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NEWS
May 16, 2013
Hagerstown Police Department detectives would be allowed to drive their unmarked police vehicles home under a proposal Chief Mark Holtzman made during a Tuesday work session of the City Council. Each of the department's six detectives get called in while off duty an average of 21 times a year, Holtzman told the council. Allowing them to drive the unmarked vehicles home would mean they could respond to a crime scene without first having to switch their personal vehicles for a police car at headquarters, he said.
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NEWS
December 27, 2006
Week of Dec. 24, 1956 A newspaper man from far-off Iran, who accompanied a group of foreign teachers to Hagerstown earlier this month, and who visited The Herald-Mail newspaper plant, was so impressed with what he saw and heard that he's using this information on newspaper practices in an article he prepared for publication in one of the leading Iran newspapers. The population of Washington County passed the 85,000 mark for the first time during 1956. The population estimate for 1955 was 84,600.
NEWS
November 11, 1996
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Smithsburg Police Chief Tommy Bowers has fired his gun in the line of duty only twice in his 13 years of service with three police agencies. The second time came early Sunday when Bowers, 46, fired off eight rounds as he tried to avoid being struck by a suspect's car, he said. The driver of the car, Richard A. Sheffler, 29, of Waynesboro, Pa., was struck in the legs by one of the shots from Bowers' gun, Maryland State Police said. Sheffler, of the 300 block of West Sixth Street, has been charged with assaulting a police officer, driving while intoxicated, destruction of property - a police car - and numerous traffic violations, police said.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | June 14, 2007
Three sketches for skate park viewed WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township officials have received three sketches for a new skate park at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road. An anonymous donor contributed more than $100,000 to the skate park being designed by Artifex of California, according to published reports. Area youths already shared ideas for the park and will be invited back to review the sketches at a meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. The first design, at 52 feet by 80 feet, has a three-sided pyramid with kinked rail and stairs; bank ramp or quarter pipe; curved concrete ledge; and bowl/quarter pipe transitional obstacle.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2011
Two West Virginia men were in police custody Sunday afternoon following a police pursuit that reached 100 mph and stemmed from an attempted burglary call east of Saint James, south of Hagerstown, Washington County Deputy Alan Matheny said. The suspects fled in a red Kia van that hit at least one vehicle during the pursuit, Matheny said. No one was injured in that accident, police said. The accident occurred at the intersection of Sharpsburg Pike and Lappans Road by the AC&T store, Matheny said.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2013
The driver of a box truck that police believed was involved Sunday in a hit-and-run crash in Williamsport fled from police after an officer pulled the truck over on Greencastle Pike just north of Williamsport, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman. After the officer stopped the driver at about 2:10 p.m., the box truck went backward and struck a sheriff's department cruiser, moving it about 5 feet, Sgt. Robert Whittington said. No police officers were injured when the truck rolled into the police car, police said.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | April 7, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A woman driving a stolen West Virginia state police cruiser, with lights on and siren blaring, led police on a late-night, high-speed chase through three West Virginia counties and northern Virginia Thursday, ending after more than an hour when the car was forced from the road after it ran out of gas in Hampshire County, W.Va., police said. Police gave chase to the cruiser shortly after 9 p.m. when it was stolen by a woman in Berkeley County who had been placed in police custody after she was apprehended in West Virginia for allegedly stealing a separate car earlier that evening in Frederick County, Va., according to a Virginia state police officer who would not release his name.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | April 11, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Cars driven by a Hagerstown man and a Hagerstown City Police officer collided Thursday afternoon at the corner of Antietam Street and Summit Avenue. The accident happened about 5:15 p.m., an emergency dispatcher said. Officer Sean Flanagan, who was driving the police car, said a Hagerstown City Police sergeant would investigate the crash. He declined further comment. Sgt. Fred Wolford said Thursday night the officer wasn't on a call at the time and didn't have his lights or siren on. Dan Prescott, 31, of Hagerstown, was driving his Pontiac Grand Am north on Summit Avenue and Flanagan was driving his marked car west on Antietam Street when the crash occurred, police said.
NEWS
May 6, 2002
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg Police Department cruiser and a private vehicle were totaled and their occupants suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when the two collided as the officers were responding to a hold-up alarm at a bank, police said. The alarm turned out to be false, police said. The accident occurred around 9:10 a.m. on the Martinsburg Mall access road, police said. The cruiser was driven by Patrolman Matt Zolinger. Patrolman Quenton Burner was a passenger in the police car. The other vehicle was driven by James Randolph Seal of Winchester, Va. Elizabeth Griffith of Martinsburg was a passenger in that vehicle.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | July 14, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg City Police officer, another adult and two children were injured Monday night in an accident involving a police cruiser and a car on South Queen Street, according to police and hospital officials. The accident happened around 9 p.m., according to Martinsburg Police Sgt. John McMillen. The officer, whom police wouldn't identify, was heading north on South Queen Street to back up another officer who was chasing a motorist. The motorist fled on foot during a traffic stop and was wanted on several warrants, he said.
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