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Student's case put on inactive docket

December 29, 1998

A college student who was charged with going through the metal detectors at Washington County District Court in August with marijuana in her purse appeared in court on Dec. 23.

The case of Lauren Elizabeth Overberger, 19, of 300 E. Magnolia Ave., Hagerstown, was placed on an inactive docket by Judge Noel Spence. She had faced one charge of possession of marijuana, according to court records.

Cases on the inactive docket can be brought back within one year for any reason and after a year, for good cause.

On Aug. 18, Overberger got through the metal detectors at the court building with no problem, according to court records.

When bailiff C.M. Richardson did a routine search of her purse, he found a small container of suspected marijuana, according to allegations contained in court records.

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Hagerstown City Police were called and Overberger was charged.

Overberger, who had gone to court that day to pay a speeding ticket, was a student at the University of North Carolina, according to court records.

All who enter the district and circuit courts are subject to search and passage through a metal detector.

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