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Washington County court briefs

November 19, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Several charges dropped against man


Several charges against a 30-year-old Washington County man accused of raping and holding a woman captive were dismissed Tuesday in Washington County District Court, court records say.

Records say charges of first- and second-degree rape, first-degree assault and a first-degree sex offense against Shawn Orion Osborne, 30, of 11339 Rock Hill Road, north of Williamsport, were dismissed Tuesday. Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France II also lowered his bail to $5,000.

Osborne's preliminary hearing on the remaining charges - false imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a firearm - was postponed Tuesday.

On Aug. 11, Maryland State Troopers converged upon a South Potomac Street residence at about 1 p.m. after a woman's brother, who was contacted by a worried co-worker, spotted vehicles belonging to Osborne and his missing sister. Police said a woman ran out of a bedroom when they arrived and told troopers Osborne had a gun, according to police.

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Police alleged that Osborne refused to remove his hands from below a mattress. Officers retreated outside the building and considered the incident as a barricade situation.

Osborne later surrendered to police without further incident, according to police.

He was being held late Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of his bond, a center spokesman said.

Man sentenced for carrying knife on bus


A city man pleaded guilty to concealing a deadly weapon Tuesday in Washington County District Court in connection with an incident on a church bus, court records say.

Gerard Crawley Jr., 19, of 239 N. Mulberry St., was sentenced to one year in prison, sixth months of which will be suspended, according to court records.

Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France II issued the sentence.

Authorities withdrew two counts each of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count each of a fourth-degree sex offense and concealing a deadly weapon, according to records.

Police alleged Crawley was involved in an altercation on a church bus on Aug. 22. Police found a knife in Crawley's pants pocket at the time of his arrest, records say.

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