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January 22, 2013
A man suspected of a robbery at the Spring Mills Walmart pharmacy Tuesday afternoon was later arrested, West Virginia State Police said Tuesday night. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, State Police Sgt. M.A. Cole said. The vehicle was stolen in Pennsylvania, Cole said. Police were told the suspect went into the pharmacy and demanded Xanax, Cole said. He did not display a firearm, but threatened to use one, Cole said.
NEWS
November 19, 2012
Hagerstown police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday night at the CVS pharmacy at 10 E. Wilson Blvd. The robbery was reported at 8:19 p.m., according to a police news release. A store employee told police that a man carrying a handgun walked into the store and demanded cash, the release said. After taking an undisclosed amount of money, the man left the store and fled in an unknown direction, police said. The man was wearing a gray sweat shirt with a bandana on his face, according to the release.
EDUCATION
June 16, 2013
Hagerstown Community College's pharmacy technician program recently received extended accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists  Commission on Credentialing for two additional years. HCC is one of only two accredited technician training programs in the state of Maryland and the only accredited program in the Tri-State region. The commission is responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy residencies and pharmacy technician training programs. This includes formulating and recommending changes in standards, assessing programs' adherence to compliance of the standards and recommending accreditation status of programs.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
The Hagerstown Police Department has released security camera photos of a man they believe robbed an East Wilson Boulevard pharmacy at gunpoint Sunday night. Police describe the man as 5-foot-9, approximately 25 to 35 years old, black with a medium complexion and medium to heavy build, according to an emailed news release. The robber had a handgun when he entered the CVS store at about 8:19 p.m., went directly to the register and demanded money, police said. The store clerk complied and the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 21, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- The cases against a Smithsburg man charged with demanding drugs from pharmacies in Maryland and Pennsylvania while claiming to have a bomb have been transferred from Washington County District Court to Washington County Circuit Court. Stephen Edward Munson, 29, of 13760 Franks Run Road, appeared Wednesday in District Court for a scheduled preliminary hearing, but the hearing was not held. Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Michael said later that the cases were consolidated and moved to circuit court.
NEWS
by DON AINES | June 27, 2006
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - The Modnur Inc. Pharmacy, 4495 Lincoln Way West, was held up Monday by a masked gunman who stole prescription medicines and fled in a vehicle driven by a woman, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The robbery took place about 12:15 p.m. when the man entered the drug store, approached the pharmacy area, pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and demanded the prescription medications, said Cpl. Bernard Stanalonis. Medications were handed over to the man, who left the store without stealing any cash or robbing any customers, he said.
NEWS
June 21, 2012
A warrant has been issued charging a Maryland man with the February robbery of Walgreens pharmacy in Martinsburg, according to a Martinsburg Police Department news release. Robert O. Bottenfield, 24, of Gaithersburg, Md., is being held at the Montgomery County (Md.) Detention Center in Rockville, Md., where he has been charged with armed robbery, according to Martinsburg police and court records. Maryland authorities told police in Martinsburg that Bottenfield confessed to multiple pharmacy robberies, including the one at Walgreens at 101 Forbes Drive, police said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | February 6, 1998
Rite Aid pharmacy planned downtown Rite Aid plans to build a pharmacy on North Cannon Avenue between East Franklin and East Washington streets, according to Hagerstown planning officials. The store would be on the east side of Cannon Avenue at the site where Twigg Cycles Inc. and two residential duplexes are now, said Deborah Everhart, the city's economic development coordinator. "We don't have any definite information at this time," said Rite Aid spokeswoman Jody Cook.
NEWS
January 22, 2002
Clear Spring Zoning Board approves relocation of pharmacy CLEAR SPRING - Town zoning board members have cleared the way for the town's pharmacy to relocate from the outskirts of town to a more convenient location. The granting of a special exception was announced Monday evening, one week after a public hearing in which only positive testimony was heard from townspeople. Jerry and Gail Aleshire, who have operated Clear Spring Pharmacy at 12621 National Pike for five years, will now be able to move the business to 21 S. Mill St., renovating a former residence into the pharmacy, office space and a second-floor apartment.
NEWS
May 11, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Police are looking for two males who robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy at 825 W. Hillcrest Road on Sunday afternoon. The robbery was reported at 4:23 p.m. Hagerstown Police say two white males entered the store. One jumped over the counter, said that he had a gun and demanded medication from the pharmacy, police said. The two then fled, taking an unknown amount of medication, police said. One man was wearing a black hoodie with a ski mask, the other a brown hoodie with a black baseball cap, police said.
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EDUCATION
June 30, 2013
Camille Heim, a second-year pharmacy student, recently received The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Annual Achievement Scholarship at the school's Scholarships and Awards Convocation. This school year, she and several classmates did their service learning project at Milan Puskar's Health Right, a primary care clinic that provides health care at no cost to uninsured or underinsured low-income residents of North Central West Virginia. The project's focus was to educate clinic patients on the importance of taking medications as directed.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
A Hedgesville, W.Va., man has been charged in five pharmacy robbery cases in Berkeley and Washington counties in the last six months, according to court documents. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of robbery in connection with the June 18 holdup at Moore's Pharmacy in Old Courthouse Square shopping plaza in Martinsburg. Snow set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Gibson, who was being held Wednesday night in Eastern Regional Jail, according to court and jail records.
EDUCATION
June 16, 2013
Hagerstown Community College's pharmacy technician program recently received extended accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists  Commission on Credentialing for two additional years. HCC is one of only two accredited technician training programs in the state of Maryland and the only accredited program in the Tri-State region. The commission is responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy residencies and pharmacy technician training programs. This includes formulating and recommending changes in standards, assessing programs' adherence to compliance of the standards and recommending accreditation status of programs.
OPINION
May 23, 2013
“Starting 2006 to 2012, Morgan County took 10 steps forward. In the last four months, Morgan County has taken 30 steps backward.” - Berkeley Springs, W.Va. “This is another quote I decided to call in. Yes, indeed, children do learn what to live and what we the parents teach them. 'If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight, if a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2013
A grand opening was held Friday for a Walgreens store on Dual Highway, the second Walgreens pharmacy to open in the area within two weeks. “We're just glad to finally be here, Walgreens in Washington County,” Store Manager and Community Leader Dennis Bower said during the ceremony. “We're here to help people get, stay and live well on a daily basis.” These are the first two Walgreens stores in Washington County, with other nearby locations in Martinsburg, W.Va., Chambersburg, Pa., and Frederick, Md. The first Walgreens opened at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Halfway Boulevard on March 29. Bower, who worked as a store manager at a Walgreens in Middletown, Del., said after the ceremony that the area has been very “welcoming” to the two new stores.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2013
A Fairplay man who stole a neighbor's van, unsuccessfully tried to rob a pharmacy and then was caught by the son of the van's owner was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington Circuit Court to attempted robbery. Bradley Steven Lapp, 43, formerly of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary. In exchange for the plea, charges including theft, motor vehicle theft and assault were dismissed. On the morning of Oct. 13, 2012, Lapp entered the unlocked apartment of a neighbor and removed the keys to the van, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen said, reading from the statement of facts in the case.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 7, 2013
A man pointed what appeared to be a handgun in the direction of employees at Shepherdstown Pharmacy when he robbed the business Thursday morning at 7670 Martinsburg Pike, police said. The employees were upset, but not injured in the robbery, which was reported at 10:21 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Victor Lupis said.  Police were told the white male suspect concealed his identity with a black ski mask and also was wearing glasses, Lupis said. The robber was wearing a yellow sweat shirt and blue sweat pants when he entered the business and demanded prescription drugs while brandishing the firearm, according to Lupis.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
The man suspected in the Spring Mills, W.Va., Walmart pharmacy robbery Tuesday was due to appear in Washington County Circuit Court today for an unrelated burglary case, according to court records. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of 1483 Oak Grove Road in Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Wednesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on felony counts of robbery and bringing a stolen vehicle into the state and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence, DUI and possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
A man suspected of a robbery at the Spring Mills Walmart pharmacy Tuesday afternoon was later arrested, West Virginia State Police said Tuesday night. Jesse Lee Gibson, 27, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle, State Police Sgt. M.A. Cole said. The vehicle was stolen in Pennsylvania, Cole said. Police were told the suspect went into the pharmacy and demanded Xanax, Cole said. He did not display a firearm, but threatened to use one, Cole said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | January 21, 2013
A man entered a pair of Hagerstown pharmacies Monday afternoon in search of illegally obtaining the prescription drug Xanax, but was only successful in robbing one store, according to the Hagerstown Police Department. The robber, who was still at-large Monday night, is described as a white male in his late 20s or 30s, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with an average build and scruffy facial hair, Sgt. Jim Hurd said in a news release. Witness accounts and surveillance footage confirmed that the same man committed both attempted robberies, Hurd said.
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