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June 2, 2011
Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley was happy Thursday to accept a $23,000 grant to buy more in-car cameras that record what motorists do every time one is pulled over by one of his deputies. In addition to providing a safer environment for one of a deputy's more dangerous duties, the traffic stop, Shirley said the cameras also "protect us from false allegations. " The cameras show the deputy's actions as well as the motorist during a traffic stop. "We have nothing to hide," Shirley said.
NEWS
March 10, 2003
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Halltown, W.Va., youth was listed in fair condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Sunday after he wrecked a car following a high-speed pursuit Saturday night on Chestnut Hill Road, a police official said. Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker said he approached the teenager's car on Washington Street about 9:07 p.m. Saturday when it quickly accelerated. Buracker said he activated his emergency lights and chased the car on Washington Street toward Harpers Ferry and onto Union Street.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | September 4, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman whose car collided with a city police cruiser while she was driving on South Queen Street on July 13 failed to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle during the accident, the Martinsburg City Police Department said Thursday. Police made the determination after the accident was reconstructed by Cpl. Brian Yost of the police department and C. Hugh Bean, a reconstruction expert from Ocean City, Md., according to a press release from the department.
NEWS
January 14, 2001
Head-on collision results from wrong-way driver By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Despite efforts by West Virginia State Police to warn motorists, a man traveling the wrong way on Interstate 81 early Sunday morning struck another car head-on, leaving the driver of the second car in critical condition, police said. West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T.C. Kearns said he was operating a radar for speeding motorists on Interstate 81 near the Inwood exit when a car passed him traveling north in the southbound lane.
NEWS
January 5, 2001
Grant will provide new heart monitors MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission has accepted $42,500 in money from the West Virginia Legislative Budget Digest. Officials said $40,000 will be used to provide new heart monitors for ambulances in the county. State Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, worked on that grant, as well as $70,000 obtained earlier for a hazardous materials unit and a fire safety house to be taken to schools. Another $2,500 will be used for emergency lights in the north county fire station to warn motorists when emergency vehicles are coming on to the road.
NEWS
July 5, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- A black Chevrolet Trail Blazer being pursued by a Maryland State Police trooper Saturday afternoon on Mill Line Court went about 200 feet off the road and overturned, according to a press release from the Maryland State Police. The driver fled the scene and despite efforts to find the man, the suspect could not be found, the release said. The owner of the car was found at a nearby residence, but that person said he lent the vehicle to a friend, the release said.
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July 25, 2004
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman was critically injured Saturday when her vehicle went off Chestnut Hill Road as she allegedly tried to get away from police, West Virginia State Police said in a news release. Brenda Nash of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was listed in critical condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Saturday night, a hospital spokeswoman said. Deputy C.K. Colbert of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department responded to a call that a possibly intoxicated woman was getting ready to leave the parking lot of the Charles Town Wal-Mart with two children, police said.
NEWS
June 12, 1997
INWOOD, W.Va. - An Inwood man was arrested following a police pursuit in Berkeley County early Wednesday morning, according to Magistrate Court records. Arrested was Troy Breeden, 29, of Route 3, according to court records. Breeden was charged with driving under the influence, obstructing, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance, according to court records. The chase began when Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy R.L. Gardner saw a small truck traveling at high speed near the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va.
NEWS
July 15, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- A Maryland State Police trooper was injured Wednesday morning when his cruiser struck an embankment on Md. 75 while he was chasing a motorcyclist, according to a state police press release. Trooper First Class James Egros was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said. Egros saw an eastbound motorcycle traveling 90 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 70 west of Md. 75 about 10 a.m., troopers said. Egros lost sight of the motorcycle, but continued east on the interstate in an attempt to find it, troopers said.
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June 3, 2011
Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley was happy Thursday to accept a $23,000 grant to buy more in-car cameras that record what motorists do when pulled over by deputies. In addition to providing a safer environment for one of a deputy's more dangerous duties, the traffic stop, Shirley said the cameras also "protect us from false allegations. " The cameras show the deputy's actions as well as the motorist during a traffic stop. "We have nothing to hide," Shirley said. The cameras are activated when the cruiser's emergency lights come on, he said.
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NEWS
November 10, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 72-year-old Pennsylvania man faces two counts of attempted murder after police say he drove 10 mph on southbound Interstate 81 and later accelerated to about 100 mph after attempting to ram police cruisers. Thomas Reginald Fleming, of State Line, Pa., also faces charges of reckless driving, destruction of property, fleeing and attempted malicious assault, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, the incident started about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday when dispatchers received several calls for a vehicle that stopped in traffic on I-81, according to police and emergency dispatch officials.
NEWS
July 15, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- A Maryland State Police trooper was injured Wednesday morning when his cruiser struck an embankment on Md. 75 while he was chasing a motorcyclist, according to a state police press release. Trooper First Class James Egros was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said. Egros saw an eastbound motorcycle traveling 90 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 70 west of Md. 75 about 10 a.m., troopers said. Egros lost sight of the motorcycle, but continued east on the interstate in an attempt to find it, troopers said.
NEWS
July 5, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- A black Chevrolet Trail Blazer being pursued by a Maryland State Police trooper Saturday afternoon on Mill Line Court went about 200 feet off the road and overturned, according to a press release from the Maryland State Police. The driver fled the scene and despite efforts to find the man, the suspect could not be found, the release said. The owner of the car was found at a nearby residence, but that person said he lent the vehicle to a friend, the release said.
NEWS
July 25, 2004
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman was critically injured Saturday when her vehicle went off Chestnut Hill Road as she allegedly tried to get away from police, West Virginia State Police said in a news release. Brenda Nash of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was listed in critical condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Saturday night, a hospital spokeswoman said. Deputy C.K. Colbert of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department responded to a call that a possibly intoxicated woman was getting ready to leave the parking lot of the Charles Town Wal-Mart with two children, police said.
NEWS
By GREGORY T. SIMMONS | March 20, 2004
The two Washington County deputies who were involved in a pursuit Thursday that resulted in a fatal single-car accident in Frederick County, Md., returned to "normal duty" Friday, Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Randy Wilkinson said. Russell Nelson Freeman Jr., 42, was driving a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire Thursday matching the description of a car he allegedly stole earlier this week when Deputy 1st Class David Norford saw Freeman. Norford was joined in the pursuit by Deputy 1st Class Mark Keys, Wilkinson said, and after a pursuit that at points exceeded 100 mph, Freeman's car struck a tree along U.S. 40 near Easterday Road.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | March 19, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com Russell Nelson Freeman Jr. spent about an hour at his father's apartment in Hagerstown Tuesday night, two days before he died during a police chase Thursday. Russell Freeman Sr., 61, said his son took off a gold chain and his wedding band and handed it to him that night. "He didn't want to live no more," the elder Freeman said Thursday night. Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Randy Wilkinson said in a release Thursday that Russell Nelson Freeman Jr. died Thursday after a crash in which his vehicle struck a tree along U.S. 40 in Frederick County, Md. Freeman, 42, was trapped in his vehicle for about 20 minutes before being flown to Washington County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Wilkinson said.
NEWS
March 10, 2003
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Halltown, W.Va., youth was listed in fair condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Sunday after he wrecked a car following a high-speed pursuit Saturday night on Chestnut Hill Road, a police official said. Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker said he approached the teenager's car on Washington Street about 9:07 p.m. Saturday when it quickly accelerated. Buracker said he activated his emergency lights and chased the car on Washington Street toward Harpers Ferry and onto Union Street.
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Bill would allow fire trucks to use lights to park By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - A Washington County firefighter testified before a Maryland General Assembly committee Wednesday that he should be allowed to use his emergency lights when backing into his station. "It's a safety issue that protects emergency apparatus backing in and it protects the citizens," said Justin Mayhue, a Hagerstown firefighter who is also deputy chief of Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. Mayhue was teaching a state firefighter training class when he realized that state law allows firefighters to use lights only when responding to an emergency.
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