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June 16, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL and PEPPER BALLARD

Woman wants jury trial in theft case


The attorney for a Williamsport woman charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from Robinwood Orthopedic Specialists over the course of nearly four years asked for a jury trial Wednesday in Washington County District Court.

Krista Sue Hudson, 37, whose last known address was 16818 Tammany Manor Road, is charged with one count of felony theft scheme in connection with the theft of $219,375.84 from the Robinwood Medical Center doctor's office between Nov. 20, 2000, and Oct. 15, 2004. The case was forwarded Wednesday to Circuit Court.

Hudson, who was employed at the doctor's office for about six years, was fired Oct. 18, 2004, after the office manager, Elaine Harne, noticed that bank deposit slips, which Hudson was authorized to fill out, had been altered, according to charging documents.

A police review of the office's financial records, which dated to September 2000, found that $213,554.56 was missing and that Hudson committed 717 incidents of theft, documents allege. In February, the total amount missing was recorded at $219,375.84, documents state.

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In October 2004, Harne reviewed F&M Bank slips from July 2004 and noticed that no cash deposits had been made, but insurance checks were increased to compensate for cash, making the overall balances the same, documents allege. More than $4,000 in cash allegedly was unaccounted for in office records for July 2004 and Hudson's personal checking account records indicated $4,550 was deposited between Aug. 27, 2004, and Oct. 27, 2004, police allege in court documents.




Man requests jury trial in assault case


A Hancock man charged with assaulting a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy and corporal in April at the County Courthouse requested a jury trial Wednesday in District Court.

The case against David Creek Sr., 46, of 13201 Woodmont Road, who is charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the April 14 incident, was forwarded Wednesday to Circuit Court.

Creek was not represented by an attorney Wednesday. He said he had to pay for lawyers for himself and for one of his children, which "takes a lot of money."

He asked Frederick County District Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose, sitting in Washington County, if he could get a jury trial, which would be held in the same courthouse where the alleged assault occurred. Ambrose agreed to forward the case to Circuit Court.

Creek was at the Washington County Courthouse on April 14 about 3:15 p.m. for a Department of Social Services hearing and swung his fists at Deputy 1st Class Michael Gladhill and Cpl. Dennis Mummert, who were trying to remove him from the courtroom for being disorderly, Sheriff's Office Capt. Doug Mullendore has said.

Charging documents were not available Wednesday afternoon at District Court because they already had been transferred to Circuit Court, a District Court clerk said.




Woman sentenced in check uttering case


A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., woman has been placed on three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in a case involving M&T Bank, according to court records.

Penny Sue Johnson, 24, of 60 Coffeepot Lane, pleaded guilty to one count of uttering false document in Washington County District Court, records state.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II sentenced Johnson Wednesday to 12 months in prison, all of which were suspended, three years of probation and a criminal fine of $1,000, which also was suspended, records state.

More than 10 other charges against Johnson were withdrawn.

France also ordered her to pay $5,670 in restitution to the bank by December 2006, records state.

Johnson uttered a false personal check on the joint account of Stephen R. Cline and herself with intent to defraud in March 2004, records state.




Man faces theft, robbery charges


A Keedysville man will face theft and robbery charges in Washington County Circuit Court stemming from a May 14 incident at a Hagerstown business, according to court records.

Probable cause was found against Kristopher Michael Stull, 22, of 19060 Keedysville Road, on all charges against him during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Washington County District Court, court records state.

Stull was charged with robbery, theft more than $500, theft less than $500, second-degree assault, possession of OxyContin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution of drug administration equipment and hiring/soliciting a minor for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, records state.

Officers from the Hagers-town Police Department responded to CVS Pharmacy on Dual Highway on May 14 for a reported robbery, police said. Police said the robber said he had a handgun in his pants, demanded OxyContin from a pharmacist and ran to the back of the store after obtaining the prescription painkiller.

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