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Bomb Threats Called In To Williamsport Retirement Village Lands Man Behind Bars: Fire Marshal Bomb Threats Called In To Williamsport Retirement Village Lands Man Behind Bars: Fire Marshal
Bomb Threats Called In To Williamsport Retirement Village Lands Man Behind Bars: Fire Marshal The man who made several bomb threats targeting a retirement home on different occasions has been arrested, according to the Maryland Fire Marshal. Hagerstown resident John Calvin Walls, 60, is facing charges following an investigation into voicemails that were left at the Williamsport Retirement Village in Washington County. According to investigators, Walls allegedly "threatened to blow up the tranquil home offering assisted living, rehabilitation, long-term care, and respite care."  On Monday, investigators from the fire marshal's office responded to the retirement home when an emp…
Person Rescued From Pennsylvania Farm Silo With Help From Maryland Crews Person Rescued From Pennsylvania Farm Silo With Help From Maryland Crews
Person Rescued From Pennsylvania Farm Silo With Help From Maryland Crews Someone became trapped in a grain silo in Pennsylvania on Friday morning — and was freed with the help of emergency crews from Maryland.  The call to a report of someone "trapped in a grain silo" in the 14000 block of Williamsport Pike in the Greencastle-Antrim area came into Franklin County 911 at 11 a.m. on June 14, according to the Washington County Division of Emergency Services. Around 10:50 today, Qnt27 alerted for confined space rescue in Franklin County Pa (Greencastle) units from Co3 arrived... Posted by Longmeadow Vol. Fire Co. on Friday, June 14, 2024 Soon…
Baltimore Woman Charged For Running Sex, Human Trafficking Ring Across Maryland: AG Baltimore Woman Charged For Running Sex, Human Trafficking Ring Across Maryland: AG
Baltimore Woman Charged For Running Sex, Human Trafficking Ring Across Maryland: AG A Baltimore woman has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury in a 135-count indictment stemming from a years-long investigation by the Maryland Attorney General's Office into a human and sex trafficking ring, authorities announced. Kenika Danielle Leach, 33, has been charged following a two-year multi-agency investigation, which helped the AG's Organized Crime Unit to identify nearly a dozen women from Hagerstown who were allegedly trafficked by her and her organization at hotels and motels throughout Maryland. According to the AG, in December 2021, the Baltimore Police Department …
Boonsboro County High School Evacuated, Dismissed Early For HazMat Situation Boonsboro County High School Evacuated, Dismissed Early For HazMat Situation
Boonsboro County High School Evacuated, Dismissed Early For HazMat Situation Some students in Washington County got an unexpected half-day while fire crews investigated a HazMat situation at Boonsboro High School on Monday morning. Shortly after 9:45 a.m. on June 3, the Washington County Division of Emergency Services and fire and rescue personnel from multiple agencies were called to the building, which had to be evacuated after "a substance was discovered in the mechanical room."  Be advised at this time the Boonsboro Fire Department and Washington County DES HazMat crews are investigating a HazMat... Posted by Boonsboro Fire Department on Monda…
Curious Cat Rescued Hours After Crawling Into Car Engine In Maryland Curious Cat Rescued Hours After Crawling Into Car Engine In Maryland
Curious Cat Rescued Hours After Crawling Into Car Engine In Maryland A ferocious feline in Maryland may have used one of its nine lives after being caught in a precarious position that required intervention by first responders in Washington County. Crews from the Hagerstown Fire Department made a special save this week after a cat found itself trapped in the engine well of a parked vehicle.  The driver said that she was driving in the area when she spotted a cat going under her car, prompting the first call to the department, though they initially found nothing under her vehicle. She then went home, and slept more soundly than the cat that had navigate…
Dozens Of 'Zombie Deer' Test Positive For Disease In Maryland: Department Of Natural Resources Dozens Of 'Zombie Deer' Test Positive For Disease In Maryland: Department Of Natural Resources
Dozens Of 'Zombie Deer' Test Positive For Disease In Maryland: Department Of Natural Resources Dozens of white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disorder found in several species that results in death. According to a recent report from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 52 animals tested positive for the disease in 2023, including two in new parts of the state.  The deer were sampled in Allegany, Baltimore, Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties. Of the positive samples, 49 came from within the existing Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area (Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties), while one positive …
Poorly Placed Portable Space Heater To Blame For Hagerstown House Blaze: Fire Officials Poorly Placed Portable Space Heater To Blame For Hagerstown House Blaze: Fire Officials
Poorly Placed Portable Space Heater To Blame For Hagerstown House Blaze: Fire Officials A portable space heater is to blame for a blaze that created several heroic neighbors in Washington County, fire officials say. At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Monday, April 22, crews from the Hagerstown Fire Department were called to the 700 block of Chestnut Street following reports of a house fire with people trapped inside a two-story home. Chestnut Street Fire Update The Hagerstown City Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the Chestnut Street... Posted by Hagerstown Fire Department on Thursday, May 2, 2024 Upon arrival, officials say that firefighters were met by …
Motorcyclist Killed In Hagerstown Crash Remembered As 'Good Friend With Heart Of Gold' Motorcyclist Killed In Hagerstown Crash Remembered As 'Good Friend With Heart Of Gold'
Motorcyclist Killed In Hagerstown Crash Remembered As 'Good Friend With Heart Of Gold' A motorcyclist who was killed in a midday crash in Washington County this week is being remembered as a curious mind who was not afraid to try new things. On Monday afternoon, officers were called at around 12:20 p.m. to investigate a reported crash involving 35-year-old Hagerstown resident Francis Walter, who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of West Wilson Boulevard and US Route 11. Police say that Walter was heading east through the intersection when he was struck by a car making a left turn from Wilson Boulevard toward the southbound lanes of Virginia Avenue. Google Maps st…
Tractor-Trailer Crash Shuts I-68 In Hancock (DEVELOPING) Tractor-Trailer Crash Shuts I-68 In Hancock (DEVELOPING)
Tractor-Trailer Crash Shuts I-68 In Hancock (Developing) A tractor trailer crash closed all lanes of I-68 in Washington County early Wednesday, May 1. As of 8:15 a.m., all lanes were closed in both directions at Mountain Road near Exit 74, the Maryland State Highway Administration said. The MDOT site shows two vehicles were involved in a crash. ALERT: WASHINGTON COUNTY; CRASH I-68 EAST AT EXIT 74 MD 903 MOUNTAIN RD; ALL LANES CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS; USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE — MD State Highway Adm (@MDSHA) May 1, 2024 Daily Voice has reached out to Maryland State Police for details. This is a developing story. Check back for more. Want…
Hagerstown Domestic Murder Suspect Apprehended In Pennsylvania, Police Say Hagerstown Domestic Murder Suspect Apprehended In Pennsylvania, Police Say
Hagerstown Domestic Murder Suspect Apprehended In Pennsylvania, Police Say A suspect was apprehended in Pennsylvania hours after an apparent homicide victim was found in Washington County in Maryland over the weekend, officials say. Hagerstown resident Cleo Hermon Brown, 50, was apprehended in Harrisburg late on Sunday afternoon in connection to the death of Renee Elizabeth Shoemaker, authorities announced.  At approximately 10:30 a.m. on April 28, officers from the Hagerstown Police Department were called to conduct a welfare check in the 400 block of McDowell Avenue, where they found Shoemaker's body in the home she shared with Brown. According to inv…
Bystanders Help Neighbor Out Of Burning Home In Maryland Bystanders Help Neighbor Out Of Burning Home In Maryland
Bystanders Help Neighbor Out Of Burning Home In Maryland Neighbors are being credited for helping rescue a Washington County resident out of a burning home overnight in Hagerstown. At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Monday, April 22, crews from the Hagerstown Fire Department were called to the 700 block of Chestnut Street following reports of a house fire with people trapped inside a two-story home. Upon arrival, officials say that firefighters were met by flames coming from several windows on the second floor, with one resident already safely outside and another being assisted by bystanders to get out of the home. Hagerstown Fire Department Both …
Miscommunicated Text Lead To Clearing Of At Cedar Ridge Children's Home In Williamsport Miscommunicated Text Lead To Clearing Of At Cedar Ridge Children's Home In Williamsport
Miscommunicated Text Lead To Clearing Of At Cedar Ridge Children's Home In Williamsport The campus of the Cedar Ridge Children's Home in Washington County was temporarily cleared on Monday morning when a miscommunication led to officials believing that there may have been an active shooting situation. Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office were called to the Cedar Ridge Children's Home in Williamsport at around 11:40 a.m. on April 22, where there was a reported active shooter who was on the grounds. Deputies cleared the campus and conducted an extensive investigation, which found no active threat on the property, it was later determined that a student sent a text me…
Rollover Crash On I-70 Temporarily Ties Up Traffic In Washington County (PHOTOS) Rollover Crash On I-70 Temporarily Ties Up Traffic In Washington County (PHOTOS)
Rollover Crash On I-70 Temporarily Ties Up Traffic In Washington County (Photos) Some lanes were blocked on I-70 in Washington County on Saturday morning when first responders were called to investigate and clean up a rollover crash. At approximately 10 a.m. on April 20, crews from the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company were called to a stretch of the interstate near Pectonville Road, where there was a reported crash involving a utility and box truck that left one vehicle overturned on the side of the road. The scene of the crash in Clear Spring. Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company In photos from the scene, traffic cones can be seen strewn about following the crash…
Scammers From NY Thinking They Were Collecting $60K Land Behind Bars In Maryland: Sheriff Scammers From NY Thinking They Were Collecting $60K Land Behind Bars In Maryland: Sheriff
Scammers From NY Thinking They Were Collecting $60K Land Behind Bars In Maryland: Sheriff A couple of New Yorkers tried to pull a fast one on a woman in Maryland, but were ultimately apprehended after getting greedy and attempting to go to the well one too many times.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office was advised this week about a scam involving a pair who had been collecting large amounts of cash from a Hagerstown woman, prompting an investigation that led to the arrests of Jinghai Fang and Binbin Ge. In late March, investigators say that the woman received a notification on her tablet that one of her accounts had been hacked, so she called the supplied number and fo…
Fugitive Wanted For 2020 Murder Back In Hagerstown After California Arrest, Police Say Fugitive Wanted For 2020 Murder Back In Hagerstown After California Arrest, Police Say
Fugitive Wanted For 2020 Murder Back In Hagerstown After California Arrest, Police Say Raymond Garfield Campbell made it across the country but is back in Maryland to face charges for the 2020 murder of a Pennsylvania man in Washington County, police say. Campbell, 36, was arrested in California and returned back to the East Coast to face charges for his alleged role in the fatal October 2020 shooting of Waynesboro resident Daynard Devere Johnson, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.  On Oct. 14, 2020, police say that officers found Johnson, 40, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest, and stomach in the 300 block of Henry Avenue.  Late …
Firebug Failed To Torch Family's Home, Car During Dispute In Hagerstown: Fire Officials Firebug Failed To Torch Family's Home, Car During Dispute In Hagerstown: Fire Officials
Firebug Failed To Torch Family's Home, Car During Dispute In Hagerstown: Fire Officials An attempted arsonist who wanted to exact revenge on his family during a domestic dispute in Washington County forgot a key component that led to a failed arson attempt in Hagerstown, fire officials say. Luis David Rodriguez, 29, was arrested after dousing a vehicle in gasoline and threatening arson over the weekend, though he failed to bring a lighter and his ill-intended plans were thwarted.  At around 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, first responders were called to a reported arson-in-progress on Gandy Dancer Court in Hagerstown, where Rodriguez was pouring gasoline on a vehicle and attem…
Six Displaced By Fast-Moving Fire That Tore Through Converted Washington County Apartment House Six Displaced By Fast-Moving Fire That Tore Through Converted Washington County Apartment House
Six Displaced By Fast-Moving Fire That Tore Through Converted Washington County Apartment House A pair of firefighters were injured and six people living in an apartment building in Washington County have been displaced by an early morning two-alarm fire, officials say. First responders were called shortly after 6 a.m. on Friday morning to South Main Street in Boonsboro, where a fire broke out in a two-story residence that had been converted into a five-unit apartment house. According to the Fire Marshal's Office, the fire started in a downstairs apartment where two people were living. Both were able to escape, but one suffered minor injuries. The occupant inside the unit where the f…
Man Charged With Torching Hagerstown Building That Partially Collapsed: Maryland Fire Marshal Man Charged With Torching Hagerstown Building That Partially Collapsed: Maryland Fire Marshal
Man Charged With Torching Hagerstown Building That Partially Collapsed: Maryland Fire Marshal A 60-year-old man has been arrested and charged for allegedly setting a massive fire that led to a building collapse in Washington County over the weekend. Kevin Lee Spielman was arrested on Tuesday, March 26 following an extensive investigation into the fire inside the former Snooks Poultry on Sunday night. First responders from multiple agencies rushed at approximately 6:30 p.m. on March 24 to the building on West Baltimore Street, where firefighters were met with smoke and flames coming from the building. At 6:33PM on Sunday, March 24, 2024, units from the Hagerstown Fire Department…
Dilapidated Building Collapses In Hancock (UPDATE) Dilapidated Building Collapses In Hancock (UPDATE)
Dilapidated Building Collapses In Hancock (Update) Responders were at the scene of a building collapse Monday morning, March 25 in Washington County. Hancock's volunteer fire company said the incident happened at 55 W. Main Street. The first and second floors collapsed. The state's highway administration reported major delays along Main Street in Hancock near Route 522 as of 12:30 p.m. 55 W MAIN ST IN DOWNTOWN HANCOCK FOR A BUILDING COLLAPSE REPORTS OF THE 1ST & 2ND FLOORS HAVE COLLAPSED INTO THE... Posted by Washington County MD Fire Calls on Monday, March 25, 2024 Firefighters said the cause was due to the building being old…
Teen Accused Of Murder In Hagerstown Home Charged As Adult, Sheriff Says Teen Accused Of Murder In Hagerstown Home Charged As Adult, Sheriff Says
Teen Accused Of Murder In Hagerstown Home Charged As Adult, Sheriff Says A 16-year-old will be charged as an adult following a fatal midday shooting inside a Washington County home, authorities announced. Kamari Kenyon Meniefield, 16, is being held behind bars for his alleged role in the murder of 23-year-old Devin Anthony Meniefield earlier this week in Hagerstown.  Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18, deputies were called to the 17400 block of Maple Leaf Court, where they found Devin Meniefield suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside an area residence.  He died from his injuries. Investigators did not disclose the nature of …
Here's Who Got The Most Snow In Maryland, Virginia Here's Who Got The Most Snow In Maryland, Virginia
Here's Who Got The Most Snow In Maryland, Virginia The National Weather Service has released snowfall totals for the DMV in this week's storm. In Maryland, Sabillasville which appears to have gotten the most amount of snow: 8.5 inches on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the NWS said. In Virginia, Gavel Springs in Frederick County got about 4.5 inches. Here's the breakdown by county: BALTIMORE Lineboro: 3.5 inches Bentley Springs: 3 Owings Mills: 1 Pikesville: 0.4  CARROLL Millers: 4.7 Manchester: 4.3 Taneytown: 4 Westminster: 2 Uniontown: 1.1 CECIL Elkton: 3.0  Rising Sun: 1  Port Deposit 1 FREDERICK Sabilla…
Murder Suspects Implicated In Armed Assault In Hagerstown: Police Murder Suspects Implicated In Armed Assault In Hagerstown: Police
Murder Suspects Implicated In Armed Assault In Hagerstown: Police Three people have been arrested after a man was found shot to death in Washington County late last month, authorities announced. Jenaro Torres, 26, Emens Rho, 39, and Stephanie Paulino, 35, are all facing charges following an investigation into the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Kevin Michael Shepherd early on Friday, Jan. 26 in Hagerstown. According to the Hagerstown Police Department, at approximately 9:50 a.m. on the day of the shooting, officers responded to the 1200 block of Marshall Street to investigate reports of shots in the area. Upon arrival, police say that they found Shepherd i…
Maryland School Closings: These Districts Have Announced Plans For Friday's Storm Maryland School Closings: These Districts Have Announced Plans For Friday's Storm
Maryland School Closings: These Districts Have Announced Plans For Friday's Storm With several inches of snow expected to coat the area, some schools in Maryland are already making preparations to ensure the safety of students and staff. The worst of the snow is expected to hit the area beginning at around 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, and lasting throughout the day, prompting schools to begin announcing closures and delays on Thursday night. As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, these public schools have announced their plans - which are subject to change depending on the weather conditions:  Anne Arundel County Schools: Previously planned off-day, decision on athletics and ex…
'Armed, Dangerous' Fugitive Busted By FBI For Fatal Double Shooting In Washington County 'Armed, Dangerous' Fugitive Busted By FBI For Fatal Double Shooting In Washington County
'Armed, Dangerous' Fugitive Busted By FBI For Fatal Double Shooting In Washington County After more than a month on the run, a man wanted for a fatal double shooting in Washington County has been apprehended by FBI agents in North Carolina, authorities announced. On Monday, the Hagerstown Police Department announced that Brian Christopher Francis, 41, was apprehended in Morrisville, NC without incident and brought back to Maryland, where he was wanted in connection to an apartment shooting over the summer. Also known as "Fox," or "Silk," Francis was charged in the District Court for Washington County in Maryland on 13 charges in August that include murder and attempted murder, …
WV Man Arrested For Killing PA Roommate, Ditching Body In MD: US Marshals WV Man Arrested For Killing PA Roommate, Ditching Body In MD: US Marshals
WV Man Arrested For Killing PA Roommate, Ditching Body In MD: US Marshals A West Virginia man is accused of shooting one of his former roommates dead in Pennsylvania and dumping the body in Maryland before fleeing to North Carolina, authorities announced on Tuesday, Dec. 19.  Shane Adrian Bradley, 32 of Hedgesville, WV, had been staying with several other people in a home in the 14000 block of Ditto Road in Montgomery Township, Mercersburg when a "minor verbal altercation" ended with him shooting one of his roommates, Isiah Clark, Pennsylvania State Police detailed in a release.  The 20-year-old's body was then loaded into a car — wi…
Hiker Rescued By Maryland State Police Helicopter After Plummeting 50 Feet Off Cliff (PHOTOS) Hiker Rescued By Maryland State Police Helicopter After Plummeting 50 Feet Off Cliff (PHOTOS)
Hiker Rescued By Maryland State Police Helicopter After Plummeting 50 Feet Off Cliff (Photos) A hiker who fell off a cliff suffered serious injuries before being rescued by a Maryland State Police helicopter that made a bold save in Washington County over the weekend. Shortly after noon on Saturday, a woman had to be airlifted to an area hospital after falling approximately 50 feet off of a cliff while walking along the Appalachian Trail, officials say.  Maryland State Police helicopter Maryland State Police The helicopter responded to the scene and was able to send one trooper to the ground to secure the hiker while the pilot hovered approximately 120 feet in the air as th…
Loaf Of Bread Leads To Load Of Cash For $100K Maryland Lottery Winner Loaf Of Bread Leads To Load Of Cash For $100K Maryland Lottery Winner
Loaf Of Bread Leads To Load Of Cash For $100K Maryland Lottery Winner A Frederick County grandfather went to the store for a loaf of bread, and he came home with a load of cash after taking his chances playing a Maryland Lottery scratcher. What started as a routine trip to the grocery store for the Frederick County man led to a six-figure windfall when he picked up a top-prize winning "Snow Globes 7s" ticket worth $100,000, Lottery officials announced.  The regular Lottery player was back in the Winner's Circle on Friday to claim what he described as the biggest prize of his life after turning the $10 ticket into a small fortune. According to the winner…
Malnourished, Starving Child Dies; Father Arrested For Neglect In Hagerstown: Police Malnourished, Starving Child Dies; Father Arrested For Neglect In Hagerstown: Police
Malnourished, Starving Child Dies; Father Arrested For Neglect In Hagerstown: Police The father of a 6-year-old boy in Washington County has been arrested after his son died and was found malnourished and suffering from starvation, police say. Andre Derek Ford, 31, has been arrested on multiple child abuse charges after allegedly neglecting his 6-year-old son and a second child who had to be removed from their Hagerstown home. Officers from the Hagerstown Police Department were called on Tuesday afternoon to a home in the 200 block of North Locust Street, where there was a report of an unresponsive child. Upon arrival, they found the 6-year-old, who was pronounced dead, an…
Three Airlifted To Hospital After Crash Shuts Down I-81 In Williamsport Three Airlifted To Hospital After Crash Shuts Down I-81 In Williamsport
Three Airlifted To Hospital After Crash Shuts Down I-81 In Williamsport Three people had to be airlifted to Johns Hopkins Hospital after a crash in Washington County that tied up traffic on I-81. On Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police office were called to the northbound lanes of the interstate near US 11 in Williamsport, where there was a reported violent crash in the area. I-81 NB IAO THE 2 MM {Williamsport area} PERSONAL INJURY COLLISION WITH A ROLLOVER &... Posted by Washington County MD Fire Calls on Thursday, November 30, 2023 Two state police helicopters airlifted three people to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, and …
Home Torched By Burning Rug In Washington County: State Fire Marshal Home Torched By Burning Rug In Washington County: State Fire Marshal
Home Torched By Burning Rug In Washington County: State Fire Marshal A Washington County home was gutted on Thursday afternoon after a homeowner accidentally set a rug ablaze in Hancock, fire officials say. Dozens of firefighters from the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department were called shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday to a home in the 4900 block of Casper Road, where there was a fast-moving fire reported in the area. According to investigators, the homeowner was attempting to burn fringes from a rug that was sitting on a plastic container, and when he walked away, he heard a noise coming from the back of the deck, where he found the porch on fire and called 91…
Suspected Judge Killer's Mercedes Found In Williamsport, Sheriff Says (DEVELOPING) Suspected Judge Killer's Mercedes Found In Williamsport, Sheriff Says (DEVELOPING)
Suspected Judge Killer's Mercedes Found In Williamsport, Sheriff Says (Developing) There may have been a break in the days after a Maryland Circuit Court judge was shot and killed in Washington County by a wanted man who is in the midst of a contentious custody hearing. On Saturday afternoon, the Washington County Sheriff's Office issued an alert that there will be a "significant" police presence in Williamsport after a silver Mercedes being driven by Pedro Argote was located in the area. There is a significant police presence in the Williamsport, MD area. The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks the... Posted by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Maryland on S…