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November 04, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Man enters Alford plea in July incident

Swinging a baseball bat, an allegedly drunk Phillip T. Olson hit a house column and a door frame before striking a man in the arm and the ribs during a July argument, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil said Thursday in Circuit Court.

Olson, 42, whose last known address is 666 Oak Hill Ave., Apt. 1, entered an Alford plea Thursday to second-degree assault in the July 19 incident.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

Olson, who was on probation at the time of the incident, was ordered by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to be held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center pending sentencing by another judge, who ordered the probation, which allegedly was violated in the July incident.


When police arrived at 664 Oak Hill Ave. on July 19, Olson and the man he hit "were toe to toe, holding each other by each other's shirts," Veil said. A baseball bat was lying in a driveway across the street, which police discovered Olson retrieved from his house and used to beat the other man, Veil said.

"Olson had been drinking and provoking people that day," Veil said. His victim "used a broom with a metal handle to defend himself from that attack."

Olson's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brendan Callahan, said Olson "would have used self-defense" had his case gone to trial.

Ex-school janitor waives his hearing

A former Williamsport High School janitor waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Washington County District Court on charges that he had sex with a 15-year-old student off school property, according to court records.

The case against Jeremy Michael Williams, 24, who is charged with third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, will be forwarded to Circuit Court, records state.

Williams, whose last known address is listed on charging documents as 14024 Village Mill Drive in Maugansville, allegedly had sex with the 15-year-old girl at his apartment on Oct. 2, according to charging documents. He allegedly picked the girl up at work after her mother had dropped her off there, documents state. He took her back to work after they allegedly had sex, according to charging documents.

Sheriff's Department Capt. Doug Mullendore has said that Williams was not charged with statutory rape, which in Maryland is second-degree rape, because the alleged victim is 15.

Alleged victims must be 14 years old or younger in order for that charge to be pressed, Mullendore has said.

Washington County Public Schools Public Information Officer Carol Mowen has said that Williams resigned Oct. 5, "before termination papers could be processed."

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