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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.
By KAUSTUV BASU | | 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.
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.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | 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.
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.
By PEPPER BALLARD | November 30, 1999
Hagerstown Heat All-Stars founder Anna Lois Miles and two coaches have been charged with holding an illegal fundraiser for the cheerleading group in February 2006. Anna Lois Miles, 33, of 11134 Lakeview Drive, was charged with gambling: keep, use, permit a place of gambling in connection with the Feb. 17, 2006, basket bingo fundraiser at Boonsboro Fire Co. Miles, who was convicted in 2004 for writing bad checks from the group's account, allegedly used $2,000 raised in the event to pay back a woman who helped bail her out of jail in December 2005, according to charging documents.
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.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 11, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- More than 1,200 Western Maryland residents who bought home-security systems from unlicensed salespeople last year can get refunds as part of a settlement between the Maryland attorney general's office and APX Alarm Security Systems, a Utah-based company whose door-to-door salespeople in Washington County were unlicensed. The attorney general's office sent complaint forms to 1,267 APX customers, who must fill them out and return them to get a refund, spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said Wednesday.
February 14, 2011
“You know, I can’t even believe what I read, what this school board does out here. ... I want to thank Miss Brightman and Miss Karen Harshman for voting ‘no’ on this stupid thing of paying a figurehead $520-some a day just to be a fill-in for a superintendent ... so I congratulate Mrs. Brightman and Mrs. Harshman, and I’ll guarantee you our family will vote for them the next time, too, and some of these other people better...
By HOLLY SHOK | | June 12, 2013
With a section of the city's firearm regulations requiring repeal because it is superseded by state law, the Hagerstown police chief wants to take the opportunity to “close a gap” in current restrictions by making it unlawful to possess and transport weapons on city streets unless they are unloaded and enclosed in a case.  Police Chief Mark Holtzman told the mayor and five-member city council Tuesday during a work session at City Hall that...
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