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  1. Hypothermic kayaker rescued from Potomac RiverRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 31, 2015 | WTOP-FM Washington

    The 54-year-old man had been submerged waist-deep in the water but was hoisted to safety by a police helicopter crew after he was able to climb into a rescue basket. He was then flown to eritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Maryland for treatment.

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  2. Hagerstown man arrested after road rage incidentRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2015 | WTOP-FM Washington

    A Maryland man faces multiple criminal charges after ramming the back of another car causing a crash and then a fight on Interstate 70 east of Hagerstown Friday afternoon. Maryland State Police say that Leslie Fabian Rojas-Cartagena, 24 of Hagerstown, chased another motorist for roughly 10 miles beginning near Halfway Boulevard along Interstate 81 and then onto eastbound I-70.

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  3. Agency reinforces policy of releasing inmates close to homeRead the original story

    Jan 9, 2015 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Maryland's prison agency is reinforcing a policy of generally releasing inmates in the counties in which they were convicted. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reported in its Friday edition that the agency issued a memorandum on the subject after Hagerstown officials complained that some former prisoners from outside Washington County had been released locally from nearby state prisons.

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  4. Pedestrian struck, killed on highway in HagerstownRead the original story

    Dec 16, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Sheriff's deputies were called to the 1500 block of Dual Highway on Monday evening. Officials say a Pontiac SUV was heading east on the highway and collided with a pedestrian who was in the roadway.

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  5. Ambulance driver charged in Md. crash with carRead the original story

    Dec 1, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    An ambulance driver in Hagerstown faces charges of reckless driving and other offenses in a crash that seriously injured an automobile passenger. City police said Monday that David Reynolds of the Community Rescue Service was at fault in the collision Thursday afternoon at a downtown intersection.

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  6. 6 hurt when car, ambulance collide in western Md.Read the original story

    Nov 28, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Authorities in Hagerstown say six people were taken to hospitals after a car collided with an ambulance in a downtown intersection. City police say the crash was reported at 5 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of West Franklin and Jonathan streets.

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  7. Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy'Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 26, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them in the Northeast, during what is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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  8. Sloppy weather slows Thanksgiving travelersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 25, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways sloppy along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. By early afternoon, more than 550 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them in the Northeast.

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  9. Pedestrian killed along I-70 near Hagerstown, Md.Read the original story

    Nov 12, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Maryland State Police say a Hagerstown man has died after he was struck by a tractor-trailer on the shoulder of Interstate 70 near the western Maryland city. Police say 32-year-old Brian Wylie had parked his pickup truck on the right-hand shoulder of the eastbound lanes due to mechanical problems.

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  10. Allegiant adds 2nd Fla. route from Hagerstown, Md.Read the original story

    Nov 12, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    The Las Vegas-based carrier announced the expansion of its service at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Wednesday. It says service from Hagerstown to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport will begin Feb. 27 and operate twice a week.

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  11. Commitment ordered in Md. home foreclosure arsonRead the original story

    Nov 9, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    A Washington County judge has ordered a western Maryland woman committed to the state's maximum-security psychiatric hospital after she set fire to her home the day she and her family were to be evicted in foreclosure proceedings. Forty-eight-year-old Karen Gillespie of Sharpsburg was convicted of first-degree arson Monday in Hagerstown.

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  12. Man arrested after chase from W.Va. to Md.Read the original story

    Nov 8, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    The Washington County Sheriff's Office says West Virginia state police tried to pull over the man early Sunday morning. But authorities say the man didn't stop and drove his pickup truck into Maryland.

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  13. Park service plans working C&O canal aqueductRead the original story

    Oct 31, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    The National Park Service says it plans to offer boat rides through a restored aqueduct on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Williamsport. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reported Friday that the agency has awarded a $430,000 design contract for restoration of the Conococheague Aqueduct.

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  14. Man charged with murder in Hagerstown shootingRead the original story

    Oct 30, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Court documents show a Frederick man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a many last month in Hagerstown. Twenty-three-year-old Albert Diaz was also charged with attempted murder in the Sept.

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  15. Maryland ballot questions can be puzzlingRead the original story

    Oct 28, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Statewide ballot questions in Maryland can be head-scratchers, not just because of occasionally confusing legal language, but also because they do not always pertain to all voters across the state. Such is the case with "Question 2" on the Nov. 4 ballot, a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize, but not require, special elections to fill a vacancy for the office of executive officer or county executive.

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  16. Hagerstown OKs deal to raze toxic buildingRead the original story

    Oct 1, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    The city of Hagerstown is going ahead with a plan to clean up and demolish an old electrical plant tainted with toxic chemicals on the bank of Antietam Creek. The Herald-Mail reports that the City Council unanimously approved a deal Tuesday with the owner of the former Municipal Electric Light Plant.

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  17. 2 vehicles exchange gunfire in western MarylandRead the original story

    Sep 25, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Hagerstown police are looking for the occupants of two vehicles that exchanged gunfire as they traveled through a city neighborhood. They say occupants of a gray or silver minivan and a dark-colored sedan exchanged gunfire as they traveled in the same direction for several blocks from Jonathan Street onto Broadway north of the city center.

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  18. Md. city close to deal on razing toxic buildingRead the original story

    Sep 23, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    The city of Hagerstown is close to an agreement for cleaning up and demolishing an old electric plant filled with toxic PCBs and asbestos. The Herald-Mail reported in its Wednesday edition that the city would pay the owner of the former Municipal Electric Light Plant $650,000.

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  19. Woman dies in single-vehicle crash near HagerstownRead the original story

    Sep 20, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    Police say 48-year-old Sherry Lee Ramsburg was thrown from her pickup truck and killed after it overturned early Saturday in a crash on Jefferson Boulevard outside of Hagerstown. Investigators say Ramsburg was heading east when her truck crossed over the westbound lanes and off the roadway.

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  20. Md. woman outfits 21 fire companies with pet masksRead the original story

    Sep 19, 2014 | WTOP-FM Washington

    A western Maryland woman whose beloved dogs died in a house fire has raised enough money to buy pet oxygen masks for 21 Washington County fire companies. Ranee Baker's two basenjis , Kylie and Cricket, died of smoke inhalation after a fire at her Hagerstown home in 2012.

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