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A St. Mary’s judge ordered Monday that a California man remain jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond on charging papers alleging he stabbed another man in the back with a knife earlier this month at a bar in Park Hall.
William James Marko, 33, was charged with committing a first-degree assault shortly before 2 a.m. on Nov. 17 at the Green Door on John Loss Jr., who was flown to a hospital for treatment of his injury and subsequently released, according to court papers filed by St. Mary’s detective Cpl. Robert Merritt.
Marko was questioned last week, court papers state, and he told the detective that he was “intoxicated during the stabbing and does not recall committing the act,” but that he got rid of the clothes that he was wearing that night after several people telephoned him and told him he had committed the offense.
Through the investigation, Dana M. Dreher, 24, of Leonardtown was charged with hindering police by allegedly telling a sheriff’s deputy and the detective that she had not seen the suspect at the bar that night, and she maintained during further questioning that she knew him by another name during a relationship that went on during several months. Dreher was arrested last week and released on personal recognizance.
Merritt wrote in charging papers that Marko told witnesses that he stabbed Loss “because the victim wouldn’t move out of his way,” and because Loss was talking to Dreher.
Mechanicsville man charged with assaults outside restaurant
John Robert McCollum Jr., 43, of Mechanicsville remained in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond after a court hearing Monday on charging papers alleging he cut two men with a pocket knife during a dispute on Oct. 26 outside St. Mary’s Landing restaurant and bar in Charlotte Hall.
McCollum was charged with committing a first-degree assault on Charles C. LaRoque, who was cut in the abdomen, and on Christopher M. LaRoque, who was stabbed in the leg, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s detective Cpl. Sarah Russell. All three men were flown to a hospital for treatment of their injuries from the incident.
Public defender Sarah Elkins said at McCollum’s bond hearing Monday that he was kicked in the chest during the dispute.
“He tried to get away, and the two of them came after him,” Elkins said. “He was defending himself the only way he was able to. He was severely beaten.”
Detectives reported no other arrests from the investigation.