Hagerstown Police Department
Officer Christopher Little, with the Baker Platoon of the Patrol Division of the Hagerstown Police Department, was named Officer of the Month for January.
Little is being recognized for his strong work ethic and initiative in fulfilling his duties as a law enforcement officer. He has been employed by the police department for approximately 3 1/2 years and has been assigned to the Patrol Division during that time.
On Jan. 22, Little, with the assistance of other patrol officers, conducted a selective-enforcement operation in the area of the 200 block of East Antietam Street. Little observed a vehicle that failed to display a front Maryland registration plate traveling west on Antietam Street. He conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and made contact with the occupants.
While speaking with the male, Little noticed that the male was very nervous. Little conducted a check of the male through a records database that revealed the male had past drug convictions. Due to the demeanor of the male and the inconsistent statements that he made to the officers, Little requested a K-9 officer to respond to conduct a scan of the vehicle. As the K-9 officer arrived, Little saw the male remove his coat and lay it on his lap. A K-9 scan resulted in a positive alert for the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. The occupants were removed from the vehicle and searched.
Upon exiting the vehicle, the male moved his jacket from his lap and placed it on the passenger seat. It should be noted that it was an extremely cold day, and the suspect was only wearing a T-shirt and pants when he exited the vehicle. Assisting officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun inside the coat pocket that was placed on the seat. The male was subsequently arrested for weapons violations.
Don Bowers Financial Services
Don Bowers recently participated in the National Association of Tax Professionals Annual 1040 Tax Workshop.
The workshop is an annual tax update and review of tax changes for the upcoming tax season.
Bowers is the owner of Don Bowers Financial Services in Greencastle, Pa. He is a certified fund specialist and investment representative with H.D. Vest Investment Services, a nonbank subsidiary of Wells Fargo and Co.
Mountain State University
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Mountain State University announces that Kevin Porter has been named Northeast recruitment manager.
In his new position, Porter will be responsible for enrollment for Martinsburg and the surrounding areas.
A former resident of Butler, Pa., and Aliquippa, Pa., he attended Edinboro University, where he studied business.
Key Financial Group LLC
FREDERICK, Md. — Jason Jennings, an independent financial adviser at Key Financial Group LLC in Frederick, was recognized as a top financial adviser and named to the LPL Financial Director's Club.
The distinction is based on an annual production ranking of all registered advisers supported by LPL Financial LLC, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer, and is awarded to less than 20 percent of the firm's more than 12,000 advisers nationwide.
In addition, David Morders, an independent financial adviser at Key, was recognized as a top financial adviser and named to the LPL Financial Freedom Club.
The distinction is awarded to less than 25 percent of the firm's more than 12,000 advisers nationwide.
Susquehanna Bank has promoted R.L. Fisher to managing director of commercial sales for the Western Maryland Division.
In this new role, Fisher will be responsible for overseeing the commercial lending division of the bank for Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland; Franklin and Bedford counties in Pennsylvania; and Berkeley County in West Virginia.
The Buyer's Best Realtors LLC
FREDERICK, Md. — Joanne Spivey, exclusive buyer agent and Realtor at The Buyer's Best Realtors, recently completed a 16-hour training program and received her certification as a certified distressed property expert.
Spivey will work with home buyers and investors interested in purchasing short-sale homes in Frederick, Washington, Montgomery, Howard and Carroll counties.
Maryland Correctional Institution
Stacey Kretzer, accountant supervisor at Maryland Correctional Institution, has been selected as supervisor of the quarter due to her work ethic.
She has taken the responsibility for the fiscal department and has filled dual positions while overseeing the fiscal needs for MCI, MCTC and RCI.
She has been employed by the state of Maryland since 1990.