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Tavern owner, 10 others face drug charges

August 24, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

The owner of the Dog Patch Tavern was among 11 people charged Friday night with drug violations after agents of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force entered the bar at 21836 National Pike in Boonsboro with a search warrant.

The owner, Donald Lee Eavey, 49, of 136 Heather Drive, Hagerstown, was charged with one count each of maintaining a common nuisance for cocaine and marijuana, according to a press release from Sgt. Pete Lazich, task force director.

Eavey was released after posting $20,000 bond, a Washington County District Court bond commissioner said Saturday afternoon.

The only person charged Friday night who was in custody Saturday was Michael W. Martin, 39, of 7 Wilderness Road, Falling Waters, W.Va.

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Martin is charged with three counts each of distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

He was being held on $400,000 bond.

The task force began an investigation of suspected drug trafficking at the tavern in early July, Lazich said. During the next four weeks, three controlled buys of drugs were made using a confidential informant.

The following were charged with one count each of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and released on personal recognizance:

Kennard Merle Smith III, 41, of 21836 National Pike, Boonsboro; Rebecca Shanholtz, 44, of 29 Treatwater Drive, Falling Waters; John P. McKnight, 28, of 124 Century Ridge, Smithsburg; Debra H. Warfield, 33, of 423 Guilford Ave., Hagerstown; Christina J. Hart, 41, of 13224 Loy Wolfe Road, Smithsburg; and Johnny R. Strouth, 44, of 13349 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg.

Karen Lynn Gassman, 41, of Magruder Ave., Falling Waters, was charged with one count of possession of paraphernalia (cocaine).

Steven Weslene Bishop, 42, of 5660 Unit F, Wade Court, Frederick, Md., and Kathleen Collins, 39, of 10325 Grindstone Run Road, Myersville, Md., were charged with one count each of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia (cocaine).

Gassman, Bishop and Collins were also released on personal recognizance.

Also taken into custody Friday night at the tavern was David Lephew, 37, of 13094 Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro, Pa., for an outstanding assault arrest warrant issued by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

He was released after posting $2,000 bond, a court commissioner said.

The task force was assisted by Washington County Special Response Team, Hagerstown City Police, Maryland State Police and agents of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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