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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 14, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Brenda Pitts remembers standing where her uncle, John Anthony Copeland, was hanged Dec. 16, 1859. "It felt very somber," the Columbia, Ind., woman said. "I thought about what he went through. They used the wrong rope. It took 30 minutes for him to die. " Pitts was among less than a dozen descendants of John Brown, his followers and others involved in the raid on Harpers Ferry who attended a reception Friday night in the parking lot behind the Jefferson County Courthouse.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | August 9, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- John Brown's name continues to be prominent in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., but his lesser-known compatriot John E. Cook is the focus of Allison-Antrim Museum's current exhibit. Cook gathered information in Harpers Ferry a year before the raid and passed it along to Brown for planning purposes. On the night of the raid in 1859, Cook and six others escaped into the mountains. He was captured by slave catchers near Mont Alto, Pa., and turned in for a $1,000 reward two months later.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 16, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A roundup of individuals accused of drug distribution in Martinsburg netted 10 arrests, the Martinsburg Police Department announced Thursday. More than 20 officers, including members of the department's Special Response Team, served several of the outstanding warrants, beginning Thursday about 8:30 a.m. The arrests, scattered around the city, were the culmination of about four months of police work, Chief T.C. "Ted" Anderson said. As of 4 p.m., the police department still had active warrants for seven people, Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle said in a press release.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 12, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Some historians say the Civil War began in the small Sharpsburg farmhouse where abolitionist John Brown planned his historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859, said Sprigg Lynn, who owns the property with his father. On Saturday and Sunday, the public was invited to tour the Kennedy Farmhouse on Chestnut Grove Road during an open house to commemorate the 150th anniversary of John Brown's stay at the home where he began planning and staging the failed raid. Dennis Frye, chief historian for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and head of the committee overseeing the John Brown commemoration in four states, said about 300 people attended the event Saturday and another 200 were expected Sunday.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is most commonly linked to John Brown's October 1859 raid on a federal arsenal during his failed attempt to arm an uprising of slaves. But Hagerstown played a part in the string of events, too, and that moment in history was celebrated Tuesday afternoon during an unveiling of a historical marker downtown. From Oct. 16 to 18, 1859, Brown and others took possession of an armory in Harpers Ferry. The raid drew militia companies and federal troops from Maryland, Virginia and other areas.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | June 14, 2009
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- It can be hard to convince a group of middle school students that abolitionist John Brown still has relevance today. Or better yet, have them try to convince other tweens and teens of the same thing. But Harpers Ferry Middle School has partnered with Harpers Ferry Historical National Park, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a nonprofit organization, and the Advisory Council on Historical Preservation, to do just that. Students at Harpers Ferry Middle School are working with Jason Hoffman, a sixth-grade math teacher and technology specialist, to produce vodcasts about the park.
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May 26, 2009
Man arrested in lounge stabbing Brother in arms remembered for life he gave in 1944 Nine charged after raid on liquor store Accident sends Pa. man to Shock Trauma Center Police identify body found in vehicle
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May 23, 2009
CASCADE -- Nine people were charged Friday after members of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, assisted by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Hagerstown Resident Office, executed a search-and-seizure warrant at Chocolate Park Tavern at 14433 MacAfee Hill Road in Cascade, according to a task force press release. The arrests were part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, according to the release. Those charged were: o Damien Randall Williams of 25216 Elhuff Court in Cascade, who was charged with two counts each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of CDS paraphernalia, and one count each of distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of MDMA and common nuisance.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | March 29, 2009
On an overcast, drizzly day on Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown and his fully armed raiders marched into Harpers Ferry, then in Virginia, marking what some historians argue is the first step toward the American Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of John Brown's Raid, and his subsequent death by hanging on Dec. 2, 1859. As a way to commemorate what transpired out of Brown's efforts, the Quad-State region has banded together for a sesquicentennial commemoration of John Brown's Raid, according to Todd Bolton, events committee chair of the Sesquicentennial Quad-State Committee.
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