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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 TIM ROWLAND | July 14, 2013
“If I'm not doing anything wrong, why should I care about surveillance?” To quote the late David Foster Wallace, this argument is so stupid it practically drools. So allow me to count the ways: 1. Just because you have nothing to hide today doesn't mean you will have nothing to hide tomorrow. Legislatures are always passing new laws against what was heretofore rather normal behavior. One community tried to pass an ordinance requiring its citizens to carry a gun. See any problem there, especially if you don't care to pack heat?
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 MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 10, 2013
More than 500 people turned out Saturday for the first day of the Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Expo at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center, according to organizers. Leah Ryder said she and fellow Hager Hall Sales Manager Jacinta Ingream were “a little leery” about turnout, because a large gun show is being held in Philadelphia this weekend. But they were pleased that more than 50 vendors still decided to take part in the Hagerstown show. The show, which features hunting, archery, gun and knife vendors, children safety activities, including free fingerprinting ID kits, continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7. A deer-hunting rifle and a gun rack for an all-terrain vehicle will be given away at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, said Ryder, who thanked Hendershots Sporting Goods Inc., and Twiggs Cycles in Hagerstown for supporting the giveaways.
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.
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