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August 17, 2006

Sentencing slated in uttering case



A Hagerstown woman accused of cashing stolen checks at several area banks will be sentenced Oct. 18 for uttering false documents.

Debra Ann Boutcher, 51, of 17029 Oakleigh Way in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty Wednesday to six charges of uttering in two separate cases before Washington County District Court. Thirteen other counts, including forgery and theft charges, were dropped, according to court documents.

Boutcher received cash back from checks reported missing or stolen by a couple who told police they had not authorized anyone to use the checks, according to charging documents.

Hagerstown Trust Co. reported it lost $600 when tellers at two different branches gave cash back to Boutcher Jan. 29, 30 and 31, according to charging documents. In the second case, the bank reported it lost $950 when tellers at three different branches cashed checks for Boutcher Jan. 29 and 31, and Feb. 1, according to charging documents.

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City man sentenced on gun theft charge



A Hagerstown man who stole four rifles from his grandparents' home was sentenced to time served and placed on probation during a hearing Wednesday at Washington County District Court.

Robert Leon Kelley III, 21, of 255 Frederick St., Apt. 5, was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with all but the 38 days he already spent in jail suspended, for theft of property valued at less than $500. Four other charges, including burglary and theft of property valued at more than $500, were dropped.

Kelley took four rifles from his grandparents' house on South Vermont Street in Williamsport May 20, and sold them to a relative of his girlfriend for about $200, according to charging documents.

The man who bought the gun told a Sheriff's Department deputy he would bring them to the department, according to charging documents.

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