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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | February 3, 1999
Austin Burnett and his wife Thelma have seen a lot from their store window at 400 N. Jonathan St. For 17 years the couple has operated Thelma's Grocery, at the center of what is now the designated HotSpot high-crime area, despite drug deals, shootings and violence outside. [cont. from front page ] From their vantage point, crime, particularly shootings, has increased in the past year, said Austin Burnett. There were five shootings in the Jonathan Street area in 1998 compared with at least three in 1997.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 18, 2007
Hagerstown Police Department's Street Crimes Unit used narcotics informants to make 26 buys from alleged drug dealers in September, leading to the indictments of 13 people on felony drug charges, according to a news release from Sgt. Jim Robison, unit supervisor. Three of the 13 indictments handed up by a Washington County grand jury have not been served, the release states. According to the release, the following 10 people have been served with their charges: · Antonio Cortez Darden, 29, of 277 S. Potomac St., Apt. 2, was charged with three counts each of distribution of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession of crack cocaine.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 23, 2000
Officer will lead unit patrolling for street crime The City of Hagerstown's war on drugs just got a new leader. Sgt. Curt Wood was recently named commander of the city's Street Crimes Unit. The two-year-old Street Crimes Unit is a six-member police team assigned the primary task of cracking down on drugs and prostitution. continued "It was a dream come true for me" said Wood, who has been an officer for more than 10 years. Wood said he knows he has big shoes to fill with the retirement of Sgt. John Ryder, who formerly commanded the Street Crimes Unit.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 15, 2006
A 25-year-old man faces drug charges after he allegedly sold crack cocaine to a police informant in a Hagerstown bar Saturday, according to a written release from Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Jim Robison. Leroy Swan, of no fixed address, is charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, said Robison, supervisor of the department's Street Crimes Unit.
NEWS
February 4, 1998
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Bonds were set for people charged with drug violations during recent drug surveillance operations by the Hagerstown Police/Narcotics Task Force street crimes unit. Billy Rod Smith, 27, no fixed address, and Ayana Simone Nester, 19, of 843 W. Washington St., each were charged with manufacture/distribution of illegal drugs, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of fake drugs/paraphernalia and conspiracy to distribute drugs.
NEWS
August 10, 2005
Otterbein United Methodist Church is hosting a free seminar entitled City Streets: Be Smart-Be Aware! on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church on the corner of Franklin and Locust streets in Hagerstown. Detective Todd M. Dunkle, with the street crimes unit of the Hagerstown Police Department, will be on hand. Dunkle serves as the Western Region Director of MARGIN (Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network). Youths in seventh grade or older who are accompanied by an adult are invited.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | August 2, 2002
Moments after a "Just Say No to Drugs" march had passed through the 300 block of Jonathan Street Thursday night, the Hagerstown City Police street crimes unit made a drug arrest. Eric Marcel Earl, age unknown, of 342 Jonathan St., was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said. Approximately 200 people had just marched down Jonathan Street in a show of determination to win their neighborhood back from drug dealers as the National Night Out activities came to a close, police said.
NEWS
March 19, 1999
Undercover police officers charged eight men in a prostitution sting in downtown Hagerstown Friday, Hagerstown City Police said. Officers from the patrol division and the Street Crimes Unit charged all eight with solicitation for prostitution, police said. Those charged were: - Russell Eugene Elliott, 64, of 11438 Hopewell Road, Hagerstown. - Larry Hamilton, 41, of 630 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown. - Harvey Ellsworth Smith Jr., 49, of 12025 N. Scottish Court, Hagerstown.
NEWS
March 15, 2002
Street crimes unit makes drug arrests Hagerstown City Police street crimes unit made two drug arrests Thursday. Christopher Leon Love, 20, of 453 W. Antietam St., Apt. 5, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said. Police allege he sold drugs to a confidential informant in the 400 block of Jonathan Street, police said. The ongoing investigation into the sale of marijuana also resulted in the arrest of a Hagerstown man Thursday night by the street crimes unit.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | November 29, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Like law enforcement groups in most cities in the United States, the Hagerstown Police Department faces a significant problem with violent crime within its boundaries, police say. Police also indicate that the biggest cause of those, as well as burglaries, robberies and prostitution in the city, is the drug trade brought to the area largely by former residents or natives of New York City. "You name a town in this part of the country and they're there," Hagerstown Police Department Chief Arthur Smith said.
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By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory personnel are on pace to process evidence from 200 more drug cases than they did in 2008. "Every year, it goes up," crime lab Director Jeff Kercheval said recently. "Last year, we had a significant jump" in the number of drug cases that came through the lab, he said. In 2007, the lab, which is in the Hagerstown Police Department, handled 889 drug cases. Evidence in 1,014 drug cases passed through the lab in 2008, and this year that number could be as high as 1,200, Kercheval said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | November 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown Police Department officer said a man grabbed his duty weapon and struck him in the face following a pursuit in the city Friday night, according to court records. Jeremy Wayne Peel, 28, of 12638 Beck Road, is facing 20 charges, including second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and negligent driving, according to Washington County District Court records. Peel was being held Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $175,000 bond.
NEWS
January 18, 2007
Hagerstown Police Department's Street Crimes Unit used narcotics informants to make 26 buys from alleged drug dealers in September, leading to the indictments of 13 people on felony drug charges, according to a news release from Sgt. Jim Robison, unit supervisor. Three of the 13 indictments handed up by a Washington County grand jury have not been served, the release states. According to the release, the following people have been served with their charges: n Antonio Cortez Darden, 29, of 277 S. Potomac St., Apt. 2, is charged with three counts each of distribution of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession of crack cocaine.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 18, 2007
Hagerstown Police Department's Street Crimes Unit used narcotics informants to make 26 buys from alleged drug dealers in September, leading to the indictments of 13 people on felony drug charges, according to a news release from Sgt. Jim Robison, unit supervisor. Three of the 13 indictments handed up by a Washington County grand jury have not been served, the release states. According to the release, the following 10 people have been served with their charges: · Antonio Cortez Darden, 29, of 277 S. Potomac St., Apt. 2, was charged with three counts each of distribution of crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and three counts of possession of crack cocaine.
NEWS
November 5, 2006
Boy charged with several drug offenses A 16-year-old boy was charged with several drug offenses early Saturday in Hagerstown, according to a press release from the Hagerstown Police Department. The boy, whose name was not released, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of CDS paraphernalia, according to the release. An undercover informant picked up the boy in the first block of North Locust Street and bought $50 worth of crack cocaine from him, according to the release After the boy was arrested, detectives found an additional 14 pieces of crack cocaine and $130 in cash on him, according to the release.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | March 15, 2006
A 25-year-old man faces drug charges after he allegedly sold crack cocaine to a police informant in a Hagerstown bar Saturday, according to a written release from Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Jim Robison. Leroy Swan, of no fixed address, is charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, said Robison, supervisor of the department's Street Crimes Unit.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 15, 2006
An 18-year-old Pikesville, Md., man was charged Saturday with drug possession after he allegedly fled from police who approached him during an investigation into possible drug activity, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Jim Robison said in a written release. Jazmin Brewer, 18, of 22 Stone Pine Court in Pikesville, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, wrote Robison, supervisor of the department's Street Crimes Unit. Police said Brewer dropped a baggy containing suspected crack cocaine when he ran from officers who approached him and a group of people in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street Saturday about 5:40 p.m. Robison wrote that members of the unit were investigating possible drug activity involving the group.
NEWS
August 10, 2005
Otterbein United Methodist Church is hosting a free seminar entitled City Streets: Be Smart-Be Aware! on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church on the corner of Franklin and Locust streets in Hagerstown. Detective Todd M. Dunkle, with the street crimes unit of the Hagerstown Police Department, will be on hand. Dunkle serves as the Western Region Director of MARGIN (Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network). Youths in seventh grade or older who are accompanied by an adult are invited.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | November 29, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Like law enforcement groups in most cities in the United States, the Hagerstown Police Department faces a significant problem with violent crime within its boundaries, police say. Police also indicate that the biggest cause of those, as well as burglaries, robberies and prostitution in the city, is the drug trade brought to the area largely by former residents or natives of New York City. "You name a town in this part of the country and they're there," Hagerstown Police Department Chief Arthur Smith said.
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