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April 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prisons chief says 23 correctional officers fired in a probe of alleged brutality against inmates were terminated justly and for "very compelling" reasons. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard responded in a letter to two western Maryland state lawmakers who had asked him to consider reinstating the officers until a criminal investigation into the allegations is complete. Maynard told Republican Sen. George Edwards of Garrett County and Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly of Allegany County that the officers received due process under a law requiring the agency to take any disciplinary action within 30 days after learning of alleged misconduct.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The new criminal investigation section supervisor at Maryland State Police's Hagerstown barrack is no stranger to Washington County. Sgt. Dave Bowers, 42, who became the section's supervisor in mid-November, grew up in Halfway and has remained a county resident despite jobs that have taken him across the state in his nearly 20 years as a state trooper. Bowers took over the post after the section's former sergeant, Steve Ganley, became Washington County Public Schools' safety/security and risk manager Nov. 1. Before Bowers took his new assignment, he worked as the criminal law coordinator at the Maryland State Police Academy in Sykesville.
NEWS
February 23, 2006
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will host the 2006 installment of the Sheriff's Citizens Law Enforcement Awareness Program, beginning April 4. This program is designed to give residents the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of police work through lecture and hands-on activities. Topics covered in this program will include criminal investigation, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, Judicial Services, Detention Center operations and local law enforcement special units.
NEWS
August 10, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A lieutenant with the Martinsburg Police Department was arraigned Monday morning on a charge of battery, according to an e-mailed release issued by Police Chief T.C. "Ted" Anderson. The charge against Lt. John Sherman Jr. stemmed from a call for a battery in progress to which West Virginia State Police responded Thursday. Troopers responding to the 7:20 p.m. call to 9512 Tuscarora Pike learned that one of the people involved in the incident was Sherman, who was off duty at the time, the release alleges.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 27, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County woman told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday that Sheriff Randy Smith ignored her requests to pay for a door in her home that deputies damaged when they broke into it on Oct. 13 to check on a reported sick person. Margaret Noriega, whose address in the sheriff department's report on the incident was listed as 272 Quality Terrace, said that when she complained about the damage, she was told to call a handyman and her insurance company.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | December 18, 1999
Ten years ago this week, a pipe bomb explosion in Hagerstown fixed the nation's attention on this community and one man, then-Washington County Circuit Court Judge John P. Corderman. Since then, the criminal investigation into the attempted murder of a sitting Maryland judge seems to have faltered. "I'm disappointed that nobody in law enforcement seems interested in pursuing what I'm seeing as an attempted murder investigation," Corderman said recently from his private law offices in the Hagerstown Public Square.
NEWS
April 29, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force was honored Friday for its investigation of the 1999 murder of Vatressa Miller and the prosecution of those involved. The body of Miller, 20, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was found Aug. 10, 1999, in an undeveloped section of the Greystone on the Opequon subdivision. She was beaten to death on July 19. The task force was recognized in conjunction with National Crime Victim's Rights Week. "The professional manner in which the investigation was conducted by members of the task force exemplifies their commitment to justice and to the rights of victims of crime," U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston said in presenting the task force an award at a press conference Friday.
NEWS
December 24, 2008
DEC. 15, 1931-DEC. 21, 2008 FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- Donald L. Adams, 77, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital. Born Dec. 15, 1931, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John and Mary Alice Layfield Adams. He was a graduate of Patterson High School in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in criminal justice. He then attended the Maryland State Police Academy, where he studied criminal investigation, trained in law enforcement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and studied railroad transportation business at Georgia Tech.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | August 28, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com FUNKSTOWN The former administrator of the Funkstown Moose Lodge has been charged with felony theft, felony theft scheme and the embezzlement/misappropriation of approximately $36,000 in funds from the organization, according to Investigator Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. David Paul Brandenburg, 52, of 13822 North Valley Drive in Hagerstown, was released on an unsecured $30,000 bond Thursday after he was served with the charges, according to a Washington Count District Court bond commissioner.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 9, 2005
HAGERSTOWN andrews@herald-mail.com Someone threatened to detonate an explosive device at the Hagerstown water treatment plant last week, but authorities weren't alerted until the next day, the city's fire marshal said Thursday. Fire Marshal Tom Brown would not comment on how the threat was made or who made it. He said a criminal investigation was under way. Brown also would not say whether a Water and Sewer Department employee was responsible for the threat, referring that question to Human Resources Director Donna Messina.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 17, 2013
Jonathan Caponigro of Hagerstown said he believes the recent controversy surrounding the IRS and the news that it targeted conservative groups in 2012 is proof that the agency should be closed down. “Too many people are involved in our private taxes,” he said. “When you have too many people involved, things get haywire like they did a few days ago.” Caponigro, 71, suggested that a sales tax replace the income tax at the federal level. On Wednesday, President Obama announced the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and said that he was angry about what happened.
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NEWS
March 20, 2013
Police looking for missing teen Police are looking for a 15-year-old girl who walked off from the Sylvan Learning center on Northern Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. Hannah McKenzie Elizabeth Gossard was taken to the center at 4 p.m. for a tutoring session, said Deputy First Class Marc Albowicz of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Hagerstown Police Department officers, police from Hancock and a bloodhound team from the Maryland State Police helped the sheriff's office in the search for Gossard, Albowicz said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2011
Investigators are still working to solve a fatal stabbing in September at Club Twisted in Berkeley County, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster Jr. said this week. Terrell Coleman, 25, of Columbia, Md., died Sept. 26 after police said he was stabbed in the parking lot of the club at 5268 Williamsport Pike near Potomack Intermediate School. A second person, identified as Shavar T. Copes, 25, also was stabbed, but has since recovered from his injuries, Lemaster said Thursday. Sheriff's Deputy Michael St. Clair has done extensive investigative work on the slaying case, and a person of interest has been identified, but no charges have been filed in the case, Lemaster said.
NEWS
August 10, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A lieutenant with the Martinsburg Police Department was arraigned Monday morning on a charge of battery, according to an e-mailed release issued by Police Chief T.C. "Ted" Anderson. The charge against Lt. John Sherman Jr. stemmed from a call for a battery in progress to which West Virginia State Police responded Thursday. Troopers responding to the 7:20 p.m. call to 9512 Tuscarora Pike learned that one of the people involved in the incident was Sherman, who was off duty at the time, the release alleges.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 14, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire that seriously injured a firefighter and destroyed a large barn off Williamsport Pike last week apparently was caused by two males who were smoking crack cocaine, according to court records. James L. Blackford III, 30, told investigators that the fire started after he and another individual ignited rubbing alcohol behind the barn to heat crack cocaine in a smoking device made from a plastic bottle, according to a complaint filed by Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick J. Barker.
NEWS
December 24, 2008
DEC. 15, 1931-DEC. 21, 2008 FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- Donald L. Adams, 77, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital. Born Dec. 15, 1931, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John and Mary Alice Layfield Adams. He was a graduate of Patterson High School in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in criminal justice. He then attended the Maryland State Police Academy, where he studied criminal investigation, trained in law enforcement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and studied railroad transportation business at Georgia Tech.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | November 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A man who worked as a lifeguard over the summer at the city-owned Claude M. Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown has been charged with second-degree rape in connection with an alleged incident that involved one of his teenage co-workers last August, according to court documents. Adam E. Deiseroth, 20, of Winchester, Va., also has been charged with one count each of second-degree assault, second-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense. The alleged assault involving a female minor is said to have occurred Aug. 8 at Bradford Apartments off Dual Highway, where Deiseroth was living at the time, court documents show.
NEWS
April 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's prisons chief says 23 correctional officers fired in a probe of alleged brutality against inmates were terminated justly and for "very compelling" reasons. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard responded in a letter to two western Maryland state lawmakers who had asked him to consider reinstating the officers until a criminal investigation into the allegations is complete. Maynard told Republican Sen. George Edwards of Garrett County and Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly of Allegany County that the officers received due process under a law requiring the agency to take any disciplinary action within 30 days after learning of alleged misconduct.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | January 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The new criminal investigation section supervisor at Maryland State Police's Hagerstown barrack is no stranger to Washington County. Sgt. Dave Bowers, 42, who became the section's supervisor in mid-November, grew up in Halfway and has remained a county resident despite jobs that have taken him across the state in his nearly 20 years as a state trooper. Bowers took over the post after the section's former sergeant, Steve Ganley, became Washington County Public Schools' safety/security and risk manager Nov. 1. Before Bowers took his new assignment, he worked as the criminal law coordinator at the Maryland State Police Academy in Sykesville.
NEWS
February 23, 2006
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will host the 2006 installment of the Sheriff's Citizens Law Enforcement Awareness Program, beginning April 4. This program is designed to give residents the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of police work through lecture and hands-on activities. Topics covered in this program will include criminal investigation, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, Judicial Services, Detention Center operations and local law enforcement special units.
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