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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | June 9, 2013
Fifteen years ago, Hagerstown's eastern edge along Dual Highway near Interstate 70 was Washington County's hotel hot spot, with four of its five busiest hotels. But these days, the locations that dominate have swung to the city's western fringe along Interstate 81, where the current king is the Hampton Inn off Maugans Avenue. All four runners-up are off I-81's Halfway Boulevard exit five miles south. According to The Herald-Mail's review of revenue from the county's hotel/motel tax, hotels in the Halfway area alone accounted for $13.2 million - more than half of the $24.9 million spent on room rentals during the first 10 months of fiscal 2013.
BREAKINGNEWS
April 9, 2013
The northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the Tabler Station Road exit have been reopened following a brief shutdown for a vehicle crash, according to Berkeley County Central Dispatch.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
A woman was killed Thursday night in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, police said. The woman, who police said was 29 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Her name was not released pending notification of family, police said in the release. The accident occurred about 9:35 p.m. Thursday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the Tabler Station Road exit, police and 911 dispatchers said.
NEWS
May 4, 2013
The woman who was killed Thursday night in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County was identified as Brandy Barraza-Flores, 29, of Greencastle, Pa., the Berkeley County's Sheriff's Office said Saturday. Barraza-Flores was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred Thursday at about 9:35 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the Tabler Station Road exit, police had said. The vehicle was northbound when the driver lost control of it, police had said.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
Traffic was backed up in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Williamsport while rescue workers respond for a traffic accident that was reported shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said. The vehicles were towed away and the interstate reopened shortly before 10 a.m.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man who allegedly tried to rob a Martinsburg, W.Va., drug store with an explosive device Saturday morning was captured after he led police on a chase that ended on Interstate 81 when he crashed into a concrete barrier, according to the Martinsburg Police Department. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of Oak Grove School Road, was charged with attempted robbery, police said in a news release. Police said a man entered the Walgreens drug store on Edwin Miller Boulevard at about 7 a.m. Saturday and tried to get narcotics by telling employees he had an explosive device that he could detonate with a cellphone.
BREAKINGNEWS
April 30, 2013
Traffic was snarled in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the Marlowe-Falling Waters exit Tuesday morning while workers repaired a jersey wall that was struck by a tractor-trailer at about 4:30 a.m., a Berkeley County Emergency Services supervisor said. The supervisor said about 350 feet of the wall was damaged. Southbound I-81 was closed for about two hours until the tractor-trailer was towed from the scene. One southbound lane remained closed while the wall was being repaired.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 were shut down near the 23-mile marker Thursday night after two vehicles flipped into a concrete barrier wall, according to a Berkeley County 911 supervisor. The supervisor said he does not have any information about possible injuries. Southbound traffic was being routed off the interstate onto U.S. 11, the supervisor said at about 10:45 p.m.
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BREAKINGNEWS
August 27, 2013
The Maryland State Highway Administration will begin construction next week on a $1.5 million park-and-ride lot at the Interstate 81/Md. 68 interchange near Williamsport. The 42-space park-and-ride lot, in the southwest corner of the I-81 Exit 1 interchange, is expected to be completed in spring 2014, the SHA said in a news release. It will replace an informal gravel parking lot on the shoulder of Md. 68 that has been used for several years by about 20 vehicles per day. That parking area will be unavailable during construction, the release said.  The park-and-ride will have nine tractor-trailer parking spaces to help meet the need for overnight parking for truckers.
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NEWS
August 26, 2013
Northbound lanes of Interstate 81 at the Potomac River bridge near the Maryland-West Virginia border were closed for about an hour Monday night after a tractor-trailer lost control and climbed a walkway, according to Washington County Emergency Services. The accident was reported at about 6:30 p.m. One person was transported to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown with minor injuries, according to a dispatcher. One northbound lane was reopened by 7:45 p.m.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
One person was taken to a West Virginia hospital early Friday night after an accident involving a motorcycle in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the three-mile marker, according to Washington County Emergency Services supervisor. The accident, which reportedly also involved a passenger vehicle, was called in shortly after 6 p.m., he said. One patient was being transported by ambulance to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, but the supervisor could not confirm if it was the operator of the motorcycle or another person.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
One person was flown to a hospital early Monday evening following a single-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81, just north of the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line, according to a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher. The dispatcher did not know the extent of the patient's injuries or the destination hospital. Pennsylvania State Police are handling the investigation. The call for the accident went out at 3:37 p.m., and emergency crews had cleared the scene by about 5:20 p.m., the dispatcher said.
BREAKINGNEWS
July 8, 2013
Traffic is slowed in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near the Halfway exit while firefighters respond to a tractor-trailer that caught on fire at about 8:40 a.m. today.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man who allegedly tried to rob a Martinsburg, W.Va., drug store with an explosive device Saturday morning was captured after he led police on a chase that ended on Interstate 81 when he crashed into a concrete barrier, according to the Martinsburg Police Department. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of Oak Grove School Road, was charged with attempted robbery, police said in a news release. Police said a man entered the Walgreens drug store on Edwin Miller Boulevard at about 7 a.m. Saturday and tried to get narcotics by telling employees he had an explosive device that he could detonate with a cellphone.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
Cops turned into cowboys Wednesday afternoon as Maryland state troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies tried to corral an elusive herd of bovine escapees along Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown. Five beef cattle escaped through a break in a fence and wandered north and then south along the shoulder of the interstate, frequently disappearing into the dense brush and woods bordering the highway. The incident started at 2:07 p.m. with a 911 call from a motorist who told a dispatcher that a man was running up and down the highway warning drivers to slow down because of the renegade cattle, said Cpl. James Grinnan of the Maryland State Police.
BREAKINGNEWS
June 16, 2013
A woman and two children were treated at Meritus Medical Center and released Sunday after a single-vehicle accident in the area of the ramp from eastbound U.S. 40 to northbound Interstate 81, west of Hagerstown, Maryland State Police said. The interstate ramp was closed for about 30 minutes due to the accident, which was reported at about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, emergency services officials said. - Julie E. Greene
NEWS
June 14, 2013
Traffic was backed up in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Williamsport while rescue workers respond for a traffic accident that was reported shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said. The vehicles were towed away and the interstate reopened shortly before 10 a.m.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 were shut down near the 23-mile marker Thursday night after two vehicles flipped into a concrete barrier wall, according to a Berkeley County 911 supervisor. The supervisor said he does not have any information about possible injuries. Southbound traffic was being routed off the interstate onto U.S. 11, the supervisor said at about 10:45 p.m.
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