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Woman put on probation after falsely accusing man of robbery

January 25, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Washington County Circuit Court judge Wednesday placed a woman on probation for falsely accusing a man of robbery after he failed to pay her for marijuana — a man who later appeared before the same judge on unrelated drug charges.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer gave Misty Dawn Young, 30, of 21 W. Water St., Smithsburg, a 90-day suspended sentence, two years on probation and 100 hours of community service after she pleaded guilty to making false statements to police.

Meanwhile, separate drug charges against the victim, Andrew Richard Kuhlman, 19, of 14421 Shockey Station Road, Smithsburg, were placed on the inactive docket.

"There's far too few law enforcement officers" because of tight budgets and a bad economy, Dwyer told Young. "You sent these officers on a wild goose chase."

Smithsburg police went to 32 S. Main St. on the night of July 7, 2010, for a report of an armed robbery, according to the application for statement of charges.

Young and another woman, Renee Martinez, told police they had left that address, and Martinez pulled over to talk to a man she knew, the charging documents said.

The women told police the man pulled a gun, stole cash from a cup holder, ran to a car and drove off, the documents said. Martinez identified the man as Kuhlman, the documents said.

Kuhlman agreed to take a lie-detector test, but Martinez admitted the robbery story was made up when police asked her to take a polygraph, the documents said. Martinez told police she and Young had gone to sell Kuhlman marijuana and that he walked away with it, telling them he wanted to weigh it before paying $375.

In exchange for her plea, charges of possession of marijuana and drug distribution were dismissed.

A few minutes later, Kuhlman was standing before Dwyer on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of Oxycodone and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was charged by Maryland Natural Resources Police on March 7, 2010, according to charging documents.

Those charges were placed on the inactive docket with the stipulation that Kuhlman would, if called upon, testify truthfully in other drug investigations.

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