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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2012
Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Brien Poffenberger on Monday signed, on behalf of the chamber, a statement of support for National Guard and Reserve troops. “This is an important component of supporting our military,” Poffenberger said during the signing at the chamber offices at 28 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. “It's a statement of how we can support the people defending our community.” The statement is an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
NEWS
December 6, 2000
JB girls make statement By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer WAYNESBORO, Pa. - James Buchanan's Lori Stauder knows only a Mid Penn Conference championship will make this season a success for her and her Rockets teammates. She also knew her team had to set the tone not only in its first conference game - on the road at Waynesboro - but for the entire season. "We needed to beat them on their court," Stauder said. "We're going for the league championship, and we needed to make a statement.
NEWS
November 22, 2003
Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner released the following statement Friday afternoon clarifying his position about the possibility of a gay pageant coming to Hagerstown: "My position on a gay pageant does not mean that I am against any certain life style. My concern is not regarding the gay pageant, but the individuals who may come and demonstrate against the pageant and disrupt the peace and tranquility of our citizens. "My reference to hobos and the Klan was simply to reference that such events can cause controversy and we are working hard on improving our community image.
NEWS
June 25, 2006
The following statement was issued Friday and signed by Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel and his lawyer, Arthur Schneider of Hagerstown. "Mr. Christoffel is a dedicated Public Health Officer with a distinguished career in Public Health Service. He has aggressively promoted Public Health and Education throughout the County. He has established and actively promoted programs to educate our Community about significant problems with teen pregnancies and use of contraceptives as well as numerous other serious issues that confront our community.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
The father of Miana Stewart, a 14-year-old girl found slain inside her Gerrardstown, W.Va., home on Thursday, released a statement about the incident on Saturday. Randy Stewart praised both his wife, who also was attacked, and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. See Sunday's Herald-Mail for the full story.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | June 8, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man charged with killing his girlfriend's baby in January appeared Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for a motions hearing to suppress a statement he made about the death. Floyd Edward Bingaman III, 21, of 17308 Amber Drive, faces a charge of first-degree murder, among other charges, in the Jan. 6 death of 4-month-old Justice Calvin Stotler. Bingaman is being represented by former Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle. The Washington County Sheriff's Department alleges in charging documents that Bingaman, who was Ashley Stotler's boyfriend at the time, shook the baby and banged his head while his mother took a shower earlier that evening.
NEWS
By PEPPER BALLARD | November 19, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com The younger of two men charged with the November 2004 beating death of Curtis Eugene Hill Sr. was not coerced into making a statement to police nor did police improperly search his grandparents' house, a Washington County Circuit judge ruled Friday. Assistant Public Defender Eric Reed and Deputy Public Defender Mary Riley, attorneys for Justin Kyle Marshall, 18, argued during an October hearing that Marshall's taped statement to police should not be offered as evidence during his January trial because, they asserted, it was improperly induced.
NEWS
June 21, 1999
Due to the replacement of the sanitary sewer, Pangborn Boulevard between Pangborn Corp. and View Street in Hagerstown will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from the City Engineering Department. Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained, according to the statement.
NEWS
March 9, 1999
An assisted living center with accommodations for 82 residents is expected to open in the fall at Sharpsburg Pike and Rench Road south of Hagerstown, according to a statement from Alternative Living Services, the company building the facility. Construction on the two buildings that will make up the Sterling House/Sterling Cottage Campus has begun, according to the statement. Alternative Living Services has its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis. Nationwide, the company operates more than 300 residences, with another 156 residences planned or under construction, according to the statement.
NEWS
By DON AINES | August 31, 2010
A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison for distribution of crack cocaine. Luis G. Caldero, 31, of 1040 Brinker Drive, Apt. 302, pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who sentenced him to 20 years in prison with 10 of those years suspended. Long also ordered that Caldero be placed on probation for three years after his release from prison. Additional charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, court records show.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2013
A jury was seated Wednesday morning in Berkeley County Circuit Court for the trial of one of two men charged in the 2011 homicide of Vickie Clem and wounding of her husband. Jurors were to hear opening statements in the trial of Roy L. Wisotzkey when proceedings resumed at 1 p.m. Wisotzkey, 35, of Hagerstown and Joshua Stitley 34, of Hancock were indicted in October 2011 on several counts in connection with the May 2011 death of Clem and the stabbing of her husband at their home at 81 Vinca Lane in the Falling Waters, W.Va., area.
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NEWS
July 26, 2013
Totem Pole Playhouse's artistic director has announced that his fifth season will be his last. Ray Ficca issued a statement Thursday night, saying he will step down from the post in September. “With its recent infusion of overwhelming community and financial support, the playhouse is heading towards an exciting new future,” Ficca said in the statement. “It's a promising and important new direction that I believe, to be successful, requires a full-time, year-round artistic director, not a seasonal one. Since I live in Washington, D.C, that's a level of professional support that I'm unable to offer to the theater.” Ficca was named the artistic director in April of 2007, replacing Totem Pole legends Wil Love and Carl Schur.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 18, 2013
The Washington County State's Attorney's Office has filed paperwork with Washington County Circuit Court to try a Clear Spring man charged with receiving methamphetamine through the mail. Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth A. Camuti-Carranza said Wednesday that the paperwork filed Tuesday formally transferred the case of Danny Lee Spears Sr., 49, of 13645 Dry Run Road in Clear Spring, from Washington County District Court to the Circuit Court. Spears was arrested on Feb. 22, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said in court documents.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2013
Statements Merle Unger made to police almost four decades ago about the killing of Hagerstown Police Officer Donald Kline can be used in a new trial set for June, although the state will not be allowed to introduce evidence of two escapes he made after the shooting, according to a ruling by a Talbot County (Md.) Circuit judge. Unger, now in his early 60s, was convicted in 1976 of felony murder in the Dec. 13, 1975, shooting death of Kline, who was off duty when he came upon an armed robbery of a store on Mulberry Street in Hagerstown.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas said Monday during a hearing that he believed Antonio Gardner, 26, of Washington, D.C., was too much of a flight risk to be granted bond. “I believe it is appropriate given ... his lack of ties to this community,” Thomas said. Gardner is charged in the death of Shakur Thornton, who was stabbed in the chest late Friday near a tavern in the first block of West Franklin Street, according to the statement of probable cause obtained Monday from Washington County District Court.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Statement on behalf of Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts regarding his comments made Tuesday to visiting students from Wesel, Germany, provided by city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe:    "During my recent discussion with students from our Sister City in Wesel, Germany, I allowed some comments concerning my frustration with urban renewal to come across in a way that some people may have found offensive. I first want to express my regret and apologies to anyone who was offended by my comment.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
The attorney for a Virginia man charged in the March 2011 shooting death of another man at an apartment building in Berkeley County told jurors seated Wednesday for his trial that his client's gun went off amid a struggle to protect himself and a woman with him. Jonathan Frederick Bennett, 41, of Charlottesville, Va., is charged in the March 6, 2011, death of Geronimo Garcia-Cruz, 26, of Winchester, Va., whose body was found in a stairwell at...
SPORTS
By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com | November 13, 2012
Williamsport's volleyball team advanced to the Maryland Class 2A state final with one of the most dominating performances ever seen at the state tournament on Tuesday night. Stacey Christy had 10 of her 14 kills in the first set, and the Wildcats blew out 2A North champion Loch Raven 25-4, 25-5, 25-7 at the University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum. Williamsport will face Calvert (15-1) - a 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 winner over North Caroline in Tuesday's second semifinal - in the Class 2A state final on Monday night at 6. The competitive portion of Tuesday's semifinal ended when Williamsport used 10-0 and 12-0 runs for a 22-1 lead over Loch Raven (11-7)
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By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
Even though Williamsport hasn't won the Washington County girls soccer tournament in 13 years, the title seemingly is theirs to lose this year. The highly touted Wildcats got by previously unbeaten Smithsburg 2-1 in the first semifinal Saturday evening at North Hagerstown's Mike Callas Stadium. They'll face Boonsboro - which beat North 1-0 in the nightcap - in the final at a site and date to be determined. Against the Leopards (3-1-1) on Saturday, Williamsport coach Tim Salvagno wanted more than just a victory.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2012
A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday denied a defense motion to suppress statements Eric Shaquille Baymon made to police following an April incident in which a shot was fired and Baymon sustained a concussion in a struggle for the gun. Baymon, 19, of 42 E. Washington St., Apt. 3, is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm in the April 11 incident on East Lee Street. Baymon is a defendant and an alleged victim in the shooting, in which another man, Giancarlos Badia, is charged.
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