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October 19, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Landlord files for stay during appeal

The attorney for a landlord whose downtown Hagerstown apartment building was deemed to be a narcotics nuisance last month filed a motion Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to stay a judge's order pending appeal.

D. Bruce Poole, attorney for Edward Snook, who owns the apartments at 19-23 Antietam St., said through the motion that a Washington County District judge told Snook he did not have to immediate comply with all the injunctions ordered as part of his ruling. But the judge ordered Snook to immediately contract with an independent real estate management firm to handle all rental and maintenance aspects of the property for two years and to have all outside doors locked to the buildings, according to the motion.

Snook was given a time frame to comply with the orders and penalties were set if he did not comply.

Poole, in the motion, said the conditions should not be imposed while Snook waits on an appeal because he "will have had to take actions which would have cost him considerable expense and which cannot be reversed without even further expense."


Snook's administrative appeal is scheduled to be heard in February in Circuit Court.

County Republican building vandalized

Ketchup was slung on the glass window of Hagerstown Washington County Republican headquarters over the weekend, a volunteer there reported Monday morning.

Corrine Mackley, a volunteer at the headquarters, said she drove by the headquarters at 138 W. Washington St. on Sunday after church and noticed what she later discovered was ketchup spattered on the glass window.

"It looked to me at first glance like blood or paint," she said.

Mackley added that she later found a plastic bag filled with ketchup near the window.

Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Curt Wood said Monday morning that he did not have a report on the incident.

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