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Charge dropped against Hagerstown man accused of assaulting another with bat

December 13, 2012

A felony charge against a Hagerstown bar owner accused of assaulting a man with a baseball bat was dismissed this week in a preliminary hearing in Washington County District Court, court records said.

The first-degree assault charge against Richard Carroll Reeder, 44, of 244 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, was dismissed Wednesday, court records said. Two other misdemeanor charges against Reeder, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, were scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 20.

Reeder admitted to Washington County liquor officials in October that he knocked James Yost to the floor after striking him with a baseball bat on the evening of Sept. 26 at the R and K Pub at 15 E. Baltimore St.

Reeder said Yost ignored a number of orders to leave the bar and threatened to kill him.

Hagerstown police received a call at 6:51 p.m. on Sept. 26 for a patron who refused to leave the business, court documents show.

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Police allege that as the two argued, Yost threw a quarter and hit Reeder in the face. Reeder then struck Yost with the bat.

Officers testified during the liquor board hearing in October that Yost, who was treated for the injury at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, was uncooperative during the incident.

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