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October 28, 2004
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | February 13, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com No injuries were reported in a Thursday afternoon shed fire west of Smithsburg that involved at least two explosions. The shed, behind a Jefferson Boulevard residence, was used to house products such as gasoline and gunpowder, investigators said. Firefighters from several Washington County-based departments responded to the 2:10 p.m. fire at 22115 Jefferson Blvd. The fire engulfed a brick shed behind a home. Sharon Best, who works in the adjacent Allegheny Dental Care, said she and a co-worker returned from lunch break and saw the building on fire through a side window.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 27, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com In addition to keeping track of people who apply to buy a firearm, the local Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives facility will soon begin tracking those who want to buy explosives. Members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., helped secure $4 million in funding for the facility, which is expected to move from its facility near Falling Waters, W.Va., into an existing building off W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg, said R.C. Hammond, press secretary for Capito.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 24, 2003
A Hagerstown man who was severely burned in a gasoline explosion on Frederick Street in September died Sunday, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Tom Brown said Monday. Arley Lee McNeill Jr., 22, of 178 S. Prospect St., died at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was taken after the Sept. 30 accident. McNeill was under a car attempting to remove a gasoline tank at the Antietam Cab Co. garage at 261 Frederick St. Some of the gas remaining in the tank spilled onto the floor, and the vapors were ignited by a nearby shop light, Brown said.
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by Northern Virginia Daily | June 20, 2003
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A U.S. District Court jury deliberated for more than six hours Thursday, but did not reach a verdict on 28 counts of wire fraud and making false statements to government agencies lodged against the owner of a Stephenson, Va., business that trains dogs to detect drugs and explosives. Jurors broke off deliberations for the night at 6 p.m. in the case against Russell Ebersole, 43, of Washington County. Prosecutors say he was paid more than $700,000 in 2001 and 2002 by five government agencies, including the State Department and the Federal Reserve, as those agencies tried to provide security for their buildings and employees after the Sept.
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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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by KEVIN KILLEN/Northern Virginia Daily | June 13, 2003
A former federal investigator testified Thursday that the owner of a firm that trains drug- and explosive-detecting dogs became angry when told he was being investigated for an apparent error in a billing to a government agency. John Hawe, a former special agent with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, investigated a bill that Russell Ebersole submitted to the agency for the use of his detector dogs after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Ebersole, 43, of Hagerstown, is being tried in U.S. District Court here on 28 counts of wire fraud and making false statements to government agencies.
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by KEVIN KILLEN/Northern Virginia Daily | June 11, 2003
The federal government terminated Russell Ebersole's contract to provide drug- and explosives-detecting dogs and began an investigation of his business after five of six canines failed their qualifying tests, a government official testified Tuesday. The second day of testimony in the federal fraud trial of Ebersole, a Hagerstown-area resident, didn't hold many surprises, but the day of the tests was discussed by Richard Strobel of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who had run the dogs through their paces.
NEWS
June 7, 2003
BELFAST TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police on Friday were investigating the cause of an explosion at a home in Belfast Township where a 75-year-old Warfordsburg, Pa., woman was found dead, police said. Police went to the house at 1719 Mountain Road Thursday night after getting a 911 call, police said. The back and two sides of the house appeared to have been blown out by an explosion, police said. The victim, Betty Clark, was found lying dead in the living room of the house.
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by LAURA ERNDE | May 1, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com CLEAR SPRING, MD. - Ten days ago, U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Amy Shirk was in the Iraqi desert when a land mine exploded just 10 feet in front of her. The blast sent the Clear Spring-area woman flying backwards. She was not seriously hurt, taking no shrapnel hits. Shirk said she landed on her right leg so hard that she suffered torn tendons and a serious sprain to her ankle. After sending her to hospitals in Kuwait and Spain, the Army shipped her home.
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