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August 12, 2010
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was flown by helicopter to Harrisburg General Hospital on Wednesday after he was bitten by his pet Western Gaboon viper, Pennsylvania State Police said. Barry Lee Painter Sr., 38, address unavailable, was in fair condition Thursday morning, a hospital spokesperson said. Painter had gone to a residence on Walnut Dale Road in Southampton Township where he kept the pet viper, police said. Painter was intoxicated and playing with the snake when it bit him on the hand, police said in a prepared release.
NEWS
May 30, 1997
FREDERICK, Md. - A teenage boy was charged with theft Wednesday evening after he was found in possession of the albino California king snake, stolen from the Superpetz store in the 1200 block of West Patrick Street. Frederick City Police said employees of the store noticed three young men in the store near the snake aquarium around 7:30 p.m. and then saw one boy put something in his pocket. As they left the store, employees got a description of the vehicle and their tag number and called police.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - The managers of some Wesel Boulevard businesses used ingenuity to remain open Friday when a snake became entangled in electrical wires and caused a power outage to most of the area. Justin Markley, manager of Office Depot at 1520 Wesel Blvd., said customers were given flashlights so they could see to shop when the lights went out. "People were bound and determined to spend money," Markley said. Todd Meyers, a spokesman for Allegheny Power, said the power outage occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a snake slithered down a manhole near Lowe's, became entangled in some of the wires and temporarily cut the power to about 54 customers.
NEWS
June 15, 2000
A Washington County Sheriff's deputy was called to Boonsboro High School Thursday for a report that a snake had been taken to the school in a student's backpack. The unidentified student took the snake to the school because the snake was sick and the student did not want to leave it at home, said Donna Messina, community relations specialist for the Washington County Board of Education. The student's mother was called and the student and the snake went home, she said. There were no problems caused as a result of the snake's presence, she said.
NEWS
June 27, 2002
DARGAN - A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the foot by a snake Wednesday morning while exploring a cave off Back Road, according to a Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications dispatcher. The teenager was flown to Washington County Hospital shortly after 9:50 a.m. by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter. No condition was available on the teenager nor was there any information on whether the snake was poisonous.
NEWS
June 4, 2004
HANCOCK - A 7-year-old boy who was taken to Washington County Hospital on Wednesday evening with a snake bite to his finger was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday. Colin Kelly was bitten by a copperhead at 14035 Heavenly Acres Ridge, east of Hancock, his father, Shawn Kelly, said Wednesday night.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | July 3, 2005
HAGERSTOWN gregs@herald-mail.com Robert Peters is a self-proclaimed snake guy, but one of his big stars is Lucy, a Sumatran monitor lizard. "Lucy is about three years old," Peters, 47, told a group of parents and children gathered in front of him Saturday in downtown Hagerstown. "She eats anything that doesn't get away from her. " Mice, birds, fish and canned dog food are included in Lucy's diet, Peters said as the big, scaly beast clambered up his shoulders.
NEWS
February 21, 2008
A ball python that was found in Sharpsburg and taken to the Humane Society of Washington County was returned to its owner after it was recognized on the Antietam Cable Pet of the Week segment the week of Jan. 18. Fondly referred to as Snidley by the staff, the snake was filmed for the weekly segment aired repeatedly on Antietam Cable the third week of January. The owner recognized the snake as his long absent reptilian pet and called the shelter. Missing since November, the owner was pleased to have his snake back with him. The shelter staff is happy Snidley found his way home.
NEWS
September 13, 2000
Sharpsburg briefs SHARPSBURG - Washington County Sheriff's deputies are expected to begin filing charges this week against a Sharpsburg man and three juveniles in connection with recent burglaries in southern Washington County, Deputy Marc Yonker said Monday night. Yonker, the resident deputy for Sharpsburg and Keedysville, updated the Sharpsburg Town Council Monday night about the recent rash of burglaries from homes and cars. Homes and/or cars in Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
NEWS
June 28, 2004
The Northern copperhead is a rich, reddish brown with a series of darker hourglass markings down its back. The head is usually bright copper and the belly is pinkish. The snake is rarely longer than 3 feet. The Northern copperhead is the only Maryland snake that has dark dorsal markings that are narrow on the back and broad on the sides. Copperheads exist throughout the state in remote rocky, wooded areas where they feed on small rodents and other warm-blooded prey. Occasionally, they will feed on aquatic animals.
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By LLOYD WATERS | June 23, 2013
“I don't like to comment myself about heaven and hell,” remarked Mark Twain. “I have friends in both places.” Often, however, people do have conversations about these faraway places, and about how we might get there. As for me, I'm not exactly sure that even a GPS could be an absolute tool in securing my arrival. People either are greatly concerned about their respective eternal resting place and their salvation, or could care less because they believe living this life is as good or as bad as it gets.
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NEWS
August 10, 2011
A kayaker on the Potomac River was bitten by a copperhead snake Wednesday afternoon after he took a break along the river near Berm Road, according to a Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. spokesman. After rescue crews received the call at 5:15 p.m., the kayaker was flown to Meritus Medical Center, which has anti-venom serum for snake bites, Lt. Raymond Poole said. The victim was transported by medevac helicopter because it was important to treat him as soon as possible, Poole said. The unidentified kayaker was expected to recover, Poole said.
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ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alician@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2010
There were no turtle doves or partridges in pear trees Saturday at the Children’s Holiday Reception at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. There was, however, a turtle, a tropical lizard, an alligator, a crocodile and a fat albino Indian python so long that it took five men to hold. Museum educator Amy Hunt said the reptile array is part of a decades-long tradition. “We tried other shows a couple of years, but they weren’t nearly as popular,” Hunt said.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | September 13, 2010
The line snaked across the front of E. Russell Hicks Middle School, as Washington County girls and their parents/guardians waited for the Girl Scout Recruitment Night to begin. The event, held the evening of Sept. 1, resulted in 100 elementary school girls signing up for the program, said Darylle Smoot, field director for this region, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. "It was huge," Smoot said of the event. "To have that number of girls interested - we were glad to see that all at one time.
NEWS
August 12, 2010
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was flown by helicopter to Harrisburg General Hospital on Wednesday after he was bitten by his pet Western Gaboon viper, Pennsylvania State Police said. Barry Lee Painter Sr., 38, address unavailable, was in fair condition Thursday morning, a hospital spokesperson said. Painter had gone to a residence on Walnut Dale Road in Southampton Township where he kept the pet viper, police said. Painter was intoxicated and playing with the snake when it bit him on the hand, police said in a prepared release.
NEWS
December 16, 2009
"I think we need to have a contest for the best eater in the area. I took my wife out to a fast-food place the other night, and she ate four double cheeseburgers and a double order of fries and now she's wondering why her clothes seem to be getting tight. So I'd say she's up there among the record holders. " - Sharpsburg "I've been a fan of Mail Call forever ... but anymore, things seem so petty. In the day and time we live in, if you have your health, income and home, and your financial situation is reasonably under control, you're quite blessed and better off than a lot this holiday season.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | October 18, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Behnam Sari had a question about a couple of the small colorful snakes in one of the cages at Valley Mall on Sunday. But what Behnam, 7, thought was a cage with just a few snakes in it turned out to contain a lot more, as one of the handlers started plucking snake after snake out of the wood shavings. One had a red pattern, another orange. There was a brown one and a sandy one -- each about the thickness of a felt-tip pen and appearing to be about a foot long.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 18, 2009
Doubs Woods will go to the dogs on Saturday for the Humane Society of Washington County. But dogs at Bark in the Park might have it good, with complimentary treat-filled totes or gift-basket prizes or other doggie goodies if they participate in games and contests like best tail wagger and bobbing for hot dogs. There's even doggie reiki, a massage technique based on channeling energy to restore balance, said Dana Limpert, who will be offering doggie reiki at Doubs Woods. "We all experience stress," Limpert said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - The managers of some Wesel Boulevard businesses used ingenuity to remain open Friday when a snake became entangled in electrical wires and caused a power outage to most of the area. Justin Markley, manager of Office Depot at 1520 Wesel Blvd., said customers were given flashlights so they could see to shop when the lights went out. "People were bound and determined to spend money," Markley said. Todd Meyers, a spokesman for Allegheny Power, said the power outage occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a snake slithered down a manhole near Lowe's, became entangled in some of the wires and temporarily cut the power to about 54 customers.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 15, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The managers of some Wesel Boulevard businesses used ingenuity to remain open Friday when a snake became entangled in electrical wires and caused a power outage to most of the area. Justin Markley, manager of Office Depot at 1520 Wesel Blvd., said customers were given flashlights so they could see to shop when the lights went out. "People were bound and determined to spend money," Markley said. Todd Meyers, a spokesman for Allegheny Power, said the power outage occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a snake slithered down a manhole near Lowe's, became entangled in some wires and temporarily cut the power to about 54 customers.
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