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July 8, 1997
Trucker may face $10,000 fine A Canadian trucker could be facing nearly $10,000 in fines for operating a rig in Washington County that weighed nearly double allowed by Maryland law, according to Maryland State Police. State police stopped Steven Roy Pepper, 28, of Smith Falls, Ontario, on Interstate 81 at Halfway Boulevard in late June for a weigh check. The vehicle, which had 11 axles, was weighed in at 195,600 pounds, police said. The permit for the truck only allowed for a weight of 110,000, police said.
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April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley has been quick to enact a Maryland law to create extra protections to keep the Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. The move to give Maryland eminent domain authority to buy the second leg of the Triple Crown was among the first bills to be signed Tuesday, a day after the state's legislature adjourned. The race is a centerpiece of Maryland's horse racing industry, and O'Malley pushed for the law in case federal bankruptcy proceedings of Magna Entertainment Corp.
NEWS
June 11, 1998
In 1997, the National Organization for Women launched Victory 2000, a campaign to elect 2,000 feminist candidates to all levels of public office by the year 2000. The Washington County NOW chapter will form an Activist Campaign Team. Linda Smith, NOW vice president, will lead a workshop on how to get involved in a political campaign on Tuesday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop will be held in the First Floor Conference Room of the Washington County Administration Building.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 2, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Three public defenders entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday on behalf of an inmate indicted in the January shooting death of a Roxbury Correctional Institution officer, according to court records. A jury trial is scheduled to begin July 31 for inmate Brandon Travon Morris, 20, who was indicted Feb. 22 by a Washington County grand jury on 36 counts, including three first-degree murder charges, in Roxbury Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten's Jan. 27 death, court records show.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2012
More than four years after Smithsburg police Officer Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty, his father is trying to get the fallen officer's service weapon. Larry Nicholson said he wants the handgun as part of a memorial for his son. Maryland law allows police officers' guns to be sold or transferred in a variety of ways, but doesn't permit what Larry Nicholson wants to do. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, have filed House and Senate versions of a bill to help Larry Nicholson with his quest.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2013
Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, has introduced a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later, except under some circumstances such as medical emergencies. The bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward R. Reilly, R-Anne Arundel. “Since children in the womb 20 weeks old or older feel pain … we should not allow abortions for children 20 weeks old or older,” Parrott said at a press conference Wednesday.
NEWS
April 14, 2009
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Legislation to create early voting in Maryland cleared the General Assembly late Monday night, and Gov. Martin O'Malley has indicated he will sign the bill. For 2010, early voting will be allowed for six days, beginning on the second Friday through Thursday before the election, but not on the Sunday that falls between them. An early voting site to be chosen six months before the primary election. The bill also authorizes a local board to establish an early voting site at a shopping mall.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2012
Smithsburg Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. urged state senators on Thursday to help a local family obtain a slain officer's service weapon. Christopher S. Nicholson was shot and killed while on duty for Smithsburg police on Dec. 19, 2007. Knight said Nicholson worked hard to become a police officer, overcoming a heart condition. Nicholson had been on the job for about a year and a half when he was “ambushed” by a man who already had killed his ex-girlfriend earlier that day, Knight said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 1, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County residents might be able to get out of alarm system contracts they purchased from unlicensed salespeople. "It would not surprise me if we'd have to let people out of those contracts," Alex Dunn, the chief operating officer of APX Alarm Security Systems, said Wednesday. For weeks, APX salespeople blanketed neighborhoods in Hagerstown and other parts of Washington County and knocked on doors. APX, which is based in Utah, later found out the sales group in the Hagerstown area was from Virginia and didn't have licenses required in Maryland.
NEWS
July 21, 2013
With temperatures nearing the 100-degree mark during the past week, some area residents expressed concerns about animals being left in cars and what agencies to call to report such activity. “I called the humane society a few days ago and they were closed in the evening when I saw two dogs at the City Park, locked in the car,” a Hagerstown resident said recently in Mail Call. “Then I called the police department, and they told me they don't handle such matters, that I was to call the humane society.” Another person in Mail Call a day later said she was told that as long as the vehicle's windows were cracked and there was ventilation, there was nothing that could be done about an animal being left in a car. “But I'm curious about who you also call when you do see this, if the city police or anybody doesn't respond to it,” the Hagerstown resident said.
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