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By TIM KOELBLE | March 12, 2008
The Gettysburg College men's basketball team is enjoying a banner season and former St. Maria Goretti standout Joe Spierenburg is right in the middle of all the success. Spierenburg and his teammates take to the floor on Friday at 8 p.m. at Ursinus College against the host Bears in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bullets (24-4) defeated Elms College 66-65 last Saturday to reach the Sweet 16 and continue their most successful season in school history. "At the beginning of the year we expected we could be good because we had four juniors back from last year with experience, including three top scorers," said Spierenburg, a junior from Chambersburg, Pa. Even though the Bullets have three losses to Ursinus this season, Spierenburg said the team is confident.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | October 2, 2004
WILLIAMSPORT A threatening message found scribbled on a restroom wall last week at Williamsport High School and a bag containing 166 bullets that turned up in a locker at the school a day later have sparked investigations by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Carol Mowen, public information officer for Washington County Public Schools, said Friday that a janitor discovered threatening graffiti on a boy's restroom wall on the night of Sept. 23. Mowen would not disclose what the message said, only that it caused concern.
NEWS
July 30, 2002
FREDERICK, Md. - A shooting that claimed the lives of a husband and wife in the 2600 block of Everly Drive in Worman's Mill may have been a murder/suicide, Frederick City Police said Monday. The couple, Julio Falcon, 44, and Tina Marie Falcon, 41, were found by their daughters lying in their kitchen at 9:46 a.m. Sunday, police said. Both had been shot in the head with a .38-caliber handgun, police said. Two bullets had been fired from the weapon, police said. Julio Falcon died at the scene and Tina Falcon died at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m., a nursing supervisor said Sunday.
NEWS
November 30, 1997
Drive-by shooting under investigation Hagerstown City Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred late Saturday night, authorities said Sunday. A vehicle was hit with bullets fired by a car in the first block of Fairground Avenue some time after 11 p.m., police said. Sgt. Craig Bakner said he does not know how many bullets were fired. The shots apparently came from a gray Renault or Nissan, Bakner said. The car, which had Maryland tags, was following behind the vehicle that was shot, he said.
NEWS
BY SCOTT BUTKI | May 21, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Shifflet said he did not know he was violating any county laws by having a shooting range on family land east of Hancock. Shifflet, 22, a deputy since May 2000, said he and family members had been shooting on the .92-acre plot on Heavenly Acres Ridge for about 13 years. He said he only shot small-caliber handguns at the range, which he said he has stopped using. Shifflet and neighbor James W. True Sr. disagree on whether the range is safe and whether bullets sometimes ended up on True's property.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | December 16, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Steven Linn Barr "had to reload" a seven-shot, .32-caliber revolver to kill William Grant and critically wound Cathy Myers after "lying in wait" in her garage on the morning of the Nov. 15 homicide, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Wednesday during Barr's preliminary hearing. Barr, 41, of 808 Hamilton Blvd. in Hagerstown, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and attempted first- and second-degree murder along with a series of related charges in connection with the shooting death of Grant, 46, and the wounding of Myers, 44, that occurred at Myers' 12057 Kemps Mill Road home about 3:20 a.m. During the preliminary hearing Wednesday, Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. said he found "ample evidence" to forward all of Barr's charges to Circuit Court.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | March 29, 2007
SHARPSBURG - In a sun-dappled field, where molten lead once rained from the sky, researchers armed with metal detectors listened for evidence from America's bloodiest one-day battle. Stephen R. Potter, who headed a team of National Park Service archaeologists at Antietam National Battlefield, said Tuesday that the group, which included a couple of amateur metal detectorists, was studying an area of Piper Orchard where the 7th Maine fled from a smaller Confederate force. "I don't think they would've been able to drive the Maine guys back if they wouldn't have had the artillery that they had, because what we're finding out here is pretty nasty stuff," Potter said.
NEWS
By KAREN HANNA | March 28, 2007
SHARPSBURG In a sun-dappled field, where molten lead once rained from the sky, researchers armed with metal detectors listened for evidence from America's bloodiest day. Stephen R. Potter, who headed a team of National Park Service archaeologists at Antietam National Battlefield, said Wednesday that the group, which included a couple of amateur metal detectorists, was studying an area of Piper Orchard where the 7th Maine fled from a smaller...
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | April 20, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - One of the West Virginia State Police troopers who shot and killed a man last week reloaded his weapon and fired twice more because Michael B. Yurish continued to move toward Yurish's estranged wife with a knife, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Tuesday. Both of the officers - Senior Trooper Todd Lind and Trooper Clay Ellwanger - have been reinstated to regular duty, Games-Neely said. Lind and Ellwanger fired their semi-automatic, .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handguns a total of 18 times, Games-Neely said.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 9, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - Preston "Toby" Law digs history. He has scoured Civil War battlegrounds and encampments in search of artifacts for more than 30 years in a quest to preserve pieces of American history before they are buried under shopping malls and subdivisions. "I can name battlefield after battlefield that's gone forever," said Law, 68, of near Smithsburg. Law hopes his new book, "Gone Diggin': Memoirs of a Civil War Relic Hunter," will entertain and educate readers with its history-packed stories of his excursions to places from Bull Run to The Wilderness.
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By ART CALLAHAM | June 2, 2013
This was an absolutely great Mail Call item from Maugansville on May 6: “I'm very glad that Kellan Bermudez enjoys his job, being shot out of a cannon. That's very interesting to watch. But if he ever retired, where will they ever get another man of his caliber?” An old circus joke, but so funny nonetheless. In my life, I've heard the joke numerous times, but it still made me laugh.  However, after finishing the good laugh, I began to think about the concept of “a man of his caliber.” Is “high caliber” good or is “low caliber” better?
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NEWS
April 5, 2013
A man's face was grazed by a bullet early Friday during a home invasion on Mapleville Road near Boonsboro, according to a Maryland State Police news release. The incident was reported at 2:33 a.m. after two armed men allegedly forced their way through the rear entrance of a home at 8919 Mapleville Road, troopers said. Troopers said a male resident awoke and confronted the intruders. At that point, one of the intruders fired a gunshot from a pistol, grazing the resident on the left side of his face.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 28, 2011
Gary Hornbaker of Berryville, Va., told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday that a stray bullet from a nearby private shooting range in West Virginia struck a hayride wagon carrying children and adults on his farm on Oct. 16. Raymond Tachoir, co-owner of 340 Defense Shooting Range at 263 Berryville Pike, Rippon, W.Va., told the commissioners that he immediately called for a cease fire when told of the incident by Hornbaker and some of his...
NEWS
April 25, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking for the public's help in gathering information about a bullet that was shot through a window of a home in the 1000 block of Florida Avenue on Sunday. Officers responded to the area for shots fired about 12:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the police department. Florida Avenue is off Strafford and Salem avenues. Officers spoke to a person in the area who said he heard numerous gunshots and saw two people getting into a pickup truck that left the area, the release said.
NEWS
September 16, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police said they found two bullets in a wall of an apartment and one bullet in a ceiling at Roberts Gardens apartments early Wednesday, according to a press release. A trooper responded to the apartments off U.S. 11 near the Berkeley Plaza after a resident said his apartment had been "shot up," the release said. The resident said he saw a Cadillac Deville leaving the scene and that two people dressed in black fled toward the car, the release said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | December 4, 2008
WILLIAMSPORT -- Karen Swan was brushing her teeth at 6:35 a.m. Saturday when she heard what she described as a "humongous bang. " "It sounded like a war zone out there," said Swan, who ran to her living room, where she saw a gunshot hole in the window. The glass on a curio cabinet that holds her 140-piece swan collection was shattered. Swan said the realization of what happened made her "hysterical," because she had just been in the living room opening windows and winding a cuckoo clock.
NEWS
October 31, 2008
Two gunshots fired at a car Wednesday evening in the 500 block of Mitchell Avenue near the railroad underpass narrowly missed a toddler in a child safety seat, Hagerstown City Police said in a press release. The driver and passenger were also uninjured in the 7:13 p.m. incident, police said. Police said an unknown subject shot at the victim's car twice, striking the driver's side door as a result of what appears to be a road rage incident. One round penetrated the door and back seat, narrowly missing a 17-month-old child in a child safety seat on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | March 18, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been affecting police departments here for years through the mobilization of officers who are enlisted in the military. But the battles in the Middle East are having another, greater, impact on local law enforcement. After more than six years of sustained combat, ammunition is in short supply back home, and police say the shortage is affecting their budgets, training and supply rooms. "It's something we really have to watch.
NEWS
By TIM KOELBLE | March 12, 2008
The Gettysburg College men's basketball team is enjoying a banner season and former St. Maria Goretti standout Joe Spierenburg is right in the middle of all the success. Spierenburg and his teammates take to the floor on Friday at 8 p.m. at Ursinus College against the host Bears in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bullets (24-4) defeated Elms College 66-65 last Saturday to reach the Sweet 16 and continue their most successful season in school history. "At the beginning of the year we expected we could be good because we had four juniors back from last year with experience, including three top scorers," said Spierenburg, a junior from Chambersburg, Pa. Even though the Bullets have three losses to Ursinus this season, Spierenburg said the team is confident.
NEWS
March 6, 2008
Other 'choices' not given to parents To the editor: On page A9 of the Sunday, Feb. 24, Herald-Mail, a writer bitterly complains that House Bill 655 would not allow children under the age of 13 to purchase a hunting license. The writer goes on to state that, "Just who wants to raise our children? It seems to me that it is up to the parents to decide at what age their children are permitted to hunt. " The government has removed many child-raising choices from parents.
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