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Family, winery partner to raise funds for women’s sober house

Posted on:Friday, September 23rd, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

Photo:  Joe Crocetta/Herald-Mail Media Staff Photographer SMITHSBURG — First, there was the story of 19-year-old Brooke Simmers, who died of a heroin overdose in April 2015 while battling her addiction. Nine months later, the story repeated itself, except with another victim. Mike and Anni Rhule said their 24-year-old daughter, Kristin, had been in recovery from …

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Second man gets prison time in woman’s heroin death

Posted on:Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 @ 9:57 am

BALTIMORE — A day after a co-defendant received eight years for his role in the heroin overdose death of a Clear Spring woman, a Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday to one year and one day in federal prison on charges of criminal conspiracy and distribution of heroin, according to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Michael …

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Hagerstown man gets eight years in woman’s heroin death

Posted on:Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 @ 9:52 am

BALTIMORE — A Hagerstown man charged in connection with the 2015 overdose death of 19-year-old Brooke Simmers of Clear Spring was sentenced Monday in federal court to eight years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Cory Allen Kline, 32, had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute heroin. In addition to …

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Hawbaker Family of Clear Spring, Maryland Donates $1,000.00 to Brooke’s House

Posted on:Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 @ 10:17 am

CLEAR SPRING — The Hawbaker family of Clear Spring recently combined efforts to raise funds in support of Brooke’s House. On March 10, Betty Shank, Heather Braun, Kathleen King and Mary Alice Kelly, representing the Hawbaker family, presented a check for $1,000 to Kevin Simmers in support of efforts to build Brooke’s House in Washington …

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Beaver Creek CC Hosts Golf Tournament for Brooke’s House

Posted on:Friday, March 11th, 2016 @ 12:59 pm

Monday April 25, 2016, 1:00 PM Shotgun Beaver Creek Country Club is hosting a “Tough Day” Tournament that will have the golf course set up fair, but very difficult. While the purpose of this tournament is to raise money for “Brooke’s House”, no money will be taken out of player’s entry and all money will be paid …

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Brooke’s House to be featured on WJLA

Posted on:Friday, February 12th, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

On Tuesday, February 16th, 7 ON YOUR SIDE kicks off a week-long series about a stretch of interstate that begins in Baltimore and runs through Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Police call the area the new heroin highway. With the nation in the midst of a heroin epidemic, what happens to cities situated closest to a …

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To End Drug Epidemic, Make it Personal

Posted on:Monday, February 8th, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

Last year, 44,000 people died of drug overdoses. and 52 percent of them were related to prescription drugs. More than 2 million Americans are dependent on opioid pain killers and, every day, 44 Americans die from an overdose of these drugs. When the cost of these pain killers becomes too great, addicts will turn to …

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Obama Seeks $1 Billion to Fight Heroin Epidemic

Posted on:Thursday, February 4th, 2016 @ 8:02 am

“We could do more to save lives and turn this epidemic around,” a top administration official says President Obama will propose $1.1 billion in funding over the next two years to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic. The funding request in his 2017 budget proposal would address the harrowing epidemic, which has ravished communities in …

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Hospice of Washington County launches heroin overdose support group

Posted on:Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 10:14 am

Hartman Kid experienced a wife’s worst nightmare. Her husband died Dec. 8, 2014, of ethanol and oxycodone intoxication. A little more than 10 months after his death, she was served papers by the Internal Revenue Service. Her husband owed back taxes on a bar he owned — something she had given him the money to …

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Man pleads guilty to selling heroin that killed woman

Posted on:Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

Associated Press – Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:07 am | Updated: 1:03 pm, Wed Jan 13, 2016. BALTIMORE (AP) — A Hagerstown man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old Clear Spring woman. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 32-year-old Cory Allen Kline pleaded guilty Tuesday to …

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