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June 14, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Man being held on assault charges


A 20-year-old man is charged with threatening several people with a knife at a Hancock park, according to court records.

William Ray Manchester III, also known as William Roy Winchester, 20, who has a mailing address in Monrovia, Md., is charged with six counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, records state.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. set bond at $200,000 for Manchester during a bail review hearing Monday.

The Hancock Police Department alleges that a man threatened several people with a knife Saturday during an event at Widmyer Memorial Park in Hancock, and that he reached for a knife when police approached him and ordered him to place his hands in the air.

Manchester was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.

Man faces charges in assault, burglary


A man taken into custody last week on 22 charges stemming from a burglary and assault remained at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said Monday.

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Joseph Eugene Middleton, 19, of 1028 Brinker Drive, No. 302, is charged with seven counts of second-degree assault, six counts of first-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, according to court records. Records state he also is charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, possession of a firearm under 21 years of age, concealing a deadly weapon, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony/violent crime and theft less than $500.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. set bond for Middleton at $500,000 during a bail review hearing Friday.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleges a man pointed a gun toward at least six people Thursday evening inside a home in the 900 block of Main Avenue in the city's West End.

Local man faces burglary charges


A Hagerstown resident who was charged in a burglary that occurred just days after he was sentenced to probation in connection with a shooting last year remained in custody Monday at the Washington County Detention Center.

Montague Stephen Sutherland, 17, of 650 N. Prospect St., Apt. 2, was charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary and theft less than $500 in a May 12 incident.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. set bond for Sutherland at $250,000 during a bail review hearing Friday.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleges Sutherland broke into a residence in the first block of Belview Avenue and ran from the scene upon seeing an officer.

Sutherland was given two concurrent five-year prison sentences, which were suspended, and placed on four years of unsupervised probation on May 9 in connection with a Dec. 10, 2004, shooting. Sutherland pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit robbery in that case.

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