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August 25, 2005
Package causes building's evacuation FREDERICK, Md. - A suspicious package caused the Frederick County Health Department building to be evacuated for about two hours Wednesday, but the package turned out to be safe, police said. The Frederick County Sheriff's Department said someone saw the package in the foyer of a public side entrance to the building at 350 Montevue Lane, off Rosemont Avenue. At about 1 p.m., the sheriff's department responded. The Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the State Fire Marshal's Office were called to help.
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By BOB PARTLOW | February 8, 2001
Martinsburg City Council puts tasers on stun MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City Council members received a shocking demonstration at their monthly meeting Thursday night, after which they voted to add a new weapon to the city police arsenal. Two members of the police department demonstrated the use of the "taser" gun, which throws two electronic wires 21 feet, temporarily shocking into submission any person at whom they are aimed. Police Chief Ted Anderson described the device as a "less than lethal weapon" that would help in potential suicides or in situations in which officers might confront someone with a weapon like a knife and refuse to put it down.
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By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | May 13, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man filed suit against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Thursday, alleging his civil rights were violated by three deputies during a May 14, 1997, traffic stop. Winstead L. Viands, who is seeking $225,000, alleges in the suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court that one of the deputies kicked him in the back after the traffic stop. Following a car chase, Viands stopped his car and got out without being asked, the suit says.
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By DON AINES | May 13, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The third trial for a state prison inmate charged with assaulting a Maryland Correctional Training Center officer three years ago ended Thursday with a jury finding the man guilty in Washington County Circuit Court. The jury deliberated about 15 minutes before finding Gary Jonathan Cooper, 23, guilty of second-degree assault on a correctional officer. Cooper was tried and convicted of the charge in November 2007, but the conviction was overturned on appeal, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said after the trial.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ and BRIAN SHAPPELL | October 6, 2004
Police responded to a call of a person with a weapon inside a house in Hagerstown's North End on Tuesday evening, according to a Washington County emergency dispatcher. Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Fred Wolford said officers set up a perimeter around a residence in the 1300 block of Cedarwood Drive for several hours. Wolford said the owner of the home said he received a threatening phone call from a man who was inside his house at about 6:30 p.m. Wolford said officers used pepper spray and entered the house before 10 p.m., only to find that no one was inside.
NEWS
December 20, 2005
A Hagerstown man who allegedly gave false information to police officers Friday was charged with several offenses. Jovan David Williams, 21, of 673 Oak Hill Ave., was charged with concealing a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, failing to obey a lawful order and giving false statements to officers, according to Washington County District Court documents. Maryland State Police saw expired tags on a vehicle on West Washington Street in which Williams was a passenger, documents state.
NEWS
January 14, 1998
Inmate sentenced in fight A prison inmate received a six-month sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court for a March fight with a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. Reginald Randolph, 21, who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, will serve that sentence in addition to the time he has left on a three-year sentence for assault. The March 28 incident began at 11:45 a.m. on Unit 3, B Tier, when Randolph left his cell to go to his classes, according to court records.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
CatherineAnne Frances Bisnett, 46, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of reckless endangerment stemming from an attack on a 91-year-old woman in Boonsboro, according to court records. Bisnett is to be sentenced after she completes the Jail Substance Abuse Program later this summer. Authorities withdrew several other charges including first- and second-degree assault, resisting arrest and reckless driving, according to records. Sheriff's deputies responded to a March 15 fight at the intersection of Alt. U.S. 40 and Md. 66, according to police.
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