Court briefs

September 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Local man held on assault charges

A Hagerstown man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday on charges that he attacked and threatened to kill his girlfriend, court records state.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., set bond at $300,000 for James L. Baker of 130 Clarkson Ave. during a hearing Tuesday.

Baker is charged with first- and second-degree assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment, according to records.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleges that on Sunday morning, Baker struck Laura Davis in the face and head several times, slammed her head into a wall and attempted to place the barrel of a rifle into her mouth while threatening her life.

Baker was being held Tuesday night at the detention center, a detention center spokesman said.

Local man pleads guilty to assault

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County District Court to a charge in connection with an assault on his girlfriend last month, court records state.


Walter E. Holland Jr., 43, who police say has a mailing address of 235 Emmert Road although he has resided at 1014 D Security Road for nine years, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault, records state. Charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment were withdrawn.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II sentenced Holland to 60 months in prison, all of which were suspended, 12 months of supervised probation and a $200 fine, according to records.

Police said Holland choked Donna V. Rohrer with both hands and pinned her onto a bed on Aug. 7.

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