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January 12, 2013
Thumbs up to John Reece, a Hagerstown resident and breeder who donated a 17-week-old female bloodhound to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Bess, who will be trained to track missing children and patients who stray due to dementia and other illnesses, will join five other dogs in the department's K-9 program. Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said such a dog typically would cost the department $4,000 to $6,000. Thumbs up to the Boonsboro Town Council, which unanimously approved a resolution to allow the town to participate in Sustainable Maryland Certified, a statewide program that encourages and empowers communities to “go green.” Boonsboro is the first town in Washington County to sign up for the program, which assists municipalities by offering training to improve cost savings while conserving resources.
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NEWS
September 13, 2007
Police seized almost 30 pounds of suspected marijuana Wednesday night following a traffic stop on Interstate 81 south near Interstate 70, the Maryland State Police said. Troopers stopped a GMC Envoy driven by a New York man for traffic and equipment violations. A state police K-9 unit alerted to the possible presence of drugs inside the vehicle and officers who searched found a large bale of marijuana, troopers alleged in a news release. Reginald Vaughn Bly, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and importing marijuana into the state, troopers said.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 8, 2005
Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were unable to find a man they say robbed a Prime Outlets Hagerstown store Wednesday evening, according to deputies. The man robbed Little Me, a children's clothing store, using a weapon shortly before 7 p.m. and took cash from the store, deputies said. Deputies would not say how much money was taken and had only a vague description of the assailant. They declined to say what type of weapon was used. A Maryland State Police helicopter and K-9 units were called to the scene to assist with the search, deputies said.
NEWS
August 3, 1998
An armed man robbed the AC&T Fuel Center on Virginia Avenue north of Williamsport on Saturday night, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Police responded to find the suspect had fled on foot. Police, including K-9 units from the Maryland State Police and the sheriff's department, conducted a search of the area, but could not locate the robber. He is described as a white male in his mid-20s, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a stocky build and short, light brown or blond hair.
NEWS
October 20, 2009
Officials said 11 grams of heroin were brought to Roxbury Correctional Institution on Monday, and because of the amount, it is believed the heroin was going to be distributed, according to court records. A Gywnn Oak, Md., woman admitted to bringing the contraband into the facility along Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown in hopes of passing it to an inmate, Washington County District Court records show. Carla Renee Davis, 49, of 3800 Sylvan Drive, was charged with possession of contraband in a place of confinement and other charges, according to court records.
NEWS
March 8, 2011
Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday continued  looking for a man who swam across a creek after leading them on a car chase Sunday through Guilford Township, Pa. State police identified the man as Jaime Hernandez Velaquez, 25, address unavailable. Police said they started chasing a vehicle, which they alleged was driven by Velaquez, at about 3:25 a.m. as it was driven through Chambersburg, Pa. The pursuit continued south on U.S. 11, where the vehicle turned onto side streets and eventually crashed on Feaster Road.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | November 30, 2007
CHARLES TOWN W.Va. ? Police responded Thursday night to a home invasion/robbery in the Washington Village apartments area. The victim said two men forced their way into her home after knocking on the doors. The burglars forced the woman to the couch and taped her hands and eyes, police said in a news release. They demanded money and took a safe from one of the bedrooms, police said. The safe was described as black or dark gray with a keypad on the front. No one was injured.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | August 12, 2004
City honors DoJan, veteran police K-9 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A police K-9 that has been with the Martinsburg Police Department for nearly nine years received two plaques Wednesday night. DoJan, who has worked with K-9 officer Ronald Scott Sheets since December 1995, retired on July 16. DoJan was just as valued as any human officer and deserves the same debt of gratitude for his service, Police Chief Ted Anderson said during a City Council meeting Wednesday night. The dog often had to respond to situations a human would not, Anderson said.
NEWS
December 16, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- An 84-year-old Middletown woman suffering from dementia who was reported missing from her home Tuesday night was found Wednesday morning, Maryland State Police said. Florence Lorraine Leatherman, of 8408 Myersville Road, was found at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Leatherman had been reported missing by her son at 10:46 p.m., Maryland State Police said in a news release. It was not known when she left the residence, police said. Friends and family members searched the nearby area before contacting police, the release said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2010
Berkeley County sheriff's deputies seized 101 pain-relief pills from a vehicle that was driven by a Hagerstown man who was stopped early Sunday just outside the city of Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Cornell Lee Keyes, of 443 N. Prospect St., was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on one felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and one count of transporting drugs into the state, according to court records.
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