Court briefs

August 24, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Bond for man set at $65,000

Bond for a Hagerstown man charged last Tuesday with selling drugs in the Jonathan Street area was set at $65,000 in Washington County District, court records state.

Washington County District Judge Ralph France set bond at $65,000 for Ronald A. Pitt, 44, of 50 Summit Ave., Apt. 606, during a hearing last Wednesday, according to records.

Pitt was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of, possession with intent to distribute, manufacture/distribution of and conspiracy to manufacture/distribute crack cocaine, records state.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force alleges Pitt sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant in the first block of West North Avenue. Police said agents took Pitt into custody on West Bethel Street after a brief foot chase and struggle.


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

Most serious charges withdrawn

The most serious charges against a man who police said threatened his neighbors with a machete and a rifle in July were withdrawn Thursday in Washington County District Court, court records state.

Two felony counts of first-degree assault against Jesus T. Cirino, 72, of 441 N. Potomac St., Apt 14, were withdrawn, according to records. He still faces two counts of second-degree assault, and one count each of reckless endangerment and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, court records say.

Police allege Cirino chased another tenant as she tried to enter her apartment and swung a machete at her on July 22. Police also allege the man grabbed a rifle and said he would load it and kill someone after another tenant tried to approach him.

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