February 28, 2013
For the past 15 years, a coalition has worked to share tips and information about privacy protection, money and debt management and recognizing identity theft, frauds and scams. University of Maryland Extension - Washington County is joining the coalition of government agencies, advocacy organizations and private sector groups nationwide to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), Sunday, March 3, through Saturday, March 9, with shopping strategies and consumer tips to empower you to make better buying decisions and protect your rights in the marketplace.
October 11, 2007
Pa. man says he was victim of identity theft WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of identity theft involving a 55-year-old Waynesboro man. The man reported someone had stolen his identity information, created a credit card account with Capital One Bank and used the account to make various purchases, according to a state police press release. Equipment stolen from Pa. work site SCOTLAND, Pa. - Equipment was reported stolen from a construction site on Elevator Street over the weekend, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.
October 20, 2011
Three suspects assault, try to rob walker in city Three young men assaulted and attempted to rob another male last week at Potomac Avenue and Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown, city police said. The victim was walking in the area about 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 14 when three black males demanded money from him, said Detective Sgt. Jim Hurd of the Hagerstown Police Department. The victim refused, and a struggle ensued. The assailants did not get any money from the victim and fled the scene, Hurd said.
February 16, 2011
A Berkeley County Circuit Court grand jury impaneled this week indicted a Martinsburg-area couple on charges of starving two young children in their custody and locking them in an unfinished basement. Karen S. Boback, 44, and Jesse A. Lafferty, 33, both were indicted on two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, two counts of child abuse causing bodily injury, two counts of gross child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily injury or death and one count of conspiracy, according to the indictments.
January 16, 2008
Hagerstown Police responded to the following incidents, spokeswoman Barbara Pickett said: Tuesday · At 9:48 a.m., a red, black and silver 24-inch Next Breakpoint Pro 21-speed bicycle was found in the 900 block of Sweeney Drive. · At 12:45 p.m., identity theft was reported in the 600 block of North Prospect Street. · At 6:31 p.m., a vacuum was reported stolen from Wal-Mart at 17850 Garland Groh Blvd. · At 9:56 p.m., an armed robbery was reported in the first block of Madison Avenue.
March 24, 2009
o To contact SALT of Washington County, call Deputy 1st Class James D. Holsinger at 240-313-2194. Senior citizens who are seeking information on how to protect themselves from exploitation and fraud can turn to a local organization for information and advice. The SALT Council of Washington County periodically conducts seminars on elderly exploitation and fraud, said Ronald Wayne Taylor, the organization's president. SALT is an acronym for Seniors and Law Enforcement Together.