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NEWS
April 9, 2001
Legislature passes bills that impact local area Some bills of local interest that passed the Maryland General Assembly this session: UNDERCOVER PURCHASES - Lets Washington County police agencies make secret purchases for undercover investigations. Right now, investigators must seek bids for purchases over $25,000. PRIME OUTLETS - Allows Prime Outlets at Hagerstown to hold the same type of sidewalk exhibitions as Valley Mall. FIREFIGHTER TAX CREDIT - Authorizes the Washington County Commissioners to offer a property tax credit to fire and rescue volunteers.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 8, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland State Police in Frederick were investigating an incident in which a man who appeared to be posing as a police officer stopped a vehicle driven by a woman Thursday night. The woman told officers she was stopped on U.S. 340 near Mount Zion Road on Thursday about 6:15 p.m., according to a state police press release. The woman said the other vehicle, an older white Ford passenger car, pulled behind her and activated red-and-blue emergency lights that were on the passenger-side dashboard, police said.
NEWS
March 7, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland State Police in Frederick were investigating an incident in which a man who appeared to be posing as a police officer stopped a vehicle driven by a woman Thursday night. The woman told officers she was stopped on U.S. 340 near Mt. Zion Road at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, state police said in a news release. The woman said the other vehicle, an older white Ford passenger car, pulled behind her and activated red-and-blue emergency lights that were on the passenger-side dashboard, state police said.
NEWS
September 15, 2009
FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- A 26-year-old man accused of crashing a golf cart while intoxicated was charged with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving with a license that had been revoked for driving under the influence, according to court records. Brandon Dale French of 263 Hunt Drive in Kearneysville, W.Va., was arraigned Saturday on the two misdemeanor charges by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, magistrate court records show. West Virginia State Police Trooper N.K. Campbell responded to River Bend Campgrounds at 4 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report that a person was operating a white golf cart and hitting other carts, according to the trooper's complaint.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 20, 2010
HAGERSTOWN --A jury began deliberations Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court in the case of a Frederick, Md., man charged with rape and impersonating a police officer in a 2009 incident in Hagerstown. Michael Allen Barnwell, 37, is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at about 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2009, in a downtown parking lot near the intersection of Potomac and Franklin streets, Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Tuesday during her opening statement in court.
NEWS
June 11, 1999
Hagerstown's assistant finance director, who complained about his treatment by police during a March 25 traffic stop, pleaded guilty Thursday to two traffic offenses in Washington County District Court. Ray Foltz Sr. was fined $40 for speeding and $40 for failure to yield for an official vehicle, court records said. Judge Ralph France reduced the speeding violation to a one-point offense, court records said. He will pay $23 in court costs. Foltz, 48, filed a complaint against Hagerstown Police Officer Casey Yonkers, accusing him of improperly drawing his gun during the traffic stop.
NEWS
May 21, 2010
HANCOCK -- A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after the car he was driving struck a Maryland State Police cruiser Wednesday night in Hancock, according to a police news release. Darryl Lynn Hall, 38, of Rock Hill Place also is charged with driving while his license was revoked, failure to keep to the right of the center line and negligent driving, police said. He was being held on $25,000 bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 3, 2011
A Leitersburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. tanker truck and a car being driven by a Boonsboro woman collided at the intersection of Ringgold Pike and Jefferson Boulevard Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said. The 1994 Freightliner tanker truck, which had its emergency lights and siren activated, was traveling east on Ringgold Pike on its way to a structure fire in Franklin County, according to police and Kirk Mongan, chief of the fire department. As the tanker approached the intersection with Jefferson Boulevard about 5:20 p.m., a 1997 Pontiac Trans Am being driven by Tina Marie Morris, 48, pulled into the intersection from southbound Jefferson Boulevard, according to police.
NEWS
By DON AINES | February 4, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two truck drivers charged in the deaths of two men in a February 2007 pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Fannett Township waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court after the charges were reduced to recklessly endangering another person. Michael E. Ford, 54, of Venus, Texas, and Yu Anmin, 49, of San Gabriel, Calif., each were charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle in the Jan. 27 crash that killed James C. Skinner, 41, of Lower Burrell, Pa., and his passenger, John Michael Taylor, 22, of Saltsburg, Pa. Ford and Anmin were scheduled for mandatory arraignments in March, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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