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By DON AINES | | May 22, 2013
There was drama outside the courthouse Wednesday when plainclothes Hagerstown City Police in unmarked vehicles surrounded a Ford Escape outside the District Court building on West Antietam Street. About 10 minutes before noon police pulled over the Escape and - with guns drawn - took three men and a woman away to police headquarters. Lt. Tom Langston said the incident was related to an investigation into “a recent crime of violence” in the city, but he declined to be more specific.
May 21, 2013
The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following incidents: Sunday • At 3:43 p.m., a property damage accident was reported in the first block of Manor Drive. • At 4:21 p.m., police assisted EMS in the 200 block of North Mulberry Street. • At 5:50 p.m., a theft was reported in the first block of Church Street. • At 6:39 p.m., a theft was reported in the first block of East Baltimore Street. • At 6:58 p.m., warrant service was conducted in the 500 block of Claire Street.
By DAN DEARTH | | April 22, 2013
Hagerstown police say four shootings in the city over the past week were retaliatory strikes between the Bloods and Crips street gangs. Lt. Tom Langston said Monday that the first incident occurred at about 7 p.m. April 15 behind a house in the 200 block of North Jonathan Street, where a man he alleged is associated with the Bloods exchanged gunfire with a juvenile associate of the Crips. At first, police believed the adult was the only person who was shot, but an investigation determined that a juvenile also was hit. Langston said both sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | April 17, 2013
A medical practice was evacuated Wednesday after Martinsburg police said a 70-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man became angry and pointed a gun at an employee upon being told he would need to change his clothes for an X-ray, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the Center for Orthopedic Excellence at 1008 Tavern Road in Martinsburg, according to court documents. William Michael Holmes, 70, of 52 Myatt Court, was arraigned on one misdemeanor count of brandishing a deadly weapon by Magistrate Harry L. Snow and was released from custody after bail was posted, according to court documents.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | April 16, 2013
Leslie LeBlanc of Hagerstown, who has family living in Massachusetts, said she could not reach her niece, who lives in Boston, for several hours after the Monday explosions during the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and scores injured. “That was a real source of concern for us,” she said Tuesday. LeBlanc, 55, described the explosions as “disconcerting,” but said she does not feel any less safe because of them, nor is she worried about something happening in Hagerstown or to her family in Massachusetts.
By DON AINES | | April 10, 2013
A Frederick, Md., man was found not guilty by a jury this week in Washington County Circuit Court of second-degree attempted murder, but guilty of the armed robbery of three women at Motel 6 last year. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer ordered a presentence report be prepared before sentencing for Tony Anthony Jones, 24, formerly of 1153 Orchard Terrace. In addition to three counts of armed robbery, Jones was also convicted of first-degree assault for stabbing one of the women during the May 21, 2012, incident.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | March 27, 2013
Family members of Wayne Jones, who died March 13 from multiple gunshot wounds when five Martinsburg police officers tried to arrest him during an altercation, claimed at a news conference Wednesday that Jones was struck 15 times by police bullets. The incident is being investigated by West Virginia State Police. The results of an autopsy performed on Jones, 50, of Stephens City, Va., have not been released. “The case is still under investigation,” Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Wednesday.
March 25, 2013
A 30-year-old man was being held on $80,000 bond after being accused of assaulting two men over the weekend in a dispute over marijuana, according to Washington County District Court records. Joshua Aaron Kershner, no fixed address, was charged Saturday with three counts of simple assault and two counts of false imprisonment, court records said. Originially detained on $100,000, Kershner's bond was lowered to $80,000 during a bond review hearing Monday before District Judgfe Ralph H. France II. Shortly after midnight on Saturday, Hagerstown police responded to an assault report at an apartment on the first block of East Baltimore Street, the charging document said.
February 27, 2013
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said it was investigating a Wednesday incident that involved a soda-bottle bomb being detonated in the driveway of a home on Broadfording Road near Hagerstown. The incident happened at about 3 a.m. Wednesday when someone threw fireworks then detonated the soda-bottle bomb in the driveway of a home at 17620 Broadfording Road, according to a Fire Marshal's Office news release. The Fire Marshal's Office said an investigator was at the scene for two hours.
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