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Woman charged with making threats

February 12, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Woman charged with making threats

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two Maryland women were released on bail Tuesday after a local man was threatened with a gun in a dispute involving $200,000, Franklin County District Justice Larry Pentz said Wednesday.

Court records said Roxanne Duke, 35, of 11800 Piney Glenn Lane, Potomac, Md., was charged by Washington Township Police with making a terroristic threat, simple assault, carrying a firearm without a license and tampering with physical evidence.

Her companion, Staci Houser, 39, of 1415 Bradley Ave., Rockville, Md., was charged with hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence.

Duke was released on $10,000 bond and Houser on $5,000 bond, Pentz said.

According to court records, the women went to 12723 Skiway Drive shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday to see Dale Luhn.

Court records said Luhn had asked to borrow $200,000 from Duke to buy a house. Duke found out that Luhn had withdrawn that amount from their joint checking account, according to the police report. Luhn turned the money into a cashier's check made payable to a mortgage company, court records said.

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The women went to the Skiway Drive address to confront Luhn and get the money back, records alleged.

Duke noticed some mortgage papers on a hall table while she was standing in the doorway, records show. She tried to grab them and Luhn tried to stop her, according to court records.

A gun was then pointed at Luhn and his life was threatened, according to the police report.

A man who was in the house with Luhn started to yell at Duke, telling her to leave, according to court records. She and Houser drove off in Houser's black BMW sedan, court records said.

Police stopped the car a short while later. Duke later showed police where a gun was thrown from a car a short distance from Luhn's house.

The weapon, a Smith and Wesson 9 MM handgun, was recovered, police said.

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