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February 29, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Man charged in December slayings seeks jury trial in separate case



Douglas Wayne Pryor, who faces first-degree murder charges in the Dec. 19 deaths of his ex-girlfriend and a police officer, has requested a jury trial in a separate case involving a previous incident with his ex-girlfriend, according to court records.

In that case, Pryor was charged with second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property after Alison Munson told police he got angry and began hitting her Oct. 31, according to documents filed in Washington County District Court.

A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was canceled and the case was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to records.




Case against Frederick man charged in alleged assault will proceed



The case against a man accused of threatening to set a woman on fire and threatening to make her dig her own grave will proceed to Washington County Circuit Court after a District Court judge found probable cause for the charges Thursday, according to court records.

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Brian Christopher Belmont, 32, of 5671 Farmhouse Drive in Frederick, Md., is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and false imprisonment, according to court records.

The complainant, Heather Wagoner of Hagerstown, wrote in her application for the charges that Belmont held her against her will Jan. 22 when she tried to leave her East Franklin Street apartment. Wagoner wrote that Belmont threatened to kill her with a knife, then poured liquor on her head, held a light near her and said he was going to set her on fire. She wrote that she ran from the house and was able to drive away after yelling for neighbors to call 911.




Case against Hagerstown man accused in sub shop robbery will proceed



The case against a man accused of robbing the Freddie's Corner sub shop with a BB gun Jan. 29 will proceed to Washington County Circuit Court after a District Court judge found probable cause for the charges Wednesday, according to court records.

Michael Charles Harbaugh, 40, of 518 Lynnehaven Drive, Apt. 36, in Hagerstown, is charged with armed robbery, theft less than $500 in value, carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, and two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and robbery, according to court records.

Harbaugh was arrested shortly after the robbery after he was seen walking nearby, police wrote in charging documents. Harbaugh had a BB gun and a balled-up wad of $260 in cash in his pants, police wrote.

Harbaugh was being held Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center on $75,000 bail.

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