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Trial date set for man charged in sword threat

August 26, 2010|By DON AINES

A Hagerstown man charged with threatening another man with a sword made his initial appearance Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court and had his trial scheduled for October.

Russell K. Stover, 24, of 9881 Crossfield Road appeared before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. and was scheduled for trial Oct. 25 on charges of first-degree assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer drugs.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office sent a deputy to the 100 block of East Main Street in Sharpsburg after receiving a report of people using a gun and sword to threaten another group, according to the statement of probable cause in the case. The people making the threats had left the scene in a red minivan, the statement said.

A Boonsboro police officer stopped the minivan in Keedysville, the statement of probable cause said. Stover was driving the vehicle, which had five passengers, the statement said.

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Stover had gone to the house in Sharpsburg because he had sold drugs to residents there and they "ripped him off," the statement of probable cause said. Police allege Stover told them he did not have a gun, but he used a sword and threatened to cut a leg off one of the victims, a 47-year-old man, the statement said.

Police searched Stover and found a syringe and spoon with suspected heroin residue in his pocket, the statement of probable cause said. Three swords were found in the van, police said.

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