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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | October 2, 2012
To many people, including teenagers, texting or looking at a phone while driving has almost become second nature. Boonsboro High School senior Elie Nogle said the issue of distracted driving can be personal to her. “I've known people who have died from accidents,” she said. “When we can see things like the graphics of an accident it checks people into reality.” Nogle, 17, president of Boonsboro High's Student Government Association, took part in Tuesday's announcement of the Stay Alive!
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NEWS
September 6, 2012
Local law enforcement officials will be honored during this year's “Remembrance in the Park” ceremony at Hagerstown's City Park on Tuesday, Sept. 11, according to a city news release. Hagerstown, Washington County and state law enforcement, emergency services personnel, military members, elected officials and the public are invited to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, at the ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. Trees will be planted in memory of four Maryland State Police personnel who were killed in the line of duty, including Officer Clinton Rhodes (Jan.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
The law enforcement division of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office operated over Labor Day weekend without phone service at the agency's headquarters after lightning struck the building, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Wednesday. “This office took a direct hit last Friday,” Lemaster said Wednesday afternoon when phone service was restored. The building's security system was initially disabled by the storm and deputies had to share a key to get into the headquarters as a result, Lemaster said.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
A prescription drug turn-in program and other activities will be available to the public this weekend during Law Enforcement Awareness Day at Hagerstown Speedway. Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, visitors will be able to participate in a variety of events, including the drug turn-in program, a DUI simulator, a seat belt simulator and a child-identification program. The event is being sponsored by the Hagerstown Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police.
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By DAVE McMILLION and LAUREN KIRKWOOD | davem@herald-mail.com and lauren.kirkwood@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2012
Crowds of area residents turned out to learn about crime prevention and meet law enforcement officers at National Night Out celebrations in Hagerstown and Smithsburg Tuesday night. Law enforcement officers and attendees said Hagerstown's event was more popular than last year's, in part due to cooler temperatures. National Night Out was held as a partnership between the city of Hagerstown and the Hagerstown Police Department, and was sponsored by Target, according to Pete Moreno, Target logistics executive team leader.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
A gun-rights advocate, local law-enforcement officials and a community activist said it would be a knee-jerk reaction to call for stricter gun-control laws following a Friday morning shooting that killed at least 12 people and left more than 50 others wounded in a Colorado movie theater. Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said people often blame easy gun access when a fatal shooting occurs such as the one during the screening of a Batman movie shortly after midnight Friday in Aurora, Colo.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 24, 2012
Washington County's future crime fighters got a taste of what it's like to be a police officer during the recent Junior Police Academy in Hagerstown. Hagerstown Police Department Officer Brett McKoy said a dozen middle-school age children graduated from the academy when it wrapped up June 15. “We want to bring positive programs to the youth of Washington County,” McKoy said. The academy ran from June 11 to 15. During that time, the students participated in a variety of activities that included fingerprinting, firearms training and guided tours of the Washington County circuit and district courts.
NEWS
June 12, 2012
A firearms business that primarily serves law-enforcement personnel plans to open in the 4 E. Baltimore St. building that once served as the Funkstown post office, the property owner said Monday night. Parker Bandy Firearms has been operating in a residential basement in Smithsburg, but was looking for a storefront, property owner Doug Arnall told the mayor and Funkstown Town Council on Monday night. The company does not keep a large inventory of firearms and ammunition, doing much of its business online and helping customers with orders, Arnall said.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
Wetzel disappointed new school has lower priority BOONSBORO - Boonsboro Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel expressed disappointment during a town council meeting Monday night over a decision by Washington County Public Schools to give a lower priority to a second elementary school in the Boonsboro area. The school system, which has a ranking system for proposed projects, has now planned for the completion of a second elementary school in Boonsboro in 2023 instead of 2017, Wetzel said.
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