In local courts
Suspended sentence given in assault case
A Hagerstown man was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court for assaulting a woman.
Michael Raymond Duckfield, 34, of 119 East Ave., was found not guilty of a second charge of threat of arson after a bench trial before Judge Donald Beachley.
Duckfield was placed on probation for one year and fined $150, court records said.
The April 19 incident occurred at the Guilford Avenue home of Dona Kelley, who told Hagerstown City Police that Duckfield grabbed her by the throat and pulled her hair during a confrontation, court records said.
Three days later, Kelley told police Duckfield returned and threatened to burn her house down, court records said.
Alford plea entered in sodomy case
A Hagerstown man entered a plea Monday to a sodomy charge in Washington County Circuit Court.
Thomas William Stenger, 60, of 16206 Shinham Road, entered an Alford plea to the charge.