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July 22, 2012
A team of bomb squad technicians from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office safely disposed of blasting caps Friday afternoon at Chestnut Grove Park in southern Washington County, according to a news release. Blasting caps are small explosives commonly used to detonate larger explosives such as dynamite, authorities said. The caps come in a variety of types, and are used in excavation, mining and demolition. A man identified as Arlington Gifft found the caps when he was cleaning out his deceased father's home in the 3600 block of Trego Mountain Road in Keedysville.
July 19, 2012
Cats Young Domestic Short Hair, female, white, found on Exline Road in Hancock Adult DSH, gender unknown, black and white, found at Harpers Ferry and Mills roads in Sharpsburg Adult Domestic Long Hair, male, gray, found on Main Street in Keedysville • For more information about these animals, call the Humane Society of Washington County at 301-733-2060.  
July 1, 2012
“Your articles about the public meeting in Boonsboro are unbelievable, and completely biased toward the proponents. That room was packed full of angry homeowners who were completely opposed to the rail trail. Anyone who went to that meeting knows the truth, no matter how you try to slant it. Your article of June 22 mentioned only one person who was opposed, whereas you included in that article five people who were proponents of the proposal. Where is the truth in your journalism, Herald-Mail?
June 30, 2012
Pearl Virginia Koontz, 83, of Williamsport, Md., passed away Friday, June 29, 2012, at Ravenwood Nursing Home. Born Oct. 13, 1928, in Downsville, Md., she was the daughter of the late Resley Ellsworth and Mary Elizabeth Williams Speaker. She worked as a cook for various restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area. She was of the Protestant faith. She is survived by two daughters, Linda M. Thomas and Brenda J. Jackson, both of Hagerstown; six sisters, Eleanor Frazee of Hagerstown, Josephine Ardinger of Boonsboro, Ruby Hornbaker and Lorraine Hornbaker, both of Clear Spring, Helen Milburn of Keedysville and Nancy Miller of Falling Waters, W.Va.; two brothers, Donald Speaker of New York and Wilbur Speaker of North Dakota; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
June 27, 2012
U.S. ArmyCapt. Chris Robertson of Keedysville was deployed to Afghanistan last month. This is the second major deployment for Robertson, who is married to Erica (Stewart) Robertson, a native of Boonsboro. Capt. Robertson left for a 15-month deployment to Iraq with the 101st Airborne the first week after they were married in 2007. The couple have a daughter, Evelyn Kay.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | June 21, 2012
People with strong opinions for and against a possible 23-mile bike trail packed steamy Boonsboro's fire hall Thursday night. The proposal is in its early, formative stage. Joseph Kroboth III, Washington County's public works director, said there's no local, state or federal money committed to the project, which has been estimated to cost about $16 million. Some at the meeting spoke in favor of the appeal of a new avenue for healthy exercise, and the possible tourism and economic development draw that a trail might have.
May 24, 2012
A Keedysville, Md., man was arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a domestic dispute last week in which his girlfriend's clothing and personal property were burned, fire investigators said. William Lupton Haines, 52, who turned himself in without incident, is facing charges for second-degree assault, second-degree malicious burning, arson threats and malicious destruction of property, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal Office. Through a joint investigation with the Hagerstown Fire Marshal's Office, it was determined that Haines allegedly burned his girlfriend's clothing and dresser drawers in the backyard of their home in the 5100 block of Mt. Briar Road on May 19, the release said.
May 22, 2012
Catherine Jane Longnecker, 82, of Hagerstown passed away Monday, May 21, 2012, at Julia Manor Health Care Center in Hagerstown. Catherine was born Feb. 16, 1930, in McConnellsburg, Pa. She was the wife of the late Allen J. Longnecker. Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Darla Sue Longnecker and Diane Lynn Longnecker of Boonsboro; one son, Allen Robert Longnecker of Thurmont, Md.; grandchildren, Michelle Morgan of Keedysville and Brian Morningstar of Boonsboro; one great-grandchild, Devon Morgan; one brother; and three sisters.
May 21, 2012
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office was investigating a Saturday morning fire that was intentionally set to the rear of a house on the 5000 block of Mount Briar Road. The notice of investigation said that an arson threat had been made against the property. The fire was discovered by a resident of the house at 6:30 a.m. Personal property and dresser drawers were set on fire in the backyard, the notice said. Damage was estimated at $250, the notice said. The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Boonsboro Police Department assisted in the investigation, the notice said.
April 29, 2012
Police said dense fog was a factor in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning at the intersection of Shepherdstown Pike and Coffman Farm Road. Daniel Houston Nicely, 20, of 6332 Coffman Farm Road, Keedysville, pulled onto Shepherdstown Pike from Coffman Farm Road in a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer at about 7:40 a.m. and was struck by a 2003 Saturn being driven by Gloria Jean Herren, 60, of 3418A Whitings Neck Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., according to the Washington County...
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