November 3, 2013
A two-month old Hagerstown girl died after her mother passed out while breastfeeding her early Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The baby was found unresponsive under her mother, Yadina Indira Morales, 22, who was "highly intoxicated," according to the sheriff's office. Morales was charged with manslaughter, second degree child abuse, reckless endangerment and other lesser charges, according to the sheriff's office. Sheriff's deputies were called to the home in the 11200 block of Scarlet Oak Drive in Hagerstown just before 7 a.m., the sheriff's office said.
October 18, 2013
The Volvo Group is expanding its 1,340-worker Hagerstown plant and plans to add more than 100 jobs there, the company announced Friday. Volvo, which makes heavy-duty engines and transmissions at the facility, anticipates a $30 million expansion. The company is upgrading the plant, centralizing some warehousing efforts and bringing back work - machining and assembly operations for Mack heavy-duty drive axles - that was handled in Hagerstown years ago but had been moved to a third-party supplier in Pennsylvania.
September 1, 2013
On Jan. 9, 2003, Rick Conrad, a career firefighter in Hagerstown, proposed a plan to his union's charitable foundation. The union, founded in 1966, had a long history of supporting local charities. But Conrad, who lives in Clear Spring, had something much larger in mind. He envisioned a two-day event, with live music, free food and giveaways of cars, motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of dollars. "They liked it," Conrad recalled, adding, "They put it in front of our membership for a vote, and they passed it unanimously.
August 20, 2013
A prison inmate is being treated for stab wounds he suffered during a fight among three prisoners at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown on Monday night, a spokesman for the prison system said. Mark Vernarelli said the 32-year-old man from Frederick County was injured in an altercation outside of his cell at about 8:30 p.m., and officers "quickly controlled the situation. " The prisoner — serving 10 years and six months for four convictions on second-degree assault and burglary — was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was being treated for several puncture wounds.
August 16, 2013
An inmate at a Western Maryland state prison tested positive for the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease, prompting an investigation of the facility's water and air-conditioning systems, corrections officials said Friday. The inmate, a man in his 40s, had been sent from Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown to Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, where he was found to be carrying legionella bacteria. The bacteria are found in warm water and can cause Legionnaires' disease, marked by a cough, high fever, muscle aches and headache.
July 11, 2013
The present and former owners of a Hagerstown cement plant have agreed to pay a $700,000 fine and beef up emission controls at the facility to settle alleged air pollution violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The proposed federal court consent decree requires Holcim Inc. to install "advanced pollution controls" at the Hagerstown manufacturing facility, which employs about 100 workers. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., also pledged to spend at least $150,000 on replacing an outdated piece of plant equipment with one that emits less pollution.