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By DAN DEARTH | | May 13, 2011
Friday the 13th turned out to be an unlucky day for the Hagerstown Police Department’s kickball team. The city’s finest were dispatched in another way during a Friday afternoon match against the half-pints from Winter Street Elementary School. Fourth-grader Kaytie Banzhoff acknowledged that the officers took it easy on the students, but said: “We handled them.” Second-grade teacher Jen Hardy, who also serves as coordinator of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support program, said five students were chosen from each of the school’s 15 classes to play in the game.
March 14, 2011
A Middletown, Md., man has been charged with backing his Ford F-250 pickup truck over the hood of a police car near downtown Frederick early Sunday and with ramming a Volkswagen Cabriolet into a utility pole. Brian Christopher Head, 26, of 4502 Deer Springs Road in Middletown, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, reckless driving, driving under the influence and other offenses, police said. Sgt. Matthew Burns was patrolling in an unmarked police car at about 3:09 a.m. Sunday when he spotted the pickup truck, which allegedly was being driven recklessly and at a high rate of speed near South Bentz and West Patrick streets, the press release said.
March 8, 2011
Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday continued  looking for a man who swam across a creek after leading them on a car chase Sunday through Guilford Township, Pa. State police identified the man as Jaime Hernandez Velaquez, 25, address unavailable. Police said they started chasing a vehicle, which they alleged was driven by Velaquez, at about 3:25 a.m. as it was driven through Chambersburg, Pa. The pursuit continued south on U.S. 11, where the vehicle turned onto side streets and eventually crashed on Feaster Road.
By DAN DEARTH | | February 17, 2011
A Baltimore man who led authorities on a high-speed chase through West Virginia and Maryland Thursday morning was apprehended near Williamsport when the car he was driving crashed into a police car and ended up in a wooded area near the C&O Canal, according to Maryland State Police. Gary Silas Wingate Jr., 23, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, theft, malicious destruction of property and false statement to a police officer, according to a spokesman for the Washington County Detention Center, where Wingate was being held Thursday night.
August 29, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A 27-year-old Chambersburg man was charged with indecent exposure after two women reported seeing a naked man posing along Pa. 995 Saturday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Two 20-year-old women were heading north in the 1000 block of Warm Spring Road, also known as Pa. 995, around 11 p.m. Saturday when they saw a naked man posing against a sign along the roadway, according to an affidavit of probable cause from state police. The women weren't sure what they had seen at first, so they turned around and went back, police said.
By DON AINES | July 26, 2010
A Washington County Circuit Court jury took about 10 minutes Monday to convict a Hagerstown man of spitting on a Hagerstown police officer, unaware that the man was HIV-positive. That fact was revealed in court when Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Jeffrey Lynn Black, 44, of 914 Kuhn Ave., to five years in state prison for second-degree assault. "It's on my mind ... every three months I have to go back and get tested," said Officer Richard Cook, who told Dwyer he will have to be tested periodically for at least a year.
May 21, 2010
HANCOCK -- A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after the car he was driving struck a Maryland State Police cruiser Wednesday night in Hancock, according to a police news release. Darryl Lynn Hall, 38, of Rock Hill Place also is charged with driving while his license was revoked, failure to keep to the right of the center line and negligent driving, police said. He was being held on $25,000 bond Thursday night at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.
May 10, 2010
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect age for Danielle R. Paikin. That age was provided by the Maryland State Police. The Herald-Mail apologizes for the error. HAGERSTOWN --The medical conditions have improved for two of three Washington County residents who were injured in a fatal car accident Thursday on Md. 65 near the entrance to Antietam National Battlefield. William J. Turner, 20, of Sharpsburg, was released Saturday from Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
By DAN DEARTH | May 8, 2010
Three Washington County residents remained hospitalized Friday, a day after they were injured in a three-car crash that claimed the life of a Delaware woman near the entrance to Antietam National Battlefield on Sharpsburg Pike. Lauran Dwyer, 21, and Joseph Dwyer, 25, both of Clear Spring, were listed in serious but stable condition Friday night at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said. William J. Turner, 20, of Sharpsburg, was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 15, 2009
ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- Some classic-car buffs who like the old "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show have a replica of Bo and Luke Duke's orange Dodge Charger. Josh Delauter of Greencastle, Pa., took a different angle as a fan. He found a Plymouth Fury and made it look like the police car driven by the Duke boys' nemesis, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. The white car says "Hazzard County Sheriff" on the side. While showing it off Saturday at Red Run Park during Rouzerfest '09, Delauter said he gave the car to his son, Benjamin, for his fourth birthday.
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