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By DON AINES | | July 19, 2012
The state is seeking a 75-year sentence for a Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to charges of sexually abusing a minor and producing child pornography. Joseph Charles Peer, 57, pleaded guilty to three counts each of sexual abuse of a minor and producing child pornography and one count of sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct. The maximum penalties on those offenses total 135 years, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., but the state is asking active prison time of 75 years.
By TIM ROWLAND | | July 1, 2012
Maybe the Supreme Court will rule that the stars shall no longer shine at night. Or we can petition against the tide coming in. Perhaps legislation is in order to stop the earth's plates in their tracks. But all the laws, court decisions and votes we can dream up will not stop the inevitable: The American peoplescape will continue to reflect growing numbers of what today are known as “minorities,” but tomorrow will be known only as “Americans.” Same as it ever was. This is not a policy statement or political position; this is math.
June 13, 2012
A Hagerstown man has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor in an incident that allegedly occurred in Talbot County, Md., 15 years ago, according to Washington County District Court records. William Wellington Long, 47, of 132 N. Locust St. is charged with 19 offenses, including two counts each of first- and second-degree rape and first-degree sex offense, as well as counts of second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault, child abuse and indecent exposure, court records said.
May 4, 2012
Don't expect Bryce Harper to return to the minors anytime soon. When it comes to the 19-year-old outfielder, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explained Friday, “We're not dumb.” During Rizzo's speaking appearance at the National Press Club, the first three questions directed his way were about Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft who already is making a mark, less than a week after being brought to the major...
April 15, 2012
Minority and women business owners in Hagerstown have opportunities to learn how to strengthen and grow their businesses through a series of networking events and workshops organized by the city of Hagerstown. Participants will be able to build partnerships with other businesses and leaders in the community, hear from noted speakers about business-related topics and market their own products and services. The City of Hagerstown's Minority and Women-Owned Business Program uses federal funds through the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide minority and women entrepreneurs with training and assistance to maintain and foster their business.
By DAVE McMILLION | | April 5, 2012
It was a festive time Thursday night as the home opener for the Hagerstown Suns got under way, but fans couldn't help but worry about the minor league baseball team possibly packing its bags and moving to Winchester, Va. It was an especially poignant moment for Paul Barr of Williamsport. Barr, who was walking through the gates of Municipal Stadium before the Suns 7 p.m. game against the West Virginia Power, said his dad played at Municipal Stadium in the 1940s and 1950s. Barr said his father - Ed Barr, nicknamed “Whiskey” - pitched for the Washington Senators and struck out Willie Mays at the local field.
By DON AINES | | March 30, 2012
A Washington County District Court judge on Friday raised the bail for a Hagerstown man charged with sexual abuse of a minor from $450,000 to $1 million following a bond-review hearing. Robert Lester Baker, 37, of 990 Ross St., is also charged by Maryland State Police with sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct for incidents that allegedly occurred in Clear Spring and Hagerstown over a period of years. Baker had been arrested by Hagerstown police on March 14 for second-degree assault on a woman and posted $50,000 bond on March 25, according to the application for statement of charges.
By DON AINES | | March 23, 2012
A former Hagerstown man and youth soccer coach faces at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. Roger Allen Repp III, 45, produced “sexually explicit and lascivious photographs of a teen-aged girl under the age of 16 using a pinhole camera he set up in the girl's bedroom and bathroom, without her knowledge,” according to a news release from Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
By DON AINES | | February 23, 2012
A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 36 years in state prison for sexually abusing a girl a decade ago. A jury in December found Chad M. Hook, 35, of 44 E. Washington St., guilty of second-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct. He was found not guilty of a second-degree rape charge. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Hook to 18 years in prison on each conviction, all to run consecutively, according to court records.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | January 26, 2012
Discontented lawmakers gathered Thursday for a briefing on the perceived “war on rural Maryland” - and to redouble their commitment to combat it. Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Caroline/Cecil/Kent/Queen Anne's, the Senate minority leader, briefed about 15 legislators, focusing on PlanMaryland, the state's new effort at managing growth. The discussion moved to topics such as septic systems, water improvement plans, property rights and gas drilling, as lawmakers aired their dissatisfaction with what they see as unfair urban-centric governance.
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