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December 2, 2012
Graffiti was scrawled across several landmarks Sunday in Boonsboro, according to a Boonsboro Police Department spokesman. The graffiti included vulgar language and some of it appeared to say something like “Boontucky,” said Sgt. Kevin Morgan. Graffiti was found on a pavilion and a picnic table in Shafer Park, at a convenience store on North Main Street, a laundromat next door and a business on North Potomac Street, Morgan said. Morgan said he thinks the incidents occurred after midnight Saturday.
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by DON AINES | November 15, 2006
Keith Monninger of Custom Cleaning Co. of Greencastle, Pa., uses a power washer Monday to remove graffiti from the Heritage Center. Several downtown buildings in Chambersburg, Pa., including the Heritage Center and F&M Trust, were tagged with spray paint over the weekend, Chambersburg police said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 27, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Almost 20 children expressed themselves in graffiti Tuesday, but no one got in trouble. Instead, the youngsters were praised for their designs and "tags" that showed their individuality. They were producing the art on paper, rather than underpasses and buildings, as part of a free program offered by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg. "It's fun -- very, very, very fun," said 9-year-old Diego Villalobos. The council's Arts Express program visited the Coyle Free Library weekly in June and July.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2013
A resident urged Martinsburg City Council on Thursday to adopt a “unified” anti-graffiti policy that could allow residents as well as the city workers to wipe out gang-related markings and other illicit writing and drawing within hours after they are discovered. Kimberly Nelson of Boyd Avenue suggested the city could generate money to pay for a more vigorous response to the vandalism by establishing a street sweeper schedule and fining residents who fail to adhere to it by temporarily moving their vehicles.
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by MARLO BARNHART | July 11, 2006
CLEAR SPRING - Kenneth Faith attended the town meeting Monday night in response to a letter sent to him by the town about activities occurring on his property adjacent to the county park. "I'm not in favor of it, but where do the kids go?" Faith said about the letter advising him that complaints are coming in about the noise and the dust created by four-wheelers being operated on the property. Faith said he walks through his property and he noticed that the kids were at least picking up their trash and putting it in a barrel.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2012
The full exposure and conservation of “remarkable” graffiti that Civil War soldiers left on the walls of a venerable southern Berkeley County church would cost about $63,000, according to an expert's estimate. A lot of the writing and drawing uncovered in Morgan's Chapel in Bunker Hill, W.Va., appears to have been done with pencil, but some crayon also was used, Christopher Mills said Monday. Mills, an architectural conservator, provided the estimate for the preservation work at no charge to the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission, which has partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia to try to conserve the graffiti.
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April 30, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office was searching Monday for the vandals who painted swastikas and other graffiti on the girls softball scoreboard at Williamsport High School. Deputy 1st Class James Clay said an initial investigation appears to show that the graffiti was painted by juveniles, possibly students from Boonsboro High School. In addition to three small swastikas, vandals painted “Warriors” on the scoreboard and “BHS” on a nearby storage trailer, Clay said.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | February 14, 2006
A suspicious "graffiti message" was found at E. Russell Hicks Middle School this morning, Washington County Public Schools Public Information Officer Carol Mowen said. She said the "vague, suspicious note was found on the wall of one of the bathrooms" at about 8:30 a.m. School staff called the Hagerstown Police Department, which still had officers at the school by 9:30 a.m. She said that at that time, the school was on a modified lockdown, meaning that students were not allowed unsupervised into the hallways as school staff and officers walked through the school.
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By MARIE GILBERT | August 14, 2005
marieg@herald-mail.net The writing was on the wall. But Denise Jones was making every effort to remove it - scraping away the surface, adding primer and then a fresh coat of paint. Jones was among the individuals who volunteered their time Saturday morning to remove graffiti from properties between Mitchell and Linganore avenues in Hagerstown's West End. The "paint-out" was organized by the City of Hagerstown's Neighborhoods 1st Program, in conjunction with the Office of Code Compliance.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2013
A resident urged Martinsburg City Council on Thursday to adopt a “unified” anti-graffiti policy that could allow residents as well as the city workers to wipe out gang-related markings and other illicit writing and drawing within hours after they are discovered. Kimberly Nelson of Boyd Avenue suggested the city could generate money to pay for a more vigorous response to the vandalism by establishing a street sweeper schedule and fining residents who fail to adhere to it by temporarily moving their vehicles.
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NEWS
December 2, 2012
Graffiti was scrawled across several landmarks Sunday in Boonsboro, according to a Boonsboro Police Department spokesman. The graffiti included vulgar language and some of it appeared to say something like “Boontucky,” said Sgt. Kevin Morgan. Graffiti was found on a pavilion and a picnic table in Shafer Park, at a convenience store on North Main Street, a laundromat next door and a business on North Potomac Street, Morgan said. Morgan said he thinks the incidents occurred after midnight Saturday.
NEWS
April 30, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office was searching Monday for the vandals who painted swastikas and other graffiti on the girls softball scoreboard at Williamsport High School. Deputy 1st Class James Clay said an initial investigation appears to show that the graffiti was painted by juveniles, possibly students from Boonsboro High School. In addition to three small swastikas, vandals painted “Warriors” on the scoreboard and “BHS” on a nearby storage trailer, Clay said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2012
The full exposure and conservation of “remarkable” graffiti that Civil War soldiers left on the walls of a venerable southern Berkeley County church would cost about $63,000, according to an expert's estimate. A lot of the writing and drawing uncovered in Morgan's Chapel in Bunker Hill, W.Va., appears to have been done with pencil, but some crayon also was used, Christopher Mills said Monday. Mills, an architectural conservator, provided the estimate for the preservation work at no charge to the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission, which has partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia to try to conserve the graffiti.
NEWS
August 1, 2011
Smithsburg Police are investigating graffiti that was found at Lions Club Park in Smithsburg on Friday, Chief George L. Knight Jr. said in an emailed release. The vandalism happened between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday, Knight said. Graffiti was spray-painted on every building in the park, including the bathrooms, dugouts and pavilions, he said. The vandalism was discovered by Officer Matthew Hudson during his normal patrol checks of the park. A Smithsburg Public Works employee covered the graffiti immediately after that, Knight said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2011
The real estate agent marketing a foreclosed house on Northern Avenue just outside Hagerstown said he would arrange to quickly remove a swastika and racist graffiti that were painted on at least two of the exterior walls. John Orem, owner of John Orem & Associates LLC in Martinsburg, W.Va., said Thursday that he would contact the owner of the house at 640 Northern Ave. to fix the problem. The owner is listed as OWB REO LLC, according to the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation's website.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | July 27, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Almost 20 children expressed themselves in graffiti Tuesday, but no one got in trouble. Instead, the youngsters were praised for their designs and "tags" that showed their individuality. They were producing the art on paper, rather than underpasses and buildings, as part of a free program offered by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg. "It's fun -- very, very, very fun," said 9-year-old Diego Villalobos. The council's Arts Express program visited the Coyle Free Library weekly in June and July.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 22, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire Thursday morning in the historic Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg was deliberately set, according to Martinsburg Fire Department's chief fire investigator. Lt. Greg Hoover said the fire, the city's 11th arson this year, was estimated to have caused about $5,000 in damage to the hunting and fishing license office on the first floor. The courthouse at 100 W. King St. was built in 1855-56. Firefighters responded at about 5 a.m. after the fire triggered an automatic alarm, Hoover said.
NEWS
November 3, 2009
Hagerstown Police respond to calls The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following incidents, according to spokeswoman Barbara Pickett. Monday o A sprinkler system flooded a building in the 12000 block of Little Elliott Drive. o Graffiti was written in wet cement in the first block of Buena Vista. o A door frame was damaged in the 1600 block of Woodlands Run. o Graffiti was written in wet cement in the 800 block of Concord Street. o An assault and strong-armed robbery involving the theft of a bicycle occurred in the 300 block of Jefferson Street.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | September 3, 2009
Is it vandalism or art? Or both? Photographer Sterling "Rip" Smith's exhibit of graffiti images from a Massachusetts quarry opens this week at the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery in downtown Hagerstown. "In one sense, it's a form of vandalism, of course. But I was struck by a couple things I saw there," said Smith, 66, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va. Smith said he saw at least two graffiti memorials at the quarry, including one for a graffiti artist's grandfather.
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