A missing page from a police report led to a mistrial Wednesday for a Mechanicsville man charged with assault after another man was allegedly being thrown into a fire and beaten.
Charles B. Jones, 49, will have to come back to court in the coming months after Judge Karen H. Abrams declared the mistrial based on the request of Jones’ lawyer.
A Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday in Washington County Court to 18 months in the county detention center for his role in a series of burglaries last fall.
Richard Dalton Vanes, 20, of 17328 Diane Drive, pleaded guilty to theft between $10,000 and $100,000 before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who sentenced him to 7 1/2 years in prison, suspending all but 18 months to be served locally. Vanes also was given five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of more than $14,000.
The St. Mary’s jail built to hold inmates awaiting trial or serving time for petty crimes, from its commander’s perspective, took custody last week of a Lexington Park man sentenced to more than four years for a felony drug offense, $15,000 copper theft and a fire in a child’s bedroom.
The sheriff’s captain in charge of the detention center voiced his dismay over the three consecutive 18-month sentences to two county prosecutors in a courthouse hallway immediately after the proceeding, and he reiterated his concerns the next day at the facility in Leonardtown.
A judge ordered this week that a Bushwood teenager be put on house arrest and perform 60 hours of community service from his admission to illegally transporting a handgun and driving while impaired for his part in a shooting incident.
The teenager was one day shy of his 18th birthday when he was arrested Sept. 19 on district court charging papers alleging he was driving a pickup truck on Hurry Road earlier that day and his passenger fired a pistol round that hit a car being moved from the side of the road by its owner’s husband.
Seven St. Mary’s lawyers have applied to be the successor to a county circuit judge who went into active retirement status earlier this year.
Maryland’s judiciary posted the names of the applicants meeting Friday’s deadline. They include two current county prosecutors, a former prosecutor and a former county government administrator.