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Cops say stabbing victims had visited woman before

March 26, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHARTand ANDREW SCHOTZ

Witnesses to Sunday night's stabbing of three women in the 200 block of North Potomac Street told Hagerstown City Police they heard Lorraine Kay Hunter yelling for the three to get out of her apartment after they allegedly kicked in her door - for the second day in a row.

The witnesses told police they saw the three victims bleeding and Hunter, of 220 N. Potomac St., Apt. 1, holding her hand behind her back, charging documents said.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France released Hunter, 39, on personal recognizance Monday afternoon.

Facing three counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, Hunter was held overnight at the Washington County Detention Center Sunday on $100,000 bond.

Charging documents filed in Washington County District Court state that the women first went to Hunter's apartment Saturday to confront her about a relationship her daughter was having.

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On Saturday, the same three women allegedly forced their way into Hunter's apartment, breaking the door, documents allege.

Returning Sunday, they were stabbed when they refused to leave the apartment, charging documents allege.

Hunter told police she grabbed the knife to defend herself, court papers allege.

Police identified the three who were stabbed as Belinda Lynette Chandler, 30, and Melvina Levice Washington, 26, both of Hagerstown; and Yolanda Marie Battle, 25, of Gaithersburg, Md.

The three women were taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Police said Washington was stabbed three times in the upper body, Chandler was stabbed once in the lower abdomen and Battle was stabbed once in the back.

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