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August 12, 2006

Man pleads guilty to second-degree assault



A man who faced charges after an incident in which he allegedly demanded money from his elderly mother and chased her from her house pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

Randy Wayne Harbaugh, 41, of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 18 months in prison with nine months suspended during a Washington County District Court hearing Thursday. Charges of false imprisonment, robbery and trespassing were dropped, according to court documents.

According to a charging document, Harbaugh was accused of chasing his 79-year-old mother from her Pope Ave. home July 8 when she refused to give him money.




Two sentenced in crack cocaine cases



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg men were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to planning to distribute crack cocaine, according to the Office of the United States Attorney.

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Robert Isadore Richardson, 40, of 177 Labonte Drive, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty May 8 to one count of possession of 16.2 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. He was sentenced as a career criminal, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Javier Lewis Howard, 23, of 716 N. Queen St., was sentenced to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty March 20 to one count of possession of 2.01 grams of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

After their sentences are completed, Richardson will serve four years supervised release, while Howard will serve three years supervised released. Both men were ordered to pay $1,100 fines, the U.S. Attorney said.

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