Court briefs

July 21, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Bond for W.Va. man is set at $100,000

Bond for a Falling Waters, W.Va., man charged with kidnapping and pointing a gun at his estranged wife was set at $100,000 Tuesday by Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., court records say.

Leroy R. Willman, 68, of 695 Lockhouse Road, was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, handgun on person and false imprisonment, and one count each of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, first- and third-degree burglary, reckless endangerment, stalking and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime, records say.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department alleges that Willman approached his estranged wife, Lois Ann Willman, at 10748 Oak Ridge Drive, pointed a handgun at her and ordered her to leave the residence with him on July 13. Deputies said Willman received divorce papers July 12.

Deputies also allege Willman approached her in a parking lot on Wesel Boulevard on June 4 and forced her into a car at gunpoint because he wanted to speak to her.

Charges forwarded to circuit court

All charges against a 31-year-old Hagerstown woman charged with beating her 12-year-old daughter repeatedly with a broom and her fist were forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, court records say.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. found probable cause Tuesday against the woman, whose name is not being released to protect the identity of the child, on charges of first- and second-degree assault, child abuse and contributing to the condition of a child, records say.

Long also cut the woman's bond to $25,000, half of the original bail amount, Tuesday.

According to charging documents, Hagerstown Police Department officers responded to the 100 block of Elm Street on June 19 and discovered that the woman had been beating her daughter with a broom following an argument between the two about a wading pool.

Witnesses said the girl was struck on the face and head with the woman's hand and fist, causing the girl to bleed from her nose, records say. Witnesses then saw the woman lead the girl into the house by her head and saw the girl run from the house, records say. The woman caught up to the girl and struck her five to 10 times with her fist while neighbors tried to stop the attack, according to records.

The woman claimed she struck her daughter in self-defense.

Bond set at $100,000 for Hagerstown man

Bond for a man charged with stealing guns from a Cavetown residence was set at $100,000 Tuesday by Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long, court records say.

Christopher A. May, 23, of 1049B Noland Drive, was charged with first- and third degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first- and third- degree burglary, theft less than $500, theft more than $500, handgun in vehicle and assault pistol roster violation, court records say.

Maryland State Police allege May entered a Cavetown Church Road apartment on April 8 and 9 through a kitchen window and stole several guns. The value of the guns taken, which included multiple semi-automatic pistols, was about $3,000, police said in charging documents.

Police allege May, accompanied by a second man, traded the guns in Baltimore.

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