Man held on assault charges

February 21, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man is being held on charges that he threatened a District Court Commissioner and assaulted a Hagerstown police officer after drinking heavily Monday night.

James Grove Powell, 32, of 17919 Hickory Lane, was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct, second-degree assault and threatening a state employee. He was being held Thursday night at Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a combined bond of $60,000.

According to charging documents, Hagerstown police officers Doug Hay and Chad Woodring were called Monday at about 9:45 p.m. to TJ's Tavern on the first block of East Baltimore Street because a man was banging on the tavern's front glass.

In the report, Hay said Powell was the man making the noise. The two officers found him near the bar and asked him to leave. A few minutes later, police said, Powell was arguing with another person, this time on Potomac Street.


The same two officers asked Powell to quiet down, but he yelled back, Hay said. When they arrested and handcuffed Powell, he told the officers he would shoot them with a .45-caliber, black-powder gun, Hay said.

When a second vehicle arrived to take Powell to jail, he kicked Hay in the hand, Hay said.

In a second charging document, Officer Steve Magaha said after he transported Powell to District Court, he continued to be uncooperative.

Then, Magaha wrote, Powell called District Court Commissioner Krista Shifler several names, and then said, "One of these days, I'll get out of this, and I'll have you in my scope."

A trial date for Powell was set for April 10.

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