April 30, 2013
Two people were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg after a tractor-trailer and two passenger vehicles collided Monday night on Interstate 81, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. The accident occurred at 9:17 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-81 near the 15-mile marker, which is northwest of Martinsburg, according to a sheriff's office news release. Deputies said the drivers of the passenger vehicles were taken to the hospital. The sheriff's office said Tuesday morning that the names of the drivers were unavailable.
April 18, 2013
Two people, including a Smithsburg woman, were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Main and Water streets in Smithsburg on Thursday morning, Deputy 1st Class Carly Hose, Public Information Officer for the Washington County Sheriff's Office, said. Hose said that Leah Nicole Davis, 18, of Smithsburg, was driving a Mitsubishi west on Water Street when the vehicle ran a red light at the intersection. The Mitsubishi collided with a Honda Pilot that was being driven northbound by Teresa Anne Stoner, 46, of Greencastle, Pa., Hose said.
April 11, 2013
A woman who died Wednesday the after vehicle she was riding in crashed on Apple Harvest Drive southwest of Martinsburg was identified as Charm Marie Edwards of Gerrardstown, W.Va., West Virginia State Police said Thursday. Edwards, 70, was a passenger in a 2000 Ford Explorer that her husband, Bobby Adams, was driving when the crash occurred in the 8000 block of Apple Harvest Drive, troopers said. The accident was reported at 5:11 p.m., emergency officials had said. Edwards, who was thrown from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m., troopers said.
April 10, 2013
A West Virginia woman died after the vehicle she was riding in crashed Wednesday on Apple Harvest Drive (W.Va. 45) southwest of Martinsburg, according to West Virginia State Police. The woman's name was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin, troopers said. The crash in the 8700 block of Apple Harvest Drive near Loop Road was reported at 5:11 p.m., a Berkeley County emergency communications supervisor said. The woman was thrown from the vehicle, troopers said.
April 5, 2013
The Waynesboro Fire Department will hold an open house and dedication for its new multipurpose vehicle Sunday at 29 S. Potomac St. in Waynesboro. The open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the dedication will be at 2 p.m. Fire Chief David Martin said the public is encouraged to attend both the department tour and dedication. Light refreshments will be served, and the fire department's memorabilia room will be open to the public, Martin said. The new vehicle cost $475,000, and will bring the department's fleet to seven, he said.
March 24, 2013
What are the regulations in Maryland for obtaining historic tags for your car or truck? Once you get the historic registration, are there restrictions for how you are allowed to use the vehicle? The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website at www.mva.maryland.gov provides the following information about historic registration: To qualify for historic registration, your vehicle must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original design; must be a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less)
March 19, 2013
A combination of federal grants and drug seizure money will be used to purchase an emergency communications and command vehicle, following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The $589,418 to purchase the 42-foot vehicle from Atlantic Emergency Solutions Inc. of Manassas, Va., is coming from a Department of Homeland Security grant and $260,000 in money seized by the County Narcotics Task Force, said Division of Emergency Services Director Kevin Lewis.
March 15, 2013
A man with potentially life-threatening injuries was flown to a Baltimore shock trauma center Friday evening after a two-vehicle crash involving a box truck on Md. 67, a Maryland State Police trooper at the scene said. A state police helicopter en route to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center lifted off from a grassy field next to the scene near the intersection of Rohrersville (Md. 67) and Appletown roads shortly before 5 p.m. The driver of the box truck was taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, Trooper S. Bussard said.
March 14, 2013
Washington Township, Pa., police have released the name of a Smithsburg, Md., man found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at the scene of a vehicle crash early Tuesday. David Heiston, 52, was driving the 2004 Chevrolet Colorado found with its engine on and its tires spinning shortly after 1:45 a.m. at 10952 Buchanan Trail East (Pa. 16), across from Patriot Federal Credit Union, police said. Police said the cause of death would be released by Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner, who did not respond to messages Wednesday or Thursday.
March 10, 2013
Those of us who enjoy the foibles of local politics get positively giddy when we see the words “excise tax” on the Washington County Commissioners' agenda. Like a toddler with a can of Silly String, you just know something good is going to happen when they begin fiddling with tax policy. The county has always treated the tax like a go-kart that can be driven with precision through every sharp economic curve that comes along. They aren't alone. Through history, governments have tried to modify behavior through taxation, with mixed and often unpredictable results.