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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Hagerstown police say four shootings in the city over the past week were retaliatory strikes between the Bloods and Crips street gangs. Lt. Tom Langston said Monday that the first incident occurred at about 7 p.m. April 15 behind a house in the 200 block of North Jonathan Street, where a man he alleged is associated with the Bloods exchanged gunfire with a juvenile associate of the Crips. At first, police believed the adult was the only person who was shot, but an investigation determined that a juvenile also was hit. Langston said both sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
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by TARA REILLY | February 17, 2006
HAGERSTOWN tarar@herald-mail.com MS-13 gang members are known to provoke violent fights without reason. Bloods affiliate themselves with the color "red," often wear their hats tilted to the right and might attack someone from behind, slicing their faces from the corner of the mouth to the ear. The attack, known as a "buck 50," got the name because it's intended to cause a wound that will require at least 150 stitches....
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
A 12th person has been arrested in connection with a gang-related gun fight that occurred in April in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street neighborhood. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Friday morning that Steven Todd Bowie, 30, of 815 K Stratford Way in Frederick, Md., appeared Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a bond review hearing. The bond for Bowie, who previously was being held without bond, was set at $350,000, Kessell said. Bowie was charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder; conspiracy to commit second-degree assault; first-degree assault; second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; unlawfully firing, discharging and shooting a firearm within city limits; affray; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun upon their person; wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure; and firearm use in a violent crime.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
A Washington, D.C., man already being held on charges involving a gang shooting last month now has been charged with second-degree rape of a teen girl, according to Washington County District Court records. Matthew Steven Gardner, 28, is being held on $150,000 bond on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, court records said. Gardner already was being held on $75,000 bond since April 16 on a charge of having a handgun in a vehicle, court records said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
The indictments earlier this month of more than a dozen alleged gang members who are accused of waging a gun battle on the streets of Hagerstown in April doesn't mean that gang activity in the city has spun out of control, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said Friday. Holtzman said the shootings, which occurred in the Jonathan Street neighborhood and involved 14 alleged members of the notorious Bloods and Crips street gangs, were isolated incidents between the two factions that haven't happened again since the shots were fired April 15. “This is the first time we've ever seen any gang-on-gang type of shooting, or real gang-on-gang type of retaliation,” Holtzman said.
NEWS
February 2, 2006
Hagerstown is a nice place to live and as the metropolitan areas get more crowded, many are choosing to make this city their new home. Unfortunately, some are people we'd rather not see set up housekeeping here. Who are these undesirables? They're members of street gangs who have been released from the state prison complex south of Hagerstown. Instead of going back to where they lived before their convictions, they choose to stay here. So says Hagerstown Police Detective Todd Dunkle, a member of the city's Street Crimes Unit and Western region director for MARGIN (Mid-Atlantic Region Gang Investigators Network)
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By DAN DEARTH | October 8, 2009
HUYETTS CROSSROADS -- Several hundred gang members are active selling drugs and committing other crimes in Washington County, an official from the Washington County Gang Task Force said Thursday during a presentation at the Wacohu Grange west of Hagerstown. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said many of the gang members in Washington County are former inmates from the correctional facilities south of Hagerstown. "Some inmates make connections while they're here," the official said.
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by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | March 16, 2006
Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said Tuesday he wants to educate as many area residents as possible about gang activity in order to alert police about the presence of gangs in Hagerstown. Smith said he would like to see city and county workers, mail carriers, utility workers and other residents attend informational sessions the city has been holding in order to help police crack down on gangs before they become established. "It is much more cost-effective if we keep them from getting a foothold here," Smith told City Council members during a work session Tuesday.
NEWS
By PETER HARTLAUB / San Francisco Chronicle | February 23, 2009
While we're hoping that "Crips and Bloods: Made in America," the documentary by "Dogtown and Z-Boys" director Stacy Peralta (and producer/point guard Baron Davis) is great, we're worried what it's going to do for the gang-film genre as a whole. Is the ridiculous gang fight in "The Wanderers" still going to seem fun after watching Peralta's serious treatment of gang violence in Southern California? Will we still wonder at the casting of Gerardo "Rico Suave" Mejia as a gang member in "Colors" after seeing the real story of the Crips and the Bloods?
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | August 16, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Hagerstown City Police are in the midst of increasing anti-gang efforts by designating some officers as gang experts and consolidating gang intelligence in regular police briefing sessions, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said last week. "We're trying to study it, catalogue it, have a database" of gang information, Smith said. "It's kind of aimed at keeping it from becoming a major problem. " Smith said the effort should help to lock up more criminals and to better understand the local drug trade.
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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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OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | July 14, 2013
The prison gang problem has been the topic of many daily reports from the Department of Public Safety. Gang issues, too, have surfaced in local newspapers. The gang problem is not going away. When I began my career in corrections in 1969, there were several gangs in the Big House that tended to create problems. There was West Baltimore and East Baltimore; Washington gangs versus Baltimore; New York gangs; and other gangs that were created by mere association of people to form an alliance against the world.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
The indictments earlier this month of more than a dozen alleged gang members who are accused of waging a gun battle on the streets of Hagerstown in April doesn't mean that gang activity in the city has spun out of control, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said Friday. Holtzman said the shootings, which occurred in the Jonathan Street neighborhood and involved 14 alleged members of the notorious Bloods and Crips street gangs, were isolated incidents between the two factions that haven't happened again since the shots were fired April 15. “This is the first time we've ever seen any gang-on-gang type of shooting, or real gang-on-gang type of retaliation,” Holtzman said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
A 12th person has been arrested in connection with a gang-related gun fight that occurred in April in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street neighborhood. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Friday morning that Steven Todd Bowie, 30, of 815 K Stratford Way in Frederick, Md., appeared Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a bond review hearing. The bond for Bowie, who previously was being held without bond, was set at $350,000, Kessell said. Bowie was charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder; conspiracy to commit second-degree assault; first-degree assault; second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; unlawfully firing, discharging and shooting a firearm within city limits; affray; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun upon their person; wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure; and firearm use in a violent crime.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
A Washington, D.C., man already being held on charges involving a gang shooting last month now has been charged with second-degree rape of a teen girl, according to Washington County District Court records. Matthew Steven Gardner, 28, is being held on $150,000 bond on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, court records said. Gardner already was being held on $75,000 bond since April 16 on a charge of having a handgun in a vehicle, court records said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Hagerstown police say four shootings in the city over the past week were retaliatory strikes between the Bloods and Crips street gangs. Lt. Tom Langston said Monday that the first incident occurred at about 7 p.m. April 15 behind a house in the 200 block of North Jonathan Street, where a man he alleged is associated with the Bloods exchanged gunfire with a juvenile associate of the Crips. At first, police believed the adult was the only person who was shot, but an investigation determined that a juvenile also was hit. Langston said both sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | October 8, 2009
HUYETTS CROSSROADS -- Several hundred gang members are active selling drugs and committing other crimes in Washington County, an official from the Washington County Gang Task Force said Thursday during a presentation at the Wacohu Grange west of Hagerstown. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, said many of the gang members in Washington County are former inmates from the correctional facilities south of Hagerstown. "Some inmates make connections while they're here," the official said.
NEWS
By PETER HARTLAUB / San Francisco Chronicle | February 23, 2009
While we're hoping that "Crips and Bloods: Made in America," the documentary by "Dogtown and Z-Boys" director Stacy Peralta (and producer/point guard Baron Davis) is great, we're worried what it's going to do for the gang-film genre as a whole. Is the ridiculous gang fight in "The Wanderers" still going to seem fun after watching Peralta's serious treatment of gang violence in Southern California? Will we still wonder at the casting of Gerardo "Rico Suave" Mejia as a gang member in "Colors" after seeing the real story of the Crips and the Bloods?
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 11, 2006
FREDERICK, MD. - Two men who lived between Hagerstown and Frederick and directed gangs to commit violent crimes and make drug sales in three counties have been indicted, state police said Thursday. Lamar Cason Wilmore, 28, and Martin Kenneth Williams, 33, are among more than 50 Crips gang members who have been arrested or indicted as part of a nearly two-year investigation in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties, Maryland State Police Secretary Col. Thomas E. Hutchins said Thursday.
NEWS
by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | March 16, 2006
Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said Tuesday he wants to educate as many area residents as possible about gang activity in order to alert police about the presence of gangs in Hagerstown. Smith said he would like to see city and county workers, mail carriers, utility workers and other residents attend informational sessions the city has been holding in order to help police crack down on gangs before they become established. "It is much more cost-effective if we keep them from getting a foothold here," Smith told City Council members during a work session Tuesday.
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