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July 23, 2012
A man found dead Friday night outdoors near 8748 Sheffield Manor Blvd. committed suicide, police and the Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner's Office said Monday. Authorities were called to the scene on private property at about 7:30 p.m., according to Washington Township Police and Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner. Authorities declined to release more information.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 25, 2005
Washington County Commissioner John C. Munson says he wants county government to keep its hands off private property, for the most part. Munson on Tuesday asked the County Commissioners to approve a resolution that states the county would back away from using eminent domain to acquire private property, except as a last resort. The commissioners plan to place the proposed resolution on next Tuesday's meeting agenda. Munson asked for the resolution's approval in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a government's right to take private property for public purposes.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 31, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com After removing some words thought to be too harsh, the Washington County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday stating the county would acquire private property through eminent domain only as a last resort. County Commissioner John C. Munson asked for the resolution in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a government's right to take private property for economic development purposes. The resolution states that the Supreme Court upheld "what the majority maintained is local government's ability to take private property for a vaguely defined 'public good' such as economic development, or increased tax revenues to the local government itself.
NEWS
June 7, 1999
KEEDYSVILLE - Keedysville Mayor Lee Brandenburg said at Monday's Town Council meeting that the town will begin sending letters to Keedysville residents in an effort to enforce a junk car ordinance. The ordinance, which was approved Jan. 4, states that residents cannot park or store cars that are rusted, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative unless they are completely enclosed in a building. The ordinance pertains to public and private property.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | March 8, 2009
DARGAN -- An Election Day squabble at the Potomac Valley Fire Co. near Dargan has attracted the interest of state civil liberties advocates and raised a call for a fresh interpretation of a state election law. Paul Thompson Jr., 44, who lives across the street from the fire hall, says a Washington County election judge cut up and tore down political signs on his property the day of the presidential election in November. The judge cited state law that calls for a 100-foot "no-electioneering" zone around the entrance to each polling place, which in this case included the part of Thompson's property bearing the signs.
NEWS
January 17, 2011
A person believed to be a teenager was seriously injured Monday afternoon in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the 20600 block of Reno Monument Road, according to an emergency rescue official. Morgan Boyd, chief of Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Inc., did not have details of how the accident occurred. Boyd said the person was considered to be a priority-one patient, the most serious injury designation, and was taken to the trauma center at Meritus Medical Center. Lt. Thomas Newton of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said his department was notified but did not file a report on the accident because it occurred on private property.
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | December 6, 1999
KEEDYSVILLE - Keedysville Mayor Lee Brandenburg is putting owners of junk cars on notice: Remove the vehicles or the town will do it for you. The town's junk car ordinance has been in effect since June but has not been enforced, Brandenburg said during a Town Council meeting Monday evening. Residents in the town are prohibited from parking or storing a licensed or unlicensed junk vehicle for more than 30 days on any public or private property within the corporate town limits unless it is enclosed inside a building.
NEWS
July 3, 2005
Eminent domain...Reasonable? says who? To the editor: Since when does the proposed building of an office complex constitute a "reasonable seizure" of private property? The Fourth Amendment clearly protects against unreasonable seizures. Yet the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that governments may seize private property for "private economic development. " While this refers to a case in New London, Conn., it sets a dangerous legal precedent because private capitalist institutions can now determine whether or not your private property should be seized for their own financial gain.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | September 25, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Mary Jane Zook again is counting on others to shovel her Virginia Avenue sidewalk this year when winter storms cast their chilly blankets. But unlike last year, she probably will be able to avoid receiving a city snow-removal bill for $223 if friends or family cannot make it to her house immediately. The Hagerstown City Council is expected on Tuesday to approve a new set of guidelines on how to enforce the set of rules that require city property owners to clear their walkways after snowstorms.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | February 6, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Washington Township in 2002 surpassed the $100 million mark in assessed private property value for the first time. About 76 percent of the nearly $103 million in private property is single-family homes, Township Administrator Michael A. Christopher said. The information came in a year-end report Christopher wrote for the Washington Township Supervisors. The township has a population of 11,559, according to the 2000 census, up by 440 from the 1990 census.
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NEWS
July 23, 2012
A man found dead Friday night outdoors near 8748 Sheffield Manor Blvd. committed suicide, police and the Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner's Office said Monday. Authorities were called to the scene on private property at about 7:30 p.m., according to Washington Township Police and Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner. Authorities declined to release more information.
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OPINION
By WILLIAM J. MORONEY | July 11, 2012
I recently attended the meeting held at the Boonsboro Fire Hall regarding the proposed Civil War Rail Trail Bike Path from Hagerstown to Weverton. Interestingly, history indicates the rail bed in question wasn't constructed until after the Civil War ended, so it is misleading to connect this path to the Civil War. While the supporting commissioners and related parties appear to have done extensive work on this project at taxpayer expense, in their excitement...
OPINION
February 5, 2012
Civil War Rail Trail could benefit all residents of county To the editor: Sen. Christopher Shank provides opinion without knowing the facts regarding the proposed Civil War Rail Trail from Hagerstown to Weverton. He believes it will increase development and poses different problems than the Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT), which only borders parkland.   Wrong. Washington County has regulations in place to prevent sprawl in South County unless the Commissioners continue to grant exceptions to developers.
NEWS
February 13, 2011
The problem: A drainage issue causes flooding in the streets at the intersection of Mousetown Road and Main Street in Boonsboro, nearby resident Andy Macomber said. “When we get a rain in the wintertime and the water freezes up, you can hear cars coming down the street stop at the stop sign on Main Street, and they skid across the ice that’s caused by this problem,” he said. Macomber said the flooding is caused by a failing stormwater-containment area on private property, above his home.
NEWS
January 17, 2011
A person believed to be a teenager was seriously injured Monday afternoon in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the 20600 block of Reno Monument Road, according to an emergency rescue official. Morgan Boyd, chief of Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Inc., did not have details of how the accident occurred. Boyd said the person was considered to be a priority-one patient, the most serious injury designation, and was taken to the trauma center at Meritus Medical Center. Lt. Thomas Newton of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said his department was notified but did not file a report on the accident because it occurred on private property.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | March 8, 2009
DARGAN -- An Election Day squabble at the Potomac Valley Fire Co. near Dargan has attracted the interest of state civil liberties advocates and raised a call for a fresh interpretation of a state election law. Paul Thompson Jr., 44, who lives across the street from the fire hall, says a Washington County election judge cut up and tore down political signs on his property the day of the presidential election in November. The judge cited state law that calls for a 100-foot "no-electioneering" zone around the entrance to each polling place, which in this case included the part of Thompson's property bearing the signs.
NEWS
By DON AINES | November 20, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Over the objections of some residents, the Chambersburg Borough Council on Monday gave its conditional endorsement of a plan to build a 32-unit subsidized housing complex for senior citizens on property now part of Southgate Mall. The condition is that PIRHL Developers of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and Paran Management, the Cleveland company that owns the mall, come up with what Councilman Glenn Manns called "an ironclad agreement" to make improvements at the mall.
NEWS
By Thomas Voting Reports | November 6, 2005
HOUSE Private property rights Voting 376 for and 38 against, members on Nov. 3 sent the Senate a bill (HR 4128) denying all types of federal aid to any state or locality using powers of eminent domain to acquire private property for transfer to another private owner for purposes of economic development. The bill seeks to negate the 2005 Supreme Court ruling Kelo v. City of New London, which held that private economic development could be a legitimate public use under the "takings clause" of the Fifth Amendment.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 31, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com After removing some words thought to be too harsh, the Washington County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday stating the county would acquire private property through eminent domain only as a last resort. County Commissioner John C. Munson asked for the resolution in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a government's right to take private property for economic development purposes. The resolution states that the Supreme Court upheld "what the majority maintained is local government's ability to take private property for a vaguely defined 'public good' such as economic development, or increased tax revenues to the local government itself.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | August 25, 2005
Washington County Commissioner John C. Munson says he wants county government to keep its hands off private property, for the most part. Munson on Tuesday asked the County Commissioners to approve a resolution that states the county would back away from using eminent domain to acquire private property, except as a last resort. The commissioners plan to place the proposed resolution on next Tuesday's meeting agenda. Munson asked for the resolution's approval in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a government's right to take private property for public purposes.
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