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by CANDICE BOSELY | December 16, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com TRI-STATE - 'Tis the season for reindeer and robberies, Santa and shoplifting, egg nog and drunken drivers, mistletoe and misdemeanors. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with police throughout the Tri-State area saying that this time of year, crime usually increases. Robberies, thefts, domestic violence and drunken driving incidents tend to increase, police said. Suicides rise, too, they said. Franklin County, Pa., Sheriff Robert Wollyung said he notices a slight increase in the number of assaults during the holidays.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 27, 2005
erinc@herald-mail.com When temperatures dropped recently, people reached for winter coats and bulky sweaters. While they were bracing for the season's chilliest week, area police anticipated a change in criminal activity that usually accompanies cold weather. Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer said it seems that snow, rain, low temperatures and inclement weather often reduce the number of incidents to which officers respond. Hagerstown Police do not keep statistics about weather's affect on crime, and Kifer based his statements on personal observation.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | December 22, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com No stranger to victims, Lisa Enderlin, the newest victim witness assistant coordinator in the Washington County State's Attorney's Office, said she hopes to keep victims from being strangers to the options available to them through the court system. Enderlin, who worked for about five years as a legal advocate at Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused Inc. - or CASA - dealt with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Now, Enderlin said, she deals with victims of all types of crimes in cases that go through Washington County District Court.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 25, 2012
A movie that loosely references true crime on the Appalachian Trail will debut Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg. “It's definitely not a slasher movie, but it does revolve around murder and crime,” said Libby McDermott, the movie's director. “Dead Woman's Hollow” will play on the South Main Street theater's screen Saturday at 8 p.m. The story written by Indiana resident John Taylor follows an investigation into the murder of two girls who were hiking. “It's cool to have a film that was shot in Franklin County play in Franklin County,” said Matt Stahley, director of photography.
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by TARA REILLY | December 5, 2006
SHARPSBURG -Sharpsburg residents told the Town Council Monday that crime continues to be a problem in the town. Residents said they've had gas stolen from their vehicles and other items stolen from their properties. One man said drug dealing is taking place near residences on Chapline Street. The residents said they know who is responsible for the crimes but the Washington County Sheriff's Department hasn't been helpful. Last month, residents said windows were being shot out, rocks were being thrown through windows and that teenagers were damaging property.
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May 22, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer One day after ousting 12-year incumbent Steven T. Sager, Mayor-elect Robert E. Bruchey II said he would put crime and economic development at the top of his agenda for the city. Tuesday night's shooting at a motel outside town was another indication that the city needs to crack down on crime soon, Bruchey said at his Woodland Way home. "We have to get tough," said Bruchey, adding that city officials can't wait until a new crime impact team starts hitting the streets in October.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | April 26, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Assault on April 22. Theft on March 29. Both are crimes committed on West King Street in Chambersburg and both appear on www.CrimeReports.com for basic research. Chambersburg and Hagerstown police utilize the Web site designed to keep residents and businesspeople abreast of police calls in their neighborhoods. It "will prove particularly valuable to those in the community who want to stay informed about what is going on in their neighborhoods," Chambersburg Police Chief David J. Arnold said.
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By LAURA ERNDE | October 24, 1998
The Republican trying to unseat Del. D. Bruce Poole accused the lawmaker of being soft on crime Friday. "I am concerned that Washington County has become a drug market and I think it's time we send a message that we're not going to tolerate it," Maryland House of Delegates candidate Chris Shank said. Poole defended his record on crime, saying he, not Shank, has received endorsements from law enforcement groups. Poole also said he has helped to write and pass laws that toughened the penalties for domestic violence, drunken drivers and violent offenders.
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BY SARAH MULLIN | March 15, 2002
A private company is preparing to open a methadone clinic in Berkeley County, W.Va., and law enforcement officials say they are concerned that the clinic may lead to additional crime to the area. Others say it will address a health issue. The Martinsburg Institute outpatient clinic in Berkeley Plaza on U.S. 11 will treat people with heroin and other opiate addictions through the use of methadone, according to Ellen Valli, program director and part owner of the clinic. The company, Martinsburg Institute Inc., had not opened the methadone clinic to new clients as of Thursday, but is in the process of transferring local clients from a methadone clinic in Frederick, Md., clinic officials said.
NEWS
August 27, 1998
About two years ago, our sister publication, the South Bend Tribune, of South Bend, Indiana, did an interesting feature about how crime changes its victims. A year later, the victims of a shooting, a burglary and an embezzlement talked about the lasting marks that crime leaves, on your spirit if not your body. A couple months ago, the Baltimore Sun did the same thing, rekindling my interest in a local project. And so, using our electronic database, I looked up a series of crime reports from 1997 and contacted the victims.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2013
Residents Tuesday night fired a double-blast of criticism at the Hagerstown City Council and Mayor David S. Gysberts over growing city crime and their handling of the potential move by the Hagerstown Suns. Six speakers and one person who submitted comments for Councilwoman Penny Nigh to read aloud brought up the issues during a public comment period in a council meeting at City Hall. Residents in the Jefferson Street area complained about unruly youths congregating in their neighborhood, gangs, drug use, thefts, destruction of property and other offensive behavior.
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By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | August 14, 2013
Last week, the Chamber of Commerce hosted Hagerstown's new police chief, Mark Holtzman, for an overview of how policing trends in the city affect business.  The chief's presentation made clear that Hagerstown has few of the crime problems that plague larger metropolitan areas, and yet his department is using some of the same crime-fighting techniques found in big cities.  Further, his department understands the impact that even a few crimes can...
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2013
Gang activity and synthetic drugs are two of the more serious crime trends in Hagerstown, city Police Chief Mark Holtzman said Wednesday during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Holtzman told about 40 people who attended the periodic Eggs & Issues event at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Halfway that synthetic drugs are replacing the plant-based variety. Some of the synthetic drugs he mentioned were bath salts and spice, which mimic the effects of methamphetamines and marijuana.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2013
Blankets and pillows that concealed the body of Vickie Clem did little to cover up evidence of a violent struggle that resulted in the Falling Waters, W.Va., woman's death. In the trial that began Wednesday for one of two men charged with Clem's murder, Trooper J.D. See of the West Virginia State Police testified that the walls and the ceiling of the master bedroom where Clem, 57, was found on May 27, 2011, were splattered with blood. Images of the bloody crime scene at 81 Vinca Lane, accompanied by See's description of them, were shown to a jury of seven men and five women who were sworn in the morning for the trial of Roy L. Wisotzkey of Hagerstown.
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July 24, 2013
A 25-year-old man is accused of soliciting an 11-year-old Eastern Panhandle girl for sex, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Wade Eugene Decker of 1819 Berkeley Station Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on single felony counts of solicitation of a minor using a computer, attempted use of a minor to produce obscene matter, use of obscene matter to seduce a minor and display of obscene matter to...
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday granted a continuance for a Myersville, Md., man who was shot several times by police last year during an incident at a park-and-ride lot near Boonsboro. James Jacob Jardina, 46, was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, possession of a stolen handgun and other offenses in the June 10, 2012, confrontation with police at the lot on Mapleville Road off Interstate 70. Jardina, wearing gray pants with no belt and a blue button-downed shirt, entered the courtroom Tuesday with the assistance of a walker.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2013
A Berkeley Springs man serving a 321-year prison sentence following a 1993 crime rampage that included the rapes of two West Virginia women has confessed to strangling a Berkeley Springs woman in 1982 and putting her body in the Potomac River near Berkeley Springs, officials with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Randy McBee confessed to the strangulation of Ginger Holly Gregg, who was 20 years old at the time, during an interview Tuesday with Lt. Tim Stapleton of the sheriff's office at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex, according to a sheriff's office news release.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2013
There was drama outside the courthouse Wednesday when plainclothes Hagerstown City Police in unmarked vehicles surrounded a Ford Escape outside the District Court building on West Antietam Street. About 10 minutes before noon police pulled over the Escape and - with guns drawn - took three men and a woman away to police headquarters. Lt. Tom Langston said the incident was related to an investigation into “a recent crime of violence” in the city, but he declined to be more specific.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A bill introduced by two local legislators that could become law would make it a crime to interfere with the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect. Current Maryland law requires teachers, counselors, social workers, caseworkers, and parole or probation officers to notify appropriate agencies if they suspect child abuse. The bill seeks to punish anyone who tries to interfere with such reporting. The legislation was introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, and in the Senate by state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
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