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By DON AINES | | September 9, 2011
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. " - George Santayana History never actually repeats itself, as each incident is unique, but events like the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks set the table for decisions and actions that can be examined a decade later to learn what did and did not work. "We learned that our traditional defense of 3,000-plus miles of ocean is no longer a barrier," Thomas G. Clemens, a professor of history at Hagerstown Community College, wrote in an email.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | August 13, 2009
Erik Estrada still has a special place in his heart for Officer Francis "Ponch" Poncherello, the character he played for six seasons on "CHiPs. " So much so that when his cell phone rings during our interview, it's a familiar tune - the theme from "CHiPs. " "Isn't that trippy, baby?" Estrada says with a laugh before handing the cell phone off to his wife to answer. This weekend, Estrada will be part of the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Bike Night. He'll climb onto a Harley Davidson motorcycle and ride with the West Virginia Blues Knights Chapter to raise funds for Hospice of the Panhandle.
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | February 3, 1999
A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted nine people on charges of distributing crack cocaine in Hagerstown's West End. The Monday indictments stem from a drug turf killing in July 1997, Lynn A. Battaglia, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a press release. Eric Williams, also known as "Supreme," was shot and killed during an assault on three other people, according to the indictment. Williams and another man were attempting to maintain control over the West End drug trade, according to allegations contained in the indictment, the release said.
March 13, 2011
The 2010-11 Washington County Public Schools Handbook and Guide includes two pages of charts that feature disciplinary guidelines for violations of school regulations. The charts list a range of disciplinary actions for several student offenses in elementary, middle and high schools. Offenses listed include cheating, alcohol-related offenses, bullying, cutting class, drug-related offenses, bomb threats, disrespect, fighting, firearms, inhalants, physical attacks on students or teachers, sexual activity, sexual assault, tobacco-related offenses, vandalism and several others.
March 22, 2013
The Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, Baltimore Division, are participating in a joint law enforcement operation. The ATF has established and leads task forces focused on tobacco diversion, firearms, armed narcotics trafficking, explosives incidents and arson investigation. Task forces provide a number of advantages for all participating agencies, including drawing on the expertise of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, which shares resources with all participating agencies and increases the investigative possibilities available to all parties involved.
May 10, 2009
Hancock woman receives bionic arm Punishment for posting fight video harsh, father says Law enforcement, corrections workers recognized Nick Adenhart's family starts memorial fund Bonanza Extravaganza kicks off
by DAVID DISHNEAU | April 3, 2004
Most state park rangers will become Natural Resources Police officers in a merger aimed at saving $5 million to $6 million, the Ehrlich administration said Friday. Joining the two law-enforcement arms of the Department of Natural Resources was one recommendation of a task force on state government efficiency established by Gov. Robert Ehrlich. "This consolidation of law-enforcement units creates additional geographic and seasonal flexibility in order to meet critical conservation-law and park-safety needs," Ehrlich said.
March 12, 1997
A Hagerstown resident has been appointed executive director of the National Sheriff's Association, a law enforcement trade organization. Aldine "Bubby" Moser Jr. is the fifth person to hold the national post since the organization began 57 years ago. Moser, who has served the NSA for more than 13 years, has held positions of assistant director of jail operations, director of membership and insurance programs, and director of jail operations....
April 30, 2013
Groupon Grassroots selected Vested Interest in K-9s Inc. as its charity partner for the event, which raised more than $155,000 in eight days, according to the news release. Through an online $10 donation, people could purchase a groupon, which is a tax-deductible donation, through a secure website, according to the news release. All funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for police department K-9s. Vested Interest in K-9s, a nonprofit organization, will be able to provide bulletproof vests to more than 150 K-9s across the nation as a result of the funds raised, according to the release.
by TARA REILLY | July 12, 2003
The Hancock Town Council has approved an agreement with the Washington County Sheriff's Department that gives the town's four police officers law enforcement jurisdiction outside town limits. Town officers already assist the Sheriff's Department on calls outside the town, but they cannot make arrests, officials said. Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage said the action, taken Wednesday, will clear up confusion over jurisdiction. A few incidents have occurred near Hancock's borders, but those cases have been dismissed in court because of concerns over which law enforcement agency had jurisdiction, Gossage said.
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