Tom Car is the Executive Director of the Baltimore-Washington High intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program. He talks about the organizations role in cracking down on heroin abuse during this extended interview.
Olivia Bizovi is an intelligence analyst for HIDTA. During this extended interview she talks about her role in identifying trends related to heroin dealers.
Greg Miller is a recovering addict. In 1997, Greg was hit by a drunk driver and his injuries led him to an addiction to pain killers. In 2010, Greg started using suboxone but now, he wants to detox from this medication as well. He recently spoke to WHAG during an extended interview.
Carin Miller is the wife of two recovering addicts. Her husband, Greg was addicted to pain killers and now uses suboxone and her son was addicted to heroin. Carin is also a member of the Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates, a local grassroots organization that offers peer family support and narcan training sessions throughout the state. She recently spoke to WHAG
WINCHESTER, Va. -- A SWAT team and a crisis negotiation crew were called to a residence on Clifford Street Wednesday morning, according to the Winchester Police Department. Lauren Cummings, the department's public information officer, said the incident began around 10 a.m., after a male barricaded himself inside a home. Police evacuated residents who live close to the scene. Our reporter
WHAG NEWS - We are celebrating a Wonderful One! Natalie Harrell is turning one-year old on July 1, 2015. Her parents are Daniel and Katie Harrell of Williamsport, Maryland. Happy first birthday to Natalie!
HARRISBURG, Pa - On Wednesday night, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the Republican budget as Tuesday marked the last day of the government's fiscal year. In a press release, Gov. Wolf said the Republican budget fails to address the core issues facing Pennsylvania, including a budget deficit, and a underfunded school system. However, Representative Rob Kauffman said the Republican budget
HAGERSTOWN, Md - The Hagerstown Police Department has charged two men for fleeing from police and resisting arrest on Tuesday night. Shawn Oliver is being charged with 2 nd Degree assault, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding an uniformed officer, 2 counts of possession CDS not marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, and other traffic violations. Wesley Cherry is being charged
BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. -- 9-1-1 dispatchers say State Police are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant off of Eagle School Road. Dispatchers say the call came in just before 10:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. No other information was made available. State Police are investigating.
HARRISBURG , Pa. -- The P ennsylvania general assembly is closing in on their fiscal year which ends on Tuesday. A liquor privatization bill passed through the Senate and was then sent to the House of Representatives with the idea of getting the government out of the liquor business. "We've been in it for 80 years since prohibition," said
CHARLESTON , W. Va. - - On Tuesday, the West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led a bipartisan coalition of nine states in a lawsuit challenging a new rule from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act. According to the EPA, the new rule known as the “Waters of the United
MARYLAND -- Several new laws approved during Maryland 's last legislative session are taking effect Wednesday, July 1. The state-mandated stormwater management fees will end but the city of Baltimore , and nine counties including Frederick , will need to show they are paying to meet federal mandates to clean polluted stormwater. During election season, Governor Larry Hogan campaigned
MARYLAND - Starting July 1, Maryland 's minimum wage will increase to $8.25 an hour. This increase is part of the Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014 which passed last year under the Martin O'Malley administration. The legislation will gradually increase the state's minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour by July 1, 2018 . Advocates with for Maryland Working Families say
WINCHESTER, Va. -- Police say a man claiming he had a gun walked into the Best Western hotel lobby on Millwood Rd. in Winchester and demanded cash. “Officers responded to 711 Millwood Avenue in reference to a robbery that just occurred. When they got to the hotel they made contact with a clerk who said that a white male entered the
STEPHENS CITY, Va. -- Crews battled a house fire Tuesday night at a home on 425 Westmoreland Drive. Dispatchers say the call came in just after 7pm for heavy smoke and flames. Frederick County, VA Fire and Rescue says when they arrived on scene, everyone had made it out of the home safely. The fire has been put out, but
FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. -- Lane closures are happening this week on Interstate 81 in Frederick County, Va., as part of the exit 310 interchange modification project, a road project that is expected to take multiple years. "The total project consists of the relocation of Tasker Road, Hillandale Lane, four new exit and on-ramps to I-81, three new signal lights," said
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Marc Kilmer is only 39 years old, but because he raped and assaulted his ex-girlfriend, he will spend his life in prison, with no opportunity for parole until 25 years from now. "I think my assistant, [Gregory Jones] did an excellent job in this case, and I’m very proud of his conviction,” said Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tuesday was the last day on the bench for a Berkeley County judge, and everyone - bailiffs, court house staff, mediators, custody evaluators, even previous defendants - came to celebrate his retirement. Berkeley County Family Court Judge Bill Wertman is retiring after 15 years on the bench. Before he became a judge, Wertman was a legal assistant
FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. -- Police believe a woman was assaulted by her own family before they stole her car on Monday. They also said the stolen car was located with one of the thieves dead inside. Michael Johnston Jr. allegedly assaulted a 49-year-old woman in Frederick County , Va., before stealing the black Jeep she was driving. Thirty-four year old
ANNAPOLIS , Md. - Starting July 1, tolls for bridges, tunnels and roadways across Maryland will be lowered for the first time in nearly 50 years, as part of Gov. Larry Hogan's statewide Toll-Tax Rollback Plan. With this toll rollback plan, the governor's office expects Maryland citizens to save $270 million over the next five years, with nearly $2.1 million
FREDERICK, Md. -- If you're thinking of traveling this weekend, you're not alone. AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting a record number of Maryland travelers Wednesday through Sunday. A projected 870,000 Marylanders are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday. "This is the highest number of Maryland travelers for the 4th of July holiday since
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - Valley Health System officially opened its new medical transport station in Kearneysville on Tuesday, replacing its old location on Tabler Station Road. Officials said the new station on Edmond Road is more centrally located, and is better able to serve patients at the Berkeley, Jefferson and VA medical centers. It has six bays for ambulances, four more
ACCIDENT, Md. -- A tour bus that caught fire while traveling on Interstate-68 eastbound caused the roadway to be closed for two hours on Tuesday. Maryland State Police said a 1998 tour bus pulled over after the driver discovered an engine fire. A trooper was already on the scene investigating another accident when the bus pulled over. At the scene,
FREDERICK, Md. -- The Frederick Police Department is investigating the report of an attempted sexual assault that allegedly took place near the East Patrick Street Parking Deck on Monday. Police said a victim told them that she fled the area to get away from the suspect, and was waiting for police in a nearby park. After speaking with the victim,
MCCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- Four Philadelphia residents were arrested by troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police for allegedly attempting to use forged prescriptions at McConnellsburg pharmacies. Police were contacted by MacDonalds' Pharmacy and McLaughlin's Pharmacy on Thursday, after both businesses said they received suspicious prescriptions from a group of people. After receiving the report, police located and arrested Shree McKinley, 38,
Kevin Simmers talks to WHAG's Amy Hudak about his daughter's heroin addiction. Portions of this interview were recently featured on 4State in Focus: The Heroin Epidemic.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Maryland State Police in Hagerstown are investigating an accident involving a tractor trailer and a red Chevy pickup truck on Interstate-70 westbound at Sharpsburg Pike early Tuesday morning. Troopers said the incident happened at about 6 a.m., when the pickup truck lost control coming off the ramp onto the interstate. The truck spun sideways, and was struck
ALLEGANY COUNTY, Md. - Allegany County Sheriff's Office is searching for the driver, who hit a bicyclist on Woodcock Hollow Rd. in Mt. Savage, Monday evening. Deputies said at 6:30 p.m., they responded to the scene. The vehicle is described as a blue Chevy passenger car, left the scene, was last travelling on Woodcock Hollow Rd. Deputies are seeking the
HAGERSTOWN , Md. -- When local property developer Mike Fitzgerald bought the former Grand Piano building in 2013, its wasn't much to look at with hundreds of overdue repairs and the last two tenants on the way out. "I really fell in love with the architecture. I liked the proximity to City Center . I said you know I can
ANTRIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that a motorcyclist died after an accident on State Line Road. Dispatch said the call for an accident on the 1500-block of State Line Road came in around 6:16 p.m., Monday night. Police said the driver of the motorcycle was traveling east on State Line road when he lost control of his motorcycle
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- It may not look like much, but the 75,000 square foot building which once was Royce Hosiery manufacturing plant, may one day help rehabilitate hundreds – if not thousands of drug addicts and alcoholics - particularly those affected by heroin. "[Heroin] affects everybody,” said Councilman Dan Dulyea, who’s been elected to spearhead the project by his fellow
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration on the subject of power plant emissions. In the split 5-4 ruling, the court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not properly take costs into account when it first decided to regulate toxic emissions from coal and oil fired plants. Locally, West Virginia joined a
WINCHESTER , Va. -- A lot of beach-goers are on high alert after a number of shark attacks have been reported along the East Coast. Six were reported in the Carolina's in the last three weeks alone, and many who frequent southern beaches are surprised. "It is well known that there are a lot of sharks in the Outer Banks,
ANNAPOLIS , Md. - This past weekend, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan completed his first 24-hour round of chemotherapy. On Sunday, Hogan shared an update on his Facebook page that said: "We are killing cancer cells left and right and I have no side effects. My medical team could not be better. They are taking great care of me.” The governor
FREDERICK, Md. -- Dangerous water conditions left several people stranded and one person dead in Frederick County, Md. this past weekend. Now, emergency responders are reminding everyone to be mindful of weather advisories and warnings before heading out on the water. Frederick County emergency crews responded to three different distress calls on Sunday after flooded rivers led to multiple water
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - After a routine audit in May, officials at Meritus Health discovered that private information for more than one thousand patients may have been compromised. This includes not only demographic information, but medical records and social security numbers. Meritus Medical Center began mailing letters on Friday to 1,029 people after an investigation. "An employee of a vendor that we
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that caused approximately $75,000 in damages and the death of two pets on Monday. Fire and rescue services responded to an address on the 20000-block of Sheridan Avenue Monday morning, around 8:30 a.m. Over 30 firefighters responded to the call who had the fire under control within 15
WHAG -- Check out these two adorable, adoptable pets in this week's Pet of the Week! Name: Owen Male Age: One year old Breed: Orange tabby/domestic short hair ID #: A022899 Name: Suzy Female Age: One year old Breed: Beagle/pointer mix ID #: A022445 To adopt, please call Kirk Livers Humane Society of Washington County 301-733-2060.
SHARPSBURG, Md. - The Washington County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a robbery that happened on Sunday around 12:25 p.m. at the BP located at 139 East Main Street, according to a press release. The suspect entered the business and demanded money from the cashier, according to the release. The suspect is described as a white male, 5'10" to 6',
NEW MARKET, Md -- Many neighbors of Lake Linganore dam said they were frightened after they heard screams coming from the area on Saturday. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found that nine people were ejected from their boat, leaving one person dead. “It was a 62-year-old gentleman from New Market, he was the operator. There were 8 juveniles aboard," said Maryland