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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 21, 2012
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad detonated a fake pipe bomb Thursday afternoon on a street in Sharpsburg. To be safe, bomb squad officers used a robot to pick up the device and “render it harmless” with a water charge, Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said. “The water comes out at such a great force that it disrupts everything,” Ernst said. A man mowing his lawn at the corner of the intersection of Antietam and South Mechanic streets found the device, Ernst said.
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June 25, 2012
A 12-year-old boy was charged Monday in the investigation of a fake explosive device that was found near a Sharpsburg street last week, investigators said. During an interview, the boy confessed to constructing the device, and to causing damage to a victim's car by scratching a profanity into the paint of the vehicle, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. First believed to be an undetonated pipe bomb, the device was found by a property owner mowing his lawn in the 200 block of South Mechanic Street on June 21, investigators said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 18, 2008
SMITHSBURG -- Howard County police officers serving a search warrant Wednesday near Smithsburg found what appeared to be material used for making explosives, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to investigate, Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, said Thursday. Police found the materials after serving the warrant at 22218 Troy Lane near Smithsburg, where they had gone as part of an ongoing investigation into stolen laptop computers, Llewellyn said.
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By DON AINES | September 26, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Three high school students were being held at the Abraxas Secure Treatment Facility in South Mountain, Pa., awaiting Monday detention hearings on charges they set off 10 pipe bombs over the past two weeks, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Two of the juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and the third is a 17-year-old Chambersburg student who was attending the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, police said.
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By DON AINES | March 31, 1998
ZULLINGER, Pa. - Police are used to responding to bomb threats and suspicious packages, but the object found in the front yard of a Washington Township home Sunday afternoon turned out to be a real pipe bomb. A U.S. Army bomb disposal unit from the 756th Ordnance Co. in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., was called to examine the device, which Washington Township Police Sgt. Barry Keller said was approximately 10 inches long. The bomb was found by the homeowner on the 5800 block of Buchanan Trail East shortly after 1 p.m. "They did say they were investigating it and said there was going to be an explosion ... I assume they blew it up. After the bang, everybody was pretty at ease," said Waynesboro Fire Department Chief Dale Fishack.
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By DON AINES | September 26, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday searched and then impounded a pickup truck at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center and questioned at least two Chambersburg students about a series of recent bombings. At about the same time, Mercersburg police and state troopers responded to a scrawled bomb threat on a restroom wall at James Buchanan High School. Police were at Chambersburg Area Senior High School on Thursday to question students regarding recent incidents involving pipe bombs in the St. Thomas area, said Sylvia Rockwood, the school district's director of information services.
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By MARLO BARNHART | April 23, 1998
A 13-year-old boy's explanation about a sharpened letter opener and some explosives components in his backpack didn't impress Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Wednesday in juvenile court. Hagerstown City Police stopped the boy at mid-day on March 16 on South Burhans Boulevard - a school day, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum. He told police he was having trouble with his mother's boyfriend and was going to live with his father, Lochbaum said.
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May 4, 1999
The Office of the State Fire Marshal investigated a report of a suspicious package at the Prime Retail Outlets, 495 Prime Outlet Boulevard on Thursday evening. A security officer at the outlets noticed an abandoned briefcase next to a trash can outside the Gap store around 6 p.m., deputies said. The owner of the briefcase was not found. The State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad used a portable X-ray machine to scan the case and determined it was empty. There had been no threats to the outlet mall, deputies said.
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September 10, 2004
Police: Reports of shooting unfounded Reports of a shooting in the 100 block of South Potomac Street Wednesday evening were unfounded, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Police said a shooting was reported at about 10 p.m., but officers believe the snapping of a wet flag was mistaken for a gunshot. Police said an injured man was found in a nearby alley. That man, whose identity was not released, fell off a porch while running away from someone who was chasing him, police said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2010
A convicted murderer who sent a powder-filled letter to a former judge who had previously been the victim of a mail bomb was sentenced to five more years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court of manufacturing a phony destructive device. Robert D. Turner, 38, an inmate at North Branch Correctional Institution, was found guilty of sending the letter to the law office of former judge John P. Corderman in November or early December of 2008. Corderman was injured in December 1989 when a pipe bomb sent to his home exploded, according to published reports.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 1, 2012
John P. Corderman, a former Washington County Circuit judge and Maryland state senator, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 70. “Our family is truly grateful for the time God gave us with Jack,” a statement from Corderman's family read. “He was a loving person who dedicated much of his time to helping others and we are proud of all that he accomplished. We will miss him dearly and know that his spirit lives on in the lives of all those he touched.” Corderman's survivors include his wife, Ann; daughter, Elizabeth; sons, Paul and Robert; and his mother, Gertrude Carder, according to his obituary.
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June 25, 2012
A 12-year-old boy was charged Monday in the investigation of a fake explosive device that was found near a Sharpsburg street last week, investigators said. During an interview, the boy confessed to constructing the device, and to causing damage to a victim's car by scratching a profanity into the paint of the vehicle, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. First believed to be an undetonated pipe bomb, the device was found by a property owner mowing his lawn in the 200 block of South Mechanic Street on June 21, investigators said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 21, 2012
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office Bomb Squad detonated a fake pipe bomb Thursday afternoon on a street in Sharpsburg. To be safe, bomb squad officers used a robot to pick up the device and “render it harmless” with a water charge, Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said. “The water comes out at such a great force that it disrupts everything,” Ernst said. A man mowing his lawn at the corner of the intersection of Antietam and South Mechanic streets found the device, Ernst said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2010
A convicted murderer who sent a powder-filled letter to a former judge who had previously been the victim of a mail bomb was sentenced to five more years in prison after a jury convicted him Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court of manufacturing a phony destructive device. Robert D. Turner, 38, an inmate at North Branch Correctional Institution, was found guilty of sending the letter to the law office of former judge John P. Corderman in November or early December of 2008. Corderman was injured in December 1989 when a pipe bomb sent to his home exploded, according to published reports.
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By DON AINES | September 27, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Three high school students were being held Friday at the Abraxas Secure Treatment Facility in South Mountain, Pa., awaiting detention hearings Monday on charges they set off 10 pipe bombs over the past two weeks, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Two of the juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and the third is a 17-year-old Chambersburg student who was attending the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, police said.
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By DON AINES | September 26, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Three high school students were being held at the Abraxas Secure Treatment Facility in South Mountain, Pa., awaiting Monday detention hearings on charges they set off 10 pipe bombs over the past two weeks, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Two of the juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School and the third is a 17-year-old Chambersburg student who was attending the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, police said.
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By DON AINES | September 26, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday searched and then impounded a pickup truck at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center and questioned at least two Chambersburg students about a series of recent bombings. At about the same time, Mercersburg police and state troopers responded to a scrawled bomb threat on a restroom wall at James Buchanan High School. Police were at Chambersburg Area Senior High School on Thursday to question students regarding recent incidents involving pipe bombs in the St. Thomas area, said Sylvia Rockwood, the school district's director of information services.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 18, 2008
SMITHSBURG -- Howard County police officers serving a search warrant Wednesday near Smithsburg found what appeared to be material used for making explosives, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to investigate, Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, said Thursday. Police found the materials after serving the warrant at 22218 Troy Lane near Smithsburg, where they had gone as part of an ongoing investigation into stolen laptop computers, Llewellyn said.
NEWS
September 10, 2004
Police: Reports of shooting unfounded Reports of a shooting in the 100 block of South Potomac Street Wednesday evening were unfounded, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Police said a shooting was reported at about 10 p.m., but officers believe the snapping of a wet flag was mistaken for a gunshot. Police said an injured man was found in a nearby alley. That man, whose identity was not released, fell off a porch while running away from someone who was chasing him, police said.
NEWS
May 4, 1999
The Office of the State Fire Marshal investigated a report of a suspicious package at the Prime Retail Outlets, 495 Prime Outlet Boulevard on Thursday evening. A security officer at the outlets noticed an abandoned briefcase next to a trash can outside the Gap store around 6 p.m., deputies said. The owner of the briefcase was not found. The State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad used a portable X-ray machine to scan the case and determined it was empty. There had been no threats to the outlet mall, deputies said.
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