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November 05, 2004

Man asks for jury trial in burglary case

A Noland village man accused in a Smithsburg-area burglary has asked for a jury trial, according to Washington County District Court records.

Christopher A. May, 23, of 1049B Noland Drive, is charged with conspiracy to commit first- and third- degree burglary, theft less than $500, theft more than $500, handgun in vehicle and assault pistol roster violation, court records say.

Charges of first- and third-degree burglary against may were withdrawn in August, according to records.

Maryland State Police allege May entered a Cavetown Church Road apartment on April 8 and 9 through a kitchen window and stole several guns. The value of the guns taken, which included multiple semi-automatic pistols, was about $3,000, police alleged.

Judge orders man held without bond

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II, at a hearing Thursday, ordered that a man charged with drug and gun offenses be held without bond, according to court records.


Denroy l. Defretas, 18, of no fixed address, is charged with possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, handgun on person, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of, possession with intent to distribute, distribution of and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, records state.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force alleged that Defretas was part of a drug buy involving a confidential informant and was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and a .45-caliber handgun during a task force operation in mid-October.

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

- Brian Shappell

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