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Court briefs

August 11, 2004

Stabbing case sent to circuit court


A Hagerstown man charged with stabbing a truck driver waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Thursday in Washington County District Court, court records say.

His case was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to records.

Richard T. Short, 18, of 4B Fourth St., was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing/carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, records say.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleged the victim, identified in court records as Dennis W. Bowers Jr., was stabbed in the left shoulder after he declined to give money to Short when asked for it in a parking lot on South Potomac Street. Bowers was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, police said.

Assault case sent to circuit court


Washington County District Judge Kenneth Long found probable cause during a preliminary hearing last Thursday for a Hagerstown man charged with hitting his roommate with a hammer, court records say.

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The case of Timothy A. Wilt, 42, of 23 E. Washington St., Apt. 3W, was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to records.

Wilt is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

Hagerstown Police Department officers allege an argument over cable television use between Wilt and Catherine Lee Henson, who are roommates, resulted in the woman being hit with a hammer.

Man pleads guilty to selling heroin


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to selling heroin in Martinsburg, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Johnston.

Ronald Brown Jr., 26, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of heroin in connection with a July 24, 2003, incident, Johnston said.

Brown faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, Johnston said in the release.

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