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Paintball-related charges are put on inactive docket

March 24, 2000

Charges against one of two Pennsylvania men in connection with a New Year's Day paintball spree in Hancock's Widmeyer Park were placed on an inactive docket Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Dustin William Stepanik, 18, of Warfordsburg, Pa., appeared before visiting Judge Janice Ambrose on two counts of misdemeanor malicious destruction of property.

According to court records, Stepanik had already paid his half of the $40 damage to trash cans and a veterans memorial. He was ordered Tuesday to perform 50 hours of community service.

Co-defendant Jason Allen McConnell, 18, of Warfordsburg, failed to appear Tuesday and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, court records said.

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The damage discovered on Jan. 2 included pink paint on the VFW Memorial, several town-owned trash cans, poles and trees, according to police reports.

A police investigation turned up witnesses who saw someone with a paintball gun in the park on New Year's Eve and the next day, police reports said.

On Jan. 2, McConnell's car was stopped by police and a paintgun and pink paintballs were found on the seat, police reports alleged.

- Marlo Barnhart

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