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November 30, 1999|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Felony charges dismissed in kidnapping case



Felony charges against two Hagerstown men accused of kidnapping another man in April were dismissed Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Dwight Julius Fulton Jr., 18, of 14 Downsville Road in Hagerstown, was charged with kidnapping, first-degree and second-degree assault, using a handgun in a violent crime, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to court documents. Charges of kidnapping, first-degree assault and using a handgun in a violent crime were dismissed Tuesday.

Justin Andrew Broadus, 18, of 623 George St. in Hagerstown, was charged with kidnapping, first-degree and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in commission of a felony, false imprisonment and conspiracy to kidnap, according to court documents.

The kidnapping charge was dismissed in court Tuesday.

Fulton and Broadus were accused of kidnapping a man on High Street April 9, according to court documents. One of the men allegedly struck the victim on the head with a gun, while the other forced the victim into a vehicle.

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The victim was able to escape, and shots allegedly were fired at him as he ran down a High Street alley.




Man sentenced in animal cruelty case



A Hagerstown man was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay a fine after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges Thursday in Washington County District Court.

Michael Alan Smith, of 11223 Marbern Road, was charged with animal cruelty, failure to provide necessary veterinarian care and two counts of failure to provide state-required rabies vaccinations, according to the Humane Society of Washington County. Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to all but the rabies charges, which were placed on conditional, indefinite hold.

Smith was ordered to pay a $300 fine, reimburse the Humane Society $415, serve 50 hours of community service, serve a 90-day suspended jail sentence and not own or have possession of any dogs or cats, according to the Humane Society.

In November 2005, the Humane Society received a complaint that there was a dead rabbit on the property at 11223 Marbern Road. When an employee arrived, an adult female shepherd/cattle dog mix was seen with a collar embedded in her neck, officials said. The dog was removed from the property and taken to a local veterinary clinic, where she was sedated, according to the Humane Society.

The collar was surgically removed from her neck.

The dog also was underweight, suffering from hookworms and had an ulcerated tongue and gums from the infection caused by the embedded collar, officials said. The infection also had caused swelling in the dog's jaw and neck.

Smith admitted to noticing a problem with the dog's neck in early November, according to the Humane Society.

The dog's name was Sweet Peak, but she has been renamed Sadie by her adoptive family, who lives in Pennsylvania, officials said.

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