August 4, 2004
firstname.lastname@example.org SMITHSBURG - Chronic parking offenders in the Town of Smithsburg might soon get the boot. The Smithsburg Town Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve an emergency ordinance that will allow the Smithsburg Police Department to place an immobilizing boot on vehicles owned by motorists with three unpaid parking tickets. Department Police Chief Michael Potter said similar ordinances have worked well as a deterrent in other towns such as Williamsport and Hancock.
October 6, 2009
Two vehicles collide at Fairview Road intersection WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Fairview Road and Fairview Church Road on Monday, police said. Maryland State Police said people in the crash were taken to the hospital, but only for observation. A dispatcher said the crash was reported at 9:41 p.m. The intersection, which has a sharp curve, was featured in the "What's wrong with this picture?" feature in Monday's Herald-Mail.
December 27, 2012
A snow emergency declared Wednesday in the borough of Waynesboro was lifted at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release. The emergency was declared at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Vehicles parked along certain sections of Main Street and South Potomac Street had to be moved off the streets by 5 p.m. that day. Vehicles not moved were subject to a citation and possible towing, the release said. The cost of towing will be the responsibility of the owner, the release said.
October 23, 2008
HALFWAY - No one was injured Wednesday night in a fire involving two vehicles and a carport, the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway said. The fire was reported about 6 p.m. at 17900 Oak Ridge Drive and took about half an hour to put out, a dispatcher said. The fire damaged the vehicles and carport and caused minimal damage to a shed, but it did not spread to the house, Capt. Steve Teagarden said. Fire marshals were investigating the fire and had not determined the amount of damage Wednesday night, Teagarden said.
October 28, 2011
The snow emergency plan will be in effect in the Borough of Waynesboro beginning at 6 p.m. Vehicles parked along Main Street between Clayton and Fairview avenues and along South Potomac Street between West Main and Second streets must be removed by 8 p.m. Vehicles not removed will be subject to citation and may be removed by a towing service. The cost of removal of the vehicle will be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle, in accordance with the state's vehicle code.
December 12, 2008
The Funkstown bridge over Antietam Creek at East Oak Ridge Drive reopened to traffic Friday afternoon. By Friday evening, vehicles again were crossing the bridge, which closed in mid-August for repair work. The bridge opened more than a month ahead of schedule. Contractor Building Systems Inc. will receive a bonus of $45,000 for completing the work early.
September 3, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART and BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writers Jim Stone knows what it's like to have joy riders steal a vehicle, trash it and abandon it. Stone's Jeep Cherokee was taken from its parking spot in front of his home in April. The next day, the Jeep was found in a field near Boonsboro. It took several months and $15,000 to repair the Cherokee, he said. "I understand the method (of stealing the Jeep) was similar to other such crimes," Stone said. The left rear window was broken out and the ignition switch was pried off. "The police tell me that takes very little time and then the car is gone," Stone said.
July 17, 2008
The wording of the first paragraph of a story about the cost of gasoline for City of Hagerstown take-home vehicles from November 2006 to October 2007 on page A1 of Wednesday's Herald-Mail could have given some readers an incorrect impression. Hagerstown Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said the city's cost of $108,976 for gasoline was for take-home vehicles that were used both to conduct city business and to drive to and from work. "There is no distinction on these reports between gas used during the regular course of a work day," Giffin said in an e-mail.
August 5, 2009
SMITHSBURG --Â A Smithsburg emergency medical services official on Tuesday proposed a way for fire and EMS departments in the county to help police responding to calls. James Ulrich, deputy chief of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc., said if descriptions of vehicles involved in crimes were provided to fire and EMS departments, those units could alert police if they see the vehicles, he said. The county's 30 fire and EMS departments also could help with other types of calls, like AMBER Alerts for missing children or Alzheimer's patients who disappear from their homes, Ulrich said.
April 13, 2012
One person was taken to Meritus Medical Center after a hit-and-run accident that involved four vehicles Friday afternoon in the 17000 block of Virginia Avenue near Hagerstown. Deputy 1st Class Jason Crawford of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said a brown pickup truck with the words “Roofs are Us” slammed into the rear of a vehicle that was stopped in traffic. He said the impact caused a chain-reaction crash that involved two other vehicles that also were stopped.