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NEWS
May 10, 2003
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man put in the back seat of a police car because officers believed he was driving under the influence somehow got access to the officer's radio and called 911 operators, saying he needed help and was being beaten, according to court records. The incident happened around 2 a.m. Friday. David E. Churchill, 31, of Inwood, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence, obstructing police, fleeing on foot, reporting a false emergency, speeding and driving left of center, all misdemeanors.
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NEWS
February 9, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters man was shot to death in a mobile home park along W.Va. 45 east of Martinsburg Wednesday night. Police were investigating the death as a homicide, West Virginia State Police Sgt. George Bradshaw said early Thursday. Benjamin Leo Lowery, 32, died after being shot in the chest, Bradshaw said. Lowery was taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg, where he was pronounced dead around midnight, Bradshaw said. Police had another man in custody at the state police barracks along Edwin Miller Boulevard, Bradshaw said.
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.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | August 23, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Police charged state Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, with first-offense driving under the influence and DUI over .10 after police allege he failed four field sobriety tests and registered a .267 on a breath test Thursday. The legal blood-alcohol limit in West Virginia is .10. "I take 100 percent responsibility for what I did," Snyder, 49, said Friday afternoon from his Shenandoah Junction home. "I apologize first to my family and secondly to all the people that I represent.
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.
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.
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