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Local attorney charged with assault on cop

October 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown-based attorney has been charged with assaulting a police officer at Hagerstown Police Department headquarters, court records state.

Jerome J. Joyce, 56, of Clear Spring, was charged with second-degree assault in connection with a Sept. 30 incident involving Hagerstown Police Department Officer Carroll Braun, according to court records.

Police allege Joyce met with Braun in a training room at police headquarters and accused the officer of having a sexual relationship with his wife, according to court documents. Police allege Joyce grabbed Braun by the throat for several seconds and asked Braun to "take it outside" to settle the dispute.

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Records state that Braun asked Joyce several times to leave the building.

Police allege Joyce was seen waiting outside and asked an officer, who was unaware of the earlier incident, what time Braun would be done working for the evening.

Shortly afterward, Joyce told an officer who asked him about the incident that he never touched Braun.

Joyce was served with a criminal summons earlier this week, a District Court clerk said.

Joyce could not be reached by telephone Thursday evening.

Joyce was among several local attorneys who submitted an application early this year for a Washington County District Court judgeship that opened after R. Noel Spence retired from the bench due to state age limits. Joyce was not among three finalists selected by a judicial nominating commission.

The position went to M. Kenneth Long Jr., former Washington County State's Attorney.

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