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by CANDICE BOSELY | April 3, 2004
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Control over a Harpers Ferry facility that is to train Border Patrol officers should not be switched to a different federal agency, Sen. Robert C. Byrd said Friday. President Bush has proposed handing control of the facility over to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Doing so could undermine the trust established between local residents and U.S. Customs, said Tom Gavin, Byrd's press secretary. If control of the facility changes hands, more officers could be trained there, meaning the training might not be as specialized, Gavin said.
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September 15, 2005
A 25-year-old Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged Thursday with two counts of murder in the killings of a father and son that Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith described as two of the most gruesome deaths he's seen in his 19 years in law enforcement. Read the full story in Friday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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June 5, 2010
Local law enforcement officials regularly visit Kaplan University-Hagerstown to work with the Fire Arms Training Simulator. They recently were on campus to remember one of their own as representatives from law enforcement helped dedicate the FATS Lab in memory of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Nicholson, who died in the line of duty. Color Guard members from the Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department opened the ceremony, attended by members of Nicholson's family, state Sen. Donald F. Munson, officers from several Washington County departments and faculty and staff of Kaplan University-Hagerstown.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | October 15, 1999
The Washington County and Frederick County Sheriff's Departments each received $4,000 grants from the U.S. Justice Department to buy bulletproof vests. In all, Maryland law enforcement agencies received $78,000 under the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act. Under the grant program, counties must match at least 50 percent of the cost of each vest. The law was signed by President Clinton June 16, 1998. Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades could not be reached for comment Friday.
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By TRISH RUDDER | September 10, 2007
Courthouse loan in the works BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A courthouse funding loan from the West Virginia Office of Economic Development is in the works, Morgan County Commission President Glen R. Stotler said Friday. Stotler said he does not know the terms or the amount of the loan, but that information is expected to be received next week. Stotler said the loan is a cooperative effort between the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Gov. Joe Manchin's office.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | 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.
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BY ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 9, 2002
andrews@herald-mail.com A handful of the area's finest were honored Wednesday for their police work. The Optimist Club of Hagerstown Maryland, Inc., presented plaques to members of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Hagerstown Police Department during a luncheon at the Venice Inn. The Optimist Club asked top officials at local police agencies to nominate officers. Club President David Borggren Sr. said the second week in May each year is Respect for Law Week for all Optimist Clubs.
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February 27, 2003
County already has firing range at Ritchie To the editor: Last Oct. 22, a community meeting was held in Cascade to discuss law- enforcement issues in our community. We are pleased that Washington County Sheriff Mades, his staff and Lt. Johnston from the Hagerstown State Police barracks were active participants in the program. I noticed with interest Sheriff Mades' comments regarding the county's former use of the firing range at Fort Ritchie. Apparently, the county had use of the firing range in 1998 and 1999.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | July 10, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner on Wednesday called on the city and Washington County governments to consider forming a metropolitan police force, a move that would be designed to change the local law enforcement structure and end duplication of services. Polled Wednesday, council members Kristin B. Aleshire, Carol N. Moller and N. Linn Hendershot said they would be willing to explore the idea. Councilwoman Penny May Nigh said she wanted to talk to Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith before commenting on Metzner's idea.
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 17, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials are considering a fire fee to help county fire departments purchase additional equipment and pay for other needs, officials said Thursday. A fire fee, which would be charged to each homeowner in the county, would help pay for additional equipment, like firetrucks, Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss said. The commissioners also are considering a law enforcement impact fee to help the sheriff's department pay for new equipment and facilities.
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