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Lack of license sends builder to jail again

September 22, 1998

A Hagerstown contractor who was jailed for 60 days last November for working without a home improvement license was back in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday for another offense.

Daniel Lee Little, 41, of 246 Bryan Place, was sentenced to six months in jail by Judge Kennedy Boone for acting as a contractor without a license, and six months concurrent for failure to perform a contract.

According to court records, Little contracted with Vaughn Shatzer on Oct. 15, 1997, to perform $1,800 worth of home improvements at his Mont Valla Avenue residence, replacing rafters and fascia boards.

Little, who left before the Shatzer job was finished, was ordered to pay $690 in restitution, court records said.

Last November, Little appeared before Washington County District Judge Ralph France on a probation violation charge after complaints surfaced that he was continuing to do work even though his license had been suspended since 1996.

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At that hearing, court records showed that Little owed the state $5,275 because of the quality of work he did for a blind woman 41/2 years ago.

Little's state contractor license for home improvement work was suspended in November 1996 after the Maryland Home Improvement Commission had to compensate one of his clients $250 for poor workmanship.

A month later, the commission compensated the legally blind Boonsboro woman for the same reason, according to Georgia Duffee, executive director of the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

On Monday, Boone authorized work release for Little while he is serving his six-month sentence at the Washington County Detention Center.

Once released, Little will be on probation for two years.

- Staff Writer Marlo Barnhart

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