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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 26, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It doesn't wear an apron and sweep floors like Rosie in "The Jetsons," nor is it as intelligent as HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey," but a robot that officers with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department want to buy does have its talents. The robot can climb stairs and steep inclines to check suspicious packages and can detonate them if needed, said Kenneth Lemaster, chief deputy of the sheriff's department. The robot has a camera mounted on an arm and a device similar to a shotgun that can detonate explosives without endangering officers, Lemaster said.
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by TARA REILLY | January 1, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com A Western Maryland health education group plans to make Washington County a field office for volunteers who want to help out in Homeland Security-related emergencies or disasters should they occur in the region. Through the Project Aware program, volunteers ages 55 and older will be recruited and trained with the goal of improving Homeland Security planning and response. The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center received a three-year $1 million grant in the fall to pay for the program.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 22, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The decision to make Jefferson County the first county in the state to receive a decontamination unit that can be used for terrorist attacks has raised the ire of an emergency official in Berkeley County. The decontamination unit, which is a trailer, contains all the supplies needed to treat people in the event of a terrorist attack or a disaster such as a hazardous materials spill, said Darrell Penwell, director of the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Services, and Barbara Miller, coordinator at the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | September 2, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com The state's homeland security director agreed to meet with Hagerstown Regional Airport officials after it came to light Wednesday that the statewide office was not aware of local security efforts related to presidential visits to Camp David. Dennis Schrader, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, spoke Wednesday morning at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown, and took questions after the talk.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 14, 2004
WASHINGTON COUNTY shappell@herald-mail.com Washington County will receive nearly $250,000 as part of a $7.4 million federal grant to aid in prevention of terrorist acts. A county emergency services official and a captain with the Hagerstown Police Department say the money most likely will be used for improvements to the county's radio communication system. The county will receive $212,578.08 from the federal Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, according to a news release from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.
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July 8, 2004
"Homeland Security" A 32-year-old American doctor of Indian descent and his American girlfriend are detained at O'Hare airport when they return home from a vacation in Amsterdam. Playwright Stuart Flack asks if trust and tolerance can exist in a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world. "Homeland Security" features original live music composed and performed by Fareed Haque and Kalyan Pathak. All performances take place at Frank Center Stage: Friday, July 9 - 8 p.m. Followed by opening night reception on Frank Center lawn Saturday, July 10 - 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11 - 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15 - 8 p.m., followed by a discussion Saturday, July 17 - 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18 - 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 - 8 p.m. Friday, July 23 - 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24 - 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25 - 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29 - 8 p.m. Saturday, July 31 - 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 - 2 p.m. "Flag Day" Lee Blessing explores race relations in America in his satirical comedy.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 8, 2004
$1 million bail set in robbery, assault Bail for a man charged in connection with a May shooting in Burger Alley in Hagerstown was set at $1 million during a bail review hearing Monday, court records state. Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set the bond for Phineas E. Chaplin, 20, who lists addresses in Middle River, Md., and Brooklyn, N.Y., records state. Chaplin is charged with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with a May 28 shooting in the 100 block of Burger Alley, records state.
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by DON AINES | April 28, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ninth District Congressman Bill Shuster held a narrow lead over challenger Michael DelGrosso in his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night. With 98 percent of the vote in, Shuster had 40,882 votes, while DelGrosso had 39,013 votes. The Associated Press said the race was too close to call. Shuster, seeking a second full term, held a 7-percentage point margin over DelGrosso in Franklin County, according to complete but unofficial results.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 20, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - West Virginia's three Eastern Panhandle counties and the City of Martinsburg were awarded nearly $900,000 Monday to help them beef up their emergency response operations in case of a local terrorist attack or some other type of disaster. The money, which totaled $894,900, will be used in a variety of ways, such as purchasing protective suits for sheriff's deputies, upgrading emergency alert systems and helping to fund efforts such as the revamping of local emergency response plans, said Steve Allen, director of the Berkeley County Office of Emergency Services.
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