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August 9, 2012
Woman uses stolen credit card at Target A woman used a stolen credit card to buy more than $600 worth of merchandise from Target on Cole Road, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. The purchase was made after the credit card was stolen July 30 from an employee at Dollar Tree at 11305 Massey Blvd., according to a sheriff's office news release. Anyone with information about the identity of the woman may call the sheriff's office at 240-313-2878. Big Pool Road fire being investigated CLEAR SPRING - A Wednesday night fire on Big Pool Road that caused $3,000 in damages to a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.
July 3, 2012
“I'm going to solve this problem once and for all. Here's what you do: You build a ballpark at HCC. You shift the old folks out there four times a week, and let them play baseball. Charge admission. Two birds, one stone. You're welcome, Hagerstown.” - Smithsburg “I am being tormented to death by that credit card company that says they can lower your interest. I don't even have a credit card, and they keep calling me. They have called me every day this week, and they just woke me up from a nap, and I'm sick.
June 25, 2012
A '50s & '60s dance will be part of the final weekend of WaynesboroFest on Saturday, July 7, at American Legion Post 15, 63 E. Main St., Waynesboro.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be a cash bar and light snacks will be available for purchase. Larry Leonard of LL DeeJay will provide the music. Additional parking is available in the Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home lot between Walnut Street & South Broad Street. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
May 29, 2012
Examine the pig in the poke before election To the editor: I read the letter “Life is not fair,” regarding President Obama. I've got news for that writer. Life also should not be a stacked deck against you with only a small group of folks holding all the aces and writing all the rules played in life's game. When you're out there promoting austerity and talking about how nobody should get their taxes raised, think a little deeper than those typical GOP talking points.
April 19, 2012
A Jefferson County grand jury this week handed up indictments on a range of criminal charges, according to court records. Among those indicted were: Paul James Feia, 49, of 7225 Pine Drive in Annandale, Va., one count of DUI third offense. Nicholas Michael West, 27, of 3986 Alcoa Drive in Fairfax, Va., one count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, one count of possession with intent to deliver Alprazolam and one count of carrying a concealed weapon without a license.
April 3, 2012
James Fonz Johnson, chief of the Bakerton Volunteer Fire Co., was charged earlier this week on a single count of felony false pretense, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.Johnson, 25, of 99 Driftwood Drive, Gerrardstown, W.Va., was charged Monday and arraigned before Jefferson County Magistrate William Senseney Tuesday. He was released on $10,000 bond.According to court records, on Jan. 30, Johnson used a fire department credit card to buy food that was not delivered to the department.
March 21, 2012
Stolen credit card used to buy computer McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Hustontown, Pa., woman told Pennsylvania State Police that someone recently used her credit card to buy a laptop computer. The incident was reported Sunday, when the woman informed police that $930 was charged to her credit card to purchase the computer through an electronics website, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the woman stopped the transaction. Anyone with information may call 717-485-3131.
February 26, 2012
A Hagerstown-area credit card processing company is contributing a portion of the fees it collects through local merchants to a fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County that will benefit local charities. Equity Commerce's WashCo Merchant Community Fund is the first fund at the community foundation to have been created by a business, said Bradley N. Sell, executive director of the foundation. “We were really excited by that,” he said. “We're hoping that other businesses will see the value in using the foundation to achieve their charitable goals.” Equity Commerce started the fund with a $5,000 contribution in May 2011, Equity Commerce President Jeff Brown said.
September 19, 2011
A Berkeley County woman accused of attempting to rob another woman last week outside the Michaels store in The Commons shopping center was arrested Monday, according to court documents. Deborah Ann Phipps, 33, was arraigned Monday on one count of second-degree robbery by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, according to court documents. Phipps was being held Monday night in Eastern Regional on $25,000 bond, according to court and jail records. Phipps was identified after a second robbery happened last week in Spotsylvania County, Va., and her photograph was obtained from video surveillance after she allegedly used a stolen credit card from that crime, police said.
Lynn Little | September 1, 2011
Fraud is defined as wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. There are many different types of types of fraud to be aware of, including:  Contest and lottery scams: Often scammers will email or call you saying you have won a large prize like cash or a trip. You should never have to pay or give account information when you win a prize.  Charity fraud: Organizations around the globe ask for donations to help those in need; however, you want to check the legitimacy of the organization before you donate.
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