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Woman won't be prosecuted in domestic dispute

February 11, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

The case of a woman who was charged after throwing a Thanksgiving turkey into the yard and allegedly attacking her husband with a Scrabble game board has been placed on the inactive docket.

Julie Carol Meadows, 32, of 9735 Sharpsburg Pike, was charged with second-degree assault following the Nov. 27 incident.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France on Tuesday placed the charge against Meadows on the "stet" - or inactive - docket, meaning it will not be prosecuted.

France ordered Meadows to perform 50 hours of community service, according to court records. Meadows also was directed to the Diversions program, which is designed to address problems such as addictions while enabling program participants to avoid criminal records.

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The events that led to the charge against Julie Meadows occurred on the day before Thanksgiving at the home of her husband, Valin R. Meadows, at 12827 Hamaker Lane, in Smithsburg.

Deputies were called to the house at 11:42 p.m. for reports of a domestic dispute.

Valin Meadows told deputies he needed help because his wife was throwing items from the house into the yard.

When deputies arrived, they found several mugs, a lamp and the turkey in the yard, court records said.

Before deputies arrived, Valin Meadows attempted to restrain his wife, who attacked him with a Scrabble game board, causing a deep cut in his face, court records alleged.

If a defendant does not fulfill the requirements of a Diversions program, the case can be returned to court.

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