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March 26, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office officer hit a guardrail on Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning in an accident that might have been caused by icy conditions, officials said. Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said it appears Tim Atwell encountered black ice when his police car went into the guardrail. Atwell's vehicle sustained minor damage and Atwell was not hurt, according to Mullendore. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. at about the 10-mile marker on southbound I-81, a Washington County 911 supervisor said.
LIFESTYLE
May 23, 2012
Winifred E. Harvie of Greencastle, Pa., was appointed a grand officer at the 2012 Maryland Session of the Order of the Eastern Star held May 2 in Ocean City, Md. Harvie will travel with the grand family of officers throughout Maryland. She also will attend sessions in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as the Triennial in Texas. She is looking forward to meeting other members of the order and traveling during the next year. Harvie is a member of Queen Esther Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 3, which meets at the Masonic Temple at 54 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | April 6, 2006
WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday confirmed that Robert Petrunak turned down a full-time police officer position offered to him. Mayor Richard Starliper said Petrunak advised "he was no longer interested in pursuing employment with the Waynesboro Police Department. " Petrunak is the only full-time officer on the Greencastle Police Department force other than Chief Peter Mozurkevich.
NEWS
October 21, 2012
Washington County Public Schools recently began advertising nationally for an associate superintendent and chief academic officer, a post that has been vacant since Donna Hanlin retired this summer. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said Oct. 16 that initially the job was advertised in regional newspapers, but school system officials didn't get the applicant pool they wanted, so now the job is being advertised nationally. The job was posted online last week at Education Week's www.topschooljobs.org.
NEWS
July 7, 2006
Aggressive drivers can become more aggressive if egged on by other motorists, Washington County Sheriff's Department Major Randy Wilkinson said. Wilkinson said there are many ways drivers can ensure safe travel in the presence of aggressive drivers. "Certainly, the first and the foremost thing is not to react in the same manner that they do," he said. If a driver is passed by another driver or cut off, that driver should not tailgate the aggressor or keep pace with the vehicle.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel said in a letter hand-delivered to the County Administration Building that he plans to retire effective Oct. 1. Read the full story in Tuesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA and PEPPER BALLARD | January 27, 2006
karenh@herald-mail.com pepperb@herald-mail.com For correctional officers and their families, the potential for danger hangs over every shift worked at a state prison. "It's always in the back of your mind, but you try to put it out of there. You try not to dwell on it," said Andrew Carbaugh, a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown. Prison officials said an inmate who was being treated at Washington County Hospital shot a Roxbury Correctional Institution officer about 5 a.m. Thursday.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 24, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY-The Humane Society of Washington County is asking that the County Commissioners hire another animal control officer to help respond to more calls and other increasing duties. Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society, made the request during Tuesday's Washington County Commissioners meeting. Miller also asked the commissioners to increase from $38,000 to $50,000 the amount the county spends to provide county residents discounts on the cost of spaying and neutering pets.
NEWS
November 25, 2000
Pagers to help contact court's officer By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer The public will soon have 24-hour access to Washington County District Court commissioners. The commissioners have traditionally kept weekday hours for services such as posting bail and issuing criminal charging documents. On weekends and after hours, the public has relied on already overburdened police agencies, said court spokesman Todd Silver. Under a new system, a commissioner will be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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OBITUARIES
August 30, 2013
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John Robert Welsh, 95, passed away Wednesday Aug. 28, 2013. Born Sept. 13, 1917, he grew up in Sarver and Freeport, Pa. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. After commissioning, he served on destroyers during World War II. He participated in the Philippines and Aleutians campaigns, including early attacks on the Japanese islands. In May 1945, he was serving as executive officer aboard the USS Luce (DD-522)
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LIFESTYLE
August 28, 2013
The Washington County Office of Community Grant Management and members of Washington County's Local Management Board hosted Anne Sheridan, executive director of the Governor's Office for Children, during a tour of Local Management Board-sponsored programs for children and families on Aug. 26. As part of the visit, Sheridan toured the Washington County Family Center and the Sunshine Center. In fiscal year 2013, the Family Center provided services to 116 adults and 105 children in education, parenting and child development.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
When Francis K. Achampong took over as Penn State Mont Alto's new chancellor on Aug. 1, he viewed it as something of a multifaceted homecoming. “I came back home in more ways than one. I am back on the campus where I started my Penn State career, and I'm back home with my family and my friends,” Achampong said Wednesday. Achampong worked at Penn State Mont Alto as its chief academic officer from 2002 until 2010, when he transferred to the Penn State Fayette campus in western Pennsylvania to serve as its interim chancellor.
BREAKINGNEWS
August 21, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office bloodhound and her handler have located a missing 84-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, the sheriff's said in a news release. The sheriff's office had asked for the public's help earlier in the evening in finding Dora Johnson, who was last seen on Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m. in the Rosewood Commons Shopping Center near Rosewood Village just outside of Hagerstown, the release said. Johnson was subsequently found in the construction area by the bloodhound named Bess and her handler, Deputy 1st Class Martin, at the west end of John F. Kennedy Drive, the release said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
Summit Health is moving forward with plans to build a medical office building beside Waynesboro Hospital. Seven houses just east of the hospital have demolition notices posted in their front yards. Summit Health spokeswoman Karlee Brown said the medical office building will be next to the hospital, along Enterprise Avenue and Pa. 16, on the emergency department side of the hospital campus. “We expect to clear seven lots for the medical office building project. All of these properties are owned by Waynesboro Hospital,” Brown said.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
A former Fort Detrick civilian police officer and Hagerstown resident who pleaded guilty last year to possession of child pornography was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison. James Andrew Wagner, 43, of Jasmine Court entered the guilty plea to the federal charge of possession of child pornography on Dec. 18, 2012, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a criminal information charging him with the offense in November 2012, court records said.
NEWS
August 15, 2013
Six newly hired Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputies were sworn in Thursday at the Berkeley County Council's regular meeting. The new deputies are Matthew Stewart, Kurt Yoder, Joshua Harmison, Charles Warhurst, Noel Spickler and Darrell Cox. Council President Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci and fellow council members thanked them for their willingness to serve the community. “We don't take this lightly what you do,” Petrucci said. At least some of the deputies are scheduled to go to the West Virginia State Police Academy for training later this month, according to Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday released a description of a man wanted in the stabbing of three people last weekend in the parking lot of Paradise City Night Club in Bunker Hill, W.Va. The black male was described as having a light complexion and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with short hair and “pork chop” style sideburns, tattoos on his right arm and a tattoo on the left side of his neck, according to sheriff's office news release. Video footage of a fight in the strip club's parking lot shows an individual get out of a vehicle, pull out a knife and stab three people amid a fight involving about a dozen people, police said.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office is asking that bail be denied for a man accused of throwing a woman to the ground, choking her and pointing a pistol at her head. James A. Dahm, 43, of Rice Road, Shippensburg, Pa., is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment, according to online court records. He was being held Tuesday in the Franklin County Jail on $15,000 bail, court records show. On Tuesday, the district attorney's office filed a motion that Dahm's bail be re-evaluated and denied altogether.
EDUCATION
August 12, 2013
St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown elected student council officers for the 2013-14 school year. They are: president, Seamus Murray; vice president, Meghan Scott; secretary, Emma Ortiz; treasurer, Jared Semler; and parliamentarian, Nader Fawaz. The school, which has students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is on West Washington Street in Hagerstown.
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