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Court briefs

March 16, 2006

Woman charged with burglary and theft



A Frederick, Md., woman charged in February with robbing at least four Frederick County homes is charged with similar crimes in Washington County.

Joanne Elizabeth Stone, 40, of 8929 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, was charged with four counts each of first-degree and fourth-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree and fourth-degree burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit theft, malicious destruction of property and conspiracy to commit malicious destruction of property, Washington County District Court documents state.

Stone was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond Wednesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Stone was accused of robbing homes in Boonsboro, Keedysville and Fairplay in January and February. DVDs, CDs, coins, jewelry and electronics were taken, documents state.

During interviews, Stone claimed she and a man had committed four burglaries in Washington County and 11 in other locations, documents state.

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In February, Stone was charged, along with Donald Stone, then 42, also of Frederick, with similar burglaries in Frederick County, according to published reports.




Man charged with assault in office



A Maugansville man was charged Friday with an assault on staff at a Boonsboro doctor's office and on police officers.

The man allegedly became angry when a nurse told him he did not have an appointment.

Christopher David Malott, 27, of 13911 Greenfield Ave., was charged with two counts of second-degree assault on law enforcement, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest, Washington County District Court documents state.

Malott was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 Wednesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

When police arrived at the office at 24 S. Main St. in Boonsboro, a nurse was sitting on Malott, who was thrashing his arms, trying to hit the nurse, documents state. A doctor who had been knocked to the ground was sitting beside Malott.

When an officer tried to handcuff Malott, he swung at the officer and forced him to the ground, documents state. The officer was able to handcuff Malott, who pulled his hands apart so hard that he freed himself from the cuffs, documents state.

Malott continued to try to punch officers and did kick one several times, documents allege.

The nurse who restrained Malott told officers that he became violent after a nurse told him that he did not have an appointment, documents state. Malott suffered a medical episode in the office, later determined to be a reaction to some type of drug, documents state.

He also was accused of breaking part of a desk in the office and kicking a hole in the wall. The doctor's hands were cut and bleeding from the attack, and the nurse also suffered minor injuries.

The doctor said Malott was being treated for back pain at the office, but had recently learned that Malott also was receiving medication from another doctor for his back pain, documents state.




Man charged with assault on teen girl



A Hagerstown man was charged Monday with assaulting the 17-year-old girl he had lived with for three months.

The girl was reported missing from Parkersburg, W.Va., in December, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Nathaniel Tremayne Patterson, whose address is listed as 10846 Downsville Pike in Hagerstown and a post office box in Shepherdstown, W.Va., was charged with six counts of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree assault, false imprisonment and contributing to the condition of a child, documents state.

Patterson was being held on $250,000 bond Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said.

The girl claimed she was assaulted on at least 10 occasions while she was living with Patterson.




Probable cause found in city robbery case



Probable cause was found Tuesday to proceed with charges against a Hagerstown man accused of robbing a man in downtown Hagerstown.

Myron Jay Wood, 38, of 256 S. Potomac St., was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and theft, Washington County District Court documents state.

Wood was being held on two bonds Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center. One bond was $850,000 and the other bond was $300,000, a jail spokeswoman said.

Wood was accused of assaulting a man and stealing $400 of his money in the unit block of East North Avenue, documents state.




Probable cause found in CVS robbery case



Probable cause was found Tuesday in Washington County District Court to proceed with charges against a Martinsburg, W.Va., man accused of robbing a Hagerstown pharmacy.

Edward Bryan Kemner, 23, of 314 Harris Way, was charged in January 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, documents state.

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