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February 23, 2005

Attempted murder charges withdrawn


The most serious of the charges filed against a man accused of firing a gun in the West End last month have been withdrawn by the Washington County State's Attorney's Office.

Three counts of attempted second-degree murder filed against Scott A. Keller, 20, of 420 E. Baltimore St., were withdrawn Tuesday, according to court records.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II found probable cause to forward to Washington County Circuit Court the remaining charges against Keller.

Keller is charged with three counts each of first- and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment, and one count of firing a weapon within city limits in connection with the Jan. 24 incident, records state.

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The Hagerstown Police Department alleged that Keller, after an argument with his girlfriend, Danielle Smoot, at her home in the 1100 block of West Washington Street, fired a gun at least three times in the direction of Smoot, Timothy B. Scott and Scott A. Wagner.

Sexual offense charges forwarded


All charges against a man accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile have been forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, court records state.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II on Tuesday found probable cause to forward six counts against Elmer W. Spoonire, 35, whose last address is unknown.

Spoonire was charged with two counts each of second-degree assault, and third- and fourth-degree sexual offense, records state.

Maryland State Police alleged that Spoonire touched the girl inappropriately and forced her to touch him inappropriately on several occasions between September and October.

Two charges withdrawn in assault


Two of three charges against a Hagerstown woman were withdrawn and she pleaded guilty to an assault count, court records state.

Cammie H. Zelo, 43, of 943 Corbett St., pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of second-degree assault in connection with an incident involving her legally blind grandmother late last year, records state.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France sentenced her to four months in prison, but suspended all but the 32 days Zelo already served, according to records.

Charges of robbery and false imprisonment against Zelo were withdrawn, records state.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleged that Zelo repeatedly slapped her grandmother, Betty Zelo, at a West Baltimore Street apartment in December 2004.

- Brian Shappell

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