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NEWS
November 30, 1999
The Herald-Mail on Thursday sent nine reporters to nine Tri-State area schools so we could check for ourselves the level of security at those schools. A special report outlines the results of those visits with the intent of pointing out where security can be tightened to improve student safety. See Sunday's Herald-Mail for the full stories.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 16, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - The second meeting of the school security cross-functional team Wednesday produced initiatives and action steps that could be implemented in the county's public schools. The group of about 50, including parents, law enforcement officials, community security experts and Washington County Public Schools personnel, met for the first time earlier this month. The group has been asked to brainstorm ways to improve safety at the county's schools and prioritize security needs.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | March 24, 2003
Some federal agencies in the Tri-State area began increasing security in response to fighting in Iraq while several remained unchanged from conditions tied to the federal "code orange" threat level. Maryland C&O National Historic Park. All visitor facilities remain open on regular schedule and the park service plans on a full opening for spring, a spokesman said. The threat alert has increased park security, and police are checking neighboring facilities as well. Antietam National Battlefield.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | April 7, 2000
Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening's budget includes $6.3 million for a new fence and other security measures at one of the state prisons south of Hagerstown. Although the amount is more than $2 million higher than the cost of the new District Court building being built in Hagerstown, state prison officials said the work is a routine upgrade. Dave Towers, a spokesman for the Maryland Division of Correction, said the state plans to upgrade an inner fence at the Maryland Correctional Training Center and replace the outer fence.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | November 19, 2002
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - In order to improve patient security, Washington County Hospital has started requiring non-employees to get authorization to enter the building between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., spokeswoman Kelly Redmond said Monday. Security guards and hospital nurses will give one-day, color-coded passes to those authorized to enter the building during those hours, Redmond said. The requirement began Monday. People will be required to give their names and where they need to go inside the hospital, she said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 9, 2006
HAGERSTOWN When Pangborn Elementary School was locked down for about a half hour Monday afternoon, school officials were paged and met to discuss a plan. Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said officials met in a command center to determine what response was needed. Officials would not say Monday why the school was locked down, and Hagerstown Police said the matter was under investigation. Procedures like the one used at Pangborn Elementary School did not exist in the county before a safety and security specialist/risk manager position was developed in 2003.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 18, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A Smithsburg resident and law enforcement veteran is the new safety and security specialist/risk manager for Washington County Public Schools. Steven L. Ganley has nearly 25 years of experience in that field and has several commendations for achievements in the areas of safety, response and crime prevention. School board members unanimously approved Ganley for the position along with other personnel changes during a Tuesday night business meeting. The school system's previous security specialist, E. Paul Rudolph, was hired Aug. 26, 2003.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | November 29, 2002
pepperb@herald-mail.com The Washington County Board of Education is looking to hire a safety and security specialist for the school system, after finding one position could eliminate extra work for other departments. School officials tentatively are calling it a risk management position, but will not hire someone to fill it until sometime in July, pending funding from the Washington County Commissioners, William Blum, chief operating officer for the system, said Tuesday.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 30, 1999
The second meeting of the school security cross-functional team Wednesday produced initiatives and action steps that could be implemented in the county's public schools. The group of about 50, including parents, law enforcement officials, community security experts and Washington County Public Schools personnel, met for the first time earlier this month. The group has been asked to brainstorm ways to improve safety at the county's schools and prioritize security needs. The group focused Wednesday on school system staff training, emergency response, after-hour activities at schools, school security policies and violence prevention.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 10, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - When Pangborn Elementary School was locked down for about a half hour Monday afternoon, school officials were paged and met to discuss a plan. Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said officials met in a command center to determine what response was needed. Officials would not say Monday why the school was locked down, and Hagerstown Police said the matter was under investigation. Procedures like the one used at Pangborn Elementary School did not exist in the county before a safety and security specialist/risk manager position was developed in 2003.
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SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
The Hagerstown Suns have spent an entire season proving that size doesn't matter. The Suns haven't been the biggest team on the block, but they have been able to rule the South Atlantic League Northern Division playground for much of the season. The same could be said about the crowds supporting the Suns at Municipal Stadium. They have been a small, hearty group that shows muscle when needed. That is what the Suns will be looking for Friday night. Hagerstown hosts Game 2 of the Northern Division playoffs at 7:05 p.m. with a chance to move into the SAL championship series with a win over West Virginia.
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OPINION
September 3, 2013
Galley deserves thanks for his service to DOC To the editor: Assistant Commissioner Jon Galley is retiring after 46 years in corrections. I consider his departure a loss for the division. From 2007 to my retirement in September 2011, I monitored DOC security performance against more than 125 metrics. I also performed more than 70 security audits at all state correctional facilities, examining cause-effect relations between the metrics and deficient security practices.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
An incendiary device was ignited on the front porch of a home in the 1000 block of Security Road near Hagerstown on Sunday, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said. The fire, which was reported at 8:24 p.m. Sunday by a passer-by, caused no damage, according to a fire marshal's office news release. Authorities said a witness reported seeing three juveniles flee the area on foot toward the Washington Gardens apartment complex. It took nine firefighters from Hagerstown and Longmeadow about five minutes to get the fire under control, according to the release.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2013
Waynesboro Fish & Game Protective Association LLC received approval Monday for 12 acres of its Christmas tree farm to be designated as an agricultural security area. The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the organization's application for the municipal program. Acceptance into a municipal agricultural security area is a requirement before a property can be part of the Franklin County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. Fish and game club officials said they have applied with the county program.
BREAKINGNEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2013
A man was stabbed in the buttocks during an argument early Wednesday morning at the Washington Gardens apartment complex off Security Road in Hagerstown, according to city police. Hagerstown police Sgt. John Lehman said Wednesday afternoon that officers were searching for two men in connection with the stabbing, which occurred inside a residence. He said the 20-year-old victim, whose name was being withheld, was a patient at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. It was the third stabbing at the apartment complex this year.
SPORTS
July 26, 2013
Ryan Zimmerman homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets for a doubleheader split. In the opener, Jenrry Mejia pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Daniel Murphy homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs as Mets won 11-0. Murphy had two hits for New York in the nightcap and went 6 for 9 in the day-night doubleheader. After Anthony Rendon grounded out, Zimmerman hit a 3-1 fastball from reliever LaTroy Hawkins (3-2)
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
Three members of Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly have been named to a joint commission to study safety and security issues in the state's correctional facilities in the wake of a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center. In April, 13 female correctional officers were among 25 people indicted on federal charges of smuggling contraband such as cellphones and drugs into the Baltimore facility. Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett/Washington, Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, are on the committee, which is made up of seven senators and seven delegates.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
The intersection at Security Road and Pangborn Boulevard in Hagerstown was closed for a short time Friday morning after two vehicles sideswiped each other. Hagerstown Police Lt. Paul Kifer said a woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center as a precaution. Neither driver had been charged as of Friday afternoon, Kifer said. The names of the people who were involved in the accident, which occurred at about 7:30 a.m., were unavailable.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
The West Virginia School Building Authority voted Monday that shatter-proof glass and exterior door alarms should be incorporated into new school construction projects to improve school safety. “We really learned a lot from the Newtown (school shooting),” Executive Director Mark Manchin told members of the school building authority board, which voted unanimously to revise the agency's quality and performance manual at its meeting in Spring Mills Primary school. The changes, which were made effective immediately, require administrative offices to be built adjacent to main entry vestibules.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2013
A last-minute write-in campaign has secured Mercersburg Mayor James C. Zeger a place on the ballot in the Nov. 5 municipal election. The Franklin County Board of Elections on Thursday released its write-in results from last week's primary election. Candidates now have a few days to submit documents asking that various spellings of their names - such as John Doe and John A. Doe - be cumulated or amassed.  Zeger's name did not appear on ballots on May 21. However, write-in votes would secure him both the Democratic and Republican nominations for the mayoral spot if he cumulates spellings of his name.
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