Court briefs

August 05, 2006

Man is sentenced, two charged in thefts

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and his ex-wife and half brother are accused of theft from an aunt's Williamsport home, according to court records and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The total value of items, including 32 guns and a wedding band, allegedly taken from the home was $19,675.30, according to charging documents.

Dana Ann Miller, 24, whose last known address was 14 Downsville Pike in Hagerstown, and Mark Anthony Taulton, 24, whose address is listed as Washington County Detention Center, allegedly were involved in the theft of jewelry and 32 guns in March from a house on Bower Avenue, according to charging documents.

Ray Early Miller III, 31, who is Taulton's half brother and the victim's nephew, according to charging documents, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he admitted to playing a role in the thefts, the Sheriff's Department said.


Charges against a man who told police he spent about $2,800 on at least 14 guns supplied by Ray Early Miller III, of 14 Downsville Pike, were dropped in exchange for his cooperation in the case, according to charging documents.

Taulton was charged with first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree burglary, theft of more than $500, theft of less than $500, conspiracy to commit theft of less than $500 and conspiracy to commit theft of more than $500.

Dana Ann Miller was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary of firearms, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft scheme, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit theft.

According to court records, Ray Early Miller III divorced Dana Ann Miller this summer.

Anyone with information about the guns that still are missing may call Sheriff's Department Sgt. Roy Harsh at 240-313-2183.

Man charged after auto dealership fight

A 24-year-old Hagerstown man who allegedly fought with a police officer as he threatened to drive a dealership car through the showroom windows was charged with assault and other crimes.

Richard Lee Young Jr., of 16317 McGregor Drive, allegedly told a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy at a community event June 10 at Hoffman Chevrolet that he intended to drive off with a new Chevrolet Tahoe. According to a charging document filed in Washington County District Court, Young started the vehicle and moved it from its original location inside the showroom.

When the deputy tried to take the keys from Young, he and Young fought, the charging document states. According to the charging document, the deputy and three dealership employees struggled with Young as children and their parents at the event looked on. Even after being strapped into a police cruiser, Young allegedly continued to resist and the deputy sprayed him with pepper spray, the charging document states.

Young, who allegedly damaged the Chevrolet Tahoe, was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana, drug possession with intent to distribute, motor vehicle/unlawful taking, theft of more than $500, malicious destruction, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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