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By JULIE E. GREENE | June 16, 1998
by KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer enlargement Cruising along U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown, it's easy to miss the six one-story brick houses to the right or six other nearby homes nestled under trees. Many of the residents of those homes moved decades ago to the area that is convenient to the city and offers the peacefulness of a rural setting. They awaken to the sight of rabbits, deer and other wildlife in their backyards, which abut a farm and about 400 acres of grass and trees.
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August 1, 2011
A grass fire was reported on the eastbound side of the median strip of Interstate 70 Monday morning about two miles east of the Mapleville Road (Md. 66) exit (Exit 35), a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. The fire was put out at 7:08 a.m., and traffic is moving smoothly on I-70 in both directions. Police responded to the call at 6:38 a.m. Monday.
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April 25, 1999
FREDERICK, Md. - A 31-year-old Hagerstown woman was killed on westbound Interstate 70 on Saturday evening, according to the Maryland State Police. Police said Leslie Danielle Welden, of 220 Bentley Court was a passenger in a 1998 Ford Escort. Around 10:47 p.m., the driver of the Escort stopped on the shoulder of the slow lane on I-70 near the Md. 40 exit, police said. Welden left the car and ran across three westbound lanes to the median strip. Her dog jumped out of the car to follow her and stopped in the fast lane of I-70, police said.
NEWS
February 9, 1999
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa. woman was killed Monday when her car crossed the median strip on Interstate 81 and struck a Ford Explorer head-on, said Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner. Christine Raifsnider was pronounced dead at the scene after her late-model Geo Metro crossed from northbound I-81 into the southbound lanes about 5:16 p.m. north of Exit 3 in Antrim Township, said Conner. The driver of the Ford Explorer was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | September 30, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com Plans are underway to bring a Starbucks Coffee store to Hagerstown. Starbucks, popular in urban settings for its high-octane coffee and pricey flavored drinks, is a brand name that has been sought after in areas undergoing neighborhood revitalization because it is seen as an indicator of local wealth. The Hagerstown Planning Commission reviewed site plans for the store at its Wednesday night meeting, but recommended few changes. The store will be nestled on a small piece of land at the Centre at Hagerstown next to the McDonald's restaurant, just off U.S. 40 and Interstate 81, according to the plans.
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Berkeley County Commission sets night meeting By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Freeway safety, bar closing times and cable television programming are among the issues the Berkeley County Commission wants to discuss with the public as it prepares to hold its first-ever night meeting next week. The Commission will hold its regular daytime meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The night meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse at King and Queen streets.
NEWS
July 26, 1998
Rush-hour traffic on northbound Interstate 81 was backed up at least two miles on Friday afternoon after a southbound car with three people inside rolled through the median, landing on the northbound side. "I can't believe we didn't have another accident northbound," said Maryland State Police Trooper First Class D. Bittinger. A black car in the southbound slow lane veered into the passing lane to avoid a car merging onto the interstate from Showalter Road around 4:44 p.m., Bittinger said.
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May 20, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged with a a drug violation and assault on a state trooper following an incident on Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown on Tuesday, Maryland State Police said in a news release. William Curtis Hicks Jr., 32, of 234 Flagstaff Circle, was charged with assault and controlled dangerous substance violations, police said. At 10:24 a.m., police responded to a call to assist a motorist on I-81 northbound I-81 at Showalter Road, the release said.
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by TRISH RUDDER | September 7, 2005
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved the construction of a World War II monument on the median strip in front of the Morgan County Courthouse on Fairfax Street. At Tuesday's meeting, Bob Hawvermale of the West Virginia World War II Veterans Association said the site for the 20-foot square monument is in front of the World War I monument. Hawvermale said he wants a letter of permission from the town to remove the tulip tree for the monument. Webster said she would find out if the tree could be transplanted.
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August 1, 2011
A grass fire was reported on the eastbound side of the median strip of Interstate 70 Monday morning about two miles east of the Mapleville Road (Md. 66) exit (Exit 35), a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. The fire was put out at 7:08 a.m., and traffic is moving smoothly on I-70 in both directions. Police responded to the call at 6:38 a.m. Monday.
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NEWS
May 20, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged with a a drug violation and assault on a state trooper following an incident on Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown on Tuesday, Maryland State Police said in a news release. William Curtis Hicks Jr., 32, of 234 Flagstaff Circle, was charged with assault and controlled dangerous substance violations, police said. At 10:24 a.m., police responded to a call to assist a motorist on I-81 northbound I-81 at Showalter Road, the release said.
NEWS
by TRISH RUDDER | September 7, 2005
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Bath Town Council unanimously approved the construction of a World War II monument on the median strip in front of the Morgan County Courthouse on Fairfax Street. At Tuesday's meeting, Bob Hawvermale of the West Virginia World War II Veterans Association said the site for the 20-foot square monument is in front of the World War I monument. Hawvermale said he wants a letter of permission from the town to remove the tulip tree for the monument. Webster said she would find out if the tree could be transplanted.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | September 30, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com Plans are underway to bring a Starbucks Coffee store to Hagerstown. Starbucks, popular in urban settings for its high-octane coffee and pricey flavored drinks, is a brand name that has been sought after in areas undergoing neighborhood revitalization because it is seen as an indicator of local wealth. The Hagerstown Planning Commission reviewed site plans for the store at its Wednesday night meeting, but recommended few changes. The store will be nestled on a small piece of land at the Centre at Hagerstown next to the McDonald's restaurant, just off U.S. 40 and Interstate 81, according to the plans.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | March 9, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A New York man died and his sister-in-law was taken to Washington County Hospital after the car in which they were riding struck a tree in the median of Interstate 81 north of Hagerstown Monday afternoon, Maryland State Police said. Trooper Rob Embly Jr. said police were called at 1:26 p.m. to the accident in the grassy median on I-81 south of Showalter Road. Embly said the driver, later identified by Trooper John Crawford as Eileen Weber, was heading south when she lost control of the car and drove onto the median on the left-hand side of the roadway.
NEWS
August 9, 2003
FREDERICK, Md. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was charged Thursday after a high-speed chase in which a police cruiser was struck and the pursued vehicle repeatedly drove into oncoming traffic, Maryland State Police said. No one was hurt, police said. Paul Wayne Anders Jr., 30, was charged with numerous traffic offenses including attempting to elude police, speeding and reckless driving. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Berkeley County Commission sets night meeting By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Freeway safety, bar closing times and cable television programming are among the issues the Berkeley County Commission wants to discuss with the public as it prepares to hold its first-ever night meeting next week. The Commission will hold its regular daytime meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The night meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse at King and Queen streets.
NEWS
December 4, 2000
Driver sought by authorities after accident MAUGANSVILLE - A driver who fled after causing a van to drive into the median and overturn on Interstate 81 Saturday was still being sought Sunday evening, Maryland State Police said. Trooper 1st Class Scott Bare said Zamani Shirshah of Springfield, Va., was driving a Plymouth Voyager van north on I81 near Maugan's Avenue when it was hit by a 1983 gray Chevrolet van. Witnesses told police the Chevrolet had been passing vehicles recklessly prior to the 3:45 p.m. accident.
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By BRYN MICKLE | July 8, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 8-year-old New Jersey girl and her aunt were killed in an Interstate 81 accident that snarled traffic around Martinsburg for more than two hours Wednesday afternoon. [cont. from front page ] Bharvi Shah, 8, of Clifton, N.J., and Rita Parikh, 40, of San Jose, Calif., died after the car in which they were riding struck a tractor-trailer and flipped several times in the median of I-81 just north of the King Street exit, West Virginia State Police said.
NEWS
April 26, 1999
LOCAL FREDERICK, Md. - No charges will be filed against a Smithsburg man who was involved a traffic accident in which a Hagerstown woman died on Saturday, according to Maryland State Police. Police said Leslie Danielle Welden, 31, of Hagerstown got into a dispute with an acquaintance while parked in a 1998 Ford Escort on the shoulder of westbound I-70 at about 11:45 p.m. She left the car and ran across three lanes to the median strip, police said. Her dog jumped out of the car and followed her, but stopped in the fast lane, he said.
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