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By JULIE E. GREENE | janeth@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
An ambulance crew continued to give CPR to an inmate in the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown last Thursday while they were stuck in an elevator at the prison for - at most - 5 to 7 minutes, the ambulance company chief said Tuesday. The inmate, a 58-year-old man who had been convicted in Montgomery County, Md., was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center, Mark A. Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Tuesday.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | April 16, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - On the surface, the proposal to add an elevator to the Washington County Courthouse for transporting prisoners seems feasible, but what's below the foundation of the historic building might stand in its way. In March - a few weeks after the Washington County Commissioners president received letters expressing concern about safety under current courthouse renovation plans and a few days after a deadly shooting...
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by TARA REILLY | December 8, 2006
An elevator project at the Washington County Administration Building that caused headaches for county officials has been completed, but at more than double the budgeted amount. The contractor doing the project ran into several issues that increased the cost from about $95,000 to about $210,000, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said. The county undertook the elevator maintenance project in late June to comply with state regulations, according to a press release issued by the county in the summer.
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July 15, 2006
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners' meetings will be moved to different locations during the next month while maintenance is being conducted on the elevator at the County Administration Building, according to a county press release. The meetings set for July 18, and Aug. 1 and 8 will be affected. The July 18 open meeting at 8:30 a.m. will be in the public meeting room of the Department of Water Quality Building at 16232 Elliott Parkway. Elliott Parkway serves the I-70/81 Industrial Park off Md. 63 (Greencastle Pike)
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by TARA REILLY | March 2, 2006
An elevator that will be used to transport inmates in the Washington County Courthouse could cost more than $650,000, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said. Rohrer said he hopes to keep the price to about $540,000. The elevator is part of a courthouse renovation project that includes building another courtroom for a fifth Circuit Court judge, more inmate holding cells and asbestos removal. Most of the renovations are expected to be completed in June. The elevator is scheduled for completion in December 2007, Rohrer told the County Commissioners on Tuesday.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 21, 2006
The Washington County Commissioners will return to the County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St. today for their weekly meeting. However, the elevator hasn't been fixed. Therefore, to accommodate people with disabilities who can't get to the second-floor meeting room, a video feed of the meeting will be transmitted to the first-floor Economic Development Commission conference room. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. The commissioners have met for several weeks at the Department of Water Quality building on Elliott Parkway near Williamsport while an elevator at the County Administration Building is being repaired.
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July 18, 2008
The first block of West Washington Street in Hagerstown was shut down at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after firefighters responded to the smell of smoke in a building at 20 W. Washington St., Battalion Fire Chief Kyd Dietrich said. Dietrich said firefighters had to shut off the power in an elevator after the odor was traced to a transformer. No one had to be rescued from the elevator, Dietrich said. Firefighters turned the issue over to maintenance workers in the building.
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by TARA REILLY | June 17, 2005
Washington County received word that "surprise" money from the state is on the way for security improvements at the Washington County Courthouse. Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook announced during a meeting Tuesday that the county will receive $250,000 toward the cost of adding an elevator to the courthouse for transporting prisoners. The elevator will be used to keep prisoners out of courthouse hallways and away from employees and the public. It would carry prisoners from the courthouse annex basement to a holding cell area.
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February 15, 2002
Man who carried gun into hospital enters guilty plea By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI kimy@herald-mail.com A Pensacola, Fla., man whose handgun discharged four times inside a Washington County Hospital elevator with two other people aboard entered a plea Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. Freddie Lee Harris, 59, of 1609 Bainbridge Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment before Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright. Wright sentenced him to one year in jail on each count, with the sentences to be served consecutively.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 15, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Architectural consultants are looking into adding another elevator for prisoner transport at the Washington County Courthouse after a judge and the county bar association president questioned the safety of the existing renovation plans, County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer said Monday. Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell and Bar Association of Washington County President Arthur Schneider sent letters in February to Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook requesting a review of the plans, which they said do not provide for the safe movement of prisoners within the building.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | janeth@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
An ambulance crew continued to give CPR to an inmate in the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown last Thursday while they were stuck in an elevator at the prison for - at most - 5 to 7 minutes, the ambulance company chief said Tuesday. The inmate, a 58-year-old man who had been convicted in Montgomery County, Md., was pronounced dead at Meritus Medical Center, Mark A. Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Tuesday.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 19, 2012
Williamsport High School graduate and newly appointed U.S. district court judge Gina M. Groh says she is a small town girl who is living “a uniquely American dream.” “I didn't get here on my own through just hard work and ambition,” Groh said at her investiture ceremony Friday in the Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University, where she graduated in 1986. “I got here through the help and encouragement of a lot of folks and I need to thank them.” Groh, who now resides in Jefferson County, was nominated for the federal bench in the Northern District of West Virginia by President Obama in May 2011.
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By DAN DEARTH, DAVE McMILLION and KATE S. ALEXANDER | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 11, 2011
After days of rain and flooding, dry weather is finally headed to the Tri-State area. The Hagerstown area is in for several drier days, with precipitation not making its way back to the area until the middle of next week, National Weather Service Meteorologist Bryan Jackson said. The Potomac River, however could still continue to rise Saturday as water makes its way down from higher elevations, Jackson said. Ed Plank, head of the Washington County Highway Department, said earlier Friday that the worst flooding in some parts of the county would not come until after sunset.
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By HEATHER KEELS | November 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The West Washington Street entrance to the Washington County Courthouse will be closed permanently, effective Dec. 7, to improve security, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. Public access to the building will be available from the Summit Avenue entrance to the Courthouse Annex, he said. The shift from two entrances to a single entrance was recommended in a 2006 report from the National Center for State Courts, an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization, Mullendore said.
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August 22, 2009
Name of business: Elevations Salon Owners: Jorgi Lane and Philip Smith Address: 35 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown MD 21740 Opening date: July 15 Products and services: Haircuts; coloring; perms and relaxers; manicures and pedicures; facials; massages. Market area: Tri-state area families How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?: Jorgi's father and grandmother were hairdressers. "The goal in my life has always been to own my own salon.
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By BRENT GUSTAF, 26, Greencastle, Pa | October 3, 2008
Hello, my name is Brent Gustaf. Recently on Aug. 23, 2008; Katie Hann and I were married in Waynesboro, Pa. After the wedding and reception we left early the next morning for our honeymoon in Jamaica. The first few days were beautiful, the weather was in the 90s, little to no wind or waves; just gorgeous. Then we began getting phone calls from our family saying that there was a tropical storm/hurricane named "Gustav" coming our way. To be honest, I thought it was a joke. We hadn't really been watching any television while there, so we had no idea what was happening in the world.
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July 18, 2008
The first block of West Washington Street in Hagerstown was shut down at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after firefighters responded to the smell of smoke in a building at 20 W. Washington St., Battalion Fire Chief Kyd Dietrich said. Dietrich said firefighters had to shut off the power in an elevator after the odor was traced to a transformer. No one had to be rescued from the elevator, Dietrich said. Firefighters turned the issue over to maintenance workers in the building.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 18, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The pedestrian bridge for the historic B&O roundhouse and shop complex in Martinsburg will not be open to people with disabilities who come for this weekend's Rail Days celebration, organizers said. "We don't have an elevator in (the new tower) yet, but the stairs will be available," said Rosetta Chiofalo, executive director of the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority. "They kept promising (the bridge would be fully accessible) till last week. " The bridge provides access from the Caperton Train Center to the roundhouse center.
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by TARA REILLY | December 8, 2006
An elevator project at the Washington County Administration Building that caused headaches for county officials has been completed, but at more than double the budgeted amount. The contractor doing the project ran into several issues that increased the cost from about $95,000 to about $210,000, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said. The county undertook the elevator maintenance project in late June to comply with state regulations, according to a press release issued by the county in the summer.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 21, 2006
The Washington County Commissioners will return to the County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St. today for their weekly meeting. However, the elevator hasn't been fixed. Therefore, to accommodate people with disabilities who can't get to the second-floor meeting room, a video feed of the meeting will be transmitted to the first-floor Economic Development Commission conference room. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. The commissioners have met for several weeks at the Department of Water Quality building on Elliott Parkway near Williamsport while an elevator at the County Administration Building is being repaired.
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