemployment rate has exceeded 12 percent all year.

    The military has also been shying away from accepting recruits who haven't graduated from high school, Lemmert said. "Employers are taking a youngster with a high school diploma in lieu of a non-graduate," he said. "But there aren't a lot of jobs anyway. Even our graduates are having difficulty."

    - Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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