September 25, 2012
A man with four previous robbery convictions entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to robbery and attempted armed robbery, crimes committed within minutes of each other May 5. Circuit Judge Dana Moylan Wright sentenced Mark Edward Ernst to 10 years in prison on each count, with the sentences running consecutively. Ernst was charged with attempting to rob Phil & Jerry's Meats and More at 22937 Jefferson Blvd. in Smithsburg, shortly after 7 p.m. In that incident, a man armed with a screwdriver entered the business and told employees, “Give me your money or I'll shove this screwdriver through your temple,” the charging document said.
August 6, 2012
Hagerstown Community College professor Elaine Ashby recently worked as a consultant for the National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Ashby, a professor of biology and chemistry who helped to create HCC's pharmacy technician program, was part of a consulting team that helped to plan, build and edit the new website, which can be viewed at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov . According to the National Institutes of Health, the goal of the site...
August 5, 2012
The newest drug-abuse trend is a bit of a shocker. The drug is legal, and it's found in more than half the homes in the United States. Abuse is so widespread, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies it as an epidemic. Abusers can be rich, poor or middle class; teens, parents or grandparents. Sometimes, law-abiding people become so addicted, they become criminals in order to get a fix. This "new" drug is not really new. It is the family of modern pain-relieving medications such as OxyContin, Percoset and Vicodin.
March 8, 2012
“This is in response to the baseball stadium, senior citizens, and anything else that the people don't want in Hagerstown. You know, we could have had a NASCAR race track in Hagerstown, outside of Hagerstown, but people didn't want it. It'd only been here one day a year, but it would have brought money into hotels and everything else. Now they don't want that. I think the people in Hagerstown need to grow up a little bit, and think things out a little bit.” - Hagerstown “The new stadium, new baseball stadium in Frederick is very nice.
January 26, 2012
A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to distribution of marijuana was sentenced to a year in the county detention center. Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Timothy Wayne Mose Jr., 30, formerly of 725 Interval Road, to four years in state prison, but suspended three years. Mose will be eligible for modification of his sentence if he completes a drug abuse course in jail, McDowell said. In exchange for the plea, nine other drug-related charges, including another marijuana distribution charge, were dismissed, court records said.
June 28, 2011
Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to meet with Eastern Panhandle county and municipal leaders Wednesday to discuss drug problems in their communities. Senate Majority Leader John Unger on Monday announced that Tomblin will host a roundtable discussion on the issue at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The meeting, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is closed to the public, but open to the media, according to an email invitation sent from the governor’s office to Unger.
February 4, 2011
With the Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers set for Sunday, a lot of people will make bets, some friendly, some serious. Larry Stouter, owner of the Catoctin Counseling Center at 228 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown, said betting usually increases among social gamblers during the Super Bowl period, but those who are addicted find the annual sporting an excuse to place a wager. "There are a lot of people who gamble on the Super Bowl," he said.
September 21, 2010
A West Virginia mother and son who were charged in separate incidents with selling heroin to the same informant on the same day at the same location received the same state prison sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Roger Lee Stephens Jr., 25, and his mother, Shelba Jean Wolfe, 45, both of 9537 Williamsport Pike in Falling Waters, W.Va., both entered guilty pleas to charges of distribution of heroin before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia against Stephens and Wolfe and an additional charge of possession of a concealed dangerous weapon against Stephens were dismissed, according to court records.
September 14, 2007
Narcotics Anonymous is for people dealing with drug abuse. · New Light Metropolitan Community Church, 40 W. Church St., Hagerstown. Saturday, 6 p.m., open, gays, lesbians and friends, discussion. · Hope and Gratitude Group, Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave., Hagerstown. Monday and Thursday, 7 p.m. · The End of the Road group, St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. · I Can't, We Can, 200 Taylor Ave. Saturday, noon.
January 22, 2007
Brian Jensen, director of the area Young Life Program, addressed the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club recently. Jensen, who noted the Kiwanis emphasis on "Serving the Children of the World," gave some "frightening" statistics, according to a press release from the club. Jensen said that every day in America, one person younger than 25 dies from HIV infection; five individuals younger than 20 commit suicide; nine youths younger than 20 are homicide victims; 367 children are arrested for drug abuse; 1,329 babies are born to teen mothers; 2,861 high school students drop out; 4,248 children are arrested, 180 for violent crimes.