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March 17, 2013
A 8-year-old girl sustained minor injuries when she was struck Sunday afternoon by a car at 620 W. Washington St., according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman. It appears the girl was at fault in the accident, which was reported at 1:28 p.m., according to Hagerstown Police Sgt. Ben Lyncha. The girl was taken to Meritus Medical Center, he said.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 13, 2013
Hagerstown city officials said Tuesday that they will work with area car lot owners to revise a portion of an amendment to the city's Land Management Code that cites facilities on properties fewer than 40,000 square feet as a nonconforming use. City Development Planner and Zoning Administrator Stephen Bockmiller said revisions to the 2012 amendment, which requires future automobile sales facilities to occupy 40,000 square feet, would eliminate the...
BREAKINGNEWS
March 11, 2013
A Germantown, Md., woman was thrown from the vehicle she was driving on Interstate 81 Monday after crashing near the exit for Hedgesville, W.Va., the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said. Linda Overstreet, 51, was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after being found lying on the ground near exit 16, according to police and emergency officials. Overstreet was not listed as a patient at the hospital as of 5 p.m., an Inova Fairfax Hospital spokesman said.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 9, 2013
Following an outcry from concerned citizens involved in the used car business, the Hagerstown City Council at its Tuesday meeting will reconsider the portion of an amendment to the city's Land Management Code that cites car lots on properties of fewer than 40,000 square feet as nonconforming. The amendment, which went into effect Oct. 25, requires new automobile sales facilities to occupy that much land. Existing facilities on fewer than 40,000 square feet can continue to operate if they don't cease operation for two or more years, according to a Feb. 26 memo from Planning Director Kathleen Maher and Stephen Bockmiller, development planner and zoning administrator, to city Administrator Bruce Zimmerman regarding the change.  Bill Feuerstein, who has owned Salem Avenue Auto Exchange and Repair for 19 years, was one of those who spoke at the Feb. 26 city council meeting, saying he feared for the future of his business.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
Several people connected with Hagerstown's used car business appeared before Mayor David S. Gysberts and Hagerstown City Council members Tuesday night to raise concerns about recent changes to land use regulations in the city that affect used car lots. The land use change determined that any used car lots in the city less than 40,000 square feet in size will be non-conforming, said Bill Feuerstein, who operates Salem Avenue Auto Exchange and Repair. Although a used car lot smaller than 40,000 square-feet in size can continue to operate under certain circumstances, the speakers said they are concerned how it will affect used car businesses in town.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2013
A Hagerstown man was taken to Meritus Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after the car he was driving hit a two-lane stone arch bridge over Antietam Creek to Funkstown and took out a stretch of the bridge's stone wall, the Funkstown fire chief said. Joshua Harrison Gettleman, 24, was hurt in the crash, Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. Mullendore said Gettleman was in critical condition Sunday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident, including the office's reconstruction team, said Fire Chief David “Buck” Fraley of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. The two-lane bridge was closed from the time of the accident, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, until almost 6 a.m., said Fraley, who served as incident commander.
NEWS
February 20, 2013
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle police say a man who was arrested on a warrant earlier this month at a borough motel had failed to register as a sex offender. Michael L. Hovis, 29, of Greencastle, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and failure to register as a sex offender, according to a Greencastle Police Department news release. Police said they were called on the afternoon of Feb. 13 to respond to an unspecified complaint at the Castle Green Motel on East Baltimore Street.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 20, 2013
A Chambersburg man charged in a 2011 traffic crash that claimed the life of a Shippensburg woman will not serve jail time following Wednesday's sentencing in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. President Judge Douglas W. Herman sentenced Jeffrey David Davies, 22, to 72 months to be divided between wearing an electronic monitoring device and probation. Davies was charged with homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault in connection with the Jan. 4, 2011, crash that killed Kristi L. Myers, 18, of Shippensburg, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 29, 2013
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals said in a 2011 judgment that a driver could not be charged for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer if that officer was in an unmarked car with lights or sirens. Del Neil Parrott, R-Washington, said Tuesday that he will file a bill that seeks to clarify the issue so that those fleeing such a vehicle can be criminally charged. Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington, has filed a similar bill in the State Senate. “If they (law enforcement officers)
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Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | January 17, 2013
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 23, Valley Mall will showcase the new 2013 vehicles. The mall-wide display of new cars, truck and SUVs will be on display through Monday, Feb. 4.    Spring soccer registration Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League, or HAYSL, will hold registration for the spring soccer season Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Food Court area at Valley Mall. In addition to HAYSL's core U5, U6, U8 boys and girls, U12 coed, U12 girls, U14 coed, U14 girls, U16 coed, U16 girls and U19 coed, the league will offer U10 boys and girls extended play, U12 girls and boys extended play, U14 boys and girls extended play and U19 girls programs.
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