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December 31, 2010
A McConnellsburg man has been charged with striking a woman with a sword at a Fulton County, Pa., home, Pennsylvania State Police said. Michael Glen Baughman, 26, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and recklessly endangering another person, state police said in a news release. Police said the charges were filed in connection with an alleged incident Sunday at about 1:40 a.m. at a home in the 3200 block of Breezy Point Road. A woman told officers she had been hit in the back and shoulder with a sword, punched several times in the head, and choked and pushed, police said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | August 26, 2010
A Hagerstown man charged with threatening another man with a sword made his initial appearance Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court and had his trial scheduled for October. Russell K. Stover, 24, of 9881 Crossfield Road appeared before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. and was scheduled for trial Oct. 25 on charges of first-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer drugs. The Washington County Sheriff's Office sent a deputy to the 100 block of East Main Street in Sharpsburg after receiving a report of people using a gun and sword to threaten another group, according to the statement of probable cause in the case.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | August 18, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com Hagerstown - A stabbing at a downtown apartment Sunday left a city man with life-threatening injuries and a second man in police custody, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Michael Brandon Barnett, 21, of 113 E. Franklin St., Apt. B, suffered a stab wound to the lower abdomen in the incident, which occurred around 10 p.m., according to a press release from the police department. Barnett was undergoing surgery Sunday night at Washington County Hospital and his condition was unknown, the release said.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | June 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Olin Hess testified that he had been awakened from a deep sleep only to enter a nightmare on the night last year he battled a youth who allegedly attacked him with a sword in his apartment. "Me or him," said Hess, 61, as he described Wednesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court his effort to grapple in the early-morning hours of March 15, 2005, with a young man wielding a sword who allegedly kicked in the apartment door of Hess's housemate and slashed her arm. "It got to that point - me or him," Hess said.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | February 10, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty last month to stabbing his brother-in-law with a samurai-style sword was placed on three years unsupervised probation for the attack on Monday. Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone sentenced David Allen Banzhoff Jr., 23, of 113 E. Franklin St., to five years in state prison but suspended the sentence and gave him credit for time served at the Washington County Detention Center. Banzhoff's attorney, Bill Knight, said the sentence was based on a plea to reckless endangerment.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | January 5, 2004
A Hyattsville, Md., man who allegedly stabbed a Hagerstown resident with a samurai sword Sunday morning was arrested and charged with multiple counts of assault, city police said. City police say the altercation began when the victim, who also was charged in connection with the incident, began chasing the man at his estranged wife's residence. Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Timothy Wolford said officers arrested James B. Johnson, 27, of 6902 22nd Ave. in Hyattsville, and Thomas P. Macaulay, 27, of 15807 Fairview Road in Hagerstown, following the 11:10 a.m. incident at 1234 Salem Ave. Wolford alleged Macaulay broke into the residence of his estranged wife, who was not identified, and found Johnson inside.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | March 16, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three people were hurt, including one woman who had severe injuries, during a fight early Tuesday that involved a sword and a box cutter, the Martinsburg Police Department said. Three adults and a 17-year-old boy were involved, police said. Assistant Berkeley County Prosecutor Kim Crockett said an investigation was ongoing and that no charges had been filed. According to police, the fight happened at 502 W. King St. at 2:13 a.m. When officers with the Martinsburg Police Department and West Virginia State Police arrived, they found Olin Hess, 61, lying on the sidewalk outside of the house, police said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2013
Hagerstown resident Lalita balanced a curved sword on her hip, shoulder and head Sunday as a large crowd watched during the 3State Multicultural Fest. At one point, she was on her knees, with the sword balanced on her head, as she did a belly dance and leaned back, keeping her head straight with the sword atop. Lalita said it was the first time she had performed the sword dance publicly, apropos considering the festival was a first-time event. Held in the area of Hagerstown City Park's ball fields, the festival's offerings represented more than 16 countries, said Gaby Polanco, who co-chaired the Multicultural Entertainment Group event.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | May 24, 2005
shappell@herald-mail.com DARGAN - Two teenagers were transported to Washington County Hospital on Monday night after a single-vehicle crash left them lying in the road. Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy James Sword said the crash was reported just after 7:30 p.m. in the 19300 block of Garretts Mill Road, east of Dargan in southern Washington County. Sword said a Chevrolet Blazer struck a tree and an adjacent pole after the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle while coming down a slick, downhill stretch of road.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | February 17, 2003
A jury convicted a Hagerstown man of reckless endangerment in connection with a July argument in which he cut a man with a samurai sword. Brian A. Israel, 25, of Northspring Apartments at 1400 Haven Road, was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III to five years unsupervised probation after being convicted Tuesday. At the time of the incident, Israel and two other men lived at 31 1/2 E. Franklin St. A man and woman who lived downstairs testified that at about 10 p.m. on July 9, 2002, they got in an argument with the men after the woman told a joke about homosexuals.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2013
Hagerstown resident Lalita balanced a curved sword on her hip, shoulder and head Sunday as a large crowd watched during the 3State Multicultural Fest. At one point, she was on her knees, with the sword balanced on her head, as she did a belly dance and leaned back, keeping her head straight with the sword atop. Lalita said it was the first time she had performed the sword dance publicly, apropos considering the festival was a first-time event. Held in the area of Hagerstown City Park's ball fields, the festival's offerings represented more than 16 countries, said Gaby Polanco, who co-chaired the Multicultural Entertainment Group event.
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OBITUARIES
April 15, 2013
Elizabeth Louise Sword, 86, of Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Frederick, Md., passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center, Frederick. Born Sept. 23, 1926, in Washington, D.C., to the late William Joseph and Margaret Louise Myers Buscher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edward Sword, on April 19, 2012. She was a graduate of Trinity High School in Washington, D.C. She was a homemaker. She was of the Catholic faith.
OBITUARIES
April 20, 2012
Carl Edward Sword, 87, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born Aug. 17, 1924, in Blairs Valley, Md., he was the son of the late Harry Franklin and Pearl Lulu Carbaugh Sword. He was the owner/operator of Roto-Rooter in Montgomery County and Frederick County, Md. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Louise Buscher Sword, to whom he was married for 66 years, of Hagerstown; son, James M. Sword and his wife, Deborah, of Mount Airy, Md.; daughter, Karen M. Adams and her husband, George, of Westminster, Md.; son, Carl W. Sword and his wife, Margaret, of Frederick, Md.; sister, Mary Lou Yeager of Hagerstown; brother, Fred Sword of Hagerstown; brother, Robert Sword of Mercersburg, Pa.; brother, Charles Sword of Blairs Valley; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | January 16, 2011
Let’s start with an informal survey. If you believe in individuality, raise your hand. Ha. I got you. If you were an individual who flexed your elbow upward (mentally, of course), then you are part of a group. It may be a group of individuals, but it is a group all the same. All around us, many in the masses make a stand to be individuals. It’s human nature to want to stand out and be different or unique. We want to be remembered. You can see that kind of behavior all the time.
OBITUARIES
January 1, 2011
MAY 2, 1916-DEC. 31, 2010 GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Mrs. Leola "Ollie" Ilene (Sword) Bitner, 94, formerly of 447 Moss Spring Ave. in Greencastle, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at 8:39 a.m. at The Shook Home in Chambersburg, Pa. Born May 2, 1916, in Montgomery Township, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Steward V. and Elva G. (Bricker) Sword. She was married in New Hope, Va., in 1939 to her husband, J. Nevin Bitner, who died Nov. 15, 1985. In her early life, she worked summers at Greencastle Packing Co., and from 1934 to 1939, was employed by Stanley Co. in Chambersburg.
NEWS
December 31, 2010
A McConnellsburg man has been charged with striking a woman with a sword at a Fulton County, Pa., home, Pennsylvania State Police said. Michael Glen Baughman, 26, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and recklessly endangering another person, state police said in a news release. Police said the charges were filed in connection with an alleged incident Sunday at about 1:40 a.m. at a home in the 3200 block of Breezy Point Road. A woman told officers she had been hit in the back and shoulder with a sword, punched several times in the head, and choked and pushed, police said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | August 26, 2010
A Hagerstown man charged with threatening another man with a sword made his initial appearance Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court and had his trial scheduled for October. Russell K. Stover, 24, of 9881 Crossfield Road appeared before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. and was scheduled for trial Oct. 25 on charges of first-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer drugs. The Washington County Sheriff's Office sent a deputy to the 100 block of East Main Street in Sharpsburg after receiving a report of people using a gun and sword to threaten another group, according to the statement of probable cause in the case.
NEWS
May 26, 2010
"Could you please tell me, is there not any other area in Washington County other than Robinwood Drive? You know, you have all the businesses, all the housing, you have the Robinwood Medical Center, you have the new hospital, you have an elementary school, you have a primary school being built, they're going to build a senior center at HCC. It was in the paper the other day, beside HCC they want to buy the land and build a high school, and now they...
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | April 6, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A man who stole swords from the law office of Edward N. Button and then set the office on fire was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, for second-degree arson, Washington County Circuit Court documents show. Brian Beemer, 26, also got 15 years, with 10 years suspended, for a Nov. 21, 2008, robbery at PNC Bank on West Washington Street. The sentences are to be served consecutively. Beemer, formerly of 145 E. Franklin St., had a criminal record before the Nov. 24, 2008, fire, but was not one of Button's clients, the attorney said two days after the fire.
NEWS
December 27, 2008
Edwin J. Sword, 39 SEPT. 2, 1969-DEC. 26, 2008 FREDERICK, Md. - Edwin J. "Eddie" Sword, 39, of 700 Toll House Road and formerly of 50 Rochester Place, Hagerstown, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 2, 1969, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Paul Eugene Sword Sr. and Esther Helen Mills Sword. He was a 1988 graduate of Clear Spring High School. He was employed by Radio Shack. He was a member of Star of Hope Chapel in Williamsport.
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