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Lowe charged with making threat

January 05, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Just hours after Stephen Arthur Lowe was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years in prison for allowing his children to live in squalor, he was charged with threatening to harm Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone and to blow up two Hagerstown buildings.

Lowe, 50, was served Wednesday with a criminal summons charging him with threatening to "take care of Boone," according to Investigator Kenny Barnhart of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

He also was charged with threatening to blow up both the Washington County Courthouse and the Department of Social Services, Barnhart said.

"We got a tip from our judicial deputies" that threats had been made, Barnhart said. One threat was made in April or May and the other in August, Barnhart alleged.

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The maximum penalty for a conviction on a charge of threatening a state official is three years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine, and for threatening arson, 10 years and/or $10,000 fine.

Lowe's wife received a six-month local jail sentence Tuesday for her guilty plea to two counts of contributing to dangerous conditions for their three children, found living in filth in an East Avenue home in November 1998.

She was not implicated in the threats, Barnhart said.

Stephen Lowe is in the Frederick County Detention Center for violation of probation on unrelated charges. He was served with the new summons there, Barnhart said.

The three boys, who are now 9, 11 and 13 years old, have been in foster care since the conditions of the 16 East Ave. home were revealed 14 months ago by Washington County Department of Social Services workers working with Hagerstown City Police.

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