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July 12, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following incidents: Wednesday At 2:04 p.m., a disturbance was reported in the first block of North Walnut Street. At 4:01 p.m., a robbery in progress was reported in the 17800 block of Garland Groh Boulevard. At 5:25 p.m., a kidnapping/abduction was reported in the 18000 block of Hollyhock Road. At 5:52 p.m., warrant service was conducted in the first block of Summit Avenue. At 7:01 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the first block of Madison Avenue.
July 9, 2011
The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating two armed robberies that occurred early Saturday. The first robbery occurred about 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Church Street and Norway Avenue, Sgt. Benjamin Lyncha said in a news release. A man was dropping off a friend at the intersection when another man approached, Lyncha said. The suspect pulled out a knife, pointed it at the victim and demanded money, Lyncha said. The suspect grabbed the victim's wallet from his vehicle and removed an undisclosed amount of money, Lyncha said.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | January 2, 2012
In an effort to save the City of Hagerstown money when hiring new officers, the Hagerstown Police Department will use a financial incentive to entice applicants who have completed a police academy. The Hagerstown City Council in December approved letting the police department use two hiring incentives to attract applicants: one for $5,000 paid to the person hired and one for $500 paid to an existing officer who refers an applicant to the city who is then hired. The council supported the measure by a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Forrest W. Easton dissenting, City Clerk Donna Spickler said.
By DAN DEARTH | June 29, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department will lose more than a century of experience this month with the retirements of three seasoned veterans. The department held a party Tuesday on the second floor of police headquarters off Burhans Boulevard to honor Lt. Margaret Kline, Officer Wayne Smith and Lt. Tim Wolford, who together have recorded 102 years of service. "It's just great that they recognized us," Smith said. "I'll miss all the good guys and people on the streets.
October 14, 2011
The Hagerstown Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding several people who might have information about an assault that occurred last month in the city's North End. Detective A.W. Fleegal said the assault occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22, when several people assaulted two men in the area of East Avenue and North Locust Street. Fleegal said the people who were involved got into an argument at a party in the 200 block of North Mulberry Street. He said the assailants followed the victims when they left the house and attacked them a short time later.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | July 11, 2012
Rebecca Fetchu of the Hagerstown Police Department was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant during a ceremony Tuesday morning at Hagerstown City Hall, becoming only the second woman in the history of HPD to earn that rank. “I'm excited and proud to take steps forward,” Fetchu, 34, said. “I'm just proud regardless of gender to have moved through the ranks and to be able to be where I'm at today.” Fetchu was sworn in by Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II in the Council Chambers of City Hall and pinned by her husband, James, 38. Bruchey mentioned the significance of her being the second woman to achieve the rank of lieutenant for the Hagerstown Police Department.
By HEATHER KEELS | March 20, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Three bank employees each pointed to the same blond, goatee-clad face in the photo lineup, but something seemed wrong. The man they identified was 6-foot-4, but the bank robber shown in surveillance footage was barely taller than the teller window. In fact, when investigators brought the suspect in to stand at the counter, images from the same camera showed his face nearly a head above the robber's. "In this case, we got someone unarrested based on the evidence," said Jeffrey Kercheval, a forensic scientist for the Hagerstown Police Department.
By JANET HEIM | November 27, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Robert Bastian has visited places near and far during his career with the U.S. Navy, during war and peacetime. A native of Wabasha, Minn., he has lived in Hagerstown since 1990. Since coming here, he's been a nonstop volunteer. "I really enjoy being here. The weather's about the same as where I grew up," said Bastian, 87. Although he remembers delivering newspapers as a boy in snow up to his knees, Bastian said the winter weather in his hometown isn't as bad as it once was. Regardless of the weather, Bastian gets up at 5:30 a.m. every day to shower, shave, feed his cat Tiggie and read the newspaper.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | March 26, 2011
If you saw police with guns drawn outside Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown last week, or what appeared to be a body in the parking lot, it was all part of training exercises, city police said. City Police Capt. Mark Holtzman said the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office have been training in driving tactics and use of force at the stadium since March 20. Friday was the last day of training last week, Holtzman said. Police will continue training Tuesday and April 1, Holtzman said.
by PEPPER BALLARD | July 20, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Martin Joe McDaniel nearly lost the stuffing from his bra as Hagerstown Police Department officers took him to the ground and placed him under arrest Wednesday. McDaniel, 42, who was wearing a tan minidress with a black bow, and two other men were charged with prostitution general during a nearly two-hour Hagerstown Police Department undercover operation in the first block of North Prospect Street. Herman Marshall Bartles, 81, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Steven Louis Menard, 42, of Hagerstown, also were charged during the sting.
September 6, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department has reported the following incidents: Thursday At 3:36 p.m., a theft was reported in the 300 block of Jefferson Street. At 3:44 p.m., a theft was reported in the 100 block of Pangborn Boulevard. At 5:16 p.m., a theft from a motor vehicle was reported in the 900 block of South Potomac Street. At 6:05 p.m., a theft was reported in the 1100 block of Beechwood Drive. At 6:15 p.m., a traffic accident was reported at Franklin Street and West Cleveland Avenue.
By DAN DEARTH | | September 5, 2013
Two of the Hagerstown Police Department's most seasoned officers were promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony Thursday at City Hall. Lts. Paul Kifer Jr. and Tom Langston were sworn in as captains by Mayor David Gysberts before a large gathering of friends, family members and fellow officers in the Hagerstown City Council chambers. “I started as a patrol officer and never dreamed that I would be standing here right now with captain's bars on my collar,” Kifer said after the ceremony.
September 3, 2013
Robert Lowell Bastian, 93, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center. Born June 10, 1920, in Lake City, Minn., he was the son of the late Andrew and Maude Braun Bastian. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the Pentagon in 1977. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a past national president of the Fleet Reserve Association. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic War Veterans and Navy Cryptologic Veterans Association.
August 16, 2013
John Edward Ryder Sr., 74, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at home with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. Born Aug. 9, 1939, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary Ryder. John was a 1958 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and a 1975 graduate of Hagerstown Community College. He served in the U.S. Army. He was employed by Martin's Elevator, Pangborn Corp. and the Hagerstown Police Department, retiring as a sergeant in 2000 with 37 years service as a dedicated police officer.
August 3, 2013
A person was stabbed Saturday afternoon in the unit block of Murph Avenue in Hagerstown, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Police were notified of the stabbing, which happened at about 1 p.m. The victim already had been taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, Sgt. Christopher Barnett said in a news release. Officers and detectives responded to the hospital to talk to the victim, who was uncooperative, Barnett said. No information was released about the victim or potential suspects in the stabbing.
August 2, 2013
A Frederick, Md., man has been arrested and charged after an armed home invasion in east Hagerstown early Friday morning, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Terrance Warfield, 29, of Eisenhower Drive faces charges of armed robbery, assault, burglary, reckless endangerment and theft, Sgt. John Lehman said in a news release. Warfield was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $300,000 bond, a jail spokesman said Friday afternoon. Shortly after 6 a.m., police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Violet Drive for an armed home invasion robbery.
By DAN DEARTH | | August 1, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department will use a state grant to help protect victims of domestic violence. The $11,666 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention will help pay the salary of a part-time employee to register protection orders with the National Crime Information Center, city Police Chief Mark Holtzman said. He said that by registering the information as soon as possible, officers who respond to domestic calls will know immediately if a protection order has been issued.
By DAN DEARTH | | July 31, 2013
A man was stabbed in the buttocks during an argument early Wednesday morning at the Washington Gardens apartment complex off Security Road in Hagerstown, according to city police. Hagerstown police Sgt. John Lehman said Wednesday afternoon that officers were searching for two men in connection with the stabbing, which occurred inside a residence. He said the 20-year-old victim, whose name was being withheld, was a patient at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. It was the third stabbing at the apartment complex this year.
July 14, 2013
“I just want to say how much I enjoy Jeff Semler's articles in the paper, and especially the one today on the history of ice cream. Keep it up, Jeff. Really enjoy reading your articles.” - Hagerstown “This is to the Hagerstown Police Department. Good job on your recent police work, which involved the Bloods and the Crips. I just want you to know that some of us still appreciate the job you do, in a thankless job.” - Hagerstown “In regard to the panhandling problem in Hagerstown, why doesn't the city council enact an ordinance banning this practice?
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