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Court briefs

May 28, 2008

Woman sentenced to 15 months of probation on animal cruelty charge

A woman who pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge in March was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months of probation, during which she is forbidden from responsibility for any pets or animals, Washington County District Court records show.

Patty Burkett, 64, of 215 Maple Ave. in Boonsboro, was charged along with another woman after Humane Society officials reported finding dead and malnourished doves in their Smithsburg home in December 2007, court records show.

Burkett pleaded guilty to failing to provide a dove with nutritious food in sufficient quantity, proper drink, air, space or veterinary care, according to court records.

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Man gets year in jail for trying to elude police, driving on revoked license and privilege

A man who attempted to elude police in March by jumping from his moving car was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail, Washington County District Court records show.

Tavares Kiyum Rudolph, 30, of Landover, Md., pleaded guilty to attempting to elude police and driving on revoked license and privilege, court records show.

Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France II sentenced Rudolph to concurrent one-year sentences for each offense, with credit for the 71 days Rudolph already served. Court costs and fines were suspended due to indigency.

Hagerstown Police Officer C.J. Mikash wrote in charging documents that Rudolph sped away when he tried to pull him over just after 1 a.m. March 18.

As Mikash chased the fleeing car on West Baltimore Street, it became airborne, rising about 4 feet in the air as it crossed Summit Avenue, Mikash wrote. Rudolph jumped from the car, rolled and ran, while the car crashed into the back of a building at the intersection of West Baltimore Street and South Potomac Street, Mikash wrote.

Other charges, including DUI, carrying a concealed weapon, and failure to stop after an unattended property damage accident, were dropped, court records show.

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