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Two men sentenced in false alarm cases

April 11, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Two men were sentenced in Washington County courts this month for turning in false fire alarms in unrelated cases.

Jeremy Brandon Hurt, 23, who was stationed at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., pleaded guilty Feb. 13 before District Judge Noel Spence to turning in a false fire alarm. He was sentenced Thursday to one year in the Washington County Detention Center and ordered to pay $500 in fines.

According to charging documents, Hurt told police he had been drinking on Nov. 9, 2002, before he pulled a street fire alarm at the corner of Summit Avenue and Garlinger Avenue.

In an unrelated case, Michael John Loden, 48, was sentenced April 3 on a similar charge.

Loden, whose last known address was 54 E. Antietam St., Apartment 3, was charged in December 2002 with turning in a false alarm.

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According to charging documents, police said Loden reported on Dec. 9, 2002, that there was a fire in the Holiday Motel on North Prospect Street.

Loden entered an Alford plea Feb. 2 before District Judge Noel Spence and was sentenced to one year in jail. Under an Alford plea, a defendant admits the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction, but does not admit guilt.

Loden appealed that sentence to Washington County Circuit Court. On April 3, Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced him to one year in jail with 114 days credit for time served. He was ordered to nine months of unsupervised probation upon his release.

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