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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2013
Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said Wednesday that it's possible that teachers, in addition to school administrators, will soon be involved in security training for schools and that another school resource officer position might be created this year to increase security in schools. Mullendore's comments come as police and school officials have been reviewing school safety procedures recently following the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children, six adults and the shooter dead.
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NEWS
January 17, 2013
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating a spree of mail thefts believed to have occurred Thursday along various roads east of Hagerstown, a deputy said Thursday night. Stolen mail has been found littered on the ground in areas near Eastern Boulevard north, Jefferson Boulevard and several side streets off Jefferson, like Little Antietam Road and the Emerald Drive housing development, Deputy 1st Class Tim Atwell said. Sheriff's deputies were going door to door processing calls for pieces of mail that were discovered by neighbors, he said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 14, 2013
Former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley pleaded guilty Monday to violating the civil rights of a bank robbery suspect in December 2010. Shirley, 61, who could face a maximum of 10 years on the charge, is to be sentenced by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey in U.S. District Court. A sentencing hearing date has not been set, according to Shirley's attorney, Kevin D. Mills. Shirley also could be fined up to $250,000 and be ordered to serve three years of supervised release following any incarceration.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 11, 2013
Jefferson County Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley has tendered his resignation, Jefferson County Commissioner Patsy Noland said Friday. Noland said Shirley dropped off a one-sentence letter of resignation at her home between 5:30 and 6 p.m. “It says that he resigned as sheriff, effective immediately,” Noland said. Commissioners have yet to formally discuss Shirley's resignation letter, Noland said. Noland and newly elected Commission President Dale Manuel said they were unaware that Shirley  consented Friday to modified terms of release while federal civil rights allegations are pending against him. Shirley was placed on 24-hour home detention Friday and agreed to take leave of absence from his job, according to his attorney Kevin D. Mills and court orders.
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By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | raychel.harvey-jones@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
A local man has donated a 17-week-old female bloodhound to The Washington County Sheriff's Office. “Bess” will be trained to track missing children. “I have always loved dogs and especially bloodhounds,” said John Reece, the Hagerstown resident and breeder who donated Bess. “I am so glad that I can do some good for the community and donate her to the sheriff's office.” “We have received a dog through donation in the past but never a bloodhound,” said Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 4, 2013
Prosecutors in the government's civil rights case against the sheriff of Jefferson County want to present evidence that while on duty years ago, he once shot at a man who was being intimate with his now ex-wife. Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2012 on one count of violating the civil rights of suspect Mark Daniel Haines on Dec. 27, 2010. Shirley is also charged with falsifying records during an investigation of the incident. Shirley has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
NEWS
December 29, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said it is seeking information about a woman who hasn't contacted her parents since telling them almost two weeks ago that she was coming home from South Carolina. Joy Elizabeth Chukla called her parents on Dec. 18, saying she was leaving South Carolina to return to their home on Leiters Mill Road, according to a sheriff's office news release. Chukla's parents contacted the sheriff's office on Dec. 23 when she failed to arrive. Chukla is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes, the release said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2012
The new headquarters for the law enforcement division of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is projected to cost between $2.4 million and $2.6 million, officials said this month. “The only big ticket item we have to go yet is our flooring,” said Deputy Berkeley County Administrator Alan J. Davis. Expected to be completed this spring, the project's current estimated cost of $99 per square foot would be about $200 less per square foot than the Berkeley County Judicial Center project next door, Davis said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | November 29, 2012
The Washington County Sheriff's Office said their law-enforcement efforts have been undermined by Maryland District Court Commissioners who recently decided on two occasions to summarily release a Smithsburg man after he was arrested and charged with multiple counts of theft. On Thursday, the sheriff's office issued a statement saying it was stunned by the Court Commissioners' decision to release Bryan Lynn Fishack, 27, of 12729 Bradbury Ave. Fishack has been charged a total of five times with metal thefts since the beginning of September, sheriff's office spokeswoman Carly Hose said.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
The following incidents were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office from 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday: A burglary was reported in the 300 block of Pangborn Boulevard. Vandalism was reported in the 100 block of Salisbury Street. A vehicle was stolen on South Conococheague Street. A vehicle was stolen in the 21300 block of Twin Springs Drive. A theft was reported in the 19200 block of Swinging Bridge Road. A theft was reported in the 17900 block of Leona Avenue.
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