Washington County Court briefs

October 23, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Man waives right to preliminary hearing

A Hagerstown man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Judge R. Noel Spence in Washington County District Court, court records say.

Records say charges against Richard A. Jones, 41, of 14517 Barkdoll Road, have been forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court.

Charges include first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count each of handgun in vehicle, handgun on person, reckless driving, following too closely and willfully driving motor vehicle at a slow speed.

Police allege that Jones, formerly of Cavetown, was involved in a Sept. 29 road rage incident on Md. 66.

Police allege that Jones, while driving a Chevrolet van, pointed a gun at two motorists inside a Honda Civic.

Police allege Jones also tailgated and later drove in front of the Honda and began slamming on his brakes.

Upon searching Jones' vehicle, troopers allegedly found a loaded .45-caliber automatic pistol and 54 rounds loaded into eight magazines, police said.


Man pleads guilty to theft scheme

A Waynesboro, Pa., man pleaded guilty to one count of a theft scheme more than $500 in Washington County District Court Wednesday.

The man, who stole money from the Burger King where he was employed, might not be sentenced until early next year.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II has delayed his decision on a punishment for Robert W. Koons, 37, of 149 Snider Ave., until after a pre-sentencing investigation, court records say. The tentative date for the report to be available is Jan. 7, 2004, records say.

Court records say Koons took more than $5,000 from the Sharpsburg Pike Burger King through false coupon discounting between Jan. 29 and July 20. Koons told investigators he began taking money for the purpose of buying alcohol following the death of his mother.

Koons told police he had hinted to managers earlier this year that other employees might be stealing money from the eatery.

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