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September 11, 2012
Several children made up a story that led Hagerstown Police and a Maryland State Police helicopter on a wild goose chase Monday evening, according to police. The children told officers they were playing in a wooded area behind Little Elliott Drive at about 7:30 p.m., when a man tried to abduct one of them at gunpoint, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. Officers said that while they searched the area, they discovered that a 12-year-old boy who had been playing with the children was missing.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A new commander has assumed the lead role at the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown. Lt. Mike Fluharty was named the barrack's new commander July 1, taking over for the now-former Commander Lt. Tom Woodward, who retired after a 35-year career. Fluharty, a resident of Washington County, has served as a state trooper for the past 18 years in various capacities, including as commander of the Cumberland barrack for nearly two years before his move to Hagerstown. “It's obviously good to be home and back taking care of the people that you live with here in the county,” Fluharty said.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
Maryland State Police in Hagerstown will be the first barrack in the state to have its own Facebook page, the agency announced this week. The state police department currently has its own statewide page but individual barracks do not. Hagerstown's barrack commander, Lt. Michael Fluharty, saw an opportunity to reach out to more area residents and provide beneficial information, police said in an emailed release.  Social media are quickly becoming the instant news and informational sources for many areas, including law enforcement, the release said.
NEWS
July 12, 2012
The Maryland Comptroller's Office and Maryland State Police from the Hagerstown barrack stopped two vehicles earlier this week that authorities allege were carrying 26,000 packs of contraband cigarettes worth $154,000 across state lines, law enforcement officials said. The traffic stops resulted in charges against a Philadelphia man and three men who live in New York, according to a comptrollers office news release. Mohammad T. Issa, of College Point, N.Y., was charged with one count of transportation and possession of contraband cigarettes in the State of Maryland.
NEWS
August 13, 2008
Maryland State Police on Aug. 8 conducted a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. 40 at Crestview Drive. Fifteen state police personnel were used in the opertion, according to an e-mailed release.  During the operation, 652 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, 12 vehicles were identified for further testing and one person was charged with driving while impaired, police said. Three people were charged with possession of marijuana, police said. State police also were deployed in the immediate area of the checkpoint to conduct saturation patrol to identify impaired drivers.
NEWS
By JOSH SHAW | August 2, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. -- Trooper Gregg Lantz had just finished scarfing down his fast-food lunch in anticipation of receiving a call when word came that a worker had been injured at a manufacturing plant in Buckeystown, Md. Moments later, Lantz, a paramedic for Maryland State Police, and helicopter pilot Matthew Wagner took off in Trooper 3, a Eurocopter Dauphin N3 helicopter based at Frederick Municipal Airport, and were on their way to the scene of...
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by TARA REILLY | January 6, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Maryland State Police will add more road troopers and another supervisor to the Hagerstown barrack this spring in response to community concerns over the declining number of troopers in recent years, Western Region Commander Major Vernon Herron said Friday. Herron said three new road troopers and a supervisor will start working at the Hagerstown barrack the first week of March. The employees will be seasoned officers who live in or near the county and have requested transfers to the Hagerstown barrack, he said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 28, 2013
Sandra Volneck has faced many challenges over the years, but the hardest thing she ever had to do was look at her 15-year-old daughter's battered, lifeless body before closing the casket and burying her. “I wouldn't wish that on nobody. I'll never get over it,” Volneck said last week. “Never.” Twenty-nine years later and recovering from surgery for lung cancer, Volneck still does not know who killed her only child. Maryland State Police recovered Lorraine “Lori” Zimmerman's body from a wooded area outside Boonsboro in April 1984.
NEWS
July 1, 2007
A tractor-trailer carrying watermelons overturned Saturday morning on Interstate 81, Maryland State Police said. The truck flipped over near the Pennsylvania state line on Saturday about 6:30 a.m., police said.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
A local man and woman who both were traveling alone died Wednesday in separate, single-vehicle accidents in Washington County, Maryland State Police said. Read the full story in Thursday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2013
With Maryland's restrictive new gun laws poised to take effect on Oct. 1, firearm sales have increased to the point it is taking Maryland State Police about 100 days to complete background checks, according to an agency official. State police spokesman Gregory Shipley said an “unprecedented” demand for firearms has led to the backlog. As a result of the delay, some gun shops are releasing weapons to their purchasers after a seven-day waiting period without the results of the background checks - something state law permits them to do. “Maryland law states that a firearms dealer must hold a firearm for seven days after forwarding the purchase application to Maryland State Police for a background investigation.
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NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2013
One woman died and another motorist was injured when they were thrown from vehicles during two separate accidents that occurred within 24 hours of each other this week on Interstate 70. Susie Burleson, a registered nurse and trauma manager at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, said Friday that it was rare to see two ejections in the period of a day, but the accidents should serve as a vivid reminder for people to wear their seat belts. “We tend to see more serious injuries with ejections than those who wear their seat belts,” Burleson said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2013
Three people were taken to the hospital following a multivehicle accident Friday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Sharpsburg Pike exit, according to Maryland State Police. Warren Carryl, 32, of Hagerstown, the driver of one of the three vehicles involved in the crash, was thrown from his car, police said.  The accident was the second in two days in which a person was ejected from a vehicle on I-70 in Washington County. The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. near Exit 29 of Sharpsburg Pike, when a Toyota pickup truck coming from the ramp off Sharpsburg Pike onto I-70 eastbound spun out of control on the wet roadway, Trooper Andre Butler said.
NEWS
August 8, 2013
Part of Md. 75 south of Clemsonville Road was closed for about seven hours after a tractor-trailer overturned on the road Thursday morning, according to Maryland State Police. Gregory Johnson of Mineral, Va., was driving through a turn when his rig overturned, said Sgt. Brian Smith, a police spokesman. Johnson was taken to Carroll Hospital Center after the crash, which was reported about 9:20 a.m. Authorities were able to open one lane of Md. 75 but the other lane had to be closed until about 4:30 p.m. so crews could clean up the wreckage, Smith said.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
The driver of a truck kept on going after the vehicle struck the garage of a home early Thursday at 17702 Spielman Road in Fairplay, Maryland State Police said. The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m., when what is believed to be a dark, older model Dodge truck struck the right brick wall of a garage that was attached to the residence, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene and drove away. No one in the house was injured, according to police.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
A young girl was flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night after falling off a stage at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, according to a Washington County 911 supervisor. Dispatchers were told that the girl, reported to be 1 year old, fell about 4 to 6 feet and struck her head at the school on Oak Hill Avenue, the supervisor said. The incident was reported at 7:42 p.m. The girl was flown to the hospital by Maryland State Police.
BREAKINGNEWS
July 23, 2013
The driver of a passenger car was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after a collision Monday afternoon with a tractor-trailer west of Hagerstown that closed U.S. 40 for 5 1/2 hours, according to Maryland State Police. State police identified the driver as Kristin Russo, 28, of Annandale, Va. She was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Nathan James, 63, of Union, N.J., was uninjured, police said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
Maryland State Police in Hagerstown will be the first barrack in the state to have its own Facebook page, the agency announced this week. The state police department currently has its own statewide page but individual barracks do not. Hagerstown's barrack commander, Lt. Michael Fluharty, saw an opportunity to reach out to more area residents and provide beneficial information, police said in an emailed release.  Social media are quickly becoming the instant news and informational sources for many areas, including law enforcement, the release said.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A new commander has assumed the lead role at the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown. Lt. Mike Fluharty was named the barrack's new commander July 1, taking over for the now-former Commander Lt. Tom Woodward, who retired after a 35-year career. Fluharty, a resident of Washington County, has served as a state trooper for the past 18 years in various capacities, including as commander of the Cumberland barrack for nearly two years before his move to Hagerstown. “It's obviously good to be home and back taking care of the people that you live with here in the county,” Fluharty said.
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