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Deadbeat dad turns self in

June 09, 1998

For years, Jeffrey Wilson Shorb stalled or delayed child-support payments, according to records filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

At one time, he earned a place on Maryland's top 10 wanted list of deadbeat dads, said 1st Sgt. Doug Mullendore of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Last Wedneday, Shorb, 37, of Route 3, Box 295, Hedgesville, W.Va., walked into the judicial office of the Washington County Sheriff's Department and turned himself in, Mullendore said.

Shorb owes more than $19,000 in child support, Mullendore said.

He was charged with failure to appear in court and violation of probation, Mullendore said.

Shorb was released from Washington County Detention Center after his parents, Buzz and Judy Shorb, of Hagerstown, paid $20,700 last Friday, according to court records.

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The criminal violation of probation warrant was dismissed in court last Friday, court records show.

On Dec. 3, 1980, a paternity petition was filed by Sandra Marie Knode, the mother of Shorb's daughter, according to court records. At a court appearance on Sept. 15, 1981, Shorb was ordered to pay $15 per week to the Department of Social Services for child support, court records said.

He also was ordered to pay ordinary medical expenses incurred by the mother of the child, including $1,648.48 within two years, according to court records.

-Lisa Graybeal

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