Court briefs

September 05, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Man accused of stealing jewelry from ex-girlfriend

A Hagerstown man who allegedly took jewelry from his ex-girlfriend waived his rights to a preliminary hearing by not showing up, Washington County District Court records indicate.

Mark Anthony Spigler, 36, of 10011 Beaver Creek Church Road, failed to appear for his preliminary hearing Thursday. He is charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary and theft of items valued at more than $500.

According to a charging document, Spigler took a diamond bracelet and ring from a home on South Mont Valla Avenue, where his ex-girlfriend lived, sometime between May 17 and the morning of May 19. Spigler gave the woman the bracelet, the charging document states.

According to the charging document, Spigler and another woman pawned the two pieces of jewelry at a shop for $235. The jewelry was returned to the victim, the charging document states.


Two men plead guilty to trespassing

Two men accused of cutting copper plumbing from a vacant house owned by Prime Outlets will serve 12 months of probation each, according to sentences handed down Thursday in Washington County District Court.

Earl Douglas Knot, 44, of 21030 Twin Springs Drive in Chewsville, and George E. Gossard Jr., 19, of 73 Madison Ave. in Hagerstown, each pleaded guilty to trespassing. Charges of fourth-degree burglary-theft, fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and theft of less than $500 were dropped.

According to a charging document, the men were accused of cutting about 50 pounds of copper plumbing June 24 from the basement of a vacant house at 1425 Sharpsburg Pike. Scrap metal sells for about $2 a pound, the charging document states.

According to their sentences, Knot and Gossard each must serve 12 months probation, in addition to paying restitution.

Woman awaits sentencing for theft

A 24-year-old woman accused of taking part in the robbery of guns and jewelry from her husband's aunt pleaded guilty to theft scheme Thursday.

Dana Ann Miller, 24, was ordered held without bail as she awaits a sentencing hearing Sept. 21, Washington County District Court records indicate. Besides theft scheme, Miller, whose last known address was 14 Downsville Pike in Hagerstown, had been charged with six other felony counts, including burglary and conspiracy to commit theft, but they were dismissed, court records indicate.

According to charging documents, Miller and Mark Anthony Taulton, 24, were accused of stealing 32 guns and a wedding band in March from Taulton's aunt's house in Williamsport.

Ray Early Miller III, 31, who is Taulton's half brother, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in the case. The Millers divorced earlier this summer, according to court records.

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