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April 11, 2011
A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty last month in Washington County Circuit Court to sexually molesting a boy was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for violating probation on a 2001 attempted-rape conviction. David Wayne McNamee, 48, of 145 E. North Ave., pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree rape in 2001, court records show. The case involved a 13-year-old female whom he molested between 1999 and 2000, court records show. McNamee was sentenced to 18 years in prison with six of those years suspended on that conviction, according to court records.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 24, 2011
Over the objections of a police officer who said he could have been shot in the incident, a father and son were granted probation before judgment during a sentence-modification hearing Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. "Mr. Royer was attempting to retrieve that handgun with the sole intent of firing that weapon," Detective Jason Dietz told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., referring to James G. Royer Jr. "This man was trying to kill me that day," Dietz said. James Royer Jr., 60, and James G. Royer III, 32, who now live in Falling Waters, W.Va., had Hagerstown addresses at the time of the 2008 incident at the father's Woodland Way home, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown police.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2011
Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, pitched a two-part idea for criminal justice reform on Thursday to a Senate committee. Shank and Del. Michael J. Hough, R-Frederick/Washington, are pushing for measures they say could make the prison system fairer and less crowded and help cut crime. One bill would set up a pilot program to assess prisoners' risks and needs to lessen their likelihood of committing new crimes after they're released. A second bill would create a new system of graduated sanctions for technical parole and probation violations, letting the state impose fast but fair sanctions administratively.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 16, 2011
A Washington County Circuit Court judge Wednesday placed a Hagerstown woman on probation and ordered her to finish paying more than $30,000 in restitution for stealing from an elderly woman for whom she provided care. Paula K. Sandy, 56, of 816 Antietam Drive, Hagerstown, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of obtaining the property of a vulnerable adult, according to court records. Her sentencing had been delayed at that time to determine the amount of restitution to be paid, Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 15, 2011
A 13-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with arson in a two-alarm duplex fire that officials said almost killed a girl. The boy was placed in the custody of the Franklin County (Pa.) Juvenile Probation Department on charges including arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeff Sarver said the child used lighter fluid Monday to ignite the back porch of 270 Lincoln Way West. A 14-year-old girl who suffered smoke inhalation was recovering at a Baltimore hospital, Sarver said.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2011
A Hagerstown man who killed one of his neighbors' 17 cats with a BB gun was placed on probation Wednesday in Washington County District Court after pleading guilty to animal cruelty. "He never intended to hit the cat," defense attorney Erika Peteranecz told Judge Mark Thomas of her client, Patrick King, 48, of 1126 Outer Drive. The cat was sitting on a back fence on Aug. 25 when King shot it with a BB gun in an attempt to frighten it away, she said. King's shot, however, struck the cat in the head, killing it, according to the charging documents filed by Hagerstown police.
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January 27, 2011
A Prince George's County man charged with plinking City Park ducks with a paintball gun last summer pleaded guilty this week to cruelty to animals, according to Washington County District Court records. Nathaniel Herring, 19, of Capitol Heights, Md., was sentenced to probation before judgment Tuesday and ordered to pay $57.50 in court costs and fees.  Charges of inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal and trespassing were dismissed, according to court records. Defendants who receive probation before judgment can have their criminal records expunged if they successfully complete probation.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 25, 2011
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.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 25, 2011
A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former Martinsburg attorney to five years of probation for her part in an alleged scheme to be paid for court-appointed work that was not done. Heidi J. Silver Myers, 32, pleaded guilty in April 2010, to one count of aiding and abetting mail fraud and one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud, but the court deferred acceptance of the plea until sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul T. Camilletti told U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Preston Bailey in Tuesday's sentencing hearing that since entering the plea, Myers provided "substantial" assistance to the government in preparing to prosecute co-defendant, Nancy P. Burkhart.
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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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