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Court briefs

April 03, 2001

Court briefs



Nurse sentenced to probation for stealing drugs


A nurse pleaded guilty Monday to stealing morphine from Washington County Hospital.

Rebecca Sylvia Snow, 39, of New Market, Md. was sentenced to three years probation by Washington County Circuit Court Judge Frederick C. Wright.

Snow went into treatment for her drug addiction and is now working as a dialysis nurse in Frederick County, Md., where she doesn't have access to medications, her attorney said in court.

Snow apologized, saying the incident has devastated her husband and son.

"It has gone against everything I've ever been taught," she said.

Willimasport man sentenced for knife assault


A Williamsport man charged in a stabbing last August outside Mel's Tavern in Hagerstown pleaded guilty to assault Monday and received a suspended two-year sentence.

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Donald Wayne Harrell, 21, of 29 S. Conococheague St., pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the Aug. 20 stabbing of Robert Earl Smith, 23. A knife wound in Smith's thigh took 40 stitches and 17 staples to close.

Harrell and Smith had been drinking when they got into an argument that escalated to a fight in an alley outside the Salem Avenue tavern, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes.

Harrell drew a knife to defend himself but didn't intend to hurt Smith, said Public Defender Mary Riley.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Fred C. Wright sentenced Harrell to two years probation and ordered him to pay $1,500 in restitution to Smith for his medical bills.

- Laura Ernde

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