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.
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.
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.
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?