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Williamsport man posts bond after stabbing incident

August 22, 2000

Williamsport man posts bond after stabbing incident



A Williamsport man charged with first-degree assault in a stabbing early Sunday outside a Salem Avenue bar posted a $15,000 bond and was released from jail Monday afternoon.

Donald Wayne Harrell, 21, of 29 S. Conococheague St., also is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a deadly weapon, according to Hagerstown City Police reports.

The victim, Robert Earl Smith, 23, was treated at Washington County Hospital and released after the 1:55 a.m. incident in the 500 block of Salem Avenue.

Police reports said Smith had been stabbed in the inside left thigh. The wound was 3 to 4 inches long, one-half inch deep and required more than 20 stitches, police reports said.

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Witnesses told police that Smith was sitting at the bar in Mel's Tavern with another man when a woman began looking over in their direction, police reports said. That woman turned out to be Harrell's girlfriend, police reports said.

Later, Smith and Harrell and a third man went outside. An argument began between Harrell and Smith in the alley beside another tavern, witnesses told police.

Smith suddenly jumped up and said he'd been stabbed, police reports said.

Police apprehended Harrell a short distance away in a house on Mechanic Street and took him back to see if witnesses could identify him.

A search of the area turned up a black-handled folding knife between two fences behind a residence.

- Marlo Barnhart

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