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NEWS
November 27, 2007
Hagerstown street closed after crash East Washington Street in Hagerstown was closed at Cannon Avenue Monday evening after a three-vehicle accident on the Dual Highway just east of the McDonald's restaurant. A Dodge 4x4 collided with the back of a Pontiac at about 5:15 p.m., sending it into the back of a Ford F-150, Hagerstown Police Officer Gerry Kendle said. The driver of the Dodge "wasn't paying full attention to what was going on," and the wet roadway contributed to the accident, Kendle said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 21, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy who resigned Monday after being arrested on charges stemming from a bar fight is tentatively scheduled to appear in magistrate court for his preliminary hearing on Jan. 4, according to court records. Xavier Elias Morales, 25, of 2968 Sulphur Springs Road, was arraigned Sunday by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on misdemeanor charges of battery, resisting arrest, obstruction (two counts), destruction of property, public intoxication and assault of a police officer.
NEWS
November 19, 2007
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says a man died after a deputy used a Taser to break up a fight. It happened around 5 a.m. Sunday in the 7000 block of Gresham Court East in Frederick. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Corporal Jennifer Bailey says the first deputy on the scene found four people fighting. When the deputy deployed the Taser, Bailey says the 20-year-old man fell on the ground unconscious. The man, a identified by a relative as Jarrel Gray, was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 3, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A Ranson, W.Va., man who was hospitalized from burns he received when police used a combination of pepper spray and a Taser to arrest him last year is seeking $40 million in damages in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court. The complaint, filed Oct. 23 on behalf of Steven C. Scott by attorney Sherman Lambert, names West Virginia State Police and agency leader Col. David L. Lemmon; Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Randy Smith; Ranson Police Department and Chief William Roper; City of Ranson; Berkeley County Commission; and 10 "Does," who Lambert indicated he would name later when their identities are known, as defendants.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | September 18, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Officers with the Martinsburg Police Department removed yellow tape from 210 Gussie Ave. on Monday, leaving the white house with no exterior clues that a fatal shooting occurred there Saturday afternoon. Inside, though, shattered glass surrounded a coffee maker smashed on the kitchen floor. A Bible was overturned on the living room floor, as was a television that was still turned on. A remodeling specialist who was working at the home allowed a reporter inside to view the scene.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | August 24, 2007
Man guilty of three counts of assault A Hagerstown man was found guilty Thursday of three counts of second-degree assault after getting into a fight with four Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies, according to Washington County Circuit Court records. Gary Lee Barr Jr., 27, formerly of 18348 Woodside Drive in Hagerstown, also was found guilty of resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property. He was acquitted of attempting to remove a firearm from a police officer.
NEWS
April 19, 2007
Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies who fought with a man wanted in an arrest warrant "were afraid for our lives," a charging document states. Gary Lee Barr Jr., 26, of 18348 Woodside Drive in Hagerstown, was being held Tuesday on $250,000 bond, a Washington County Detention Center deputy said. Barr is charged with four counts of second-degree assault, resisting and interfering with law enforcement, disarming a law enforcement officer and four counts of malicious destruction of property.
NEWS
February 17, 2007
Thumbs up to all of the "snow angels" in the Tri-State area who have cleared sidewalks and driveways for their elderly and infirm neighbors at no charge. This last round of precipitation, which included sleet and freezing rain, was particularly tough to scrape up and it would have been easy to say "The heck with it. " But you didn't and because of your efforts, some folks were surely spared some nasty falls. Thumbs up to the Henson/Waltersdorf Campaign Challenge, which offered $212,500 if others would pledge a similar amount toward scholarships for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
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