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By AMY WALLAUER | June 3, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four people were temporarily homeless Monday night when a grease fire in a 100-year-old North Queen Street building damaged five apartments. Martinsburg Fire Chief Phil Martin said the accidental fire began shortly before midnight in a second-floor apartment occupied by Leroy Newell at 224 N. Queen St. Firefighters were called to the scene at 11:57 p.m. Newell was apparently heating up a pan of grease for cooking when the fire broke out, Martin said. Newell ran to Martinsburg City Hall, 232 N. Queen St., and notified police.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 13, 2006
State emergency and county health officials said Thursday that they are satisfied with the way in which a health scare in downtown Hagerstown was handled Wednesday. Twelve African refugees and three other people were evacuated from a West Franklin Street apartment building Wednesday afternoon on the suspicion they had a contagious illness, which turned out to be a false alarm complicated by a language barrier. A doctor who examined the group in decontamination tents set up near the apartment building at 25 1/2 W. Franklin St. determined "no one was suffering from something that posed some type of threat," Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 6, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com A man died Thursday night after a fire broke out in an apartment building at 201-203 E. Franklin St., a fire official said. Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said he didn't know the man's identity. Dave Hays, the assistant chief of Community Rescue Service, which took the man to Washington County Hospital, said the man was in cardiac arrest at the scene. An ambulance took him to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Hays said.
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By HEATHER C. SMATHERS | June 13, 2004
When a fire broke out in an apartment building next door to Meghan Lynch's home on May 6, she wasted no time calling 911 and alerting the apartment building's occupants. After calling 911, Meghan ran into the apartment building and began knocking on the doors to get the occupants out, said Mike Weller, public educator with the Hagerstown Fire Department. She then started assembling them at a meeting point to wait for the fire department to arrive, Weller said. Meghan's heroic act and others like it were honored at an awards ceremony Saturday at the 13th annual Kids Alive Fest at Children's Village of Washington County.
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by TRISH RUDDER | May 23, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com A senior housing project is in the works in Berkeley Springs. The Morgan County Commission recently applied for a Small Cities Block Grant to purchase the CSX lot next to the old train depot on Williams Street. A decision from the West Virginia Development Office is expected in the fall, said Bill Clark, Morgan County administrator and executive director of the Economic Development Authority. Clark said if the grant is approved, a three-story senior apartment building will be constructed by Judd Roth, a Pennsylvania developer who originally asked the commission to apply for the $500,000 grant and loan him the money to buy the property and do the site work.
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September 24, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two men were taken into custody early today after an attempted burglary was reported at the Martins Landing apartments, Martinsburg Police said in a news release. At about 12:52 a.m., a resident of an apartment at 2500 Martins Landing Circle called 911, saying that three men were kicking in his door, according to the release. The resident tried to brace the door by placing his feet against the door and his back against an interior wall, but the door was kicked with such force that the resident was pushed through the drywall, the release said.
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By DON AINES | January 1, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who was charged with having explosive or incendiary devices in his apartment pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Court to possession of prohibited offensive weapons and three counts from a separate case. Patrick J. Millstreed, 24, of 2 E. Main St., Apt. 203, also pleaded guilty to another count of possessing a prohibited offensive weapon, resisting arrest and making terroristic threats, Assistant Public Defender Paul Rockwell said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.co | July 1, 2012
Nobody was hurt in a Sunday morning apartment fire in downtown Hagerstown, Hagerstown Fire Capt. Adam Hopkins said. The cause of the fire, which occurred at about 7:15 a.m. Sunday at 30 E. Antietam St., was being investigated by a Hagerstown fire marshal, Hopkins said. About 40 firefighters responded to the fire because there was a report of people unaccounted for, but firefighters searched the entire building and didn't find anyone inside, Hopkins said. In addition to all five of Hagerstown's fire engines and both ladder trucks responding, a rescue squad from Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., Community Rescue Service, the Washington County Emergency Air Unit, the Washington County Emergency Rehab Unit and Washington County Special Operations also responded, Hopkins said.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 11, 2006
What appeared to be the makings of a dangerous outbreak in downtown Hagerstown ended with two people taken to the hospital with an unknown illness, and officials unable to say why the situation escalated so quickly. Thirteen African refugees and three other residents were evacuated from 25 1/2 W. Franklin St. wearing green masks and latex gloves Wednesday afternoon. Officials said they were rumored to be suffering from an unknown illness, but that ultimately they believed it was a false alarm.
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By DAVE McMILLION | May 14, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man who was found guilty in March of an animal cruelty charge avoided jail time Wednesday when he was sentenced in Washington County District Court. David Carl Sharrah, 52, of 424 N. Locust St., Apt. 5, was ordered by Judge Frederick Bower to serve 40 days in prison, which he suspended, to serve one year of unsupervised probation and to pay $57.50 in court costs, according to court records. Bower, sitting in Washington County District Court, also said Sharrah is not to possess any animals.
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