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June 6, 1997
Washington County and Hagerstown officials are hopeful they will receive a Hot Spot grant from the state to help combat crime in the Jonathan Street neighborhood. Charles Messmer, the director of the Jail Substance Abuse Program, is coordinating efforts to get the funding and briefed the Washington County Commissioners on the program Tuesday. "It stuck out like a sore thumb that the Jonathan Street area was the area where violent crime was concentrated," he said. The county has asked for $280,000 in funding, including money for additional community police officers.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | January 4, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Police Sgt. Paul Kifer described criminal activity in Hagerstown as "different" in 2008. While he did not have all the numbers compiled as of Dec. 29, Kifer said it seemed robberies and violent street activity decreased in the past year. Even at that, city police investigated three homicides in 2008, one of which remains unsolved, Kifer said. Three homicides also were reported in 2007, with an additional case classified as a manslaughter, Kifer said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2013
A Washington County man who fired multiple shots at his estranged wife and mother-in-law last July was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison during a hearing Thursday at Washington County Circuit Court. Before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. passed sentence, Jamie Hiler Wainwright, 37, of 10106 Saint George Circle in Saint James Village North, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and using a firearm to commit a violent crime. “This is a very dangerous situation that occurred, Mr. Wainwright,” Long said.
NEWS
September 29, 1998
For the first time in nine years, the number of Maryland juveniles arrested for violent crime has fallen, with sharp drops in the number arrested for murder, car theft and rape. Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening's administration is claiming credit, but before we agree, we have some questions. The first is whether it's possible juvenile arrests are declining because the number of juveniles has temporarily declined. Anyone who's every had to deal with school redistricting issues knows the number of youths in the state is not constant.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
Five men and two juveniles who were charged in an indictment earlier this month with participating in a gang-related shooting near Jonathan Street in Hagerstown appeared for bond review hearings Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Seven others who also were charged in the indictment likely will appear for bond review hearings Thursday, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said. Kessell said he believed authorities picked up the men over the course of the last few days.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
State and federal agents took a Hagerstown man they described as an original member of a violent motorcycle club into custody Wednesday morning when they went to search his home for illegal weapons and explosives, officials said. Jay Carl Wagner, 66, surrendered peacefully at his 604 Antietam Drive home Wednesday morning after about 50 law enforcement officials arrived. Wagner was charged later with possession of a regulated firearm after conviction of a violent crime, according to the Washington County District Court Commissioner's office.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | January 14, 2005
A 74-year-old man charged with bank robbery last week remained at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday on two sets of charges, a detention center spokeswoman said. Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set bond Wednesday for Wayne E. Drake, 74, of 7 E. Washington St., Apt. 704, at $250,000 for each set of charges stemming from armed robberies on Jan. 7 and Dec. 11, 2004, according to court records. The Hagerstown Police Department alleges Drake robbed both businesses with a gold, antique-looking handgun.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
A Washington County man has been charged with taking part in an armed home invasion Thursday night on Clinton Avenue near Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Cody Samuel Fiery, 18, of Greencastle Pike has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property over $500, possession of a handgun, conspiracy to use a handgun during a violent crime and use of a handgun during a violent crime, according to a sheriff's office news release.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | May 31, 1998
Sales of handguns in Washington County have dropped by about 35 percent since a law restricting gun purchases went into effect, but the impact on violent crime has been harder to determine. --cont from front page-- The law, a centerpiece of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's election campaign four years ago, imposes a limit of one handgun purchase per month. In Washington County, handgun sales declined from 1,032 in 1996 to 664 last year, according to the Maryland State Police Licensing Division.
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NEWS
August 30, 2013
A Washington County man has been charged with taking part in an armed home invasion Thursday night on Clinton Avenue near Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Cody Samuel Fiery, 18, of Greencastle Pike has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property over $500, possession of a handgun, conspiracy to use a handgun during a violent crime and use of a handgun during a violent crime, according to a sheriff's office news release.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
Five men and two juveniles who were charged in an indictment earlier this month with participating in a gang-related shooting near Jonathan Street in Hagerstown appeared for bond review hearings Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Seven others who also were charged in the indictment likely will appear for bond review hearings Thursday, Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said. Kessell said he believed authorities picked up the men over the course of the last few days.
OPINION
May 27, 2013
Statistics prove more guns mean less crime To the editor: In a recent letter to the editor, Judith McLean writes, “We can learn from the states that have already passed more rigorous gun legislation.” Many people, perhaps McLean is one of them, think that gun crime has grown dramatically in recent years. It has not. In fact, gun crime is way down. The L.A. Times, citing Department of Justice statistics, reports that in less than two decades, the gun murder rate in America has dropped by nearly half, and other gun crimes have fallen even more sharply.  In fact, in Florida, where there are more concealed weapons permits than anywhere in the country, violent crime has dropped to the lowest point in history.  Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming allow lawful firearm owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 14, 2013
A Washington County man who fired multiple shots at his estranged wife and mother-in-law last July was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison during a hearing Thursday at Washington County Circuit Court. Before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. passed sentence, Jamie Hiler Wainwright, 37, of 10106 Saint George Circle in Saint James Village North, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and using a firearm to commit a violent crime. “This is a very dangerous situation that occurred, Mr. Wainwright,” Long said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 18, 2013
Saying that the mass casualties at Sandy Hook Elementary School are “just the beginning,” an authority on violent crimes told police and school officials Monday that they need to act with urgency. “Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country,” said Dave Grossman, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's office hosted Grossman for a seminar about violence in schools. Held in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium, the event drew a couple hundred police officers, sheriff's deputies, school board members, principals, superintendents and fire officials.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
Sharing information is crucial for law enforcement agencies that work together to protect their communities from criminals, especially repeat offenders, according to Capt. Mark Holtzman, acting chief of the Hagerstown Police Department. “It's been said that no police department can do it alone, and working on these collaborative efforts really helps bridge the gap,” Holtzman said. As a way to combine efforts and share information, HPD recently became a member of an interagency program in Hagerstown and Washington County called the Safe Streets Coalition.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 12, 2012
A 54-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court for the 2011 murder of his roommate, whose decomposing body was found days later in the West Franklin Street apartment they shared. Darrell Hicks was given the maximum 30-year sentence for second-degree murder by Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer, who gave Hicks another three years in prison for carrying a deadly weapon. Hicks will have to serve at least half of the 30-year sentence for the stabbing death of Darrin Pressman before he is eligible for parole, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said after the sentencing.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | June 8, 2010
City Council discusses reimbursing county for land acquired for library project The Hagerstown City Council discussed reimbursing Washington County for land acquired for the expansion of Washington County Free Library. The city committed $1.5 million toward land acquisition and demolition, Finance Director Alfred Martin told the council at Tuesday's worksession. Washington County requested reimbursement of $1.4 million used to acquire land for the project. Because this was part of the city's original commitment to the project, Martin said he and City Engineer Rodney Tissue recommended the city approve the reimbursement.
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