“It's a great way to partner and find collaborations and create new ideas, new thoughts, new programs and really work on that next generation of entrepreneurs that are coming,” said Kay Stimson, Director of Communications for the National Association of Secretaries of State.
No matter where you live, officials across the four-state area say the same thing: heroin is hurting their communities.
A local police department isn't very fond of the law and says it will have a negative impact on how they operate.
The Washington County Delegation sponsored a bill allowing the comptroller to withhold state tax refunds for people with an outstanding arrest warrant.
A heated debate arose between the Liberty gas station on Reliance Road, town council, and some residents over tractor trailer noises.
Rita Daywalt and Paul Schemel are this year's Republican candidates for state representative in the 90th district.
While in contact with the occupants, deputies say they saw behavior that led them to believe they may be in possession of drugs. A drug sniffing dog conducted a check of the vehicle, and alerted to the odor of narcotics inside.
Farming season is kicking into high gear this month and farmers in Pennsylvania came together to learn more about their craft and how to be safe doing it.
Detectives with the Frederick Police Department have made a sixth arrest in the January 2014 armed robbery and kidnapping, which occurred in the area of E 16th Street and N East Street.
The parents of a little girl who died while in their care are facing additional charges related to her death, according to the State's Attorney for Frederick County.
A Thurmont, Md., brush fire damages several acres of state park land.
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies came to verify the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Monday.
Healthy meals are being delivered to seniors' homes to lower the number of senior malnutrition cases. The senior assisted living facility will be taking part in this initiative for April and May.
Crews were on the scene after a field fire that broke out in Washington Township shortly before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Authorities say about 400 people attended a party at College Park Apartments where the shooting happened. The building is located just yards away from the University’s football stadium.
"Terk", as she’s affectionately called by her handlers, was one of five horses seized from Robert Bir when Jefferson County Sheriff and Animal Control officials charged him with 15 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
"As soon as the grass started really getting green then I got hit with it, then it took a break, and now that the flowers are coming out it's all over again."
The incident happened on Sunday, April 13 around 2:55 a.m. along Hammond's Mill Road.
The incident happened on Tuesday, April 8 around 3:15 a.m. along the 11600 block of Ernestville Road in Clear Spring.
The acts are alleged to have occurred in 2013 when Protogiannis used his official government credit card to obtain cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia.
K-9 Officer Kota and his handler Corporal Brittany Kotynski-Neer will receive an award this week from the Woodman of the World Chapter 34, officials say.
In Annapolis, Md., the governor signed several bills Monday, including two marijuana bills and Jake's Law.
Check out these two adorable adoptable pets in this week's Pet of the Week!
First responders were called to the house around 2 p.m. Saturday along the 13000 block of Distant View Avenue. Deputies say emergency personnel administered first aid to the child after the family was already conducting CPR.
The steady wind caused some patches of trees and brush to catch fire up to a mile away from the barn's location, according to firefighters.
One person had to be flown to the hospital after a dirt bike and car crashed head-on in Berkeley County, West Virginia Sunday evening.
The fire damaged two and a half acres, according to dispatchers.
Many brought along their trusty companions to take advantage of the Fairgrounds' dog park, a still fairly new addition to the area that proven to be a success.
Police say everyone in the car made it out safely, and only one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
WHAG's Carmen Chau sat down with Tom Shupp of Frederick Memorial Hospital to discuss the dangers of a stroke and how it can be prevented.
This was off-campus housing, where students were having a party or a large gathering, according to police.
Dispatchers say the fire started from an unattended brush fire that spread to the home.
Dispatchers say fortunately the driver of the car and people inside the house escaped without injuries.
"I feel like it gives these gentlemen and ladies an opportunity to get back into society of reality from being in war zones and what they've been through and the stress they have."
A driver police say was under the influence of alcohol hit several telephone poles and struck a home on Jim Town Road.
Pennsylvania State Police Carlisle Barracks is searching for a missing 55-year old woman who is mentally handicapped.
Officers with the Hagerstown Police Department responded to a stabbing Sunday around 1 a.m. at the 200 block of West Franklin Street.
Several officers from the Frederick Police Department responded to South Pendleton Court Sunday for an assault around 2:37 a.m.
Marcus Darnell Hill, 11, was found safely at a friend's house around 10 a.m. Sunday.
Police say a man who had the smell of alcohol on his breath crashed his car into telephone polls and then into a home Saturday evening in Frederick County, Maryland.
Dispatchers with Franklin County Fire and Rescue say it happened around 8:15 p.m. along the 13400 block of South Avenue in Blue Ridge Summit.
Dispatchers say the homeowners noticed the fire when they arrived back at the home.
"My roommate was with me, he was sleeping in the living room, I was in my bedroom. All of a sudden he ran in, said the house was on fire. At first I kind of thought I was in a dream."
Frederick County, Md. agencies compete in a basketball tournament to combat child abuse.
James F. Shanahan, 58, has been arrested and charged with first and second degree assault.
Frederick County legislator, Delegate Kathy Afzali is working with child advocates to create a bill that would keep children from falling through the cracks of the foster care system.
A Franklin County barn was seriously damaged by a fire Friday evening.
"It's pretty special and kind of unusual. Me at 70 and him at 90 and we play twice a week so its' unusual but we'll continue on as long as we can," said Ron Myers, Jack's son, who's 70-years-old
WHAG’s Merris Badcock spoke one-on-one with Commander Marcinko about his thoughts on the current administration.
“We have no intention of going away,” said John “Victor” Murray, spokesman for Local 1605.
In a statement released by Family Dollar they say after a comprehensive review they've decided to close around 370 stores.
"If I can entertain them and motivate them to take care of themselves to listen to their parents, teachers and doctors and to treat people with disabilities, they're no different than anyone else."
The incident happened Thursday, April 10, around 4:17 p.m. at the Kmart located on W Patrick Street.
Officers say on April 8, they were requested to assist with apprehending a wanted subject, who was working at a Applebee's Restaurant along Washington Township Blvd.
"When I do something and I’m committed to it, like I am my children, I can’t imagine not giving it 100 percent."
Roger Engle talks about his new book "Stories From a Small town" which focuses on his childhood in Hedgesville, WV.
Thursday night's Bragging Rights winner goes to Grandpa Jack and the Young at Heart tennis group!
One of the major topics of discussion was reducing crashes and aggressive drivers on Interstate-81. State police say within the past month there have been two double fatality crashes, one near Williamsport, Maryland and another near Falling Waters, West Virginia.
The crash happened just a couple miles south of Junction Virginia 48 around 6:30 a.m. Friday. All north and southbound lanes were shut down just before 11 a.m. Friday.
"When you're first told, you have breast cancer it just knocks your socks off and it's hard to believe and I was afraid I was going to die," said Betty Shelley, breast cancer survivor for 26 years.
Warm weather means more motorcyclists on the road.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission met Thursday morning, with members of the city council in attendance. City firefighter contracts proved to be a hot topic.
Pennsylvania primary elections are quickly approaching, and the Franklin County Voter Registration Office wants to encourage residents to vote.
In the spirit of the Masters, some Winchester residents headed to the greens in support of a good cause.
"These structures have stood out here for about 40 plus years," said Todd Meyers, Spokesperson for Potomac Edison. "They were ending their useful life and what we're doing is spending $18 million to put up a brand new line on the old right of way."
It’s a tragic incident that Chambersburg Area Senior High School Principal Buddy Chapel says is terrifying for any school.
William Bair III, 21, and a 17-year-old male are both facing rape charges, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
The incident happened around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, April 6 at a Subway Restaurant located at 415 Abbottstown, St. East Berlin, Adams County.
Brown faces up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $1 million if convicted.
The Ralls are a transgender married couple who live in Hagerstown, Md. Jack was born female and identifies as a male, and Sarah was born male and identifies as a female.
In Frederick County, Md., it allows county civic and charitable groups to hold up to four gaming events each year with major prizes of more than $5,000.
"I certainly sympathize with the neighbors. I wouldn't be happy about it either," said Sheriff Mullendore. "But what do you do with it? Where do you put it? It has to go somewhere. It's one of those social necessities that you have to have because we do have a heroine addiction problem in Washington County and that is one of the methods to address the addiction."
About 200 inmates had the chance to listen to victims of crimes and their families share their stories first-hand Wednesday.
With 21 fatalities in work zones across the state last year, the Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging individuals and organizations to wear orange.
Check out this week's Kidscaster!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and officials with Meritus Health have been working hard to lower the number of child abuse cases in Washington County.
The teenager accused of stabbing his grandparents to death inside their Keedysville home has been indicted on additional charges, according to officials with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The crash happened around 1:36 p.m. at mm 47.5 along Interstate-81 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
"This is the Super Bowl of Labrador Retriever shows," said Melanie Wilson, who came to Frederick, Md. from Georgia for the event.
Authorities say the two tractor trailers collided on US 340 at Bakerton Road around 1:08 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The call came in around 12:35 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Distribution Center along 11935 Hopewell Road in Hagerstown.
The goal of the program is for Pre-K students to develop and sustain reading habits outside of the classroom.
Police say around 6:47 p.m. Tuesday they were called to the 1000 block of Columbine Drive for a disorderly conduct complaint.
According to our NBC affiliates, at least 20 students are injured in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.
The 10-year-old girl was sexually assaulted over the course of multiple months on a Central Fulton District school bus.
"I mean who's going to come help us." said one concerned resident. "You know they got bullet proof glass and all this and do I need to wear a bullet proof vest to go to work everyday? What am I going to do to protect my children?"
A seminar was hosted by the hospital for those interested in learning about COPD, a top killer of Americans in lung disease.
Officers with the Frederick Police Department arrested a local woman after they say she stabbed another man during an argument.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says a former Roxbury prison guard has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.
Authorities say Adams was not allowed to carry firearms at the time of the crime. He had only been out of jail for five days before the fatal shooting.
“Our education forum that they always do introduce our local business leaders to the programs that are offered here at Wilson College and the economic impact that Wilson College has on the community,” said Dr. Eric Michael, Director of the Master of Education Program.
Thanks to the bravery of two Winchester firefighters, one person was pulled out of the flames, and survived.
WHAG's Merris Badcock, who has been closely following the problem, attended a substance abuse conference in Middletown, and shows us just how many people heroin has affected.
The stadium has a new picnic area tent, where fans can catch some shade and new, healthier items at concession stands. Some Frederick residents say they weren’t aware of the new improvements at the stadium.
Fire officials are investigating a large fire that destroyed a house in Harpers Ferry Tuesday afternoon. Jefferson County Fire and Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m. along 2257 Chestnut Hill Road.
"The multitasking while you are driving is just not acceptable, and that goes for eating, putting your makeup on, reading the newspaper, and any of those things that you are doing can lead to vehicle crashes," said Deputy Matheny.
Police say Chad Williams Sneathen, 24, of Front Royal, was driving in his pickup truck when he ran through a stop sign at the intersection, pulling out in front of a tractor trailer.
In all, GM recalled several million vehicles since February 2014 for various reasons. On Monday, Ford announced a recall of nearly 435,000 cars and SUV's to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats.
The incident happened around 7:53 p.m. in the 1400 block of Key Parkway in Frederick.
A judge sentenced Gary Ray Bookheimer, Jr., 50, to 12 years incarceration within the Division of Corrections.
Also passing on the last day of session, "Jake's Law," which increases the penalties for someone using a cell phone while driving if they kill or seriously injure another person and are found at fault for the accident.
"It's just unfortunate kind of sad state of affairs now a days you know people are that desperate that they have to rob from a church," said Jim Mertz, Financial Secretary at Mount Lena United Methodist Church.
The Hagerstown treatment center will relocate to a new space near Williamsport.
A Vietnam era veteran turned PTSD therapist talks mental health and the military.
Since Harmony Place closed in October 2013, women suffering from sexual abuse have had nowhere to turn to. The United Way of Front Royal wishes to bring these services back to Warren County.
It happened around 3:56 p.m. along 116 East Cork Street in Winchester. Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting smoke coming from a duplex.
"Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia are very close together and sometimes there are difficulties in finding what the person is being prescribed in other states."
The FDA has approved a new "at home" remedy to prevent narcotic overdoses, which continue to climb across the four-state area.
The incident happened in the evening of Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the area of the Travelodge on Monocacy Blvd.
Corbet signed house bills 89 and 316, as well as Senate bill 24. The Senate bill created a statewide database, and allows for electric reporting of child abuse.
Police are searching for a man they say is responsible for sexually assaulting two women over the weekend.
This year's donation allows Winchester Parks & Recreation to add doggy playground equipment, nine total, along with two picnic tables with shade structures. The dog park is located in Jim Barnett Park.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has identified the victim who died in the four-alarm fire along East Franklin Street in Hagerstown last week.
Police say these types of vandalisms include smashed car windows, broken mailboxes, damaged property, and graffiti.
Check out these two adorable, adoptable pets in this week's Pet of the Week!
A top priority of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, he's expected to sign the bill quickly after session ends.
The incident occurred Thursday, April 3, in the area of Park Ridge Drive in Frederick.
Deputies say he was located at a residence in Hagerstown. He was found with no injuries, and is doing okay.
Fire and rescue crews received a call to a mobile home that caught fire in the 14200 block of Hoovers Mill Road in Frederick County, Maryland Sunday evening.
Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg say 78-year-old William Ronald Parson had heart failure while driving.
People gathered Sunday for a special benefit event that's been taking place every year for more than a decade.
WHAG's Carmen Chau sat down with Kathy Grife from Frederick Memorial Hospital to discuss the third leading cause of death in Americans - COPD.
Police are looking for the person who they say used a $100 counterfeit bill at a Franklin County business.
Dispatchers with Franklin County Fire and Rescue say someone found the vehicle off the roadway.
Reach of Washington County kicked off its Second Annual Finish Line running event at the Family Recreation Park on Sunday, with all proceeds going towards the non-profit.
Frederick, Md. residents are still using e-cigarettes despite health reports from the Centers for Disease control.
Dispatchers say the fire has burned three to five acres.
WHAG has learned that the boyfriend shot in an attempted murder-suicide over the weekend, is now dead.
The fire destroyed a mobile home and killed a dog.
Both vehicles were not drivable after the accident and had to be towed from the scene.
Dispatchers say the fire started in the garage, burning up through the roof and into some of the home before fire crews arrived.
The sheriff's office says Lindsay Cyndle Eldessoky, 28, of Hagerstown, Maryland is the victim who died in the tragic crash.
It would gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018.
The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, or ABC, and the Barr Construction Institute held the annual skills craft competition Saturday, as students put their skills to the test.
More than 350 million years ago, when the Earth's continents were drifting apart and colliding, Crystal Grottoes Caverns was born.
The owner of the Lhasa Apso dog that was rescued from a sinkhole last Sunday says the sinkhole has been a problem for about a year.
Pennsylvania State Police responded to a two vehicle accident Saturday around 4:37 a.m. in Franklin County.
A final vote on the minimum wage bill is scheduled on the Maryland Senate floor Saturday. The bill will then head to the Maryland House of Delegates.
The bill will apply to children whose families make less than 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
"It's been a difficult three months of course with just the grieving process. But obviously, not knowing who did it and knowing that person is still out there and could possibly act again is probably the hardest and most difficult thing that we struggle with everyday," said Theresa Allocca, victim's mother.
Early symptoms include things like lack of smell, slowness of movement, stiffness and tremors. Parkinson’s also affects all ranges of people.
Officers with the Washington Township Police Department issued 11 speeding tickets Friday along Buchanan Trail East. During the patrol, officers say speeds were timed as high as 85 MPH.
“Supporting the local businesses is obviously important. We have had many open, 25 since July, so we have many businesses to explore and then stop in and see your old favorites,” said Danielle Grooms of the Frederick Downtown Partnership.
According to police, the victim, who was not identified, said an unknown male suspect approached him and displayed a handgun. Then, the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim, and ran away on foot.
On Thursday, the Dobbins family visited Berkeley Medical Center to say thank you to all the first responders and emergency personnel who were working during the accident.
"I’m going to remember Mark just everywhere I go,” said Mark's mother Sharon Blair. “Everywhere. I'm just going to take him everywhere."
"You know people don't think that we're affected by this thing but when you see things like this day in and day out it's very helpful to have this sort of intervention that we can respond to it appropriately and they're there to help if we need it," said Dr. Jim Carrier, Trauma Director at Berkeley Medical Center
Officers with the Frederick Police Department are investigating a robbery that happened on Wednesday.
Multiple crews were called to the scene around 8 p.m. for a fire reported at 44 East Franklin Street in Hagerstown.
The incident happened on Jan. 3, 2014 around 1 a.m. at a Motel 6 located at 999 W. Patrick Street.
The incident happened around 4:06 p.m. at Auto Recycling Services located on 658 North Loudoun Street. The owner of the business called police stating he was getting a low radiation reading from a recently delivered package.
Winchester’s City Manager Dale Iman has confirmed the resignation of Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jim Deskins.
Apple Blossom's Got Talent is the newest event, and has been wildly successful. So much in fact, that co-chairs have decided to bring in Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. as a guest judge.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on 9939 Downsville Pike in Hagerstown.
According to court documents, the victim says the woman allegedly stole $25,000 in cash, and the two knew each other for nearly 16 years.
They expressed their concerns with the Foster Care System, while honoring 21-month-old Anayah Williams.
Officers with the Martinsburg Police Department currently have active warrants out for three people in connection to a meth lab trailer fire that happened early Tuesday morning.
It happened around 12:41 p.m. along Rt. 340 eastbound in Jefferson.
The incident happened around 7:43 a.m., along 10417 Fergusson Lane in Williamsport.
Robert Alexis Saldarriaga-Yepes, 20, was living in New Market, Md., when he was arrested by Frederick County Sheriff deputies on child exploitation related charges. At the time, the female victim was 9-years-old.
According to a survey from AAA, 65 percent of Americans believe gas is too high when the price reaches $3.50 per gallon. 53 percent say they are changing their driving behaviors to offset gas prices.
A woman is dead after being hit by a Washington County Sheriff's Office vehicle on Dual Highway early Thursday morning.
"I think it's wonderful that we can be proactive. We can start moving ahead and doing more things in order to help more people and so that we can then address the issue and then hopefully we can prevent some of the things that do happen," said Marcie, Crisis Specialist with CASA, Inc.
Federal agents and army investigators continue to search for answers at Fort Hood, after a solider opened fire Wednesday afternoon killing three, and injuring 16 people before apparently turning his gun on himself.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Winchester’s Economic Development Authority Executive Director, Jim Deskins, was arrested last Thursday on drug and prostitution charges.
The Frederick County Citizens Services Division held a public event at City Hall to bring awareness to child abuse in the area, and to award the center for its outstanding work in the community.
"This is not a vertical skate park. This is a street-oriented skate park with grind rails, stairs, grind boxes, that sort of thing, so the features are street-raised. This is something the kids chose."
It requires repeat DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock system to make sure they're under the legal limit before they get behind the wheel.
She was located earlier Wednesday. Details are limited surrounding the status of Cheyenne. The teen went missing on March 26.
"He said you didn't pay for your electric bill, and if you don’t pay within 15 minutes, I will cut your power off,” said Chen, when she was first confronted by her scammer via telephone.
“It's good to get out in the mornings and get your exercise and I walk, almost everyday I walk and it's wonderful to get out of the house,” said Linda Luster of Frederick.
"It’s great that we are all out here walking to support each other's families and each other's children in their classrooms," said Dianne Freeman-Jones, parent of two children affected by autism.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the Frederick County Sheriff's office responded to a house on Apple Pie Ridge Road and found Andrew B. Lowder, 31, deceased from an apparent heroin overdose.
Liza Evans and Kristen Frizzell from the National Aquarium joined WHAG Wednesday in the studio, and brought some special guests.
Officials say photos and informational posters depicting the unknown person, known only as John Doe 28, are being handed out to the public.
Michele Hunter was sentenced to a minimum of nine years to a maximum of 20 years in prison on four charges related to the abuse of Billy.
"And it's very unfortunate that i'm not surprised for that reason but the fact that it's so close to our schools and where our children go to do dance and gymnastic lessons, that's very unsettling," said Teena Hine, Martinsburg parent.
The bill would increase the penalties for people using a cell phone who are at fault for an accident that causes the death or serious injury to another person to up to three years in prison, 12 points on a driving record, and a $5,000 fine.
"It gives you a gleam of hope that you're helping somebody out. You're saving somebody else's life. You're giving them a second chance. You can't take your organs to heaven," said Sonja.
Billy was just four-years-old when his then step-mom Michele Hunter pushed him, severely damaging his brain. Now he is seven and still suffering from the effects of the trauma he survived.
"I hear it constantly from people that they're moving to Florida and other states because they pay taxes all their life, and it's not fair you pay taxes after you die."
Officials say Daniel Harvey shot Harry Nelson in the torso following a dispute outside of Harvey’s home along the 300-block of Stephens Lane in Fort Valley.
City council is currently accepting applications for Weber’s seat. They will select someone to hold his position until a formal election, most likely in November.
"They said it was all about mine safety and we start talking about mining, and mine safety responsibility, and never once did they reveal that they were being paid or they were doing this for Don Blankenship," said Sen. Manchin.
The wine auction benefits the daycare, which has been in the area for more than 40 years. It's the only daycare which charges tuition according to a sliding scale.
The warmer temperatures are finally here and as those temperatures continue to rise, police say there are certain crimes that we’ll start to see more of.
The State of Maryland has awarded grants totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars to organizations helping victims of sexual assault.
While searching for the missing Relisha Rudd, 8, at the D.C. Park, police found Tatum's body from what they're saying is an apparent suicide.
Police say the bicyclist was riding along the road around 7 p.m. Monday, when it was struck by a passing vehicle.
The fire happened in the early morning hours Tuesday around 6:15 a.m. on 312 Athletic Street. Police are still searching for the homeowners.
Cheyenne Wantz, 17, of Waynesboro, has been missing since March 26, 2014.
Scott Everett Hiles, 31, is charged with six different sex offenses ranging from rape to indecent assault, to two additional criminal offenses.
It happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning at an Exxon Station on Reliance Road in Middletown.
Both firefighters were released from the emergency room Tuesday morning. Officials say one was treated for heat exhaustion, and the other for shoulder injuries.
"We want people to understand that every year there are approximately 3000 clothing dryer fires in the United States resulting in about $34 million in property lost," said Cpt. Kevin Fox, Frederick County Division of Fire/Rescue Services.
The open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends Monday at midnight.
At this time, police say they believe the body found is that of Kahlil Tatum. Officials say the cause of death appears to be a suicide.
The Attorney General said issues like frauds, scams and healthcare are challenges that the elderly face on a daily basis.
The additional screenings were ordered following the March 24 shooting death of a Williamsport man and sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo.
A Pennsylvania man accused of killing his mother will no longer be facing the death penalty, according to Franklin County District Attorney Matthew D. Fogal.