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November 21, 2012
Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for a woman who tried to steal $579 worth of merchandise from the Sears store on Nov. 11. The woman loaded a shopping cart with the merchandise and attempted to leave the store at 17301 Valley Mall Road, according to a news release. The woman fled the area when she was confronted by store employees, the release said. Anyone with information about the theft can contact the sheriff's office at 240-313-2170.
NEWS
March 8, 2001
Sears could try for Wards mall location By JULIE E. GREENE julieg@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - Sears Inc. is considering moving into the Valley Mall in space about to be vacated by Montgomery Ward, officials said Wednesday. Sears Inc. is among the department stores negotiating for the Wards space, a Sears official said. Sears has been in the Long Meadow Shopping Center for 50 years. Sears is considering taking over a number of Wards stores, said Peggy Palter, Sears' corporate spokeswoman in Chicago.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
A man died Thursday after he allegedly shoplifted merchandise from the Sears store in the Valley Mall and led authorities on a pursuit that ended when the man went the wrong way up an Interstate 81 on ramp and struck a Volkswagen, said Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. David Christopher Adams, 58, was taken to Meritus Medical Center after the crash where doctors tried to revive him, Mullendore said. The driver of the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg, Richard B. McGrath, 61, of Smithsburg, had less severe injuries, Mullendore said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2012
The Martinsburg Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved changes to Martinsburg Mall's concept plan that propose redevelopment of the former Sears location to make way for two free-standing restaurants and new, but smaller, retail spaces. No one spoke for or against the revisions proposed by Mountain State University Building Co., in a public hearing held in coordination with the planning commission's review, but mall officials did hear concerns about the project's potential impact on traffic along Foxcroft Avenue from planning commissioners.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | August 31, 2007
Man faces abuse, sex offense charges A Hagerstown man under investigation in a child pornography case faces child abuse and sex offense charges after police say he molested a 10-year-old boy on two occasions. William Aaron Keck, 21, of 800 Dual Highway, was being held without bond. The 10-year-old told investigators that Keck handcuffed him to a bed and performed oral sex on him in April and had forced him to perform oral sex in December, according to charging documents.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 20, 2010
Two New York men were charged following the theft of at least $800 worth of jeans from Sears at Valley Mall over two days, according to Washington County District Court records. Abboubi Mohammed, 45, of 7010 Third Ave. in New York, and Baroudi Ahmad Kaddour, 54, of 6718 13th Ave., Apt. 3B, in Brooklyn, N.Y., were being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center. Mohammed was being held on $30,000 bond and Kaddour was being held on $35,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.
NEWS
January 18, 1998
Counterfeit checks passed; tools stolen CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A unknown person printed up two counterfeit checks on a computer and passed them off to Sears Friday, said Pennsylvania State Police. No amount was put on the loss to the department store. CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 22-year-old Clinton, Tennessee man's vehicle was broken into sometime early Friday and tools stolen. The truck owned by Jason Alan Watson had been left unlocked and the thief emptied various compartments between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, said Pennsylvania State Police.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Sandra Jo Flaherty, 55, of Charles Town, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at her home. Born July 13, 1947, in Atlanta, she was the daughter of the late Donald William and Frances Maude Walker Wright. She worked for Sears in the Human Resources Department. She is survived by her husband, Edward Thomas Flaherty; two daughters, Kimberly D. Leone of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Deanna L. McGrotty of Lakeland, Fla.; two sons, Bryan D. Flaherty of Fort Lauderdale and Michael J. Flaherty, at home; one sister, Donna Rogers of Canton, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
OBITUARIES
November 9, 2011
Mildred Patricia (Grove) Brewbaker, 91, of Hagerstown, Md., died early Wednesday morning at the Emeritus Senior Living Center, Hagerstown. Born May 6, 1920, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Paul Charles and Hazel Irene (Wolverton) Grove. She was the wife of 58 years to the late Harry Leaser Brewbaker, who died in 2001. Mildred was a graduate of Hagerstown High School in the Class of 1938. She was a sales clerk for Sears in Hagerstown for more than 25 years. Mildred is survived by a daughter, Patricia I. Weaver and husband, David, of Waynesboro, Pa.; a son, John P. Brewbaker, and wife, Sharon, of Hagerstown; a sister, Pauline V. Grove of Hagerstown; and two grandchildren, Michael A. Weaver of Waynesboro and Sara P. Weaver of Baltimore, Md. In addition to her husband and parents, Mildred was preceded in death by a brother, Richard C. Grove; and a sister, Virginia I. Baker.
NEWS
February 24, 2009
FEB. 12, 1944-FEB. 23, 2009 Bruce Henry Stevenson, 65, of 108 Park Lane, Hagerstown, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at his home. Born Feb. 12, 1944, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Paul H. and Kathryn Heefner Stevenson. He was a 1962 graduate of Waynesboro Senior High School. He was employed as a sales representative by Sears in Hagerstown for 20 years. He was a member of Welty Church of the Brethren, Smithsburg, and Salem Reformed Church, Hagerstown, where he served as the head of the Christian Education Commission, served on the audio-visual system and tape ministry, church liturgist and helped to organize Vacation Bible School.
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BREAKINGNEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 14, 2013
A man died Thursday after he allegedly shoplifted merchandise from the Sears store in the Valley Mall and led authorities on a pursuit that ended when the man went the wrong way up an Interstate 81 on ramp and struck a Volkswagen, said Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. David Christopher Adams, 58, was taken to Meritus Medical Center after the crash where doctors tried to revive him, Mullendore said. The driver of the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg, Richard B. McGrath, 61, of Smithsburg, had less severe injuries, Mullendore said.
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NEWS
November 21, 2012
Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for a woman who tried to steal $579 worth of merchandise from the Sears store on Nov. 11. The woman loaded a shopping cart with the merchandise and attempted to leave the store at 17301 Valley Mall Road, according to a news release. The woman fled the area when she was confronted by store employees, the release said. Anyone with information about the theft can contact the sheriff's office at 240-313-2170.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 3, 2012
The Martinsburg Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved changes to Martinsburg Mall's concept plan that propose redevelopment of the former Sears location to make way for two free-standing restaurants and new, but smaller, retail spaces. No one spoke for or against the revisions proposed by Mountain State University Building Co., in a public hearing held in coordination with the planning commission's review, but mall officials did hear concerns about the project's potential impact on traffic along Foxcroft Avenue from planning commissioners.
NEWS
August 13, 2012
Cindy's Sweets & DeLite-ful Treats, a dessert shop at Valley Mall in Halfway, reopened with a store inside the mall last week after being housed in the food court since July. The shop moved out of its location at the front of the mall facing Halfway Boulevard to make room for Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, according to Valley Mall marketing director Michele Wills. Cafe Rio plans to open in October, and sports bar Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery will follow by the end of the year, Wills said.
OBITUARIES
March 8, 2012
Mary Louise (Cochrane) Hook, 83, of Red Lion, Pa., York Township, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Manor Care Health Services South in York, Pa. She was the wife of the late George B. Hook.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Road in York. Burial will be private in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown. Mrs. Hook was born in Hagerstown on Aug. 6, 1928, daughter of the late Henry A. and Anna Margaret (Uhler)
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2011
More than 100 Kmart and Sears department store branches are expected to close nationwide, their parent company announced Tuesday, without specifying which branches would close or when. Both store chains have local branches in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Sears and Kmart, announced the closings as part of a quarterly business report. Year-to-date sales are down 1.8 percent for Kmart and 3.3 percent for Sears Domestic, according to a company news release about the report.
OBITUARIES
November 9, 2011
Mildred Patricia (Grove) Brewbaker, 91, of Hagerstown, Md., died early Wednesday morning at the Emeritus Senior Living Center, Hagerstown. Born May 6, 1920, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Paul Charles and Hazel Irene (Wolverton) Grove. She was the wife of 58 years to the late Harry Leaser Brewbaker, who died in 2001. Mildred was a graduate of Hagerstown High School in the Class of 1938. She was a sales clerk for Sears in Hagerstown for more than 25 years. Mildred is survived by a daughter, Patricia I. Weaver and husband, David, of Waynesboro, Pa.; a son, John P. Brewbaker, and wife, Sharon, of Hagerstown; a sister, Pauline V. Grove of Hagerstown; and two grandchildren, Michael A. Weaver of Waynesboro and Sara P. Weaver of Baltimore, Md. In addition to her husband and parents, Mildred was preceded in death by a brother, Richard C. Grove; and a sister, Virginia I. Baker.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 5, 2011
Martinsburg Mall is in negotiations with a prospect interested in the former Sears location, and Robert Gardner, the mall's general manager, said the possibility of signing a deal to fill the anchor space appears promising. Deals to replace Sears and develop an outparcel of the 79-acre property at 800 Foxcroft Ave. for a fine-dining establishment could be announced in the near future, Gardner said. "I would love to mention the name of (the restaurant)," Gardner said. "It will be a fine-dining establishment, something the Martinsburg market doesn't have.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2011
More than 250 people descended on the Washington County One Stop Job Center in Hagerstown Thursday to fill out applications and drop off resumes, trying to match their skills to the needs of prospective employers. "The turnout has been incredible so far .... We saw 56 people in the first hour," said Becky Dice of Aerotek. Many of those people also had the skills the staffing firm was looking for in warehousing, commercial services and professional services, Dice said. Machine and forklift operators and call-center representatives were among the positions Aerotek was looking to fill, she said.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2011
The Sears store in Martinsburg Mall will close by mid-August, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. "It's being closed for business reasons," said Kimberly Freely, a spokeswoman for Sears Holdings. "As a normal course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio and make those decisions accordingly. " Freely said the closing was an isolated decision and will not affect other Sears or Kmart stores in the area. Sears and Kmart merged in 2005. The Martinsburg Mall Sears has 57 employees, Freely said.
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