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BY JULIE E. GREENE and LAURA ERNDE | November 13, 2002
HAGERSTOWN - Property owner Vincent Groh received a police escort from the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation office on Public Square Tuesday after a disagreement over his tax bill. Groh wanted an explanation about an appeal, but did not seem to be satisfied with the information he received, said Tim O'Rourke, supervisor of assessments for Washington County. "He just got loud and he was using language you shouldn't use," he said. The incident took place in an office, away from view of other customers, he said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 15, 2005
FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with manslaughter and other offenses Monday stemming from the death of a motorcyclist Sunday, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said. James Joseph Mervinsky, 40, was charged with manslaughter, negligent driving, two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident with injuries, fleeing and eluding police, attempting to elude police and driving while impaired, deputies said. Mervinsky was fleeing from police when he drove his vehicle into the path of John Wayne Adkins, 28, of Middletown, Md., who was riding a motorcycle south on Md. 85 near Buckeystown, Md., deputies said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | November 18, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 25-foot blue spruce was placed on Waynesboro's Center Square on Monday morning. The tree, which traveled on a flatbed trailer, received a police escort from where it was cut down on Geiser Avenue. Long's Tree Service and D.L. George & Sons removed the tree from Janet Kauffman's property and set it up on the square. Borough crews assisted with the permanent tree holder they had installed. "They did a superb, professional job," said Bruce Dreisbach, Main Street Waynesboro Inc. manager.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 28, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Wyndham was a police officer, but he knew about life on the other side. The former Harpers Ferry police chief once said he was a "hellraiser" in his youth. "When I was growing up, they had local beer joints. We'd go down, drink a couple beers and think we could whip the world," Wyndham said in a 1991 interview. Wyndham, who retired as chief of the Harpers Ferry Police Department, died Sunday at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Wyndham, 68, had a nickname of "Peanut," but nobody knew why. "I've heard it since I was old enough to hear anything," Wyndham once said.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 19, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Motorcycle enthusiasts will have a chance on July 24 to get their motors running and head out on the highway with a police escort. Proceeds from the ride, which include a $30 registration fee, will go to cover some of the medical costs of a Shippensburg, Pa., woman diagnosed with lupus. For the second year, officers from the Hagerstown Police Department have organized a charity ride for motorcyclists, both officers and civilians.
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BY MARLO BARNHART | April 16, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com Hagerstown resident John Morris was part of a funeral procession recently and said there was a fair amount of confusion when participating cars came to red lights. Some drivers wondered whether they should go through or stop for the signal. "Some older people in the procession stopped at the red lights," Morris said. "Others went on through. " In Maryland and Pennsylvania, laws allow funeral processions to go through red lights if the cars' four-way flashers are on. West Virginia has no such law. Most funeral directors say courtesy and respect used to be enough to keep other motorists back.
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BY TARA REILLY | May 20, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com For Tom and Maria Wetzel, the annual excursion with the wagon train satisfies a yearning for the past. The Funkstown couple has been participating in the National Pike Festival for the last five years, an event that relives the history of National Pike and what it was like to travel by covered wagons and horseback. The train began in Clear Spring Saturday morning, made stops in downtown Hagerstown, headed to Funkstown and concluded Sunday afternoon in Boonsboro at Shafer Memorial Park.
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By GREGORY T. SIMMONS | May 29, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com When Lee Follett of Smithsburg was 4, experts looking at his hip problems and mental disabilities that stemmed in part from a fluid build-up in his brain never expected him to walk, his mother said. Alan Artz II has mild mental retardation, autism and diabetes, and the latter two make physical activity difficult at best, his stepmother said. But at just past noon Wednesday, state Special Olympians Artz, 17, and Follett, 26, flanked by police officers, strode into Hagerstown Wednesday with the Special Olympics torch, not even breaking a sweat.
NEWS
June 13, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Cody Ferguson could barely contain his excitement Friday morning, knowing that he would wake up this morning and be at Walt Disney World. "I'm going on Space Mountain, mom," he said, batting his long, brown eyelashes over his big, blue eyes. Like many 8-year-olds, Cody has longed to visit Disney World. He wants to meet his favorite Disney characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear from the movie "Toy Story. " Unlike most 8-year-olds, Cody has a life-threatening disease, muscular dystrophy, that makes his trip more urgent.
NEWS
September 2, 2002
Editor's Note: Remembrances, church services and fund-raisers are among the events being held in the Tri-State area on Sept. 11 to honor the victims of last year's terrorist attacks. The Herald-Mail will occasionally run a list of Sept. 11 events. To add an event to our list please call 301-733-5131, extension 7682, or e-mail news@herald-mail.com. City of Hagerstown. The city will hold a ceremony, "In Honor and Remembrance - Woodmen Salutes America's Heroes," at 10 a.m. at Fairgrounds Parks.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | November 18, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 25-foot blue spruce was placed on Waynesboro's Center Square on Monday morning. The tree, which traveled on a flatbed trailer, received a police escort from where it was cut down on Geiser Avenue. Long's Tree Service and D.L. George & Sons removed the tree from Janet Kauffman's property and set it up on the square. Borough crews assisted with the permanent tree holder they had installed. "They did a superb, professional job," said Bruce Dreisbach, Main Street Waynesboro Inc. manager.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 28, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Wyndham was a police officer, but he knew about life on the other side. The former Harpers Ferry police chief once said he was a "hellraiser" in his youth. "When I was growing up, they had local beer joints. We'd go down, drink a couple beers and think we could whip the world," Wyndham said in a 1991 interview. Wyndham, who retired as chief of the Harpers Ferry Police Department, died Sunday at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Wyndham, 68, had a nickname of "Peanut," but nobody knew why. "I've heard it since I was old enough to hear anything," Wyndham once said.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 15, 2005
FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick man was charged with manslaughter and other offenses Monday stemming from the death of a motorcyclist Sunday, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said. James Joseph Mervinsky, 40, was charged with manslaughter, negligent driving, two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident with injuries, fleeing and eluding police, attempting to elude police and driving while impaired, deputies said. Mervinsky was fleeing from police when he drove his vehicle into the path of John Wayne Adkins, 28, of Middletown, Md., who was riding a motorcycle south on Md. 85 near Buckeystown, Md., deputies said.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | July 19, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Motorcycle enthusiasts will have a chance on July 24 to get their motors running and head out on the highway with a police escort. Proceeds from the ride, which include a $30 registration fee, will go to cover some of the medical costs of a Shippensburg, Pa., woman diagnosed with lupus. For the second year, officers from the Hagerstown Police Department have organized a charity ride for motorcyclists, both officers and civilians.
NEWS
By GREGORY T. SIMMONS | May 29, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com When Lee Follett of Smithsburg was 4, experts looking at his hip problems and mental disabilities that stemmed in part from a fluid build-up in his brain never expected him to walk, his mother said. Alan Artz II has mild mental retardation, autism and diabetes, and the latter two make physical activity difficult at best, his stepmother said. But at just past noon Wednesday, state Special Olympians Artz, 17, and Follett, 26, flanked by police officers, strode into Hagerstown Wednesday with the Special Olympics torch, not even breaking a sweat.
NEWS
BY JULIE E. GREENE and LAURA ERNDE | November 13, 2002
HAGERSTOWN - Property owner Vincent Groh received a police escort from the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation office on Public Square Tuesday after a disagreement over his tax bill. Groh wanted an explanation about an appeal, but did not seem to be satisfied with the information he received, said Tim O'Rourke, supervisor of assessments for Washington County. "He just got loud and he was using language you shouldn't use," he said. The incident took place in an office, away from view of other customers, he said.
NEWS
September 2, 2002
Editor's Note: Remembrances, church services and fund-raisers are among the events being held in the Tri-State area on Sept. 11 to honor the victims of last year's terrorist attacks. The Herald-Mail will occasionally run a list of Sept. 11 events. To add an event to our list please call 301-733-5131, extension 7682, or e-mail news@herald-mail.com. City of Hagerstown. The city will hold a ceremony, "In Honor and Remembrance - Woodmen Salutes America's Heroes," at 10 a.m. at Fairgrounds Parks.
NEWS
BY TARA REILLY | May 20, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com For Tom and Maria Wetzel, the annual excursion with the wagon train satisfies a yearning for the past. The Funkstown couple has been participating in the National Pike Festival for the last five years, an event that relives the history of National Pike and what it was like to travel by covered wagons and horseback. The train began in Clear Spring Saturday morning, made stops in downtown Hagerstown, headed to Funkstown and concluded Sunday afternoon in Boonsboro at Shafer Memorial Park.
NEWS
BY MARLO BARNHART | April 16, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com Hagerstown resident John Morris was part of a funeral procession recently and said there was a fair amount of confusion when participating cars came to red lights. Some drivers wondered whether they should go through or stop for the signal. "Some older people in the procession stopped at the red lights," Morris said. "Others went on through. " In Maryland and Pennsylvania, laws allow funeral processions to go through red lights if the cars' four-way flashers are on. West Virginia has no such law. Most funeral directors say courtesy and respect used to be enough to keep other motorists back.
NEWS
June 13, 1998
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Cody Ferguson could barely contain his excitement Friday morning, knowing that he would wake up this morning and be at Walt Disney World. "I'm going on Space Mountain, mom," he said, batting his long, brown eyelashes over his big, blue eyes. Like many 8-year-olds, Cody has longed to visit Disney World. He wants to meet his favorite Disney characters, Woody and Buzz Lightyear from the movie "Toy Story. " Unlike most 8-year-olds, Cody has a life-threatening disease, muscular dystrophy, that makes his trip more urgent.
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