Washington County Circuit Court briefs

November 21, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Man pleads guilty to assault charge

A Hagerstown man entered a guilty plea Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree assault in connection with a June incident in which police said he struck his 23-month-old child inside a Hagerstown restaurant.

Remaining charges against Montie Chris Hawkins, 28, of 228 Summit Ave., were dropped as part of a plea agreement. Hawkins, who had been in jail for 159 days since his arrest, was released and placed on three years probation.

According to charging documents, police were called to the Shoney's restaurant at Valley Mall at about 10 p.m. on June 13. Employees there said Hawkins spanked the 23-month-old baby, dropped him and covered the baby's mouth and nose with his hand when he cried.

According to the court papers, Hawkins also registered as a sex offender in New York State in 2000.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered Hawkins to be placed on 18 months supervised probation to be followed by 18 months of unsupervised probation. Hawkins also was ordered to register immediately as a sex offender in Washington County and to submit to mental health treatment.

Probable cause found in teen case

Probable cause was found during a Washington County District Court hearing Wednesday for charges against a Baltimore teenager accused of assaulting a Clear Spring group home counselor to be forwarded to Circuit Court.

Joseph H. Harbin, 16, was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and escape in connection with a Nov. 5 incident at the Oak Hill House on Independence Road.

Harbin was charged in an attack on an Oak Hill House counselor on Nov. 5 just before 3 a.m. According to charging documents, the counselor was the same counselor who was forced into a trunk by other group home residents in March and driven to Baltimore.

The counselor told a Maryland State Police trooper that Harbin placed him in a chokehold, and he lost consciousness. The counselor said he was tied up, a sock was placed in his mouth and he was locked in a closet.

Another resident called police, who found Harbin walking on nearby U.S. 40.

Harbin was being held without bond Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center.

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