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July 9, 2012
Two Hagerstown residents have been charged with stealing a van as it was stopped Sunday on U.S. 40 near Greenbrier State Park, Maryland State Police said. James Odans Jr., 40, and Megan Marie Sweeney, 25, were charged with one count each of theft of a motor vehicle, theft less than $1,000, theft less than $10,000 and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to a news release from state police. Troopers said that William Newton, 67, of Frederick, Md., told police he was giving two people a ride from Williamsport to Frederick.
By DAN DEARTH | | July 6, 2012
A Baltimore woman died and two other people were taken to hospitals following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 40 at the entrance of Greenbrier State Park, Maryland State Police said. Tiara Shaniece Elliott, 23, was taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Elliott was ejected from a 2006 Honda Civic at 1:35 p.m. when it pulled from the park entrance into the path of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Carroll Augustus Coleman Jr., 55, of Hagerstown, police said.
May 25, 2012
Maryland State Police in Hagerstown will be conducting additional impaired-driving enforcement activities, including saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, over the Memorial Day weekend, a state police official said Friday. “The primary focus of the state police efforts is to deter people from making a poor decision by choosing to drive a vehicle when they are impaired by alcohol or drugs,” Lt. Tom Woodward said in a news release. Woodward said people should plan ahead and arrange for a designated driver, stay overnight or set money aside for public transportation to ensure a safe ride home.
April 18, 2012
Maryland State Police said  a 65-year-old man with medical problems who had been reported missing Tuesday has been found safely. Gerald "Butch" Stine was located in a local hotel at about 10 a.m. Wednesday and was in good health, police said.
February 18, 2012
A Smithsburg man was charged with driving under the influence and other counts after his vehicle struck a Maryland State Police patrol car Saturday morning in Frederick County, Md., according to a news release from state police in Frederick. Robert John Gery, 19, was charged with DUI, negligent driving and other offenses in the incident, which occurred Saturday at 4:31 a.m. on Raven Rock Road south of Buck Lantz Road, troopers said. Trooper First Class David Zanoni sustained nonlife-threatening injuries in the crash, troopers said.
January 9, 2012
Maryland State Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a pickup truck Monday in eastern Washington County. The body was discovered by a local resident at about noon, Sgt. T.M. Gregory said. The truck was parked off U.S. 40, west of the Frederick County, Md., line. “It appears to be a suicide,” Gregory said. “There's no indication of foul play.”
By DAVE McMILLION | | January 8, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has experienced a 26 percent increase in residential burglaries, a trend that is largely fueled by drug addiction and is being increasingly committed by groups of people from other jurisdictions, sometimes as far away as Frederick County, Va., a department investigator said. The groups have also been from Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia, Frederick County, Md., and from within Washington County, said Cpl. Detective Greg Alton.
December 21, 2011
A Maryland State Police trooper was flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he was struck by a vehicle on Ballenger Center Drive Wednesday afternoon, police said. Trooper 1st Class Sean P. McCarty was investigating a vehicle crash that occurred on Ballenger Center Drive east of Ballenger Creek Pike when he was struck about 4:15 p.m., according to a news release. McCarty was standing outside his cruiser when he was hit and he was pinned between his car and the vehicle that hit him, the release said.
December 11, 2011
A man was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital Sunday for an evaluation following a domestic dispute in which the man, who was armed, threatened to harm himself in a house in the 4000 block of Buckeystown Pike, Maryland State Police said. Buckeystown Pike, also known as Md. 85, was closed for more than five hours Sunday as police dealt with the situation, officials said. State police were sent to the home at about 10:30 a.m. and determined that all but one of the residents of the home had safely exited, Lt. Michael Brady said in a news release.
By DAVE McMILLION | | October 26, 2011
The roughly $10 million new Maryland State Police facility being built along Interstate 70 near Hagerstown has been drawing curious stares and questions, particularly about the large chimneys protruding from the roof, according to state police. Lt. Thomas Woodward said passersby have been wondering if there are fireplaces in the Colonial-style building. “There are no fireplaces,” Woodward said. Four of the chimneys will be for air-handling systems and to provide for air exhaust for the Western Maryland Crime Laboratory, he said.
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