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December 01, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Man pleads guilty to assaulting teen



A man accused of assaulting a teenager at a youth detention center pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree assault.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III sentenced Christopher Todd Henderson of Baltimore to probation before judgment. Henderson will be on unsupervised probation for six months, according to court records.

Henderson was charged with assault in July stemming from a May 6 incident at the Western Maryland Children's Center on Roxbury Road, south of Hagerstown.

A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, which runs the facility, said in August that Henderson was accused of hitting a 15-year-old boy after an argument about telephone privileges.

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Henderson, who was a residential adviser, no longer works at the facility, DJS spokesman Edward Hopkins said in August.




Man convicted of conspiracy to rob bank



A Hagerstown man was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit armed robbery at a local bank.

Gregory Allen Rice, 35, of 926 Summit Ave., was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department charged Rice in January with robbing a Hagerstown Trust branch at 17803 Virginia Ave., near Hagerstown.

Police alleged that Rice and Jason Lee Wyant robbed the bank of more than $6,000 on Jan. 6.

When Wyant, 20, was apprehended, he had a large amount of money in his pants, police said. Rice was arrested outside his home a week after the robbery.

Both men were charged with armed robbery, robbery, felony theft, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit felony theft.

Wyant pleaded guilty in March to robbery, according to court records. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, with four of them suspended, as well as three years of supervised probation.

Rice was convicted Thursday after a trial in Washington County Circuit Court. He represented himself.

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