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Case forwarded against man in Jonathan Street incident

July 29, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

A man who was charged after allegedly throwing a gun over a railing in the North Jonathan Street area in a suspected drug incident last month waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Washington County District Court, according to court records.

The case against Leroy Benjamin Harris, 31, no fixed address, will be forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Harris, who has been released from the Washington County Detention Center since the June 30 incident at 311 N. Jonathan St., was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and handgun on person, according to court records.

Harris was charged after Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. J. Robison was conducting surveillance in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street using cameras installed in the block, according to court records.

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Robison said in a complaint he saw Harris empty the contents of a cigar and start to put suspected marijuana in it.

After Harris was escorted to a police car for a search, an officer saw Harris reach into a back pocket and remove a gun, according to court records.

The officer yelled "gun" to the officers, at which time Harris allegedly tossed the gun over the railing, according to court records. Another officer retrieved the gun and discovered it was a loaded Cobra .380-caliber handgun with six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, according to court records.

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