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Judge places false report charge on inactive docket

August 27, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

A Hagerstown man who told city police in June that he was shot during a "covert military operation" in Baltimore had his charge of making a false report of a crime placed on the inactive docket Tuesday morning in Washington County District Court.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Viki Pauler told District Judge Ralph France that she wanted to place the case on the inactive docket because there were health issues involved.

Christopher Scott Lindewurth, 28, of 11402 Lakeside Drive, will receive behavioral health treatment, will forfeit any firearms and remain gun-free as conditions to putting the case on the inactive docket, Pauler told France.

Police agreed to disable a .22-caliber rifle Lindewurth wants to keep for sentimental reasons, according to Pauler and Hagerstown Police Lt. Mike King.

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Defense attorney David Felsen from Rockville, Md., explained to Lindewurth that his case could be brought to trial if he violates the conditions.

Police were called to Washington County Hospital on June 1 at about 5:15 a.m. after one of Lindewurth's neighbors drove him there. Lindewurth had a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said.

Police later found that the wounds were self-inflicted and found the .22-caliber rifle with which he was shot, police said.

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