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Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | June 16, 2011
On Friday, June 24, stop by the Memorial Recreation Center (those younger than 12 require parental supervision) from 6 to 8 p.m. for a splash party. For adults, there will be a social at Georgia Boy’s, starting at 8 p.m. On Saturday, June 25, the day will be filled at Wheaton Park with activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be music by Supa Dupa Disko. Local bands featuring Out of the Blue and Pham Life will play, starting at 4 p.m. There will be a disco at the Elks Club at 9 p.m. On Sunday, June 26, there will be a social in Wheaton Park starting at 3 p.m., featuring Kelly Wright and an open mic for “Remember when….” Donations and school supplies will be accepted.
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September 2, 2011
A man who ran into a Jonathan Street home in Hagerstown Friday while being chased by police was arrested and later released, city Police Chief Arthur Smith said. Police were following the man at around 2 p.m. Friday because they thought he was driving a stolen Chrysler Crossfire with West Virginia tags, Smith said. The man "bailed out" of the car and ran into a home in the 400 block of Jonathan Street, he said. Officers talked the man out of the home and took him into custody, but he was subsequently released after police determined that the car wasn't stolen, Smith said.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
The former Zipper's Bar on Jonathan Street soon will be demolished by the city of Hagerstown. In the next few weeks, the city will carry out a court-authorized demolition of the structure at 327-331 Jonathan St., which has been vacant since the bar closed several years ago. Recent photographs of the property show broken windows, a partially-collapsed roof and failing structure, according to city documents. City staff members attempted to reach the current owners about the condition of the building but were unsuccessful, according to John Lestitian, director of community and economic development.
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December 10, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- After about two years of construction, Jonathan Street has been reopened to traffic, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Thursday. The street's traffic pattern is one-way as it always has been and there now is a bike lane. Other roads, including North Prospect Street and Henry Avenue, are being returned to their former traffic patterns, Tissue said. Tissue asked that drivers go slowly in the area, because workers are not yet finished with the project. The city still has to complete about one-third of the sidewalks, plant 21 trees and install the pedestrian crosswalk light, Tissue said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | November 30, 2012
A Prince George's County man was sentenced to 65 years in state prison Friday after a Washington County Circuit Court jury convicted him of second-degree murder in the January shooting death of a New York City man on Jonathan Street. Juan Sylvester Barnes, of no fixed address, also was convicted of use of a handgun in a crime of violence and being in illegal possession of a firearm due to a disqualifying conviction. The jury did not find Barnes guilty of the most serious offense, first-degree murder, which could have meant a life sentence.
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March 30, 2008
The City of Hagerstown will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North St., to discuss the Jonathan Street reconstruction project. The meeting will focus on the project's schedule and interruptions that the construction will cause. City Engineer Rodney Tissue said earlier this week that the construction should start this spring and take about one year to complete.
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By DAN DEARTH | August 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A $3.7 million construction project to overhaul Jonathan Street recently hit a snag that could prolong traffic detours for several more weeks. On Tuesday, City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the Hagerstown City Council that a large rock deposit was discovered about 14 feet below the street when workers began to replace a sanitary sewer line. Dislodging the rock over the sewer line will add about two months to the project, he said. The best option to remove the rock would be to use controlled blasting.
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By DAN DEARTH | September 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Workers from the Hagerstown Water and Sewer departments will take over installation of the water and sewer lines on the Jonathan Street improvement project. City Engineer Rodney Tissue on Tuesday told the Hagerstown City Council that a large rock deposit below the surface has slowed work to the point that the contractor, Ardent Co. LLC of McLean, Va., can no longer complete the project without exceeding the $3.7 million projected cost. As a result, about $1.5 million will be dropped from the contract to pay for the city's labor.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
At the age of 10, William Kellibrew witnessed the murder of his mother and 12-year-old brother. That 1984 summer day, he was spared by his mother's boyfriend, who pointed his gun at Kellibrew but then instructed him to run from the Capitol Heights, Md., residence before taking his own life. But the nightmares have since stayed with him. “Sometimes it's very difficult to sleep,” Kellibrew said, addressing close to 40 students of the Memorial Recreation Center's after school program Tuesday in Hagerstown.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
A Hagerstown man who stabbed a girl in the chest at a home on Jonathan Street last February, then engaged in a 2 1/2 hour standoff with police was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. During a hearing Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Jenerette Dixon, 39, formerly of North Jonathan Street, to 25 years in prison on a first-degree assault charge. McDowell also sentenced Dixon to 25 years on a sex abuse of a minor charge for molesting the girl before he stabbed her, but suspended all but 10 years of that term.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2013
Despite advances in racial equality, the United States has a long way to go 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington, former Hagerstown City Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said. “I think we've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go,” said Parson-McBean, who in 2005 became the first black elected to the city council. Parson-McBean said it was hard for her to comment on how far the country has come since the Aug. 28, 1963, march because she had not been born at the time of the march and had not experienced conditions before that time.
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August 15, 2013
Hagerstown police are looking for a motorist who crashed a vehicle on Jonathan Street while fleeing police early Thursday morning, according to a news release. A female passenger was injured in the rollover crash. The unidentified woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for minor injuries, police said. The incident began just before 1 a.m., when police attempted to stop a Ford Escape in the 600 block of Forest Drive. The driver, whom police believe is a black male, failed to stop and increased the vehicle's speed as it approached the intersection of Charles and Jonathan streets, the release said.
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August 13, 2013
Hagerstown Police respond to incidents The Hagerstown Police Department reported the following incidents: Monday At 2:53 p.m., lost/found property was reported in the 200 block of Summit Avenue. At 8:06 a.m., malicious destruction of property was reported in the 12900 block of Little Elliott Drive. At 9:28 a.m., a theft was reported in the 200 block of South Prospect Street. At 10:15 a.m., a theft from a motor vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of Florida Avenue.
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August 3, 2013
A person was stabbed Saturday afternoon in the unit block of Murph Avenue in Hagerstown, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Police were notified of the stabbing, which happened at about 1 p.m. The victim already had been taken to Meritus Medical Center to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, Sgt. Christopher Barnett said in a news release. Officers and detectives responded to the hospital to talk to the victim, who was uncooperative, Barnett said. No information was released about the victim or potential suspects in the stabbing.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
Construction on the final phases of the city's downtown bike loop project is expected to be complete by mid-August, a city official said Wednesday. In mid-June, crews began constructing a 10-foot wide concrete path that starts at the south end of Prospect Street, Engineering Designer II Tim Young said in an email Wednesday. The path continues along the east side of Walnut Street to Park Circle, around a portion of Park Circle, across Virginia Avenue and extends along the north side of Memorial Boulevard to Summit Avenue.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
The indictments earlier this month of more than a dozen alleged gang members who are accused of waging a gun battle on the streets of Hagerstown in April doesn't mean that gang activity in the city has spun out of control, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said Friday. Holtzman said the shootings, which occurred in the Jonathan Street neighborhood and involved 14 alleged members of the notorious Bloods and Crips street gangs, were isolated incidents between the two factions that haven't happened again since the shots were fired April 15. “This is the first time we've ever seen any gang-on-gang type of shooting, or real gang-on-gang type of retaliation,” Holtzman said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
A 12th person has been arrested in connection with a gang-related gun fight that occurred in April in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street neighborhood. Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Friday morning that Steven Todd Bowie, 30, of 815 K Stratford Way in Frederick, Md., appeared Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a bond review hearing. The bond for Bowie, who previously was being held without bond, was set at $350,000, Kessell said. Bowie was charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder; conspiracy to commit second-degree assault; first-degree assault; second-degree assault; reckless endangerment; unlawfully firing, discharging and shooting a firearm within city limits; affray; wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun upon their person; wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure; and firearm use in a violent crime.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 27, 2013
Wearing chains on their wrists and ankles, four more alleged gang members charged in an indictment earlier this month with engaging in a gun battle in the Jonathan Street area in April appeared Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for a second day of bond review hearings. On Wednesday, similar hearings were also held for five men and two juveniles who were charged as adults in connection with the case. All of those charged were taken into custody this week after being indicted earlier this month, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steve Kessell said Wednesday.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
Five men and two juveniles who were charged in an indictment earlier this month with participating in a gang-related shooting near Jonathan Street in Hagerstown appeared for bond review hearings Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Seven others who also were charged in the indictment likely will appear for bond review hearings Thursday, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said. Kessell said he believed authorities picked up the men over the course of the last few days.
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