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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
A Washington County man digging a hole to plant a tree in his backyard unearthed a 3-inch Civil War-era round Thursday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The round, which had never been fired, was identified as a 3-inch Federal Navy Schenkl, with its fusing mechanism still intact. Fire Marshal officials said J.D. Taylor, of the 17000 block of Powell Road in Sharpsburg, found the round and turned it over to authorities. The round was safely disposed of, the fire marshal's office said.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Prince George's County will become the state's second jurisdiction to stop honoring federal requests to hold illegal immigrants beyond their scheduled release unless agents can demonstrate it is likely that they have committed a crime, county officials said Thursday. County officials have issued the policy in response to a recent letter from the office of the Maryland attorney general, who opined that holding immigrants on "detainers" requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement without probable cause to believe they are criminals could violate the Fourth Amendment.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 16, 2003
LaVALE -- A Washington County teen-ager died and several people were injured Saturday night in a multivehicle crash on Interstate 68 in LaVale, Allegany County, state police said. Kelly Peacher, 16, of Clear Spring was pronounced dead at the scene, said Pfc. Jack Mathew of the Maryland State Police. The two passengers in her car and the driver of one other vehicle were taken to Cumberland Memorial Hospital. Peacher was driving west on I-68 when her 1997 Hyundai Tiburon collided with a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
No offense to conventional hotels, but sometimes you just want to stay someplace a little different, a little avant-garde, someplace you'll be able to tell the grandkids about someday. You know, someplace that, once you post a picture on Facebook, will make every one of your 732 friends positively green with envy - or at least scratching their heads, wondering how you ever found this place. (And preferably, someplace that won't require taking out a second mortgage to get there and hang out for a few days - which, regrettably, precludes anything atop Mount Kilimanjaro.)
NEWS
By Michael Olesker | October 7, 2003
WE MAKE excuses, or we get on with our lives. The oldest excuse for the 30-year calamity in the schools of the city of Baltimore is not enough money. Such laments are heard all across America. The best school systems have the most money, and money translates to high academic scores and the eternal blossoming of communities. So what in the world is going on in Washington County, out there in Western Maryland, where the traditional public school barometers have run amok and not an excuse needs to be uttered?
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1998
Phoenix Color Corp. said yesterday that it will embark on a multimillion-dollar expansion plan in Washington County that could add as many as 600 jobs over five years.The Hagerstown-based book-component manufacturer plans to spend as much as $100 million over the next seven years for a new complex on an 80-acre tract along Interstate 81, near the Washington County Regional Airport. The company said it will spend about $38 million to finish the first of three project phases by November. The first phase includes the construction of a 175,000-square-foot plant and a multistory office building.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 29, 1997
William Kennedy Boone III, whose family has long been prominent in Baltimore-area and Maryland politics, was sworn in this month as a judge of the Washington County Circuit Court.Boone, who had been a partner with the Hagerstown law firm of Wachs, Boone & Schubel since 1973, was appointed last month by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to fill a vacancy created last year when Judge Daniel W. Moylan retired.Boone is a 1964 graduate of the Naval Academy and a graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday allowing Baltimore City and Washington County to adopt a program launched in Anne Arundel County under which people with open warrants can have their state income tax refunds withheld, The legislation builds on an initiative launched by Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman under which 446 letters were sent out to people who had outstanding warrants warning that the Comptroller's Office would not send them...
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2004
The Washington County Planning Commission voted unanimously last night to allow the owner of a Boonsboro farm to continue inviting hunters there as long as he posts warning signs and follows state laws designed to protect nearby residents from stray bullets. Joseph Michael, a Washington County attorney who owns 137 acres of land, much of which he has set aside as a noncommercial shooting area, was surprised that the hunting area wasn't delineated on maps for Meadows Green, a new housing development nearby.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | March 6, 1996
Toyota Motor Corp. is considering Maryland for the site of a new engine plant that would create at least 150 jobs and partially stem the tide of declining manufacturing in the state.The world's third-largest automaker, which will require the new facility to supply 350,000 engines annually for its Corolla models made in California and Canada, is focusing on sites in Washington and Cecil counties, state and other sources said yesterday."We're hopeful at this point," said Joy Koch, a foreign investment representative in the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that it has picked the head of a chamber in Western Maryland to succeed its retiring CEO. Brien Poffenberger, CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce for the past decade, will step into the top spot at the state chamber June 16. Kathleen T. Snyder will retire that month after leading the organization for nearly 15 years. Poffenberger intends to focus on the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition, an effort by business groups across the state to get more business friendly tax and regulatory policies in place as well as to increase job growth, spur entrepreneurial activities and improve workforce education.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday allowing Baltimore City and Washington County to adopt a program launched in Anne Arundel County under which people with open warrants can have their state income tax refunds withheld, The legislation builds on an initiative launched by Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman under which 446 letters were sent out to people who had outstanding warrants warning that the Comptroller's Office would not send them...
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March 3, 2014
Annapolis Old Mill defeated the Washington County Northstars, 5-1, to win the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League Class 1A Ice Hockey Championship on Friday at the Garden's Ice House in Laurel. The win capped an undefeated season for Annapolis Old Mill, with a record of 16 -0. In the championship game, Annapolis Old Mill got two goals in the first period, two in the second and one in the third before giving up a goal to the Northstars. The first goal was at even strength on a shot from the point by freshman Mason Ostrowski, assisted by David Hitt.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Authorities say a disgruntled former Chipotle employee conspired with her boyfriend to hold up four area locations at gunpoint, according to a federal indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.   Marvel Alegria, 23, and boyfriend Lamont Bonds, 27, were first charged in November 2012 with robbing two Montgomery County Chipotles.  In a news release at the time, county police said Alegria had been fired from the Mt. Airy Chipotle and had made threats to retaliate.  The federal indictment, unsealed Friday, alleges that Alegria provided information to Bonds to "obtain the maximum amount of cash proceeds.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
The wait is over for the Sparrows Point girls soccer team. After reaching the state tournament for a 10th time since 1999 and making their fifth title game appearance, the No. 12 Pointers used a gritty performance and two late goals against Smithsburg to score a dramatic 2-1 win in the Class 1A final at UMBC Stadium. It took tying goal from sophomore Lindsea Webb with seven minutes left and then an epic winning goal from freshman Kasie Lambert with 2:16 to play to beat the Leopards from Washington County.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
A Washington County man digging a hole to plant a tree in his backyard unearthed a 3-inch Civil War-era round Thursday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The round, which had never been fired, was identified as a 3-inch Federal Navy Schenkl, with its fusing mechanism still intact. Fire Marshal officials said J.D. Taylor, of the 17000 block of Powell Road in Sharpsburg, found the round and turned it over to authorities. The round was safely disposed of, the fire marshal's office said.
BUSINESS
By Anne Lauren Henslee and Anne Lauren Henslee,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 3, 2002
Rural communities throughout Maryland are facing more than mere growing pains from an increase in population. According to state officials, some areas are growing at a rate faster than the land's resources can afford. Last week, Washington County took measures to prevent such a trend from happening on its soil. The county's permits and inspections office has tracked the evidence of the county's growth. From 1990 to 2000, the town of Smithsburg's population surged 76 percent. Nearby Boonsboro's rose 15 percent.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Former Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan's decision to run for his old seat after a six-year hiatus has changed the political landscape of the state's largest county even as critics argue that new demographics could present a big hurdle to his comeback. Duncan, 57, a Democrat who ended his 2006 campaign for governor abruptly after he was diagnosed with depression, told supporters last week that he will run for county executive in 2014 — setting the stage for a possible showdown with incumbent Isiah "Ike" Leggett that would have statewide political implications.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
A broken sewer line in Catonsville that went undetected for three weeks after the storm called Sandy passed through the area poured nearly 1.3 million gallons of raw waste into a tributary of the Patapsco River, Baltimore County officials reported Wednesday. County workers discovered the spill Tuesday on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital Center after a neighboring resident complained about sewage odors to the Maryland Department of the Environment, which relayed the information, according to David Fidler, spokesman for the county's Department of Public Works.
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