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News | By JENNIFER FITCH and waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 15, 2013
A 34-year-old man fell to his death from High Rock in northeastern Washington County on Monday. Michael Paul Liller of Thurmont, Md., was determined to be dead by medics who descended 100 feet to where he landed, officials on the scene said. Liller jumped from the rock formation's peak to a metal grate used by hang gliders at about 4 p.m. He then jumped to another rock, lost his balance and fell, according to Washington County (Md.) Sheriff's Office Sgt. Daryl Sanders. About 12 people were at the popular lookout spot when the fall occurred, Sanders said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 23, 2012
The rest stop off Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md., has been renovated since two of this century's most notorious serial killers were captured there 10 years ago Wednesday. Retired Maryland State Trooper 1st Class D. Wayne Smith said the parking area is bigger and larger buildings have been constructed to replace the former welcome center. Despite the changes, Smith said he remembers where the Chevrolet Caprice with New Jersey tags was parked. The car was used by Beltway snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, whose shooting spree terrorized the Washington, D.C., area for 21 days in 2002.
NEWS
January 7, 1997
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Hagerstown man who kidnapped his teen-aged girlfriend and held her hostage during a chase and standoff with police was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. David M. Norment, 38, was also sentenced by U.S. District Marvin J. Garbis to five years supervised release, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Beth Gesner. Norment faced a maximum penalty of life in prison. Norment had pleaded guilty in September to kidnapping and firearm charges. He was arrested north of Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | January 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A man serving a 10-year sentence for manslaughter by vehicle in the May 2008 death of 35-year-old Debra Reed Fields-Jordan has been ordered in Washington County Circuit Court to pay $2,084,076.31 to the woman's husband and children. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. made the decision Wednesday. Harry W. Shrader Jr., 46, was being held Friday at Maryland Correctional Training Center, a medium, minimum and prerelease facility south of Hagerstown, according to prison records available on the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Web site.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | August 24, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Red, yellow, orange or pink? Heirloom or hybrid? Does the skin color or breeding of a tomato really indicate whether it's less acidic and does it matter? It's generally assumed that orange or yellow tomatoes are going to be lower in acid than red tomatoes, but that's not necessarily true, says Jon Traunfeld, regional specialist in fruits and vegetables with the Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center in Ellicott City, Md. Some yellow varieties are high-acid and some red are low, local experts say. For example, Jetstar, a red tomato, is low-acid, says Steve Bogash, regional horticulture educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, Pa. Seed catalogs usually note whether a tomato cultivar or variety is low-acid, but people shopping locally for low-acid tomatoes might be pressed to find somebody at a produce stand who knows for a fact whether their tomato is low-acid, Bogash says.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 17, 2012
Contestants for this year's Miss Maryland pageant checked in Sunday at Valley Mall, a ceremonial kickoff to the annual competition. Master of ceremonies Thomas B. Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, read aloud the name of each contestant, the local pageant she won, what her pageant platform is and what talent she will display. The women stepped up to the makeshift stage at the mall's food court, signed their names on a map of the state and introduced themselves to the crowd.
LIFESTYLE
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2011
When I was a kid growing up in Hagerstown's South End, there were certain things that always seemed to be part of the summer ritual. The list usually included swimming at Municipal Pool, feeding the ducks at City Park, taking in a Hagerstown Suns game and most importantly — eating a snow cone with seafoam. We grew up in a Smurf blue house on South Street, which was prime walking distance to our favorite snow cone site. A sweet older lady, whose name I can't remember, lived just up the block on South Potomac Street and made snow cones on her side porch.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
A 30-year-old man who fatally struck a motorcyclist while driving and fled the scene of the crash March 7 was sentenced this week to two years in a state prison. Leon C. Deardorff Jr. was sentenced by Judge Douglas Herman in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas. He received credit for about five months already served in jail, according to online court records. Deardorff, who is listed in court records as being from Greencastle, Pa., pleaded guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle and driving on a suspended license.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | June 12, 2007
An Inwood, W.Va., woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to stealing nearly $800,000 from a Hagerstown nonprofit organization where she worked, causing a Washington County Circuit judge to wonder aloud where the money went and why the woman had free rein over the company's finances. Kelley Boyd Macher, 45, of 79 Minnick Road in Inwood, pleaded guilty to one count of theft scheme over $500. Several other charges were dropped. Macher must pay at least some restitution to Potomac Case Management Services Inc., Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | June 1, 2004
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Anne Arundel County, Md. police officers were honored recently for subduing a suspect in a shooting last summer at the KOA campgrounds near Harpers Ferry.Anne Arundel County Police Department officers Timothy Utzig and Andrew Albach were off duty when the shooting occurred about 1:15 p.m. at the campgrounds, which is near the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center across from Bolivar Heights. A man approached another man who was camping next to him and asked where he was from, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputies said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 7, 2011
Don't be fooled by the kid-friendly PG rating attached to "Rango. " Don't be fooled by the kid-friendly Nickelodeon Studios logo attached to the film. Don't be fooled by the ads that paint "Rango" as a kid-friendly animated film with a cute chameleon lead. "Rango" is not kid-friendly. Don't be fooled into taking your family to see it.   The film opens with an unnamed chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) living a life of contentment inside his terrarium. The terrarium is in the back of a car, the car hits a bump, the terrarium goes flying, it shatters and the chameleon is left stranded in a desert in the middle of nowhere.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
Family members and friends of a popular Boonsboro High School athlete are mourning her death after she collapsed at a camp in Mercersburg, Pa., on Monday evening. Michaela Grove's mother, Brenda Grove, said she believes her 16-year-old daughter was involved in a tug-of-war competition at Camp Tohiglo when she fell to the ground in cardiac arrest. Michaela was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, but she could not be revived, according to her mother. David Jones, director of coaching for the Locomotive FC soccer club for which Michaela played, was among those reeling from the teen's death.
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