Editor’s note: As we usher out 2012 and welcome 2013, The Herald-Mail has prepared a package of year-end stories that provide short recaps of some of the top stories of the year past.
These stories will be published each day through New Year’s Day.
January 16 — In mid-January, local police started receiving reports of counterfeit money showing up at local businesses, a problem that would persist for months.
The fake bills were passed at restaurants and convenience stores.
Counterfeit bills also showed up when people tried to sell merchandise on their own.
The woman said a man stepped from a silver sport utility vehicle and handed her a $100 bill and three $20s.
The woman said she attempted to use the $160 at a local store and was told by store workers that the currency was “non-genuine,” the records said.
Police at one point during the year arrested two men in connection with counterfeit bills but investigators said the men were not connected to all the fake money being used in the county.
The men were arrested after police searched a city home on March 1 at 738 Summit Ave., where the two lived, and found a trash can containing sheets of paper with printed images of currency, according to court records.
— Dave McMillion
Jan. 23-24 — Hagerstown police investigated two shootings on two consecutive days. They said they did not believe the shootings were connected.
The first shooting was reported at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the intersection of Cannon Avenue and North Mulberry Street near Fairgrounds Park. Police found a man with several gunshot wounds, including one to the torso.
The next day, a wounded man was found on Jonathan Street. That shooting was reported shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 24 in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street. Officers who responded found a man in front of an apartment building with a gunshot wound to his head.
Capt. Mark Holtzman said at the time that both victims were taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown.
The victim of the first shooting survived.
The victim of the second shooting, Christopher Lee Follett, 29, of New York City, died Jan. 26.
Police charged Juan Sylvester Barnes, 28, of no fixed address, in the Follett shooting. Barnes was charged with one count each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun use during a crime of violence and felon in possession of a handgun.
Barnes was sentenced to serve 65 years in prison.