Court briefs

May 23, 2002

Disorderly conduct charges dismissed

A judge dismissed charges Wednesday against a woman who was arrested after a dispute at the Hagerstown YMCA last month.

But Washington County District Court Judge R. Noel Spence had stern words for defendant Jillian Greene Keene.

Spence said YMCA Member Services Director Sharee O'Haver had every right to ask Keene to leave on April 4.

Spence dismissed the charge of disorderly conduct-failure to obey, saying that the charge requires proof that a riot would have ensued if Keene had not followed the officer's request to leave the YMCA.

"I think it's a travesty," Spence said. "I think she was disruptive earlier .... She ought to be ashamed of herself."

The dispute focused on the YMCA staff's treatment of her daughter, who had been asked to leave the building.

Keene argued that the YMCA was discriminating against her family because they are black.

She refused to leave and YMCA staff called Hagerstown Police, who took Keene into custody.

Woman faces trial on arson charges

A judge refused to dismiss arson charges Wednesday against a Hagerstown-area woman.

Kathy E. Oberosler, 63, is charged with first- and third-degree arson and reckless endangerment, according to court documents.

After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France found enough evidence to send the case to Circuit Court for trial.

Oberosler is accused of setting fires inside 17924 Clubhouse Drive, a townhouse owned by her family, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steven Kessell.

Damage was estimated at $3,000, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ryan Chapman testified.

Oberosler, who lives at 17929 Clubhouse Drive, is free on $10,000 bond.

- Laura Ernde

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