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By DON AINES | July 6, 2010
A District Heights, Md., man convicted on drug and weapons charges stemming from a 2009 standoff with police near Fairgrounds Park was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court as a subsequent offender, receiving a mandatory 40-year state prison sentence. Roger L. Prophet, 36, of 6509 Elmhurst St., was convicted in April of 15 counts, including maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of narcotics. It was that charge that resulted in the 40-year sentence imposed by Judge Daniel P. Dwyer.
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NEWS
December 29, 2009
Hagerstown Police respond to incidents The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following recently incidents, according to spokeswoman Barbara Pickett. Dec. 22 o A camera and accessories were stolen in the 17000 block of Garland Groh Boulevard. Dec. 24 o A wallet was stolen and a window was damaged in an incident involving a vehicle in the 100 block of Bester Street. o Tires were damaged on a vehicle in the 1500 block of Potomac Avenue.
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By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | October 29, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Law enforcement officials in Washington County expect more than 65 registered sex offenders to spend four hours tonight at a meeting designed to keep them away from children during trick-or-treat hours. The meeting -- part of an initiative undertaken in cooperation with the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation -- will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said. Rounding up certain categories of offenders and keeping them in one place while children in the community are trick-or-treating is something local law enforcement agencies have been doing for several years.
NEWS
August 31, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The lawyer for a registered child sex offender charged with visiting a Frederick County elementary school without permission says his client feels persecuted. The charges against 40-year-old Steve Yingling, of Frederick, allege he dropped off and picked up his son at Lewistown Elementary School in Thurmont, and toured the school before classes began. Defense attorney Scott Rolle said Monday that Yingling didn't know he needed written authorization from school administrators to be on the grounds.
NEWS
August 6, 2009
The Washington County Sheriff's Department was looking for a registered child sex offender who failed to notify them of an address change. Anyone with information about Richard Joseph Evans Jr., 55, may contact the sheriff's department at 301-791-3020. Evans is white, with gray hair and hazel eyes. He is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, according to the sheriff's department.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | July 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Barbara and Robert Shipley were downtown Monday afternoon when they came across the annual Defend Life Face the Truth Tour and asked organizers if they could join in the anti-abortion demonstration. Barbara Shipley referred to abortion as "ghastly. " Her son, Robert Shipley, said they believe abortion is murder. Angela Swagler, 19, of Erie, Pa., is one of the tour's organizers. The group of 23 tour members made its first stop Monday morning in Charles Town, W.Va.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | May 27, 2009
BOONSBORO -- The pastor of Benevola United Methodist Church in Boonsboro has been suspended from her position for not fully disclosing her husband's status as a registered child sex offender, a church superintendent said Wednesday. David Alvin Smith, 57, the husband of the Rev. Helen Smith, pleaded guilty in 2008 to a third-degree sex offense charge after his adult daughter told authorities he had sexually abused her as a child. As details about his conviction came to light in media reports this spring, a congregation member alleged the information differed from what the Rev. Smith had told her congregation about the matter and alerted church supervisors, said John Rudisill, superintendent of the Cumberland-Hagerstown District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
NEWS
March 13, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County Jail officials are looking for nonprofit organizations, government entities and churches interested in using driving under the influence offenders for community service projects. The county recently started a "weekender program" in which DUI offenders can serve incarceration sentences on weekends, allowing them to work during the week. Part of that involves a commitment to community service. Offenders need to "pay back" the negative effects they cause in a community, Warden John Wetzel said in a news release.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 10, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Elizabeth Gilchrest's father began sexually abusing her when she was just 5 years old. The abuse continued until she was 12, and now at 25 years old, Gilchrest says she wants to help warn others about the crimes committed by her father, a Sharpsburg resident. Gilchrest, a graduate of Boonsboro High School who now lives in Hawaii, was in Annapolis Tuesday to testify in favor of a bill that would correct a law that allows sex offenders like her father to avoid registering as such.
NEWS
January 7, 2009
The Hagerstown Police Department reported the following juvenile arrests: Dec. 8 o Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, 85 Eastern Boulevard North, one female offender. Dec. 15 o 2:30 p.m., weapons violation, South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., one female offender. Dec. 17 o 11:45 a.m., weapons violation, North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., one male offender. Dec. 21 o 11:30 a.m., second-degree sexual assault, North Hagerstown High School, one male offender.
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