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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
Powering through the final yards to Hagerstown's Public Square in 87-degree heat Wednesday afternoon, the team of law-enforcement officers and Special Olympians who participated in this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run were sweaty, but smiling. "I think it's a great way to raise money for Special Olympics, and it's fun to get out and run," Maryland state Trooper Andy Smith said. Smith was one of about 40 local officers to participate in the Washington County leg of the Maryland Torch Run Relay to convey the "Flame of Hope" across Maryland to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University on Friday.
NEWS
April 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County law enforcement officers are looking for a man who robbed the Lamb Chops Lounge on Eagle School Road in Martinsburg early Wednesday, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department press release. The robbery was reported at 12:17 a.m. A man holding something under his shirt that could have been a handgun, but was not displayed, demanded money, deputies said. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. The robber was described as a black male, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short hair and a stocky build.
NEWS
May 24, 2007
At least two men are dead and a woman is critically injured after a shooting about 2 a.m. on High Point Avenue in Shippensburg, Pa. Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement officers have surrounded a house in the area of Washington Street. A series of shots or bangs were heard in the area about 1 p.m. and again about 1:40 p.m.
NEWS
October 1, 2008
SMITHSBURG -- The inaugural motorcycle ride to honor Officer Christopher Nicholson, who was killed in the line of duty, will be Saturday, Oct. 11. Registration will be held at Veterans Park in Smithsburg from 8 to 10 a.m. (kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.). A donation of $25 per person includes a police escorted ride, lunch at Williamsport Red Men, and a T-shirt for the first 200 entries. The Blue Knights MD II, a motorcycle club comprised of active and retired law enforcement officers, is sponsoring the ride.
NEWS
September 14, 2010
The Remembrance in the Park ceremony was held Tuesday at Hagerstown City Park to commemorate and raise awareness of National Preparedness Month. The ceremony was held in the park's Tribute Garden, which honors members of the military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical service providers. Before this year's ceremony, three trees were planted in the garden in memory of fallen Navy servicemen Patrick Roy and Craig Wibberly, and fallen fire police captain Joseph Kroboth Jr.
NEWS
March 18, 1999
ANNAPOLIS - A Senate panel on Thursday killed legislation to protect state employees from death threats. Earlier this month, Washington County social workers told the Judicial Proceedings Committee that angry parents have threatened to kill them. Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said he was disappointed, but not surprised, that the legislation was voted down Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Leo E. Green, D-Prince George's, said the bill was too broad. It's already a crime to threaten elected officials, but this bill would have included every state employee.
NEWS
May 17, 1999
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer The members of a year old special policing unit, an investigator and a sheriff's deputy who leads his agency in drunken-driving arrests were honored Monday by the Hagerstown Optimist Club as Washington County's law enforcement officers of the year. The members of the Hagerstown Police Department Street Crime Unit, Maryland State Police Trooper Michael D. Kretzer and Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Richard R. Schleigh were awarded commemorative plaques during the luncheon, attended by the county's top law enforcement officers and members of the Hagerstown Optimist Club, a local civic group.
NEWS
Linda Duffield | July 23, 2011
The nature of some jobs means those working them routinely come in for criticism, almost certainly never pleasing everyone at any given time. Newspaper work is one of those jobs. Police work is another. Law enforcement officers and their departments across the country find themselves criticized for everything from handing out traffic tickets to motorists caught in speed traps to allegations of police brutality and plenty of things in between. Praise can be harder to come by, and law enforcement officers probably don't get their fair share, even when they deserve it in a big way. Although there is plenty they do right - local law enforcement agencies seem to have a pretty good track record of getting to robbery scenes fast and tracking and/or nabbing armed suspects - they deserve special praise for the way they handle reports of missing children.
NEWS
June 18, 2008
Ranson Police Department officer honored for rescue RANSON, W.Va. -- A Ranson Police Department officer has been honored by the American Police Hall of Fame for working with other officers to rescue a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputy from a house in 2007 after the deputy was shot. Ranson Police Chief Bill Roper announced the recognition for Keith Sigulinksy during the Ranson City Council meeting Tuesday night. A plaque and pin were presented. Sigulinksy, paramedic Sean McCarthy, Roper and Charles Town Police Department officer Sam Smith rescued Ron Fletcher after Fletcher was shot in a house in the Orchard Hills subdivision on Feb. 19, 2007.
NEWS
March 14, 2008
Story right, headline wrong To the editor: Why would the local paper go with a banner headline in extra dark ink for the Saturday March 8 edition about the "Maryland State Police kill(ing) 4 in 2 years?" Have they so soon forgotten Officer Nicholson? In two boxes above the banner headline, but in much lighter print, were the words "allegedly" and "traffic-related charges. " Only in the text of the article was it detailed that each of the dead men was complicit in his own death.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2013
One of three men accused of passing counterfeit currency Monday has been charged with assaulting Maryland State Police troopers as they attempted to take him into custody in the parking lot of Premium Outlets, according to Washington County District Court records. Tyreik L. Gibson, 28, of Lansdowne, Pa., was charged by state police with three counts each of first- and second-degree assault, and one count each of second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and malicious destruction of property of more than $500, court records said.
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OPINION
April 20, 2013
Officers who abuse authority violate their duties To the editor: As a correctional officer who has been involved in this profession for more than 21 years, I want to thank you for your editorial, “ Correctional officers must maintain higher level of authority, ” which was published on April 15. The constant negative comments and coverage of this profession can be draining at times. When a correctional officer abuses their authority, it affects all of us. I believe it was Sheriff Andy Taylor, from the old “Andy Griffith Show,” who said that “we sometimes get so caught up in being law enforcement officers, we forget that we are also peace officers.” This has always been my motto.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2012
The new headquarters for the law enforcement division of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is projected to cost between $2.4 million and $2.6 million, officials said this month. “The only big ticket item we have to go yet is our flooring,” said Deputy Berkeley County Administrator Alan J. Davis. Expected to be completed this spring, the project's current estimated cost of $99 per square foot would be about $200 less per square foot than the Berkeley County Judicial Center project next door, Davis said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2012
The investigation into a Sunday morning shooting in which police officers critically injured an armed Myersville, Md., man is still in its early stages, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said Monday. James Jacob Jardina, 46, was in critical condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday morning. Jardina was shot in the torso and hip, Mullendore said Sunday. The sheriff's deputy and Maryland Department of Natural Resources officer who fired their weapons in the incident at the park and ride lot off Md. 66 near Interstate 70 will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is completed, Mullendore said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 17, 2012
Shortly after receiving a call for a reported kidnapping in progress near Williamsport, the actions of Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Rick Kemmerer potentially helped save a woman's life. About 10:42 p.m. on April 1, Kemmerer spotted a man assaulting a woman near a vehicle that matched the description provided by dispatchers in a park-and-ride lot along Lappans Road near Interstate 81. The man jumped in the vehicle and tried to flee as Kemmerer pulled up. Acting quickly, the deputy smashed out a window and used a stun-gun to subdue the suspect until his backup could arrive.
NEWS
Linda Duffield | July 23, 2011
The nature of some jobs means those working them routinely come in for criticism, almost certainly never pleasing everyone at any given time. Newspaper work is one of those jobs. Police work is another. Law enforcement officers and their departments across the country find themselves criticized for everything from handing out traffic tickets to motorists caught in speed traps to allegations of police brutality and plenty of things in between. Praise can be harder to come by, and law enforcement officers probably don't get their fair share, even when they deserve it in a big way. Although there is plenty they do right - local law enforcement agencies seem to have a pretty good track record of getting to robbery scenes fast and tracking and/or nabbing armed suspects - they deserve special praise for the way they handle reports of missing children.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
Powering through the final yards to Hagerstown's Public Square in 87-degree heat Wednesday afternoon, the team of law-enforcement officers and Special Olympians who participated in this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run were sweaty, but smiling. "I think it's a great way to raise money for Special Olympics, and it's fun to get out and run," Maryland state Trooper Andy Smith said. Smith was one of about 40 local officers to participate in the Washington County leg of the Maryland Torch Run Relay to convey the "Flame of Hope" across Maryland to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University on Friday.
NEWS
February 17, 2011
Police officers within the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services would be added to those covered by a Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, under a bill heard Thursday. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said the Internal Investigation Unit within the department is made up of sworn law enforcement officers who investigate crime. Those officers would be added to the 23 groups or categories of police already part of the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.
NEWS
September 14, 2010
The Remembrance in the Park ceremony was held Tuesday at Hagerstown City Park to commemorate and raise awareness of National Preparedness Month. The ceremony was held in the park's Tribute Garden, which honors members of the military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical service providers. Before this year's ceremony, three trees were planted in the garden in memory of fallen Navy servicemen Patrick Roy and Craig Wibberly, and fallen fire police captain Joseph Kroboth Jr.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 14, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Both men asking Berkeley County voters to support them on Nov. 4 to be the county's next sheriff tout their many years of experience. Carlton "Cootsie" DeHaven, 57, of 194 Dinali Drive, said he worked as a law enforcement officer for the Martinsburg Police Department and the sheriff's department for a total of about 16 years. The Republican Party's nominee also mentioned his years as a Berkeley County magistrate and work in legal research. "With having 23 deputies with less than two years experience, that's where that (judicial background)
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