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April 9, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for two teenage sisters who were last seen at their cousin's house at 414 McDowell Ave., in Hagerstown at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The sheriff's office was called to 14109 Shelby Circle in Hagerstown because of the missing sisters, identified as Shauntika Unique Chandler, 17, and Tyasia Neekolor Chandler, 15, according to a news release. Anyone with information about the girls can contact the sheriff's office 240-313-2172.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
Sheriffs in the Eastern Panhandle said the shooting of a fellow sheriff in Mingo County has not caused them to be more concerned about their own safety, but they don't intend to let their guard down, either. “If someone's intent on killing you, there's only reasonable amounts of precaution you can take,” Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Dougherty said Thursday in reaction to the death of Eugene Crum, who was fatally shot Wednesday in Williamson, W.Va. The suspect, 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard, was shot and wounded by a Mingo County deputy following a chase.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
A bill introduced by two local legislators that could become law would make it a crime to interfere with the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect. Current Maryland law requires teachers, counselors, social workers, caseworkers, and parole or probation officers to notify appropriate agencies if they suspect child abuse. The bill seeks to punish anyone who tries to interfere with such reporting. The legislation was introduced in the House of Delegates by Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, and in the Senate by state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
NEWS
April 3, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is warning people about a scam involving Green Dot prepaid cards. The scam involves the victims being told that they have won a sweepstakes prize. To collect the prizes, victims are told they must purchase a Green Dot card with a certain money value, sheriff's office spokeswoman Carly Hose said. In the most recent case, the victim was told to purchase a Green Dot card worth $750, Hose said. After victims purchase the cards, the person operating the scam obtains the number off the Green Dot card from the victim, then makes off with the money, leaving the victim with no balance, Hose said.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office officer hit a guardrail on Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning in an accident that might have been caused by icy conditions, officials said. Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said it appears Tim Atwell encountered black ice when his police car went into the guardrail. Atwell's vehicle sustained minor damage and Atwell was not hurt, according to Mullendore. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. at about the 10-mile marker on southbound I-81, a Washington County 911 supervisor said.
NEWS
March 25, 2013
A Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Monday night his department is looking for a missing 17-year-old boy who last seen about March 20. Deputy First Class Marc Albowicz said Caleb Michael Conklin was last seen at his home at 19624 Cool Hollow Drive in Hagerstown. Conklin was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and red and white Nike sneakers. Conklin is described as being about six-feet tall, weighing 215 pounds and having blue eyes and light brown, shoulder-length hair.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2013
A Pennsylvania man accused to stealing hundreds of bronze grave decorations from a Hagerstown cemetery was found guilty in a bench trial Thursday in Washington County District Court and sentenced to four years in state prison. Bryan Lynn Fishack, 27, whose address was previously listed as Lindale Avenue in Greencastle, Pa., was charged in November by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with stealing 293 bronze vases valued at more than $40,000 from graves at Rest Haven Cemetery on Pennsylvania Avenue on the night of Oct. 15-16, according to court records.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding an electric guitar that was stolen during a burglary that occurred in the Clear Spring area on Dec. 31. A guitar matching the stolen black Fender Squier Strat was sold to Washington Street Pawn Brokers and the shop sold the guitar to an unknown individual on Jan. 11, according to the sheriff's department. The sheriff's department would like to talk to the person who bought the guitar to determine if it is the instrument that was stolen in the burglary, the sheriff's office said.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2013
Top law enforcement officials from Washington County testified Thursday in support of a bill that would give authority to the sheriff to appoint municipal law enforcement officers as special sheriff's deputies. Thursday's hearing for House Bill 559 was at the House Environmental Matters Committee and was attended by Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore, Hagerstown Police Chief Mark Holtzman and Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight. A senate committee had a similar hearing for a cross-filed version of the bill in February.
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