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Charge dropped against schools department head

July 02, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN

marlob@herald-mail.com

Nearly two months ago, Edward Masood failed to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property, and a bench warrant was issued for the Washington County Public Schools department head.

Masood was in court Tuesday with his attorney, John Salvatore. This time, the alleged victim in the case - Malcolm Norred - didn't show up.

After calling Norred's name several times and getting no response, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Mark Thomas announced to Washington County District Judge Ralph France that the prosecution was dismissing the charge against Masood.

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Masood is the school system's supervisor for athletics, fine arts, health and physical education.

In the criminal matter that was dismissed Tuesday, Masood was accused of smashing the headlights of a car that Norred had been using in February. The maximum penalty for conviction on a charge of malicious destruction of property is 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

According to the charging documents filed in District Court, Masood, 61, of 10843 Archer Lane, Williamsport, was served with a criminal summons Feb. 26 by Officer Duane White of the Hagerstown Police Department.

According to court documents, police went to 56 Broadway, Apt. 1B, at 10:57 p.m. on Feb. 25, after receiving a call from Norred, who said he saw Masood break the headlights of a 1993 Mazda that was parked at the rear of Norred's apartment.

Norred told police he heard a noise outside his apartment, looked out the bathroom window and saw a man he alleged was Masood "swinging an object at the vehicle's headlight," court records said.

On May 3, when Masood failed to appear, France initially ordered a $1,500 bond but lowered it to $500 when Masood showed up later at the courthouse. Posting bond, Masood was not taken into custody.

Outside the courtroom Tuesday, Masood said he had no comment on the alleged incident or the outcome of the criminal proceeding.

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