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Kidnapping charge dropped against retired trooper

July 27, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- A kidnapping charge has been dismissed against a retired Maryland State Police trooper over an alleged June 8 incident at Robinwood Medical Center that involved the wife of another trooper, according to Washington County District Court records.

The kidnapping charge against John Forrester Hall, 38, of 19115 Beacon Lane, Hagerstown, was dropped Thursday in district court, court papers show.

Hall, who also was charged with attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment and two harassment charges, will stand trial in district court on the remaining charges against him, but a trial date has not been set, court officials said Monday.

On June 11, a state police investigator was called to the home of Trooper 1st Class Gregg Lantz. Lantz's wife, Trisha Lantz, had been involved in an 18-month relationship with Hall, but she alleged when she tried to break it off, he began harassing her, Sgt. David Bowers wrote in charging documents.

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On June 8, Trisha Lantz was leaving work at Robinwood Medical Center when Hall pulled up in his father's pickup truck and told her they needed to talk. He told her to get in his truck, and she said she got in the truck because she was afraid.

Hall became angry as they talked and said, "if he could not have what he wanted, then she was not going to get what she wanted either," court records allege.

Trisha Lantz repeatedly told him to let her out of the truck and then, as he was driving toward the parking lot exit, she jumped out of the truck, Bowers wrote.

-- Dave McMillion

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