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2 charged in burn attack to stand trial

November 02, 2000

2 charged in burn attack to stand trial



Preliminary hearings were held in Washington County District Court Wednesday for two men charged with attempting to set a man on fire at a "hobo camp" last month.

Probable cause was found for cases against John Michael King, 42, and William Calvin Young, 38, to move forward to court. Each was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misdemeanor theft, according to court records.

Both men remained in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond, according to jail officials.

In the Oct. 8 attack, two men held another man down, poured kerosene on him and attempted to set him on fire, according to Hagerstown City Police who investigated the incident.

The victim was identified as Mark Stotler, of no fixed address.

Another man, identified as Timothy Cassell, of no fixed address, was splashed with kerosene, police said.

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Neither man required medical treatment, police said.

The dispute stemmed from a fight over camping equipment, according to police.

Three days earlier, on Oct. 5, a tent in the hobo camp was set on fire, drawing trucks from Hagerstown Fire Department, according to Fire Marshal John Hersh.

The Oct. 8 incident occurred shortly after several more tents were set on fire, Hersh said.

Transients who used to seek shelter in the old CSX roundhouse building established a tent camp after the roundhouse was torn down.

Many of those tents were set up at the rear of the vacant R.D. McKee building.

Marlo Barnhart

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