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Hearing delayed for man accused in voter registration cas

March 23, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Washington County District Court hearing for Roger Dean Weber, who was charged with misrepresenting his voter registration nearly a year after he ran for Hagerstown mayor under a false name, was delayed Wednesday until the first week of April because there wasn't enough time to try the case.

Frederick County District Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose, sitting in Washington County District Court, made the decision to continue the case that had been scheduled for Wednesday morning because good cause was shown.

"There just simply isn't enough time to try a case with this many witnesses," she said.

Weber, 61, who ran under the name Charlie Baker in the March 2005 primary election, was charged with misrepresenting his voter registration and voting under a false name on Feb. 15. He was arrested that day on a Washington County Circuit Court bench warrant - charging him with failing to appear for a court hearing on traffic charges in October 2005 - and was charged with the voter law violations, Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Paul Kifer has said.

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Weber, of no fixed address, was being held without bond Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.

Weber registered to vote Jan. 21, 2005, under a Hagerstown address, Kifer has said. The department initiated its investigation into alleged voter law violations March 9 after The Herald-Mail reported that Weber had filed under an alias and was living in West Virginia, which made him ineligible to be mayor.

Before the primary, a Herald-Mail reporter found Weber living in a trailer at Sportsman's Paradise in Marlowe, W.Va. Berkeley County court documents showed he had lived there since at least December 2004.

"Charlie Baker" was still listed on the primary election ballot and received 13 votes.

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