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Attorneys to appear in court over sign

October 11, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Two downtown Hagerstown attorneys will get their day in court in a case in which one accused the other of stealing a political sign.

Gregory J. Hannigan, whose office is at 5 Public Square, was served Thursday with a summons charging him with theft of items worth less than $100, according to information available on the Maryland District Court Web site.

According to a charging document, Gordon A. Lynn confronted Hannigan Sept. 11 at 11:10 p.m. near Gold's Gym after he allegedly saw Hannigan remove a campaign sign.

"I saw Mr. Hannigan's car coming toward my location, so I stepped into the road to stop his vehicle. He stopped his vehicle near the site where he had just stolen my yard sign and replaced it with one of candidate Greg Bannon's yard signs," the charging document states.

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According to the charging document, Hannigan and Lynn argued about the sign, with Hannigan claiming that Lynn did not have permission to plant the sign where it was.

The summons was issued Sept. 28, according to the Web site.

The sign cost $4.20, according to the charging document.

A day after the alleged incident, Gregory C. Bannon, of 8331 Old National Pike in Boonsboro, finished about 300 votes ahead of Lynn, of 13316 Fairfax Road in Hagerstown, in a three-way race for the Republican nomination to run for Washington County state's attorney.

Both men lost to Charles P. Strong, who is the current state's attorney. Strong will face off Nov. 7 against Democratic challenger Jerry Joyce, who ran unopposed in the September primary.

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