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November 15, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Four area law enforcement agencies received top honors from AAA for their community safety efforts and enforcement activities, according to a press release from the East Central Region branch of the automobile association. The recipients of Platinum Awards at a luncheon Friday in Berkeley Springs were the Berkeley Springs Police Department, Harpers Ferry Police Department, Martinsburg Police Department and West Virginia State Police Troop 2 command based in Jefferson County.
NEWS
By DON AINES | February 29, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some property owners who skipped clearing off their sidewalks after last Friday's winter storm will not be able to avoid a warning or citation for future weekend snows. Councilman Allen Coffman said at Monday's Chambersburg Borough Council meeting that he saw properties on Saturday and Sunday "where people made no attempt to clear off their sidewalks. " "We've got a snow policy," Coffman said. "We need some way to enforce it. " Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said the snow came at the beginning of a weekend, when the meter readers who post warnings and issue citations for not clearing sidewalks are off work.
NEWS
By DON AINES | February 29, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some property owners who skipped clearing off their sidewalks after last Friday's winter storm will not be able to avoid a warning or citation for future weekend snows. Councilman Allen Coffman said at Monday's Chambersburg Borough Council meeting that he saw properties on Saturday and Sunday "where people made no attempt to clear off their sidewalks. " "We've got a snow policy," Coffman said. "We need some way to enforce it. " Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said the snow came at the beginning of a weekend, when the meter readers who post warnings and issue citations for not clearing sidewalks are off work.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | September 24, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that would make the curfew law easier for Hagerstown City Police to enforce. The council is scheduled to vote Oct. 28 on adoption of the ordinance, which applies to those younger than 16. The changes would go into effect Nov. 28. At its Sept. 2 work session, the city gave general support to modifying the ordinance, which was written in 1985. The curfew for juveniles is 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays until 6 a.m. the following morning.
NEWS
December 12, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Spring Mill Farm subdivision this week became the 30th residential community in Berkeley County to ask for enforcement of the county's all-terrain vehicle ordinance in their community. As written, the four-year-old ordinance prohibits ATV use on county roads and county-owned property, but subdivision homeowners associations have to petition the Berkeley County Commission if they want their privately maintained streets and avenues included in enforcement efforts.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 20, 2013
Editor's note: This is the first of three days of coverage regarding missing persons in the Tri-State area. The Herald-Mail reached out to law enforcement agencies to obtain information about individuals reported missing. They include Revell Jeeter of Harrisonville, Pa.; Arthur Murray of Williamsport; Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; and Melissa Moreland, who lived with her parents near Paw Paw, W.Va. Their stories will be told Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | September 14, 2005
The Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Hagerstown Police Department will split a $39,568 crime control grant. Each department will receive $19,784 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. The Hagerstown Police Department will use the JAG money to pay for overtime for law enforcement efforts in CSAFE areas of Hagerstown, according to information provided by the county. The Sheriff's Department will use the money to support traffic enforcement initiatives, crime prevention patrols (in response to specific crimes, threats or holiday events)
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 9, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Four businesses accused of selling alcohol to minors went before the Board of License Commissioners Wednesday morning. The commissioners voted to review testimony and render decisions in each of the cases within 30 days. Businesses usually are fined for selling alcohol to minors, although certain factors, such as whether it was a first offense, are considered, board chairman Robert Everhart said. Washington County Sheriff's deputies employed an 18-year-old girl to conduct alcohol sales enforcement checks May 25. The girl purchased alcohol from each of the businesses while deputies monitored the transactions, Sgt. Chris Howard testified before the commissioners.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 11, 2004
Fire, rescue and police agencies in Washington County have been awarded $1.14 million in grants as of Tuesday, Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth told the County Commissioners. The commissioners approved Memorandum of Understandings with various agencies who distributed the grants, making the awards final. The $1.14 million consists of 11 separate awards and includes a $668,038 weapons of mass destruction grant and a $212,578 law enforcement terrorism grant, both distributed by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
NEWS
May 29, 2008
FUNKSTOWN - All municipalities have been invited to a meeting on a proposed uniform skateboarding ordinance Wednesday, June 11, at 1 p.m. at the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The idea of a uniform ordinance came from the law enforcement community which wants uniform rules so enforcement will be the same from community to community, according to Town Clerk Brenda Haynes. The questions to be answered will include where skateboarding will and won't be allowed, time restrictions and penalty amounts for violations.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 8, 2013
Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. withdrew proposed noise and loitering ordinances from the town council's agenda Monday night at the request of the Washington County sheriff, who wants prosecutors to review the proposals to see if they are enforceable. “They can't just create ordinances without running it by us to see whether it's even enforceable or not,” Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said in a telephone interview after the Funkstown Town Council meeting. “They can pass ordinances all day long, but if they're not enforceable, they're just a waste of paper,” he said.
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NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
Beginning in mid-July, auxiliary police and authorized City of Hagerstown employees will officially serve in the role of parking enforcement officers. Currently the city's police chief can designate “enforcement officers,” and has done so with auxiliary police and other city workers in the past. Several wording alterations to the Hagerstown city code will make such designations part of the code, city's Parking System Supervisor Jason Rodgers said. Rodgers said the wording updates merely clean up city code.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew@herald-mail.com | June 27, 2013
The Berkeley County Council voted 4-1 Thursday to approve the county sheriff's three-year plan to close the gap between deputies' pay and the salaries of Martinsburg Police Department officers. County Councilman Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr. voted against the proposal, which will cost $160,000 to $200,000 for the first year of the plan, but insisted he wasn't against providing deputies with a more competitive wage. An entry-level county deputy currently is paid $30,548, which Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster Jr. told council members hasn't changed since 2006 and is about $9,000 less than an entry-level Martinsburg police officer.
EDUCATION
June 10, 2013
Two Hagerstown Community College students recently received academic scholarships for the spring 2013 semester. Administration of Justice majors John Aldridge and Lisa Sandlin, both of Hagerstown, received the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by HCC faculty members to eligible students working toward an associate of applied science degree in administration of justice. Aldridge will graduate in May 2015 and plans to work in a Strategic Response Team unit, formerly known as SWAT.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 2, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department says it plans to increase the use of a state ordinance that lets authorities go after landlords who frequently rent their properties to drug users and dealers. Police Chief Mark Holtzman said illegal drug activity in rental properties has been an ongoing problem in the city for many years. “There's nothing more damaging to a neighborhood than to have a house in the neighborhood that has illegal drug activity - namely drug sales,” Holtzman said.
OPINION
May 19, 2013
No right to speed through school zones To the editor: I am surprised at how many people think they have a constitutional right to speed through school zones. In the few last weeks, several writers have voiced their displeasure at having to pay speeding fines for this previously “routine” behavior.  Mostly, they justify their careless and unsafe actions on the grounds that a heartless mechanical Robocop has caught them (on camera and red handed) and is completely uninterested in their flimsy excuses.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
One of three men accused of passing counterfeit currency Monday has been charged with assaulting Maryland State Police troopers as they attempted to take him into custody in the parking lot of Premium Outlets, according to Washington County District Court records. Tyreik L. Gibson, 28, of Lansdowne, Pa., was charged by state police with three counts each of first- and second-degree assault, and one count each of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and malicious destruction of property of more than $500, court records said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Melissa Moreland's father died not knowing what happened to his 21-year-old daughter who left his home Oct. 23, 1987, and disappeared. Moreland, who today would be 46 years old, was last seen late that night at the former High's gas station in Paw Paw. Her parents believed she would be spending the night with a friend. Over the years, several law enforcement agencies working on the case have investigated a variety of tips. Some of those tips claimed the woman is alive, while others pointed to possible places her remains could be found.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2013
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series about missing persons in the Tri-State. The Herald-Mail contacted law enforcement agencies to obtain information about area residents who have been reported missing. Those profiled include Revell Jeeter of Harrisonville, Pa., whose story was published Sunday; Arthur Murray of Williamsport, whose story appears today; and Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and Melissa Moreland, who lived with her parents near Paw Paw, W.Va., whose stories will be published Tuesday.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 20, 2013
Editor's note: This is the first of three days of coverage regarding missing persons in the Tri-State area. The Herald-Mail reached out to law enforcement agencies to obtain information about individuals reported missing. They include Revell Jeeter of Harrisonville, Pa.; Arthur Murray of Williamsport; Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; and Melissa Moreland, who lived with her parents near Paw Paw, W.Va. Their stories will be told Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
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