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Washington County District Court briefs

April 04, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Hagerstown man faces attempted murder charge in stabbing

A Hagerstown man has been charged with attempted second-degree murder in a March 4 stabbing, Washington County District Court documents show.

Corry DeJon Nelson, 28, of 250 N. Mulberry St., was being held on $500,000 bond, court records show.

Nelson allegedly stabbed Andrew Parker during a fight just after midnight in the 200 block of North Mulberry Street, Hagerstown Police Sgt. J.L. Murray wrote in charging documents.

Parker had a potentially life-threatening cut on the left side of his abdomen that caused bleeding in and around his spleen and kidney, Murray wrote.

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Nelson also was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 29, court records show.

Man gets probation before judgement for selling alcohol without license

The owner of a local entertainment company was given probation before judgment Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to selling alcohol without a license and operating without a permit, court records show.

Charles Mahdi, 30, owner of Hagerstown-based SMU Entertainment LLC, entered the pleas in Washington County District Court cases related to two parties in downtown Hagerstown last fall.

In the first incident, state agents broke up an after-hours party Oct. 27 in the second-floor ballroom of the Hamilton Plaza building at 92 W. Washington Street. Mahdi admitted he knew he was supposed to have a liquor license, but did not have one, according to charging documents.

In the second incident, the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal's Office determined from surveillance footage that more than 49 people entered the Hamilton Plaza building early Nov. 3, a violation of the city's Fire Prevention Code, according to charging documents.

In both cases, prosecutors dropped additional charges and a judge suspended a $500 fine, court records show.

The terms of Mahdi's 18-month probation include completing community service and forfeiting all seized alcohol, court records show.

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