May 4, 2012
Last year, fifth-grader Hannah Hearn and some of her classmates washed fire trucks; this year it was police cruisers. Hannah, 11, was one of nearly 300 Faith Christian Academy prekindergarten to 12th grade students taking part in their school's annual Labors of Love community-service project. Teams of students were sent to 48 work sites Friday morning in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Maryland. Their tasks ranged from simple landscape projects like raking, weeding and planting flowers to house-cleaning chores, pet care, roadway trash pickup, trail building, painting, washing windows and emergency vehicles and singing to nursing-home residents.
February 7, 2012
Two former Washington Township, Pa., police cruisers will be given to local fire departments for their use. The Washington Township Supervisors on Monday declared three old cruisers “surplus property” for disposal. They recently had graphics added to four cruisers to bolster their fleet. The Waynesboro and Blue Ridge fire departments will each receive a car. The third one will be sold via a bidding process, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.
November 4, 2011
The Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Girl Scout Council of Nation's Capital, Troop No. 40733, to receive 95 hand-made blankets, which will be carried by patrol deputies for use and distribution during times of crisis. These blankets are primarily intended for use as a comfort aid to children involved in domestic violence incidents, vehicle accidents or other traumatic events. They may also be useful when dealing with vulnerable adults, such as people with Alzheimer's and dementia, who require police assistance.
October 4, 2011
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors have purchased four 2011 Ford Crown Victoria cars to use as police cruisers, saying they wanted to buy the cars while they're still being produced. Township officials say they've been told 2011 is the final model year for the Crown Victoria, a car that is used throughout the Washington Township Police Department fleet. For $99,936, the township recently purchased four Crown Victorias from Day Ford of Monroeville, Pa. The supervisors budget money each year for cruiser replacement.
September 25, 2011
The collision of two Berkeley County cruisers that were responding to back up a third officer around 1:30 a.m. Sunday is being investigated, according to a news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. “Both officers and K-9 were checked and released,” according to the news release. Preliminary findings indicate the lead cruiser tried to “turn around” on a possible suspect vehicle in the 9000 block of Winchester Avenue and the second cruiser went to pass, then the cruisers collided, police said.
August 3, 2011
A Hagerstown police cruiser was heavily damaged in a two-vehicle accident Saturday night. Capt. Mark Holtzman said the cruiser was traveling west on Dual Highway at about 10 p.m. when it was struck by an eastbound vehicle that was making a left turn onto Cleveland Avenue. "There was extensive damage," Holtzman said. "It might be a total loss. " The driver of the cruiser, Officer Chuck Johnson, was responding to a nonemergency call, Holtzman said. Johnson was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown as a precaution Holtzman said that the driver of the other vehicle, Kelly M. Valentine, 19, of Hagerstown, was not injured.
June 13, 2011
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Navy Cruisers as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Concert Series, on Tuesday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. The U.S. Navy Cruisers is an eight-member contemporary music ensemble under the leadership of drummer Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The Cruisers take their name from the Navy's multimission ship, the Cruiser, and perform a variety of music, including classic rock, rhythm and blues, oldies from the 1950s and '60s, Motown favorites, as well as today's top-40 hits.
September 25, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- One man was shot three times and another broke his leg fleeing the scene of a shooting Saturday morning in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Robinwood Court, according to police. Robert Earl Mitchell, 22, of 165 S. Potomac St., and Christopher Lee, 21, of 1900 Abbey Lane, were taken to Washington County Hospital after the 3:12 a.m. shooting, Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said Saturday afternoon. Mullendore pointed to cars in the parking lot damaged by the gunfire and said two firearms, one of them a handgun, were recovered.
August 8, 2010
The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Navy Cruisers as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Concert Series on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 4:30 p.m., at HCC's Alumni Amphitheater. The group is an eight-member contemporary music ensemble under the direction of drummer musician 1st Class Leon Alexander. The Cruisers take their name from the Navy's multi-mission ship, the Cruiser, and perform a variety of music including classic rock, rhythm and blues, oldies from the 1950s and 1960s, Motown favorites, as well as today's Top 40 hits.
May 27, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday after the car she was driving collided with a Washington County Sheriff's Department cruiser near Williamsport, a sheriff's office press release said. Karen Deanne Tucker, age and address unavailable, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of her injuries, the release said. A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday morning that Tucker was not listed as a patient. Tucker pulled into the path of the cruiser at about 8 p.m. as she merged onto U.S. 11 from Interstate 81, the release said.