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February 24, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Probable cause found in sex offense case



Probable cause was found Wednesday to proceed with sex offense charges against a Hagerstown man.

Charelles Lamar Jones-Harris, 23, of 130 East Ave., was charged in December 2005 with two counts each of first-degree, third-degree and second-degree sex offense, according to Washington County District Court documents. Jones-Harris also was charged with false imprisonment.

He was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, whom he knew, on Dec. 31, 2005, near the 100 block of West North Avenue, documents state.

The woman said she was walking home from a party when a man punched her and knocked her down and forced her to perform sex acts, documents state.

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Jones-Harris was being held without bail Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a spokesman there.




Man charged in CVS armed robbery



A man accused of stealing prescription medication from a Hagerstown CVS in January was being held on $250,000 bail Wednesday.

Edward Bryan Kemner, 23, of 314 Harris Way in Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with armed robbery, robbery, theft, using a handgun in a violent crime, carrying a handgun on his person, and first-degree and second-degree assault, Washington County District Court documents state.

Kemner is charged with robbing the pharmacy of CVS at 1580 Wesel Blvd. at gunpoint, documents allege.

The robber jumped over the pharmacy counter and took five, 16-ounce bottles of cough syrup containing codeine and one bottle filled with 8 ounces, documents state. The medication had a total value of $242, documents state.

While responding to the robbery call at CVS, Hagerstown Police were told that Washington County Sheriff's deputies were in pursuit of a gold Cadillac with West Virginia tags that was southbound on Interstate 81, documents state. Police said they believed the vehicle was involved in the robbery at CVS.

The pursuit continued into West Virginia until Kemner was involved in a crash on U.S. 11 near Interstate 81, documents state.

Police alleged they found prescription bottles in the vehicle and that the weapon used in the robbery was found near the accident scene.

Kemner was being held Wednesday night on $250,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.




Man charged with armed robbery



A Hagerstown man was charged Friday with robbing another man at gunpoint near the U.S. Post Office on Franklin Street in the city.

Myron Jay Wood, 38, of 256 S. Potomac St., first floor, was charged with armed robbery, first-degree and second-degree assault, using a handgun during a violent crime, having a handgun on his person and theft, Washington County District Court documents state.

A man said he was robbed Feb. 11 by two men from whom he allegedly arranged to buy crack cocaine, Hagerstown Police alleged in court documents.

The victim told police he was grabbed from behind by one of the men, fell to the ground and scraped his knees, documents state. He also said the two men began kicking him. The men took $50 the victim had for the drugs, according to documents.

Wood was being held on $300,000 bond Wednesday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.

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