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By CANDICE BOSELY | November 12, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A lieutenant with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department using radar to check for speeders Friday afternoon found himself suddenly responding to a different type of call: A man claiming he had explosives was holding an employee of an asphalt plant inside a building. Lt. D.S. Richmond went to the ESSROC asphalt plant on Kelly Island Road at around 1:30 p.m., where the man had told someone he had C4, an explosive material, and was holding an employee hostage, according to police.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 5, 2005
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. charlestown@herald-mail.com After carrying traffic across the Potomac River between Shepherdstown and Washington County, Md., for 66 years, the James Rumsey bridge came tumbling down - with one glitch - in a demolition Tuesday morning that attracted dozens of spectators at the nearby Rumsey Monument. The 144 explosive charges that were attached to the deteriorating steel structure were set off at about 8 a.m., causing the bridge to break and plunge toward the Potomac River.
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By LAURA ERNDE | December 29, 1999
A Hagerstown native is sending his 19 bomb-sniffing dogs to millennium celebrations in three U.S. cities. cont. from front page Russ Ebersole is taking two dogs to Washington, D.C., to sweep for bombs at festivities planned at the national mall. Other handlers are taking dogs to San Rafael, Calif., and Disney World in Orlando, Fla., Ebersole said. Ebersole is the founder of the Winchester, Va.-based Detector Dogs Against Drugs and Explosives (DDADE, pronounced "daddy")
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By TRISH RUDDER | May 4, 2010
Editor's note: An earlier version of the following story appeared in the print edition of The Herald-Mail on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, and in the online edition on Monday, May 3. The story below was an update posted online the morning of May 4. Later on May 4, West Virginia State Police announced that no dynamite had been found at the site. That story can be found here . BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. --An area south of Berkeley Springs that was closed Monday afternoon after several sticks of dynamite were discovered by workers was reopened Tuesday at 9:40 a.m., officials said.
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October 16, 2000
Bomb squad member has no room for error By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer For James Woods everyday on the job has the potential to be the Fourth of July. continued As a technician for the Maryland State Fire Marshal's bomb squad, its Woods' job to dispose of explosives anywhere the state. He also conducts investigations and speaks to the public about the potential dangers of explosives. "In this game you gotta stay sharp - one time you're not sharp will be the last time," said Woods, 48, of Hagerstown.
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by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 13, 2002
A Washington County security dog handler has lost his certification to train other handlers after an investigation by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, an official said Friday. Russ Ebersole, owner of Aberdeen Acres Kennels in Stephenson, Va., and Detector Dogs Against Drugs and Explosives, was certified by the state to train security dog handlers in August 2000, said Leon Baker, chief of the private security section of the Virginia agency. After receiving three complaints questioning Ebersole's credentials in January, the agency launched an investigation, Baker said.
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April 15, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Hagerstown man was in serious condition after trying to hang himself in a basement holding cell at Hagerstown City Police headquarters early Tuesday, authorities said. Charles Dennis Durboraw, 41, of the first block of Wakefield Road, was discovered in his cell at 4:40 a.m., according to Chief Dale Jones. He was originally listed in critical condition at Washington County Hospital but improved to serious condition by Tuesday night, hospital spokesman John Costopoulos said.
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July 23, 2005
Guns, explosives, meth lab found in La Plata home LA PLATA, Md. (AP) - A cache of guns and explosives, a methamphetamine lab and literature from an anti-government group were found at the home of a La Plata man, police said. Lawrence Fox, 23, was arrested Tuesday after co-workers at Belk Department Store in California, Md., said that he had a handgun on store property, according to charging documents in District Court in St. Mary's County. When police searched Fox's car, they found two handguns and almost 200 rounds of ammunition, a biochemical suit and a ski mask, according to Cpl. William Rosado, spokesman for the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
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by TARA REILLY | February 6, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com FBI agent David Williams arrived in Oklahoma City about 12 hours after bomber Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people, including 19 children. He saw small, bloodied handprints of youngsters amid the crumbling pieces of building. "There were arms, ears and fingers laying around," Williams, an FBI forensic explosives expert, said Wednesday afternoon. "That's terrorism. " As part of the investigation, Williams said he sent authorities to the morgue with the job of pulling fragments from the blast out of the bodies of those who had been killed.
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by KEVIN KILLEN/Northern Virginia Daily | June 18, 2003
The owner of a Stephenson, Va., business that trains dogs to detect drugs and explosives testified in U.S. District Court on Tuesday that the operational test given to his canines in California was a setup by the federal government. Russell Ebersole, who is being tried in U.S. District Court on 28 counts of wire fraud and making false statements to government agencies, was the sole defense witness to take the stand Tuesday. He recounted concerns he said he had with a government video that shows his canines failing an odor-detecting test, which caused his detector dog business to lose a federal contract in 2002.
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