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By TERRY TALBERT | April 12, 1998
The tougher, the better, said most Tri-State area residents asked Saturday how they feel about making drunk driving laws more strict. In Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .10 or higher are considered intoxicated. President Clinton has endorsed toughening the law by lowering that level to .08 nationwide. That proposal is being fought in Congress by the liquor and restaurant industries, which claim a .08 alcohol level is so low it basically targets social drinkers.
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 25, 2005
More than 60 Maryland law enforcement agencies and barracks, including four that cover parts of Washington County, have been awarded grants to enforce bus safety traffic laws, Maryland State Police said Wednesday. The money is available through a School Bus Enforcement Fund created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2000, police said in a news release. The money will let police officers work overtime on school bus patrols. A focus will be motorists who don't stop for flashing red lights on school buses.
By AMY WALLAUER | March 1, 1998
by Ric Dugan / staff photographer see the enlargement Grief prompts crusade to change W.Va. hit-and-run laws MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The hit-and-run death of a classmate in September devastated students at Faith Christian Academy in Martinsburg. When the motorist was charged, devastation turned to anger: The driver charged with hitting Chris May and fleeing the scene was charged with misdemeanors. "It's kind of interesting you can hit and kill someone and the absolute minimum (penalty)
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | January 1, 2005
Below is a partial list of Maryland laws taking effect today. Some laws passed in the 2004 General Assembly session took effect as soon as they were passed last spring, and many already have taken effect. More will take effect in the future. For more information on state laws and the General Assembly, visit - SB 69 (Income Tax - Time for Filing Quarterly Income Tax Withholding Returns): Alters the time for filing some income tax withholding returns in the state general tax article.
September 21, 2006
Debris falling from vehicles headed to the Washington County landfill has prompted the Sheriff's Department to begin an education program for motorists dropping off garbage. According to a press release, deputies will be at the entrance of the landfill periodically beginning next week to hand out leaflets addressing state laws on transporting loose and covered loads. The department will follow up with enforcement of the laws, if necessary, after the public education period is over.
By DAVE McMILLION | December 7, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Proposed new land-use laws for Jefferson County continue to be the source of criticism, and county officials on Thursday agreed to extend a public comment period for them. Officials have said that the county's current land-use regulations have not been effective in managing urban and suburban growth or protecting agricultural areas. But the new laws have come under attack for being complicated and contradictory in how they mandate minute details like what kind of fence can be around swimming pools.
November 23, 2008
A total of 349 vehicles passed through a sobriety checkpoint at Halfway Boulevard and Irene Drive on Friday between 8:45 and 11:15 p.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. One vehicle was stopped for suspicion of alcohol-related driving, but no arrests were made, deputies said. Each driver passing through the checkpoint received an information pamphlet on Maryland's drinking and driving laws.
April 5, 2010
Wilma Lee Scott, 52, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the home of William and Jeanette Scott, her in-laws. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, and Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin, W.Va. The service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 24, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 23rd Judicial Circuit judge has been asked to stop the Berkeley County Planning Commission from enforcing an "exotic entertainment" ordinance as a means to shut down a new strip club in southern Berkeley County. Judge Christopher C. Wilkes is expected to hear arguments next Wednesday about a petition for injunction filed last week by attorney Floyd M. Sayre III on behalf of TNA Entertainment LLC and Robert Musselman, according to records filed with Berkeley County Circuit Clerk Virginia M. Sine's office.
February 21, 2011
I understand that Maryland has laws that make no sense. I understand the state has a propensity for regulatory overkill. I understand that in all likelihood, Maryland has a law requiring you to throw the box of Arm & Hammer baking soda out of your fridge after it’s been in there for six months. But if you’re a rookie lawmaker in Annapolis who campaigned on the issues of more jobs and less taxes — well, if your top priority is to change Maryland’s junk-refrigerator law, aren’t there some other topics you’ve missed?
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