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September 19, 2012
The Best Buy store on Garland Groh Boulevard was evacuated Wednesday night after an odor of gas was noticed at the store, according to emergency officials. Firefighters responded to the store about 8 p.m. and discovered a natural gas leak from a heating and air conditioning unit on the roof of the store, said Capt. Adam Hopkins of the Hagerstown Fire Department. Firefighters were able to stop the leak, said Hopkins. The store reopened and firefighters left the scene at 8:36 p.m., officials said.
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NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | September 11, 2012
Gas prices continue to rise nationally in the midst of hurricane season, according to figures from the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average of regular-grade gasoline in the area was $3.84 Tuesday, up from $3.82 the previous week. It was $3.78 in Maryland, up from $3.77 last week, and it was $3.78 in Hagerstown, up from $3.74 last week. As winter draws closer, prices are expected to begin to drop, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch. But for the rest of this month, prices could continue to rise due to regional supply and distribution issues, hurricane concerns or other unpredictable events.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Prices have jumped as much as 9 cents per gallon for regular grade gasoline across the country this week after the impact of Hurricane Isaac, and they now are 16 cents higher than they were at this time a year ago, according to information from the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch and the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average for regular grade gas in the area was $3.82 per gallon Wednesday. It was $3.77 in Maryland and $3.74 in Hagerstown. The prices in each location were one cent lower than AAA projections for this week.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court jury trial for one of three men charged in a December gas station robbery was postponed this week because a man already convicted in the holdup balked at testifying for the state. Elijah R. Herring, 20, of 128 Ray St. in Hagerstown, is charged in the Dec. 16 holdup of United Petroleum, 890 Pennsylvania Ave. A jury-scheduling mix-up resulted in his case not being tried June 18, and it was postponed again on Monday. On June 18, another suspect in  the robbery, Noe Pelayo Torrez, 31, formerly of 117 Ray St., pleaded guilty to armed robbery and is awaiting sentencing.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2012
Gas prices continue to rise across the country and climbed above year-ago prices for the second consecutive week, according to the most recent AAA Weekend Gas Watch. The national average for regular-grade gas on Tuesday was at $3.71 per gallon, up from the $3.57 it was the same time last year, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. However, the average remained nearly the same as last week. Gas prices were $3.47 at this time a month ago. In Hagerstown, the average price was down to $3.66, which was higher than the $3.63 average last week and the $3.47 average last year.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2012
Gas prices have increased for five consecutive weeks, and they actually are ahead of this week's projections in Hagerstown, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch and the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on its website at fuelgaugereport.aaa.com . The national average for regular-grade gas on Tuesday was at $3.63 per gallon, up from $3.50 the previous week, according to the report. It rose in Hagerstown from $3.40 to $3.54 per gallon, and the average throughout the state of Maryland rose from $3.48 per gallon to $3.61.
NEWS
July 17, 2012
Columbia Gas of Maryland is alerting its customers, and the general public, to a nationwide scam designed to elicit personal information and account numbers through a bogus offer of an “Obama Energy Credit.” Utilizing personal calls, computer generated calls, emails and texts, social media and even door-to-door visits, scammers are offering gas and electric utility customers an “energy credit” to be applied to their utility bills and furnishing...
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2012
After 11 weeks of declining gas prices, the national average for regular grade gas has risen for the second straight week, and this time it also rose in Hagerstown, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Fuel Report. Gas nationally went from $3.36 to $3.39 per gallon, the same price as in the Hagerstown area. The state average was $3.35 a gallon. On Tuesday, the average price of gas in and around Hagerstown was $3.39, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder website. The Liberty gas station on West Washington Street on Wednesday was selling regular grade gas at $3.33, mid-grade at $3.43 and 93-octane premium grade at $3.54 per gallon.
NEWS
July 13, 2012
Pennsylvania State Police were searching for a man who robbed a gas station attendant at gunpoint Friday morning on Buchanan Trail West in Antrim Township. The man pulled up to the pumps at Talhelm's Gas and Diesel at 2342 Buchanan Trail West and started a conversation with a gas station attendant, according to a state police news release. As the two talked, the man pulled a gun and robbed the attendant of an unknown amount of cash. He fled east at about 9 a.m. in a maroon, four-door Toyota Camry.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2012
Gas prices nationally have increased for the first time since April, and they could possibly shift upward over the next few weeks, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic Weekend Gas Watch. The national average for regular grade gas rose from $3.35 a gallon to $3.36 a gallon, and the state average rose from $3.32 to $3.35. The Hagerstown average, however, was projected to drop from $3.39 to $3.36, but it was only $3.38 on Wednesday, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder. The Liberty gas station on West Washington Street on Wednesday was selling regular grade gas at $3.33, mid-grade at $3.43 and 93-octane premium grade at $3.54 per gallon.
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