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Hagerstown dispute to be on 'Judge Joe Brown'

May 03, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- A dispute between two Hagerstown residents is scheduled to be aired on a TV court show Tuesday.

The "Judge Joe Brown" show --which airs locally on WTTG FOX 5 at 4 p.m. -- will include a case in which a man and a woman argue whether he loaned her money or gave it to her.

Felix Thorne sued Tasha R. Coles for $200 in Washington County District Court last year, plus attorney's fees of $30 and court costs.

In his complaint, Thorne wrote that Coles asked him on Nov. 4, 2009, to loan her $200 to pay for a car in Baltimore. She agreed to repay the money two days later, his complaint says.

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When she didn't pay, he called to remind her about the debt, but "she cursed me out on the phone," Thorne wrote.

In her notice of defense, Coles wrote that Thorne offered her $200 a few times to help her. She declined a few times, but later accepted the money.

During their conversation, "never once did a discussion of repayment or reimbursement take place," Coles' notice says. "That is fabricated and untrue."

She said the only true detail in his complaint is that he and the Hagerstown Police showed up at her home on Nov. 16, 2009, which was her birthday.

Reached by phone Monday, Thorne said he was satisfied with the outcome of the case.

He also received $300 for being on the show and enjoyed the trip to California, where the show was taped, he said.

Christine Guederian, a publicity coordinator for the show, said Monday that she couldn't reach a producer who worked on the show to confirm the outcome.

Coles couldn't be reached Monday through a phone number she listed on her notice to defend.

Thorne and Coles signed an agreement Feb. 24, 2010, that says they settled their dispute through private arbitration and asked that the case be dismissed. The agreement is part of the file at Washington County District Court.

Publicity for the show says Brown is a retired Tennessee judge.

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