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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 20, 2011
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Thursday sentenced a Smithsburg man to probation before judgment for growing marijuana the defendant claimed was to treat his late mother's and his medical conditions. Earl Augustus Shorday III, 48, of 22240 Jefferson Blvd., pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana for growing seven plants in his backyard. Charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Maryland State Police found the marijuana growing among vegetables in Shorday's backyard in August, Robert Veil, the supervising state's attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, told Judge Daniel P. Dwyer.
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February 20, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer The victim of an October 1996 hostage situation near Downsville told Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Thursday that she reconciled with her assailant within days and didn't want to see him go to jail. McDowell granted probation before judgment to William Leo Colvin Jr., who earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. McDowell placed Colvin on supervised probation for 18 months, ordered him to remove all weapons from the home, attend the CASA abusers program and pay a $200 fine.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 30, 2007
An 18-year-old admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to absconding from his placement. He escaped June 1 from a juvenile home in Olney, Md., and was captured later that month, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said in court. The man faced new drug charges through the Hagerstown Police Department and elected to be waived into the adult system, Assistant Public Defender Michael A. Wilson said. The juvenile system could not offer the offender any more in terms of rehabilitation, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said.
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October 20, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg teen who fatally shot Ernesto "Ernie" Casanova Jr. after he broke into his parents' Sycamore Grove Road mobile home on April 23 was sentenced Monday to serve probation. Daniel Alan Frazier, 18, who shot Casanova, 17, in the forehead once with a Beretta .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, will serve one year in Franklin County's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program as ordered by Judge John Walker at the trial without a jury.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2010
A paraplegic driver imprisoned seven years ago for negligent manslaughter in the deaths of a Hagerstown couple must appear in Washington County Circuit Court in February for allegedly violating terms of his probation by driving again. Matthew David Meyer, 31, of Ellicott City, Md., was taken into custody by Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald last week and brought back to Washington County, where he posted $10,000 bail, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said. Meyer was sentenced to seven years in prison and received another seven-year suspended sentence after pleading no contest to the two manslaughter charges in the deaths of Gerald and Mary Dietrich of Hagerstown, according to court records.
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By MARLO BARNHART | August 20, 1998
An 11-year-old boy who was found to have a knife and an "enemies list" at Clear Spring Elementary School last May was placed on indefinite probation Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court. The youngster admitted the concealed weapons charge in a July 22 hearing although there was some debate over whether the weapon actually was hidden. Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said numerous students saw the boy with the steak knife that day at school.
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By DON AINES | September 10, 2010
A Hagerstown woman was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve time in prison in two drug cases and for violating probation in a third case. Jennifer Renee Farris, 33, of 12 Snyder Ave., entered guilty pleas to possession of cocaine in 2006 and 2010 cases before Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. She was given concurrent sentences of one year and one day in prison in those cases. McDowell ordered Farris to first serve a six-year sentence for violating probation on a 2003 conviction for possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 3, 2013
A retired Hagerstown Police Department lieutenant was given probation before judgment after being found guilty in Washington County Circuit Court of assaulting his estranged wife. Timothy M. Wolford, 50, was found guilty of second-degree assault following a bench trial before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. Long then struck his finding of guilty and placed Wolford on one year's supervised probation and ordered him to pay $755 in fines and costs. A person who receives probation before judgment can petition the court in the future to expunge the charge if he successfully completes probation, Assistant State's Attorney Leon Debes said after the trial.
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February 22, 2000
A 19-year-old Hagerstown resident who tried to purchase liquor last December with an altered Maryland driver's license got probation before judgment Tuesday in Washington County District Court. Joseph Dill, of 11916 Phylane Drive, pleaded guilty to being a minor in possession of a fraudulent identification - a charge with a maximum penalty of a $500 fine. Judge Ralph France granted Dill probation and ordered him to perform 60 hours of community service while on probation for eight months.
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