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March 26, 2012
A Hagerstown man accused of pulling a gun on his ex-girlfriend and another man on Friday was being held Monday on $350,000 bond, according to Washington County District Court records. Marcel Joseph Guerin, 32, of 945 View St., is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and one count of using a firearm in a crime of violence, court records show. Hagerstown Police went to a home in the 100 block of East Baltimore Street shortly before 7 p.m. Friday for a report of a man with a handgun, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown Police.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2013
Standing below the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse at courthouse plaza, 250 people rallied in support of their right to bear arms at Saturday's Second Amendment Freedom Rally in Chambersburg. Some held “Don't Tread on Me” signs, while others displayed guns on their hips or held rifles. “I'm glad I'm at a rally where I could bring my own gun,” said Ted Weaver, one of six speakers at the rally. “More and more, the Second Amendment is being stomped on.” Weaver, who was raised in Maryland and is chief executive officer and founder of Responsibly Armed, said he is disappointed by the strict changes in the gun laws in Maryland in the aftermath of December's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
OPINION
January 22, 2011
Hello Washington County, I'm feeling a bit blue today.  Early in the week of January 3, I submitted an article for publication to The Herald-Mail.   The point of that article, besides a little history about the Battle of Antietam, was my vow and a vow for each of you, to settle our differences in a bloodless manner.  Lo' and behold, at the end of that same week a deranged (my opinion and I hope it becomes a fact) young man tried to settle some as yet unspecified grievance with a gun.   The net result of that action, at the time I am writing this article, is six Americans dead, another 12 wounded and a state turned upside down.
NEWS
April 2, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A gun that might have belonged to famed Confederate spy Belle Boyd of Martinsburg was sold at auction in Gettysburg, Pa., this week to a private investor for $8,000, according to the auctioneering firm that held the sale. The .31-caliber, five-shot Allen & Wheelock revolver with ivory grips is inscribed with Boyd's name, but officials with Redding Auction Service could not be sure the firearm belonged to Boyd. The selling price for the gun is reflective of a "very strong" collecting market right now, firearms manager Patrick Redding said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 29, 2010
The gun with which a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself Monday morning was the personal weapon of a federal law enforcement officer that was stolen earlier this month from the glove compartment of his vehicle. The Glock Model 27 .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol was reported stolen to the Washington County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 7, according to court documents filed by the Hagerstown Police Department. The pistol was taken from the vehicle of the officer at his home in Keedysville, the documents show.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2012
When Hagerstown Police Officer Thomas Cox investigated a report of suspicious vehicles in a parking lot in April, he encountered a man with a gun. Jarvel Fostion of Hagerstown pulled the gun from his waistband during a scuffle with the officer, Cox recalled during an interview on Wednesday. Before Fostion could raise the gun high enough to point it at him, Cox whacked Fostion's arm with a flashlight, Cox said. That confrontation led to Fostion entering an Alford plea on Wednesday to first-degree assault and being ordered to serve seven years in prison.
NEWS
May 25, 2000
A man who pulled a gun during a Christmas Eve argument in the Barracuda Surf Bar parking lot was found guilty of second-degree assault and carrying a handgun Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. Shane W. Spiegle, 28, of Laurel, Md., will remain free on $10,000 bond pending sentencing. A first-degree assault charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. Deputy Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said the Dec. 24 incident occurred at 1:32 a.m. when security guards saw two men fighting on the ground in the parking lot. The security guards approached the two men and saw a gun on the ground nearby.
NEWS
July 1, 2009
A loaded .380-caliber handgun was tossed over a railing Tuesday afternoon at 311 N. Jonathan St. after officers detained a man in a suspected drug incident, according to Washington County District Court records. Leroy Benjamin Harris, 31, no fixed address, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and handgun on person, according to court records. Harris was being held in the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night on $20,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.
NEWS
September 18, 2000
Man guilty of discharging gun in store By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer A Hancock man received probation before judgment Monday after pleading guilty to discharging a firearm in a liquor store in Hancock, officials said. Douglas Burnett, 33, of Main Street, has paid almost $800 in restitution to the owners of two vehicles damaged by the bullet after it went through a wall of the store, his attorney, Wiley Rutledge, told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley.
NEWS
November 17, 2000
Cops- Man fired gun in home By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A gun was fired inside a residence at a mobile home park Friday morning while two Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies were responding to a domestic dispute, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Jerry Scott Nelson, 34, of 2109 Majestic Drive, Martinsburg, was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and domestic assault, according to court records. At about 9 a.m., deputies Robert Shickle and Eric Heavener were dispatched to Royal Crest mobile home park on Fairfax Avenue off W.Va.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
A loaded .45-caliber handgun was seized in the arrest of an 18-year-old Hagerstown man who allegedly took the loaded weapon to work Sunday at a Sharpsburg Pike fast-food restaurant, according to Maryland State Police and court records. Brandon Duane Bloyer of Luxor Lane in Hagerstown was charged with three firearm possession offenses, the court records said. Police took Bloyer into custody at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday at McDonald's restaurant at 10525 Sharpsburg Pike after an employee told a store manager that a co-worker had a handgun.
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NEWS
BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2013
With Maryland's restrictive new gun laws poised to take effect on Oct. 1, firearm sales have increased to the point it is taking Maryland State Police about 100 days to complete background checks, according to an agency official. State police spokesman Gregory Shipley said an “unprecedented” demand for firearms has led to the backlog. As a result of the delay, some gun shops are releasing weapons to their purchasers after a seven-day waiting period without the results of the background checks - something state law permits them to do. “Maryland law states that a firearms dealer must hold a firearm for seven days after forwarding the purchase application to Maryland State Police for a background investigation.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office is asking that bail be denied for a man accused of throwing a woman to the ground, choking her and pointing a pistol at her head. James A. Dahm, 43, of Rice Road, Shippensburg, Pa., is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, according to online court records. He was being held Tuesday in the Franklin County Jail on $15,000 bail, court records show. On Tuesday, the district attorney's office filed a motion that Dahm's bail be re-evaluated and denied altogether.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2013
More than 500 people turned out Saturday for the first day of the Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Expo at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center, according to organizers. Leah Ryder said she and fellow Hager Hall Sales Manager Jacinta Ingream were “a little leery” about turnout, because a large gun show is being held in Philadelphia this weekend. But they were pleased that more than 50 vendors still decided to take part in the Hagerstown show. The show, which features hunting, archery, gun and knife vendors, children safety activities, including free fingerprinting ID kits, continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7. A deer-hunting rifle and a gun rack for an all-terrain vehicle will be given away at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, said Ryder, who thanked Hendershots Sporting Goods Inc., and Twiggs Cycles in Hagerstown for supporting the giveaways.
LIFESTYLE
By Bob Garver | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 5, 2013
At the end of their first weekend, new releases “The Smurfs 2” and “2 Guns” were practically tied at around the $27.5 million mark at the box office.  “Smurfs 2” must have sold more tickets because much of its audience was children who got in for a reduced rate and therefore had to come out in larger numbers for the film to equal its R-rated rival.  On the other hand, “Smurfs 2” (which opened July 31) had a two-day head start on “2 Guns,” which means that the latter had a much larger day-to-day average and made money more quickly.
OPINION
July 27, 2013
Heath's opinion fuels embers of racism To the editor: Why does The Herald-Mail print an opinion (Terrance Heath from Campaign for America's Future, a far left, progressive organization in D.C.) from someone no one has ever heard of or who has no influence on the communities this paper serves? His opinion about the Travon Martin/George Zimmerman trial fuels the about-to-go-out embers of racism into a fire by insinuating that the altercation and subsequent trial and acquittal was all about race.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2013
A former Blue Ridge Community and Technical College student accused of repeatedly violating the school's campus ban on firearms in 2011 pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of disturbance of a school process. Joshua Lee Beck, 28, of Martinsburg, apologized for the disturbance he caused on the college's campuses after a plea agreement was filed with presiding Magistrate Charles C. Cole Sr. in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning. Beck was ordered to pay a $50 fine and court costs as part of the plea agreement and two misdemeanor counts of possession of firearms were dismissed.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
A 12th person has been arrested in connection with a gang-related gun fight that occurred in April in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street neighborhood. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Friday morning that Steven Todd Bowie, 30, of 815 K Stratford Way in Frederick, Md., appeared Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a bond review hearing. The bond for Bowie, who previously was being held without bond, was set at $350,000, Kessell said. Bowie was charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder; conspiracy to commit second-degree assault; first-degree assault; second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; unlawfully firing, discharging and shooting a firearm within city limits; affray; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun upon their person; wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure; and firearm use in a violent crime.
OPINION
June 27, 2013
“I was just calling about the responses of the archery in the schools. I just want everybody to remember that not only did we have archery in our schools, we also were able to take safety gun courses in our schools. It was usually on Saturdays, and you would go there for I don't know how many hours, to take your test. You'd have a presentation, you'd take a test, and then you would have your gun safety certificate.” - Hagerstown “I think it's time for Washington County to open a Jewish community center.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | June 9, 2013
I recently wrote a column about the U.S. Constitution, and 750 words is not enough to explore the nuances of this ageless document. In my marketing class at Hagerstown Community College/Grace Academy (it's a dual credit class; students get both high school and college credit for the course), we were talking about the ethical and moral responsibilities of citizens in relation to marketing. However, talk turned to ethical and moral responsibilities of citizens when it comes to things like our rights and freedoms under the U.S. Constitution.
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