May 31, 2023

Amid Moore’s visit, tensions around Hagerstown community center persist

During Gov. Wes Moore’s visit to Hagerstown, yearslong tensions about the board of directors for a community center continued to simmer.

Oct 16, 2019

Family sues Maryland over 2016 inmate slaying

The family of an incarcerated man who was beaten to death by his cellmate in a western Maryland prison filed a civil rights lawsuit last month alleging prison officials and correctional officers failed to protect him. Benjamin Hall died Oct. 10, 2016, after being assaulted by Mark Andrew Topper at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown. Topper pleaded guilty […]

Oct 11, 2019

Crash sends SUV into parking lot; construction worker killed

A construction worker hit by an SUV that had been involved in a crash in Maryland has died.

Jul 1, 2019

Baltimore attorney charged with smuggling Suboxone into prison

A Baltimore attorney was charged with misdemeanor drug offenses after prison officials said he smuggled Suboxone to a client. Steven Thurman Mitchell, 54, was charged Friday in Washington County District Court with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of contraband, intent to deliver contraband and delivery of contraband, according to online court records. A […]

Aug 10, 2018

Police: Maryland sergeant charged in drug theft kills self

Authorities in Maryland say a Hagerstown police sergeant set to appear in court next week on charges of drug theft has killed himself.

Feb 5, 2018

Western Md. officer allegedly stole paralyzed woman’s pain pills

Authorities say a veteran police officer in western Maryland has been charged with dealing prescription drugs while on duty.

Aug 24, 2017

Fire rips through apartment building in western Maryland

HAGERSTOWN — Authorities say a fire ripped through an apartment building in western Maryland, displacing dozens of people. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office says the fire late Tuesday in the three-story apartment building in Hagerstown started when lightning struck the roof. The fire marshal’s office says no injuries have been reported, and all 74 […]

Jul 20, 2017

Park would honor 19th-century lawmaker who stood up for Jews

HAGERSTOWN — Members of Congregation B’nai Abraham in Hagerstown are backing the idea of a park across from the synagogue to honor Thomas Kennedy, a Washington County state lawmaker who pushed for the right of Jews to hold public office in the 19th century. The park would be developed on the city-owned “Massey” property on […]

Feb 27, 2017

Uncle of boy killed in Md. over missing cake faces sentencing

HAGERSTOWN — The uncle of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake is heading to court for sentencing in Hagerstown. The hearing Tuesday is for 25-year-old Jacob Barajas, one of three people convicted in the July 2015 death of Jack Garcia. The others are the boy’s mother, who […]

Dec 28, 2016

Maryland art exhibit explores television’s impact on viewers

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — An art exhibit in Hagerstown explores the sometimes disturbing impact of television on viewers. The show at the Engine Room opened this month and continues through Saturday. One of the 10 pieces, titled “NRA Channel,” features a TV screen showing five figures firing handguns. An adjacent panel reads, “Most children will […]

Dec 22, 2016

Hogan pledges $7M for western Maryland city’s downtown

HAGERSTOWN — Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging more than $7 million over five years to help the western Maryland city of Hagerstown with a downtown revitalization plan anchored by educational and arts institutions. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday at the Maryland Theatre, a restored, century-old venue that is part of the project. The […]

Nov 11, 2016

Hagerstown mayoral race tightens after absentee ballot count

HAGERSTOWN  — The undecided election for mayor of Hagerstown has tightened after the first count of absentee ballots. The Washington County Board of Elections posted updated numbers on its website Friday showing former mayor Bob Bruchey leading incumbent David Gysberts by 58 votes out of nearly 13,000 cast in the nonpartisan race. Bruchey led by […]

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