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Judge drops some charges against man accused of poisoning dog

October 01, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Two counts of disorderly conduct against an E. Russell Hicks Middle School teacher alleging he yelled at barking dogs were dismissed Thursday in Washington County District Court.

District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. dismissed the counts against Courtney Beard at the request of Washington County Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap.

Neither Beard nor his attorney was present for the dismissal.

According to court documents dated July 28, Carolyn Moser Smith, of 20342 Ayoub Lane east of Hagerstown, filed a complaint against Beard alleging he "began a verbal tirade against barking dogs" that lasted for 30 minutes at the residence of Eric Rosenthal, at 20332 Ayoub Lane.

Beard, 59, of 20401 Chuck Lane east of Hagerstown, is charged with one count of animal cruelty-mutilate animal, two counts of malicious destruction of property less than $500 and one count of animal cruelty-leave poison/ground glass. The charges relate to allegations that Rosenthal's dogs were exposed to poison between June 27 and June 28 and that one of the dogs died as a result of antifreeze poisoning.

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Beard is scheduled to appear in District Court on those charges on Oct. 14.

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