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Court briefs

March 10, 2005

Foiled robbery leads to charges


A Hagerstown man was being held at the Washington County Detention Center Wednesday on charges stemming from a foiled robbery attempt.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II set bond Wednesday for Bernard L. Cole III, 34, of 40 Alexander St., at $100,000, according to court records.

Cole was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, second-degree assault and theft less than $500, according to police.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleges Cole entered Wayne's Country Store at 1020 W. Washington St. at about 7:51 p.m. Tuesday, demanded money from a female clerk, struck her and threatened to shoot the woman.

Police said the clerk grabbed the keys while Cole tried to open the cash register, ran outside and locked the doors, trapping him inside.

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Cole was being held Wednesday at the detention center, a detention center spokesman said.




Man gets 18 months for parade scuffle


A man who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scuffle with police at October's Alsatia Mummers' Parade, was sentenced Wednesday, according to court records.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced William A. Jones, 21, whose last address is unknown, to 18 months in jail during a sentencing hearing Wednesday, records state. Long suspended 31/2 years of a 5-year-sentence he gave Jones, records state.

Jones pleaded guilty in January to reckless endangerment and handgun on person, records state.

Three counts of second-degree assault and one count each of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, concealing a deadly weapon and resisting arrest were withdrawn, records state.

The Hagerstown Police Department said three officers had to wrestle Jones, who was in possession of a .40-caliber handgun, to the ground during the 2004 parade.




Man waives hearing on variety of charges


A Hagerstown man charged in an incident with a Hagerstown Police Department officer on Wednesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on 10 charges, according to court records.

Francis E. Wilson Jr., 35, of 213 E. Franklin St., was charged with attempting to disarm a police officer, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstructing and hindering a police officer, disorderly conduct, theft less than $500, disturbing the peace, possession of marijuana and two counts of malicious destruction of property, records said.

Police allege Wilson was found on Feb. 13 on the sidewalk in the 100 block of East Washington Street by a city police officer, who attempted to take him to Washington County Hospital for an examination. Police allege Wilson began to struggle with the officer before he was taken into custody and tried to grab the officer's handgun.

- Brian Shappell

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