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In Washington County Circuit Court

February 01, 2002

In Washington County Circuit Court

Jan. 14 - Donald Monroe Mitchell, 22, address unknown, was convicted of the second-degree rape of a former girlfriend at Williamsport Riverbottom Park.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Police said Mitchell and his former girlfriend were driving and drinking beer in June 2001 when they stopped at the park.

Police said Mitchell attacked the woman after she repeatedly refused his advances.

Jan. 14 - Charles R. Messmer, 44, of 710 Chestnut St., was sentenced to 60 days in jail, suspended, for violating probation. He was ordered to complete a substance abuse program at the Shoemaker House in Westminster, Md., and then reside for an unspecified period of time at a halfway house in Ocala, Fla.

In October 2001, Messmer was given a suspended jail sentence and placed on probation in Washington County Circuit Court for stealing beer from two county liquor stores.


Jan. 23 - James Caudo, 21, of 32 Wakefield St., Hagerstown, was found guilty of second-degree assault and sentenced to six years in prison with 4 1/2 years suspended.

Caudo was charged with having sex in June 2000 with a 15-year-old girl he had met three days earlier at the Fairplay carnival.

Jan. 28 - Shawn David Cromer, 35, of 13800 McMullen Highway, Cumberland, Md., was sentenced to two years in jail for second-degree assault.

Cromer was found guilty of trying to kick a Hagerstown City Police officer off a ladder. The police officer was trying to help Cromer, who was hanging from the side of the Elks building in the city last year.

Cromer had managed to get on the roof atop a closed shaft where he wedged himself under an air conditioning unit, Wolford said.

As a Hagerstown Fire Department ladder truck and patrol cars arrived in the alley behind The Maryland Theatre, he could be heard screaming for help with his lower leg hanging off the roof and kicking against the exterior wall.

Jan. 29 - Charles Clayton Chaney, 50, was found guilty of second-degree assault for threatening his son with a knife on July 30, 2001. His sentence is pending.

Police said Chaney entered his sons' Williamsport home looking for his estranged wife. Chaney questioned them about her whereabouts and then held a knife to the head of one of his sons and threatened to kill him.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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