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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.
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.
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.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | February 7, 2012
More than four years after Smithsburg police Officer Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty, his father is trying to get the fallen officer's service weapon. Larry Nicholson said he wants the handgun as part of a memorial for his son. Maryland law allows police officers' guns to be sold or transferred in a variety of ways, but doesn't permit what Larry Nicholson wants to do. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, have filed House and Senate versions of a bill to help Larry Nicholson with his quest.
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.
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....
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 13, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Martinsburg Police Sgt. Kevin E. Miller became the agency's new police chief at midnight Thursday. Miller, 40, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was sworn in at Thursday's regular City Council meeting by City Recorder Sharon A. Flick. "I just appreciate you all giving me the opportunity," Miller said after taking the oath of office. "It's a monumental time in my life, and I just want to thank my family for supporting me and I thank the council for giving me the opportunity to do this job. " In an interview after the meeting, Miller said becoming a police chief was something he has wanted to accomplish in his career and realized he had the opportunity through the city's internal application process.
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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