Court briefs

July 07, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Woman sentenced to probation for assault

All but one charge against a Hagerstown woman accused of threatening others with a knife were dropped in court Wednesday.

Laura Rodriguez, 35, of 441 Ridge Ave., was sentenced to two years probation for second-degree assault. A nine-month jail sentence was suspended, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Rodriguez had been charged with telephone misuse and false imprisonment and two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment for her role in a May 3 confrontation with two people at a residence in the 700 block of Forrest Drive. No one was injured, according to the application of charges filed by the Hagers- town Police Department.

Man faces multiple charges in shooting

A Hagerstown man accused of shooting a gun at another person has been charged with numerous counts, including kidnapping, for his role in the April 9 incident.


Joel Aldaberto Rodriguez, 18, of 60 E. Franklin St., Apt. 2, was charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a handgun, carrying a handgun in a vehicle, using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and false imprisonment.

According to charging documents, Rodriguez was one of two men who forced a man into a white Ford Explorer as the victim walked from his residence on High Street toward George Street. Rodriguez, who police said held a gun to the victim's head, yelled, "stop disrespecting my people," and he and the other man allegedly forced the victim to give them his money.

When the victim was able to escape the vehicle, police said one of the men fired two shots at him. According to charging documents, police found two bullet holes in the siding of a building in the 200 block of High Street after they responded to a call at 5:38 p.m.

The other man allegedly in the vehicle with Rodriguez told police that the victim pulled out a handgun after getting into the Ford Explorer voluntarily.

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