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NEWS
January 4, 1998
Trailer wreck blocks traffic MARION, Pa. - Southbound Interstate 81 was closed at Exit 4 Sunday night when a trailer on a tractor-trailer became unhitched and spilled its load, according to Pennsylvania State Police. No injuries were reported in the accident, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m., state police. The truck was pulling two trailers when one broke loose, police said. Franklin County emergency communications said there were no known hazardous materials among the spilled cargo.
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NEWS
May 25, 2012
A blue liquid found inside a suspicious package on a Mapleville Road driveway Thursday night proved not to be hazardous, according to a Washington County emergency service official. The liquid had a neutral pH, had no odor or any other indication it was hazardous, Deputy Emergency Services Director Charlie Summers said Friday. The black package found shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday on the 21000 block of Mapleville Road was about 1-foot wide and 1-foot deep and had the word “contaminants” written on it, fire officials said on Thursday.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | July 9, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- In a way, veteran Hagerstown firefighter Richard T. "Dick" Hopkins' work experience has come full circle in his new job with the International Association of Fire Fighters. Hopkins joined that union in 1974 when he became a relief driver and later an apparatus operator at Western Enterprise Fire Co. "Then, I became a battalion chief in 1980 and I was out of the union," he said, having joined management with that promotion. Hopkins, 56, was serving in that supervisory position when he learned that the IAFF had an opening at the national headquarters in Washington, D.C., just two blocks from the White House.
NEWS
October 21, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook admits that when he first took office he didn't know what the Local Emergency Planning Committee was, let alone what it did. "Now that I know, I also know we are all a little safer because of the work of LEPC," Snook said at the organization's 10th anniversary recently. The organization informs and educates citizens about the potential hazards of chemical emergencies in Washington County.
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By DAVE McMILLION | April 28, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - About 150 people were evacuated from the Wal-Mart along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town Sunday night after two people inside reported having respiratory problems, a fire official said. Emergency officials sampled the air inside the store but detected no problems, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. It is possible the two people smelled an odor that was common in the store but odd to them, Smith said. The store was closed about 8 p.m. but was expected to reopen about 10 p.m., according to Smith.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 9, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who has worked as a local firefighter and a Berkeley County arson investigation team member is the second person to be charged in an extortion case in which a man told police he was pressured to pay $13,000 after breaking off a sexual relationship with a woman, police said. Larry Eugene Talhelm, 55, has been charged with six counts of extortion and six counts of conspiracy to extort, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper N.A. Harmon said Sunday.
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BY LAURA ERNDE | March 28, 2002
ANNAPOLIS - With the Maryland House of Delegates poised to pare the state's capital budget, Hagerstown's university project looks secure, Del. Sue Hecht said Wednesday. Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, serves on the subcommittee that will decide as soon as Friday what to carve out of the capital budget. "I'm feeling really confident. We're continuing to watch it in these last very confusing days," she said. The House cuts represent the biggest thing standing in the way of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center.
NEWS
October 1, 1997
A $20,750 federal grant will help a Washington County group better educate people about hazardous chemicals and emergencies. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the grant to the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee. The Washington County Commissioners provided a matching grant of $4,250. The grant will pay for public service announcements on local television, a training video on using hazardous materials, a large-screen projector system for presentations and brochures and pamphlets.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | April 19, 2007
WAYNESBORO, PA. - After no comment was offered from residents during a public hearing Wednesday, a recycling center proposed on East Sixth Street was unanimously approved by the Waynesboro Borough Council. The center will weigh materials from businesses and residents, then purchase and process them, Brandon Williard said. The recycled material is sent to mills, he said. Williard opened Tri-State Recycling in Shippensburg, Pa., in 1999 and said the move will provide a slight expansion.
NEWS
April 28, 2003
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Plans to restore the Harpers Ferry Train Station are moving forward, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park Superintendent Don Campbell announced. Campbell said in a news release that a recently signed agreement between the town of Harpers Ferry and the park will enable a $320,000 state grant to be released for restoration of the train station. This money, coupled with $1.9 million in federal funds secured by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., makes the project fully funded, Campbell said.
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