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Miss Washington County facing assault, burglary charges

August 26, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The reigning Miss Washington County was arrested last week after allegedly entering her ex-boyfriend's home in Frostburg, Md., and punching another woman, police said.

Christie Ganoe, 22, of Cumberland, Md., was charged with one count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree burglary, according to court records.

Frostburg Police Cpl. Irvin Buskirk said police were called Wednesday to a reported problem at Ganoe's ex-boyfriend's home on Mill Street.

Ganoe was there and police took her home, Buskirk said.

However, she returned, entered the home and punched a woman in the head, Buskirk said. The other woman didn't require medical attention, but she was holding a package of frozen peas against her head, he said.

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Ganoe was released on her own recognizance, according to an Allegany County District Court commissioner. A court appearance has been scheduled for Oct. 20.

There was no indication Monday whether the charges would affect Ganoe's standing as Miss Washington County.

Ganoe couldn't be reached Monday at a Cumberland phone number listed as a contact number for her at the time of the pageant.

Miss Washington County pageant officials also couldn't be reached for comment.

Courtney Thomas, the business manager for Miss Maryland, said the organization wouldn't comment now.

Mike Allegretto, the director of operations at the Miss America Organization headquarters in Linwood, N.J., said the organization recently heard about the arrest and was looking into it.

He said the decision about what, if anything, might happen is made at the local level, with guidance from the Miss America Organization.

Ganoe was crowned Miss Washington County in February at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater, earning a $2,000 cash scholarship.

Her platform was to educate people to help prevent bullying.

Contestants ages 17 to 24 years old who live, work or attend school in Washington, Frederick, Allegany or Garrett counties are eligible to be Miss Washington County.

In June, Ganoe competed as Miss Washington County in the Miss Maryland competition at The Maryland Theatre, but she wasn't among the 10 semifinalists.

Last year, Ganoe was chosen Miss Cumberland.

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