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October 31, 2012
Maryland State Police barracks across the state have been ordered to deploy extra patrols this week to specifically look for and remove dangerous and impaired drivers from the roads during Halloween season, according to a state police news release. State police re-publicized the effort Halloween morning. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41 percent of all highway fatalities nationwide during the 2010 Halloween period involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher, the release states.
By DAVE McMILLION | | October 18, 2012
Visitors to the new Maryland State Police barrack on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive off Sharpsburg Pike have to be buzzed in to go through the second set of doors at the entrance. At the duty officer station inside the door, thick bullet-proof glass protects a desk area and protective Kevlar lines the walls around the glass. High security measures are in place throughout the $11.3 million facility, from a five-layer check point system that one must pass through to reach the building's crime lab to surveillance cameras inside a drug evidence room that can be monitored at the Maryland State Police headquarters in Pikesville, Md. Known as the Maryland State Police Western Operations Center, the new facility was built in part to replace a worn out state police barrack on the site that was built in 1973 and the building is designed to accommodate growth in the region for many years to come, state police officials said.
September 23, 2012
Crews had to cut an opening in some trees Saturday in a heavily wooded area near The Woods resort so a rescue worker could be lowered from a helicopter to help a woman who had fallen about 40 feet from a cliff, officials said. Two helicopters were sent to the site after it was determined that the woman could not be removed using conventional ground-rescue techniques, according to Maryland State Police. One helicopter with a specially trained aerial rescue worker was sent to the scene in the area of Maverick Trail and a second helicopter from Cumberland, Md., was sent to the scene, state police said.
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.
September 8, 2012
A 52-year-old Indiana man was killed overnight in a head-on collision between his vehicle and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 at mile marker 6 east of Hancock, Maryland State Police said in a news release. David R. Kassing, of Carmel, Ind., was driving a 2011 Porsche west at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median and entered the eastbound lane of the highway at about 12:30 a.m., police said. Kassing's vehicle hit a 2004 Volvo tractor-trailer being driven by Delwin Laray Martin, 30, of Hagerstown, police said.
September 5, 2012
A man was killed Wednesday night when he stepped in front of a vehicle that was southbound on Buckeystown Pike near Executive Way, according to Maryland State Police. The man was dead when state police arrived at the scene, according to a news release. The accident occurred about 9 p.m., police said. State police were not releasing the name of the victim Wednesday night because they had not finished notifying his family members. State police said Buckeystown Pike (Md. 85)
September 1, 2012
A Martinsburg, W.Va., man died in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday on Interstate 70 west of Beaver Creek Road, according to Maryland State Police. Jorge Alberto Silva-Alvarez, 45, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer that went off the left side of the road, crossed the center median and overturned several times before coming to rest in the fast lane of eastbound I-70, police said in a news release. Troopers responded to the crash at 3:34 a.m., police said. Witnesses said the vehicle had been swerving back and forth on the highway and traveling at a high rate of speed for some distance before swerving into the median, according to police.
August 30, 2012
The southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Interstate 70 are now open, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. The lanes had been closed because of debris from a sofa bed in the road, according to Maryland State Police and a 911 dispatcher. The lanes were closed until crews could respond to clean up the debris, a state police spokesman said. The state police spokesman said he believes the sofa bed might have fallen off a truck.
August 15, 2012
A Maryland State Police trooper broke up a road-rage confrontation in Hagerstown on Wednesday in which one driver allegedly pointed a gun at and tried to ram the other car, police said. Shortly after 4 p.m., a trooper in a marked patrol car on Dual Highway, east of Mount Aetna Road, saw two eastbound vehicles “that appeared to be driving in circles around one another in the middle of the roadway,” a police news release said. Activating his emergency lights and siren, the trooper followed the vehicles onto Edgewood Drive, then the parking lot of Martin's Food Market, where the vehicles made several laps in the parking lot at a high rate of speed, the news release said.
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.
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