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by KAREN HANNA | April 24, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - An accident in Frederick County, Md., that killed two people who reportedly exchanged obscene gestures with a man in another vehicle has local motorists worried. Almost two weeks after Harrisburg, Pa., residents Christian Michael Luciano, 28, and Lindsay L. Bender, 25, died in the accident on Interstate 270, 1st Sgt. Chris Sasse said Maryland State Police in Frederick continue their search for the other driver. Sasse said Monday that police at the Frederick barrack might get as many as 100 complaints about aggressive driving on busy travel days, but police in Washington County said they only occasionally investigate incidents involving road rage.
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by ERIN JULIUS | April 17, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Baltimore man convicted in February of attempted second-degree murder in a June 19, 2006, road rage incident on Interstate 70 was ordered Monday to spend 30 years in prison. Jimmie Lee Johnson, 36, also was convicted of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun in a vehicle, use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime and possession of marijuana. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Johnson to 20 years for the attempted murder conviction, 10 years consecutive for using a handgun during a crime of violence, two years concurrent for transporting a handgun in a vehicle and one year concurrent for possession of marijuana.
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By ERIN JULIUS | April 16, 2007
HAGERSTOWN A Baltimore man convicted in February of attempted second-degree murder in a June 19, 2006, road rage incident on Interstate 70 was ordered Monday to spend 30 years in prison. Jimmie Lee Johnson, 36, also was convicted of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun in a vehicle, use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime and possession of marijuana. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Johnson to 20 years for the attempted murder conviction, 10 years consecutive for using a handgun during a crime of violence, two years concurrent for transporting a handgun in a vehicle and one year concurrent for possession of marijuana.
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by ERIN JULIUS | February 23, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Baltimore man was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday in connection with a June 19, 2006, road-rage incident on Interstate 70. Jimmie Lee Johnson, 36, also was convicted of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun in a vehicle, use of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime and possession of marijuana. Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley presided over the trial.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 19, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A New York man was ordered Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to spend 90 days in jail for pointing a handgun at another motorist while the men drove on Interstate 81 in May 2006. Mark F. Lappies, 50, of 11031 Cobbville Road in Adams, N.Y., entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault and pleaded guilty to transporting a handgun in a vehicle in the incident reported May 24, 2006. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but admits that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 21, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set bond at $400,000 Tuesday for a Baltimore man charged in a Monday "road rage" incident on Interstate 70 in which he allegedly opened fire at a vehicle he passed. Jimmie Lee Johnson, 35, is accused of firing several rounds from a 9 mm handgun at the passenger side of a Chrysler PT Cruiser on Monday about 2 p.m. while eastbound on I-70 in a Chevrolet Suburban. No one was injured, according to court documents. Johnson, of 8407 Loch Raven Blvd.
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September 15, 2005
Clouds today, sunshine tomorrow To the editor: I sit under my favorite tree with a heavy heart, drenched with sadness, impassioned for the dear persons caught in that powerful, devastating storm. I want to say something to encourage, but my cup of courage is almost empty. I must find a way to fill it again, so I can offer some to others. I know what to do - give it all to Jesus. Fear, pain, unbelief, sorrow and death were rampant. The very height of suffering.
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October 21, 2004
Attic fire damages Smithsburg home Firefighters were investigating the cause of an attic fire Wednesday afternoon in a home on Comanche Drive in Smithsburg. Firefighters from several Washington County units as well as from Franklin County, Pa., responded to the fire, according to Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Ron Jeter. Jeter said no one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. He added that it was a small fire, but that more investigation was needed to determine the cause.
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by TIM ROWLAND | July 29, 2004
Corporate America better start being nicer to me or I'm going to start taking brand names. I'm still having a fit over the Great Ice Cream Scam of 2004, in which just about every major manufacturer has scrapped the traditional half-gallon container in favor of something smaller (for the same price, of course). And they try to confuse us by going metric on their packaging, hoping we won't notice the bait-and-switch. Instead of a patriotic, proud, all-American measurement like "One U.S. Half Gallon," they must slink in with some foreign, communistic measurement, like "1.742642 Hectalitres.
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