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By ROXANN MILLER | | November 14, 2012
Greencastle is buzzing with holiday happenings beginning with its annual tree lighting on Friday and continuing with Saturday's Christmas Parade. The tree lighting ceremony will begin on the square at 6 p.m. with VerStandig Broadcasting entertaining the crowds with music, according to a news release from the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. Jack Gaughen Realtors of Greencastle will hand out several hundred bags of popcorn to hungry revelers during the festivities. To take the chill off the evening, the Exchange Club of Greencastle will offer free hot chocolate and cookies.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | January 8, 2013
Police arrested two Berkeley County residents suspected of robbing the Bank of Charles Town in Kearneysville on Tuesday evening less than 10 minutes after the robbery was reported, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department announced. Darius Wayne Cook and Candace Brooke Leber, both of Martinsburg, W.Va., were charged with bank robbery and conspiracy, according to a news release. Jefferson County 911 received a bank alarm from 5480 Charles Town Road at 3:52 p.m. and the suspects were detained at 3:59 p.m. at the intersection of Wiltshire and Charles Town roads (old W.Va.
November 8, 2012
Three people were charged with harassment after an altercation that resulted from someone allegedly throwing urine into a car, Mercersburg police said in a news release. Police said a 17-year-old boy, who owned the car, confronted Wayne Thomas Kearns Jr., 26, of Mercersburg, about the urine incident in the Uni-Mart parking lot at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 5. In that altercation, Kristi Marie Divens, 27, of Mercersburg, allegedly hit the boy in the side of the face, police said. The teen, Kearns and Divens were all charged with harassment, according to the news release.
By DAN DEARTH | | January 18, 2013
The death of a man who was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head Thursday morning behind the Walmart store along Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's office in Charleston, W.Va., police said Friday. The suicide happened about 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. Martinsburg police are still trying to determine the identity of a man, Martinsburg Police Cpl. Scott Doyle said in a news release Friday. On Friday, police released a photo that was found in the man's possession.
September 18, 2012
Mercersburg police seek man charged in pickup truck theft MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg police were looking for a man charged with auto theft and criminal mischief for allegedly stealing a pickup truck from Bob Hoffman Chevrolet. Police said in a news release they executed a search warrant at the 115 S. Fayette St. home of Theron Edgar Moore, no age given. Officers found a key believed to belong to a red 2012 Chevrolet 2500 series pickup truck reported stolen by the auto dealer, the news release stated.
July 12, 2013
A Hagerstown man has been charged with using a gun to rob another man early Friday morning in downtown Hagerstown, city police said. Racquez Shireek Warfield, 18, of 103 E. Antietam St., was charged with one count each of armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft and reckless endangerment, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. A man entered the lobby of police headquarters on Burhans Boulevard at 1:36 a.m. Friday and told officers he had just been robbed at gunpoint by several males in the area of South Potomac Street and West Antietam Street, police said.
By JENNIFER FITCH and JULIE E. GREENE | and | December 19, 2010
Four Chambersburg residents died and a girl was in critical condition Sunday morning after a car ran off Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg, according to Chambersburg police and the Franklin County coroner. Felix J. Perez-Cenas, 24; Dorian M. Sanchez-Reyes, 25; Tomas A. Ramirez, 18; and Cecilia M. Ramirez, 22, all died of blunt-force trauma, according to a news release from coroner Jeffrey R. Conner’s office. A female juvenile, who also was in the car, was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., where she was in the operating room, in critical condition, as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.
May 30, 2012
The Leitersburg Community Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday, June 9, has been canceled, according to a news release. The sale was canceled due to a lack of interest, the release said.
August 11, 2010
BERLIN, Md. -- The Worcester County (Md.) Bureau of Investigation was investigating Saturday's electrocution death of a Waynesboro, Pa., man, according to a news release. Harry Henry Jr., 45, of 8361 Stottlemyer Road, was working under a house trailer in Berlin at about 9:30 p.m., police said in the news release obtained by The Herald-Mail. Investigators believe he was electrocuted by a live wire under the trailer, the news release stated. Emergency medical personnel attempted to resuscitate Henry as he was transported to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, but they were unsuccessful, the news release stated.
October 19, 2012
A disorderly conduct charge filed against a Washington Township man in August has been withdrawn by Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham, Waynesboro police said Friday. James Horace Thrailkill, 77, of 13183 Shawnee Court, was charged with disorderly conduct on Aug. 18, according to a police news release. The charge related to an incident that occurred outside police headquarters that morning, the news release said.
September 9, 2013
Paving, road repairs to cause delays on U.S. 340 RIPPON, W.Va. - Paving and road repairs will cause delays on U.S. 340 in Jefferson County beginning around Sept. 16, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. The highway will be temporarily reduced to one lane from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for a resurfacing job that includes base failure repair and paved shoulders. The project will begin at the Virginia state line and will continue north for about two miles, ending about 50 feet north of Myerstown Road, according to a news release.
September 8, 2013
Vice President Biden to talk about TIGER 2013 grant Vice President Joe Biden will join Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday at the Port of Baltimore to talk about a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant to the port, according to a news release from the White House Press Office. The TIGER 2013 discretionary grant is given out by the U.S. Department of Transportation. “The vice president will highlight a $10 million TIGER grant to the Port of Baltimore that will help improve the port's productivity by widening a channel into the port while increasing the port's cargo storage capacity and avoiding the need for costly repairs,” according to the news release.
September 2, 2013
Town to restore historic windows, doors to Borough Hall CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Town Council is embarking on an initiative to restore 22 historic windows and three doors in the Borough Hall. The council set aside money in utility funds and matched them with long-term, building-improvement trust money, according to a news release. No real estate taxes or loans are being used, the release said. The original building, known as the Market House, was built to serve the community in 1830 as the municipal building and a roofed farmers market.
September 1, 2013
The top readers in Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library's summer reading program grabbed plastic shovels and turned dirt in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will add 9,200 square feet to the East Main Street library. The children who read the most books in their age category were accorded the honor. They ranged in age from 1 to 12. “The children are our future, so it was only appropriate that they be up front and center,” Pat Groff, president of the library's board of trustees, said in a news release.
August 30, 2013
General Motors Access Road, which has been closed since January due to a bridge reconstruction project, was expected to reopen to traffic Friday afternoon, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced. The access road to Cumbo Yard Industrial Park from W.Va. 9 was expected to reopen sometime between  1 p.m. and 5 p.m. , state highways officials said in a news release. Motorists should be alert for changes in the traffic pattern, but no delays are expected, officials said.
August 28, 2013
The board of directors for the Washington County Community Action Council Inc. announced Wednesday that Executive Director Dave Jordan is no longer with the organization. A brief news release from the board did not give a reason for Jordan's departure. Attempts Wednesday night to reach Jordan and Peggy Martin, the president of the organization's board of directors, were unsuccessful. Jordan has guided the organization for 11 years, the release said. Lisa Davis, director of administration, has been named interim executive director, the release said.
August 26, 2013
A Franklin County, Pa., man has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and manufacturing child pornography in a case investigated by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Child Predator Unit. Glenn Jason Wileman, 28, of Mont Alto Road, was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of indecent assault, two counts of manufacturing child pornography, 15 counts of possessing child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.
August 18, 2013
Hagerstown officials and owner Malik Mehboob officially opened Checkers at 1720 Dual Highway in Hagerstown on Aug. 8.  The restaurant features a double drive-in with over-the-top checkerboard squares, chrome styling, red neon signs and classic food. Checkers is open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight. To celebrate the opening, and in appreciation of its guests, Checkers offered the choice of any of its burgers for $1 all day on Aug. 8, with a limit of two per car or customer.  “We want to thank Malik Mehboob for bringing Checkers to Hagerstown and for creating 45 jobs, both part time and full time, for the area,” Hagerstown Economic Development Manager Jill Estavillo said in a news release.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 15, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Thursday announced their finalists from 10 proposals submitted by private skilled nursing providers looking to buy the county-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Four firms made the short list, including Complete HealthCare Resources Inc., of Dresher, Pa.; Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC, of Timonium, Md.; Nationwide Health Services LLC, of Brick, N.J.; and Transitions Healthcare LLC, of Sykesville, Md.  All four finalists operate skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.
August 13, 2013
Del. Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, is the new chairwoman of the House of Delegates Standing Committee on Political Subdivisions that meets weekly during the regular legislative session that begins in January. Lawrence will assume the role vacated by former Chairman Tim Manchin of Fairmont, W.Va., who became judiciary chairman. Lawrence has served as vice chairwoman of the Committee on Political Subdivisions since her second term in the House, in 2010. The committee handles and addresses legislation affecting townships, cities and counties and their relationships with the state, according to a news release.
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