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NEWS
April 25, 2012
A Washington County man has been charged with assault and other counts after he allegedly caused at least three traffic accidents Tuesday night east of Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Joseph Martin Hitchcock, 30, was charged with second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, driving while under the influence and several traffic violations for causing vehicle accidents, according to a sheriff's office news release. Deputies said they were called at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday for a report of domestic violence in the area of Harvard Road.
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NEWS
April 9, 2012
Hagerstown Police used a dog and a helicopter Sunday night to search for a suspect in a domestic violence stabbing at Cortland Apartments, but were unsuccessful in finding the man, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release. Police asked that anyone with information about the whereabouts of David Marvin Ross, 44, of 12939 Little Elliott Drive, contact the police department. Police responded to the area of that address at 11:04 p.m. for reports of an assault involving a knife, and found a woman inside the apartment complex with several minor cuts to her upper body, police said.
NEWS
April 9, 2012
Hagerstown Police used a dog and a helicopter Sunday night to search for a suspect in a domestic violence stabbing at Cortland Apartments, but were unsuccessful in finding the man, the Hagerstown Police Department said in a news release. Police are asking that anyone with information about the whereabouts of David Marvin Ross, 44, of 12939 Little Elliott Drive, contact the police department. Police responded to the area of that address at 11:04 p.m. for reports of an assault involving a knife, and found a woman inside the apartment complex with several minor cuts to her upper body, police said.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
Hagerstown Police respond to incidents The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following incidents, according to spokeswoman Barbara Pickett: Feb. 28: A domestic violence assault was reported in the 100 block of Summer Street. An arrest was made. Three bicycles were reported stolen in the 1100 block of Oak Hill Avenue. A student was reported out of control at Western Heights Middle School. An arrest was made. A disorderly conduct incident was reported at Antietam Academy.
OPINION
March 7, 2012
For a man, the idea that a woman - one with whom he's enamored - does not want to see him anymore can be traumatic. Most accept the news with sadness or mild depression, but are able to work their way through the emotional pain in an acceptable and healthy manner. A small fraction, however, react not with sadness, but with a burning rage. We all know the cliché: If I can't have her, no one can. And we all know how that one usually ends. Needless to say, this reaction can occur at any stage of a relationship, or for that matter even if there is no relationship.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2012
For more than four years, the mother of three young children has lived in constant fear when the next brutal beating would come at the hands of her abuser. “It was bad from the beginning. It started when I was pregnant with our first child,” said the woman in her late 20s, who is not being identified to help protect her safety. “I just stayed, hoping and thinking things would get better, but things didn't get better.” For now, she's safe at a Women in Need shelter in Franklin County.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2012
Victims of domestic violence often go to hospital emergency rooms claiming their injuries were a result of accidents rather than abuse. Training medical professionals to tell the difference and uncover the truth is one goal of a new hospital-based domestic violence screening program announced Monday by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Brown announced a $50,000 grant for the program during a press conference at Robinwood Professional Center off Robinwood Drive east of Hagerstown. The state funding is through the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2011
Lawmakers are seeking stronger protection for domestic violence victims, triggered, in part, by a standoff in June that left a Hagerstown woman dead at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. Councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood raised the issue Tuesday, when the Hagerstown City Council met with members of the state legislative delegation to discuss issues for the upcoming General Assembly session in Annapolis. "I know you have been working very hard on adjusting the parameters of what constitutes domestic violence versus assault charges statewide," Haywood said to State Sen. Christopher B. Shank.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 30, 2011
Lacking money and personal power, a woman typically tries to leave an abusive relationship seven to nine times, a domestic violence advocate said Sunday. “She's comfortable there because she believes she has control in that situation. She doesn't, but she believes she does,” said Linda Dougherty, of Women In Need. Discussions about domestic violence covered red flags, legal concerns, police calls and ways a community can help during Trinity United Church of Christ's roundtable Sunday evening in partnership with Women In Need, or  WIN. The event was the second in a four-part series called “Bearing Witness.” The church will host similar events about social issues Jan. 15 and April 15, 2012.
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