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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 29, 2013
Two Washington County legislators have filed bills in the current session of the Maryland General Assembly that would require the chief of the primary law enforcement agency in a county to be notified before an officer from another agency serves a warrant in areas within the county's jurisdiction. The bills, which have been filed in the House and the Senate by Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, and Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington, respectively, are in response to an incident in Sharpsburg in November where the Maryland State Police executed a no-knock search warrant at an address, but the Washington County Sheriff did not know about the operation until after it had begun.
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NEWS
January 23, 2013
A U.S. District Court judge in Baltimore sentenced a Hagerstown man to serve 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Upon his release, Otha Royal Palmer, 58, formerly of 157 S. Potomac St. Apt. 2, also will have to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, works and/or attends school, according to a Department of Justice news release and U.S. District Court documents. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Palmer on Tuesday as part of a plea arrangement, the release said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2013
Hagerstown Community College and local law enforcement officials have been talking about starting a police academy on the HCC campus for four years. Those talks will come to fruition March 18, when the first class is scheduled to begin. John King, a 30-year-veteran of law enforcement who has served with police departments in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, and most recently as chief of the Gaithersburg Police Department, has been tapped as the instructor for the six-month course.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2013
Local law-enforcement officials Thursday did not agree on every point, but all supported some of the gun safety measures proposed by President Obama on Wednesday. Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight Jr. and Hancock Police Chief  T.J. Buskirk supported the president's proposal to limit the number of rounds in a magazine. “From a law enforcement perspective, having a magazine that would hold 30 rounds poses police officers a greater sense of danger if we have to face them,” Knight said.
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.
OPINION
December 23, 2012
“If they're going to tear down the municipal electric light plant, they need to do away with the dam. The dam is very dangerous. I'm a Hagerstown firefighter.” - Hagerstown “In reference to the article in the paper about this stadium and all, why don't we let that field of dreams go away, and everybody else, and save our money here locally? Let that ball team go somewhere else. We don't need it. And also, all this hoopla about the frustration of land limit, you better do what the state is. You think about suing them, they're going to come back, and we need money.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | trishr@herald-mail.com | November 17, 2012
A rally supporting a stronger anti-bullying law was held Saturday afternoon at the 365 Church on Mid-Atlantic Parkway. Church member Sharon Santamaria organized the event because her daughter is a victim of bullying that occurred in early October. “Nothing was done by school administrators,” Santamaria said. Santamaria said on a Sunday afternoon, her 16-year-old daughter and her friend were walking behind Opequon Elementary School in Martinsburg when five girls and three boys, all about 13 years old, began bullying the two high school students.
OPINION
November 15, 2012
Letter writer should be upset with headline   To the editor: I'm hoping the headline on the first letter in the Saturday (Nov. 10) Herald-Mai l was a typo: “County's deal for school land still needs explained.” Needs explained? If I were the writer of that letter, who seems to have crafted a well-thought-out and coherent opinion, I'd be a bit bothered. Steve Specht Brownsville ( Editor's note: The headline to which the letter writer refers appeared in the print edition only)
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
Sharing information is crucial for law enforcement agencies that work together to protect their communities from criminals, especially repeat offenders, according to Capt. Mark Holtzman, acting chief of the Hagerstown Police Department. “It's been said that no police department can do it alone, and working on these collaborative efforts really helps bridge the gap,” Holtzman said. As a way to combine efforts and share information, HPD recently became a member of an interagency program in Hagerstown and Washington County called the Safe Streets Coalition.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 10, 2012
Several hundred members of area social clubs, veterans groups and nonprofit organizations flocked to the Franklin Fire Company in Chambersburg on Tuesday night hoping to make sense of a revised state gaming law. The Small Games of Chance seminar, hosted by the Franklin Fire Co., was intended to clear up confusion about the recording and reporting process of HB 169, officially known as Act 2 of 2012. Todd Merlina, enforcement officer supervisor with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, told the crowd that the law is an improvement to the outdated small games of chance law from 1988.
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