Hancock News

Washington County sues drug makers and distributors in opioid lawsuit

Washington County government officials announced they have filed litigation in federal court against numerous opioid manufacturers and distributors seeking damages relating to the ongoing opioid crisis in the county. The Board of County Commissioners have retained the local law firm The Poole Law Group, along with a team of national law firms, to initiate litigation…

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Dedication ceremony set for Hancock veteran banners

by GEOFF FOX   The first phase of the veterans banner project will come to an end on Tuesday evening, September 11, as town officials will dedicate the banners in Widmeyer Park. Mayor Ralph Salvagno said the hope is to recognize those veterans on the banners as well as all veterans at that point. “I…

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Maryland archery deer season opens Saturday

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that Archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens in Maryland this Friday, September 7, and continues through January 31, 2019. “Archery hunters harvest over 25,000 deer each year, many from urban and suburban areas where excessive deer numbers are especially problematic. The early archery season is also…

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Drag racing event at airport drew crowds, highlighted by two wrecks

by GEOFF FOX Two wrecks marred a street-racing event at the Potomac Airfield in Hancock, WV, this past weekend. One wreck left a man seriously injured. The two-day event drew around 1,000 people according to a social media post by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The actual number was far less than what organizers expected.…

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Man flees DUI stop

A Berkeley Springs man fleeing a traffic stop on Fairview Drive was arrested in Washington County, Md. after police there used “stop sticks” to deflate his tires on I-70. According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, David E. Bucher, 51, will face charges in both West Virginia and Maryland following a…

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Tri-State wins quality awards

Tri-State Community Health received two awards on August 16 from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at a presentation in McConnellsburg. The agency presented Tri-State representatives with the National Quality Leader award and a Health Center Quality Leader award. The awards recognize the highest performing health centers among over 1,400 health centers in…

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Environmental groups ask for rehearing on Columbia pipeline permit

by KATE SHUNNEY Two environmental groups who have actively opposed approval of an interstate natural gas line that would run under the Potomac River have asked a federal agency to hold another hearing on the project and reassess the impacts of the pipeline. Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Chesapeake Climate Action Network filed a request with…

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Man in custody for Sunday stabbing at AC&T

by GEOFF FOX Police are investigating a stabbing at a Hancock gas station that sent one man to Meritus Medical Center early Sunday morning. Around 12:30 a.m. on August 19, Hancock police were alerted to the AC&T at 260 East Main Street for a subject who was bleeding. When police arrived, they found Wes Barrett,…

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Driver in April chase, crash charged in W.Va.

The driver who led Hancock police on a chase down I-70 and across the Hancock bridge in April has been extradited to West Virginia to face charges there. Christopher McCauley, 23, of Berkeley Springs was charged on Thursday, August 16 in Morgan County Magistrate Court with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage,…

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