Hancock News

Juveniles charged for possession of marijuana

Three Hancock juveniles between the ages of 15- and 16-years old were charged on Wednesday, May 16, through the Department of Juvenile Justice with possession of marijuana, less than 10 grams. Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is a civil offense. Subjects who are younger than 18-years of age and found in possession…

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Hancock spared as flooding hits southern part of county

by Geoff Fox As the rain fell last week, the thought of flooding went through everyone’s mind. While Hancock didn’t have any serious flooding, the southern part of Washington County was hit with major damage from rising waters. According to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Potomac River in Hancock crested sometime…

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Bond reduced for missing woman found in jail

by KATE SHUNNEY A Hancock woman who had been reported missing on February 8 and was the subject of a police search has been released from the Eastern Regional Jail and permitted by the court to return to Hancock under bond supervision. Brandy Lee Croasmun, 26, was arrested on March 27 in Martinsburg and charged…

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After bids, town officials still weighing pool design, costs

by Geoff Fox After receiving five bids for the construction of a new municipal pool, town official were still unsure about the next steps in building the facility. Hancock has been without a town pool for the last three summer seasons. Town Manager David Smith said if the town were to award to one of…

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Suspect in April pursuit and accident caught

by Geoff Fox A Berkeley Springs man who led Hancock police on a pursuit into West Virginia was arrested in Frederick County last week. According to Hancock Police Chief Rich Miller, Christopher Jay McCauley was picked up in Frederick County, Maryland, on Thursday, May 10, and is being held on $10,000 bond pending a bond…

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Ruff Ride brings police & K-9 memorial effort to Hancock

by Patricia Keys Ruff Ride cyclists launched their second day of this year’s Memorial Bicycle Ride on Friday, May 10 from Hancock. The Ruff Ride became a Law Enforcement United (LEU) Sanctioned Event in 2012 and hosts an annual trail-style Bicycle Ride leaving from Cumberland, Md. to Washington, D.C. along the C&O Canal Trail. The…

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Promise scholarship approved, draws support

by Geoff Fox In a 3-1 vote, town officials approved the promise scholarship for local high school students, first proposed by Mayor Ralph Salvagno in February. Councilman Tim Boyer was the lone vote against the scholarship. During the May town meeting, Salvagno fleshed out plans for the scholarship by adding four statements to a draft…

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School super grilled about ag program, Hancock’s future

by KATE SHUNNEY For the second time in two weeks, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael got a taste of Hancock’s displeasure over the shift of the local agriculture teacher to Clear Spring. But during last Thursday’s listening session at Hancock High School, Michael was swamped by a much larger and more vocal contingency…

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County zoning board denies Sideling Hill tower request

by KATE SHUNNEY The Washington County Board of Zoning denied a request on May 2 from cell phone provider U.S. Cellular to secure an exception to county rules and allow the construction of a 195’ monopole tower on Sideling Hill Mountain. In a 3-2 vote, the board rejected the request to build the tower at…

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