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July 18, 2013
A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who was convicted of weapons charges and other counts remained at large Thursday after he walked away from his work site Wednesday evening in downtown Hagerstown, a Maryland prison official said. Dion Alves, 41, was serving a seven-year sentence for weapons and drug distribution charges, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Alves had been assigned to work at Bulls & Bears Restaurant on South Potomac Street, Maryland State Police said in a news release.
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NEWS
November 4, 2002
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Boaters and others should avoid the upper Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls at least through Monday due to hazardous water levels, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Recent precipitation has made the river and adjacent streams dangerous for boaters, tubers, swimmers or wading anglers, DNR police announced Saturday. The warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white-water paddlers.
NEWS
July 20, 1997
By JENNYLYNN BROWN Staff Writer FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - A family fishing trip turned tragic when two boys found the body of their grandfather Sunday morning in the Potomac River, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said. Samuel Guice, 71, of 909 Shaffer Drive, drowned a little after midnight near the place he and the boys had earlier fished, said Patricia Manown of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. DNR police called the death an accidental drowning.
OBITUARIES
December 29, 2011
Karen Ann Coss, 54, of 108 Pine Lake Road, Cape Carteret, N.C., passed away Christmas Eve at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C., after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Her daughter and husband were holding her hands, with her sister and other family members at her bedside. Born Nov. 26, 1957, in Silver Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late William Oheim and Reba Oheim of Silver Spring. She accepted Christ as her Savior at Woodside United Methodist Church.
NEWS
BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
The city of Hagerstown will receive a $150,000 state grant that will be used to offer low-interest loans to businesses in an effort to redevelop vacant buildings and areas citywide.    Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday announced the grant, which is administered through the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and will be absorbed into the Hagerstown Revolving Loan Fund. The city will provide $75,000 in matching funds, according to a news release from the DBED.
NEWS
May 13, 2008
Washington County will hold a scrap tire drop-off on Saturday, May 17, at the Forty West Landfill west of Hagerstown. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., county residents may take used tires to the landfill at 12630 Earth Care Road, one mile west of Huyetts Crossroads on U.S. 40. Residents will not be charged to drop off tires; the disposal and recycling costs will be paid by the Maryland Department of the Environment, a county press release states....
NEWS
May 3, 2001
Residents can dispose of scrap tires Washington County residents will have a chance Saturday to dispose of up to 10 scrap tires for free. The one-day Scrap Tire Amnesty Day is at the Forty West Landfill from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ten tires can include up too two farm tractor tires. Tire disposal is free only for residents, not for businesses. This program is sponsored by Washington County and the Maryland Department of the Environment. Coupons for this program will be available at the landfill.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | February 6, 1998
Md. agency sues over tire pile The Maryland Department of the Environment filed suit on Thursday in an attempt to force a Smithsburg man and a Greencastle, Pa., couple to pay more than $770,000 the state says it cost to clean up a large tire pile. According to papers filed in Washington County Circuit Court, the state paid $770,174 in April 1996 to remove 429,000 tires from an open dump on a property off Jugtown Road near Pondsville Road in the Smithsburg area. Dwight L. and Leona A. Grove, of 78 S. Allison St., in Greencastle, stockpiled the scrap tires, according to the suit.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 10, 2013
A convicted sex offender was expected to find out on Monday in Washington County Circuit Court how long he would spend in state prison, but a required mental health assessment ordered more than two months ago had not been done. The prosecution had recommended a 50-year sentence for 46-year-old Robert William Mulkern Jr. when he pleaded guilty in March to child pornography and child sex abuse charges for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in 2009. Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered a presentence investigation at that time, but Beachley said the mental health assessment he ordered had not been performed.
OBITUARIES
May 13, 2011
Gary Robert Wantz, 47, of Annapolis, Md., passed away, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. Born Saturday, Sept. 21, 1963, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of Robert A. Wantz and Cassandra Ebersole Wantz of Hagerstown. He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1982 and later graduated from Lynchburg College School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree. Gary was the former owner of Wantz Construction Bonding Inc. and was most recently employed as project supervisor for Nastos Construction of Washington, D.C.  Gary enjoyed playing tennis in high school and later went on to play at Lynchburg College.
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