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November 10, 2004

Pistol-whipping case is forwarded


The case against a Hagerstown man charged in a pistol-whipping incident on North Locust Street last month was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II found probable cause on all counts against Desmond Herbert, 19, of 46 Summit Ave., during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, court records state.

Herbert is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count each of concealing a deadly weapon, carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure and discharging a firearm within the city, court records state.

Herbert was charged with pistol-whipping a woman during a party at 321 N. Locust St., Apt. 2., on Oct. 7, Hagerstown Police Department officers said. When the Hagerstown woman was hit in the forehead with the gun, it accidentally discharged, police said.

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Police allege that Herbert pointed the handgun at a second woman in the apartment.




Case of multiple gun thefts forwarded


The case against a Hagerstown man charged in connection with multiple gun thefts has been forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II found probable cause during a preliminary hearing Tuesday to forward all counts against Thomas Lee Roser, 33, of 13611 Kenneth St., records state.

Roser is charged with first-degree burglary, theft more than $500, and conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and theft more than $500, records state.

Maryland State Police allege Roser stole handguns, holsters and an AK-47 assault rifle from another Kenneth Street residence on Oct. 13.

- Brian Shappell

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