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October 27, 1997
A child's motorized wheelchair, valued at $3,900, was stolen over the weekend from 71 West Side Ave., according to Hagerstown City Police. The royal blue chair was taken from in front of the house sometime between 2 and 9 a.m. Friday, police said. "The key wasn't in the wheelchair when it was stolen," said Capt. Bob Hart. Apparently the thieves simply rolled the specialized chair away from the home. Hart said Tina Morris reported the theft to police, saying the chair belongs to her handicapped son. It bears the word "Flyer" on the body, police said.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | October 5, 1999
Hagerstown Regional Airport improvements, including a wheelchair lift, were unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The Washington County Commissioners dedicated the lift as part of Disability Awareness Week. The $20,000 device was paid for by Passenger Facility Charges, a surcharge placed on tickets. Federal law requires airports with passenger service to have a lift available by Dec. 1, 2000. The lift, which can lift up to 850 pounds, will be leased to Chautauqua Airlines.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | December 18, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? The Wal-Mart surveillance images show it clearly: A young man in a black-and-white ball cap walks over to a wheelchair in the store's lobby, gets in and wheels himself out. But it wasn't his wheelchair. Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, had left it with the store's greeter while he used a motorized cart to do some shopping early Friday. When he returned to find his chair gone, Faison, who has spastic paraplegia, was left wondering how he would get home, let alone get around his job as a stocker at a convenience store or afford to replace the $3,000 chair that was custom-built to keep his disability from getting any worse.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | August 30, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com A 17-year-old boy in a wheelchair was hit by a car while waiting to be picked up by a school bus Friday morning, police said. The driver of the car was charged with driving under the influence, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker. Because the boy is a juvenile, Walker declined to publicly release his name. The boy was taken by ambulance to Winchester Medical Center, where a spokeswoman refused to release his condition. The teen is a student at Martinsburg High School, said Mary Jo Brown, a schools spokeswoman.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | January 12, 2008
HAGERSTOWN ? A man accused of stealing a wheelchair in December from the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Garland Groh Boulevard was served a warrant Friday, according to the Hagerstown Police Department. John Raymond Huntzberry, 18, was charged with one count of felony theft, according to court documents. It was unclear Saturday whether Huntzberry turned himself in or was arrested. Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, left his wheelchair near the Wal-Mart entrance on Dec. 14 while he did some shopping in one of the store's motorized carts.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | January 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A man accused of stealing a wheelchair in December from the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Garland Groh Boulevard was served a warrant Friday, according to the Hagerstown Police Department. John Raymond Huntzberry, 18, was charged with one count of felony theft, according to court documents. It was unclear Saturday whether Huntzberry turned himself in or was arrested. Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, left his wheelchair near the Wal-Mart entrance on Dec. 14 while he did some shopping in one of the store's motorized carts.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | January 11, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown police were looking for the man charged in the Dec. 14 theft of a wheelchair from the Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard, Sgt. Paul Kifer said Thursday. John Raymond Huntzberry, 18, was charged with felony theft, Kifer said in a telephone interview. Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, left his wheelchair with the store's greeter while he used a motorized cart to do some shopping that day. When he returned to find his chair missing, Faison, who has spastic paraplegia, was left wondering how he would get home or to his job as a stocker at a convenience store, or how he would afford to replace the $3,000 chair that was custom-built to keep his disability from getting any worse.
NEWS
by SARAH BROWN | October 11, 2005
Editor's note: Writer Sarah Brown does not need to use a wheelchair, but she spent a day in one at school to see what perspective could be gained. My day in a wheelchair in Boonsboro High School had just begun when my friend Sienna saw me. "Do you need help?" she asked as I tried out my new wheels. Then I looked up the long, long ramp connecting Boonsboro's gymnasium to the library and cafeteria and other rooms in between. I am an independent person. I like to do my own thing.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS and ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 20, 2007
A man's wheelchair that was stolen last week from the lobby of the Wal-Mart Supercenter at the Centre at Hagerstown was found Wednesday morning, police said. Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer said someone left the wheelchair in a grassy area outside Concordia Lutheran Church, near Oak Ridge Drive. Police picked up the wheelchair and took it to its owner, Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, around 11 a.m. It appeared to be in about the same shape as when Faison last saw it, Kifer said.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | March 13, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A man charged with stealing a paraplegic's wheelchair from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in December pleaded guilty Wednesday in Washington County District Court. District Court Judge Ralph H. France II gave John Raymond Huntzberry, 18, probation before judgment for the crime. Huntzberry was charged with one count of theft for stealing a custom-built wheelchair from the Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard on Dec. 14, 2007. Tony Faison, 23, of Hagerstown, who has spastic paraplegia, had left the wheelchair with the store's greeter while he used a motorized cart to do some shopping.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 10, 2013
Alexa Ochoa has always been a big supporter of her siblings' sporting endeavors, but Friday was her day to shine. With her parents Gregory and Jennifer cheering her on, the 18-year-old participated in the Franklin Learning Center's Special Olympic Field Day, on Loop Road in Chambersburg. For nearly 130 of the center's special-needs students who participated in the event, it wasn't about winning or losing. It was about participation and encouragement. “It's an incredible event,” Gregory Ochoa said.
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EDUCATION
November 16, 2012
Washington County Public Schools is expected to take possession of 15 school buses, including one wheelchair lift bus, in the spring. The Board of Education voted unanimously Nov. 6 to approve the purchase of the buses for $1,298,253, according to a presentation document and a video of the meeting. The deal involves trading in 18 school buses. K. Neal International Trucks, of Hyattsville, Md., was the low bidder for both the wheelchair lift bus and the standard school buses. The 12-row standard school buses seat about 70 riders and the wheelchair lift bus is a 42-passenger bus that can seat three wheelchair riders, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the board.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 9, 2012
Dozens of people were asked to wait outside Meritus Medical Center on Thursday afternoon while firefighters tried to determine the source of an odor of smoke. The source of the odor, originally detected in an operating room at about 12:20 p.m., was not found and people were allowed back into the building an hour after the initial call, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dave Fraley said. There was an operation in progress when the odor was detected, but the procedure completed because staff did not feel there was any immediate danger, said Mary Rizk, director of corporate communications for Meritus Health.
OBITUARIES
November 14, 2011
Audrey Elliott Beatty of Chestertown, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, after a long illness. She was unable to stand or walk, and was confined to a wheelchair or bed. She was also unable to eat or swallow.   She was born Jan. 31, 1930, on the second-floor bedroom at 218 Mount Vernon Ave. in Chestertown. At the time, Chestertown did not have a hospital. Her father, William Elli Elliott, who was a master carpenter, built the two- story house himself. The cost of all the materials at the time was only $1,500.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | September 19, 2010
It was a want ad in the newspaper that brought Ernest Snodderly to Potomac Center. It's the sense of fulfillment that has kept him there. For almost a dozen years, Snodderly, known to family and friends as "Bub," has been somewhat of a fixture at the Marshall Street facility in Hagerstown. Visit the center most afternoons, and he can be found tucked away in a small room doing wheelchair maintenance. From adjusting brakes to mounting tires, it's Snodderly's job to make sure the equipment is running smoothly.
NEWS
June 25, 2009
Medicare's regulations now make it easier for seniors and others with debilitating conditions such as arthritis, stroke, diabetes or heart and breathing problems to obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost. Miracle on Wheels is trying to increase public awareness about assistance that allows seniors and the disabled to remain independent in their own homes rather than undergoing difficult surgery, resorting to expensive treatment or moving into a nursing home. These options are available to anyone with problems getting around their home or who is in danger of falling due to a medical condition.
NEWS
By TAYLOR ECKEL / Pulse Correspondent | December 30, 2008
Imagine spending every day in the same house, in the same chair. No video games. No cell phone. No computer. You're probably thinking, "Yeah, right!" Now fast forward 70 years. Where do you picture yourself? In America, more than 1.8 million people reside in nursing homes, according to a recent story by USA Today. Only visitors and occasional activities break up the predictability of daily life. Volunteers interact with nursing home residents to help brighten their day. I began visiting Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro last spring, giving manicures to any lady who wanted one. I discovered that many of them missed having pets around, so I talked to the activities director about bringing my border collie, Terra, for a visit.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | December 7, 2008
WILLOW HILL, PA. -- Rachel Junkins doesn't use medical terms or complain when she explains why she can't use her arms or legs. "I just see it as how God made me," she said. In her 15 years of life, the disabilities have not stopped Rachel from doing much. She's always found a way, whether giving cheerleading, soccer, art, baseball or drama a try. "In her mind, she's not disabled. She's going to conquer the world," said Linda Plasterer, Rachel's aide at Fannett-Metal High School and her self-titled "adopted nana.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | June 15, 2008
The origins of Action Products go back to the time of the Great Depression, when company founder Wilbur "Dr. Mac" McElroy was going to Chambersburg (Pa.) High School and taking a chemistry class. "I had a great teacher there. He got me interested," said McElroy, who graduated in 1932. He went on to Gettysburg (Pa.) College, Johns Hopkins, Penn State and, eventually, Purdue University, all to study chemistry. An organic chemist, he worked for several companies and helped develop products ranging from a device to analyze gun powder to a coating for printed circuit boards that were used in the first U.S. computers in space.
NEWS
By BOB MAGINNIS | May 14, 2008
Polio I know about. Not like a physician or a scientist knows, but as someone who lived through the U.S. epidemic of the 1950s. My sister had a mild case, diagnosed after she developed a slight limp. Fortunately, we lived not far from what is now called Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. We took my sister there for therapy and evaluation. She recovered, with no visible problems, after spending a lot of time exercising her muscles with leg lifts, using two socks tied together and filled with fishing sinkers.
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