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Illness delays Pa. man's trial

July 29, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Pennsylvania man scheduled for trial Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court on drug and weapons charges had his case continued due to illness.

Anthony Andrews Hodges Jr., 27, of Reading, Pa., is "seriously ill" and taking a number of prescription painkillers. Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey said. Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Hodges is in need of major surgery and, because of the medications, is unable to assist in his own defense.

On Oct. 19, 2009, Hagerstown police went to an apartment on Henry Avenue after receiving a report from a woman who claimed her sister was being held there against her will, the statement of probable cause said. Police knocked on the door, but got no response and were let into the apartment by an employee of the Hagerstown Housing Authority, the statement said.

Once inside, the officers saw a woman get out of bed and asked her if anyone else was in the apartment, the statement of probable cause said. The woman at first said no, but then admitted there was someone in the apartment, the statement said.

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The officers found Hodges hiding under the covers of the bed and a handgun was found underneath the mattress, the statement of probable cause said. Police also found marijuana and 57 Ecstasy pills, along with more than $1,700 in cash, the statement said.

Hodges was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of a firearm in connection with a drug-trafficking crime, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana packaging materials, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree assault, court records said.

The last charge related to allegations that he struck and shoved the woman the night before, the application for statement of charges said.

Hodges also is wanted on a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania, according to court records. Last week, he declined to waive extradition to that state.

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