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Teens Moved From Martinsburg Treatment Facility After DHHR Investigation

Teenagers at a Martinsburg-based residential treatment facility were removed after a Department of Health and Human Resources investigation Friday. DHHR declined an interview but said the Bureau of Social Services has stopped placing children at the Board of Child Care as a result of the investigation. A statement provided to...
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Frederick County Council Hears More Opposition To Sugarloaf Plan

They were concerned about proposed downzoning several properties. Frederick, Md. (KM) – There was some opposition expressed Tuesday night to the proposed Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan during a Frederick County Council meeting. Jim McIntosh lives on Park Mills Road in Adamstown, and he said there’s no danger of any mass development in the Sugarloaf area. “Developments haven’t happened in this area since 1977,” he said. “And that’s another thing that Tim Goodfellow said in the process to scare a number of residents in this area saying that ‘oh, mass development could happen.’ It can’t happen in this area. It hasn’t happened since ’77,” McIntosh said.

Former Loudoun Co. golf course to become a park

There’s a new park coming to Loudoun County, Virginia. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has bought three parcels of land totaling 134 acres that made up the former Westpark Golf Course in Leesburg for $3.8 million. The land comes from a private owner who purchased the land several...

Former Drug Dealer Who Was Shot, Imprisoned Urges Young People To Make Wise Choices

Brandon McCallister was at the Stop The Violence Rally last Saturday in Frederick. Frederick, Md. (KM) – You could say he made it out alive. Brandon McCallister dealt drugs, when he was younger, and ended being shot and spending time in prison. He says he was able to turn his life around. “So fast forward to being shot again, in prison multiple times. My son—born in jail—getting shot. I started realizing that you know what ‘give myself a chance.’ There’s another way to hustle. And I believe that’s I’m a hustler, that I can still find a way to make money without selling drugs,” he says.

New Culinary Talent at Salamander Resort & Spa

Over the last two years, the Salamander Resort & Spa has welcomed new culinary talent to Market Salamander and Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill. Get to know the chefs who are using their wide array of skills to carefully curate every delightful bite at Salamander Resort & Spa in an exclusive Q&A with Middleburg Life.
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Ritz Banc Acquires Two Winchester Rentals for $24M

Ritz Banc Group has acquired Pine Plaza and Wright Apartments, a 195-unit apartment portfolio in Winchester, Va., for $24 million. The portfolio was sold by Outlier Realty Capital, which has owned it since 2019. “The Pine and Wright acquisition appealed to us because the properties offer a significant value-add opportunity...

Sesame Place announces 'comprehensive' anti-bias steps following viral 'Rosita' video controversy

Sesame Place has announced it is implementing new initiatives including employee anti-bias training and education following a public outcry last month involving a viral video of a performer in a “Rosita” costume apparently snubbing two Black girls. But an attorney representing the New York mom Jodi Brown, who filmed the video, suggested they...

Hagerstown police seek 'armed and dangerous' teenage suspect after fatal shooting

Hagerstown Police are looking for a 16-year-old male whom they believe pulled the trigger in a shooting late Friday that left one person dead. Ty Shan Jerome Dotson of Hagerstown is being charged as an adult in the incident reported at 11:06 p.m., Hagerstown Police said in a news release. Police identified the victim as Taron Shawnta Trice, 44, of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Hagerstown Police Identify Suspect In Friday Night Murder

Officers are searching for the suspect. Hagerstown, Md. (KM) – A suspect has been identified in a homicide in Hagerstown late Friday night. Ty Shan Jerome Dotson, 16, of Hagerstown is charged as an adult with 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, 2nd-degree assault and handgun violations. The victim is identified as Taron Shawnta Trice, 44, of Silver Spring.

‘Old Man Bandit’ Arrested For Over 45 Years of Bank Robberies

A 68-year-old man in Frederick, Maryland has been arrested and charged with several bank robberies in the state of Maryland, some dating back to nearly 45 years ago. 68-year-old Steven Gregory Gass, a.k.a. "The Old Man Bandit," was arrested on Thursday, July 14th, after trying to rob a Wells Fargo Bank on North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland.