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May 04, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Bond unchanged for man in murder case


Bond for a man that police allege drove a getaway van following a fatal shooting off Security Boulevard in March was kept at $600,000 during a bond review hearing in Washington County District Court Monday, court records say.

District Judge Ralph H. France II ordered that bond remain unchanged for Victor Lawrence Anderson, 25, of 40 W. 115th St., New York City, according to court records. France had lowered the bond from $1 million to $600,000 during an April 5 hearing, records say.

Anderson is charged with one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and one count of transporting a handgun in a vehicle in connection with the March 14 shooting death of Jonathan M. Dennis, 19, of Waynesboro, Pa., records say.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleged that Anderson drove a van from the scene moments after the shooting. Police allege that Azaniah Blankumsee, who is charged in Dennis' fatal shooting in the Washington Gardens housing complex, was a passenger in the van.

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Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes has said Anderson was convicted in 1999 of distributing crack cocaine in Washington County and has had similar convictions in New York City.

Anderson was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Monday, a detention center spokesman said.

Blankumsee, also known as "Azzy," remained at large Monday, police said.

Blankumsee is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, carrying a concealed weapon, use of a handgun in commission of a felony/crime of violence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, police said.

$250,000 bond set in crack-selling case


Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II on Monday set bond at $250,000 for a Hagerstown man charged with selling crack cocaine to a police informant Saturday evening, court records say.

George Lee Smith, 32, of 333 N. Jonathan St., was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, records say.

Police allege Smith sold $50 worth of crack to a police informant in the area of City Park off Virginia Avenue at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Smith was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center, a detention center spokesman said.

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