Judge dismisses charges against woman
Hunt accused of damaging residence, vehicle
BEDFORD — A magisterial district judge on Wednesday dismissed charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct filed against a Maryland woman.
Dana Hunt, 44, of 14 Klosterman Ave., La Vale, was accused of damaging a residence and vehicle on Sept. 2 in Londonderry Township, according to a police criminal complaint.
The victim reportedly told police that Hunt had visited her house, screaming and hitting things with a baseball bat early that morning, an incident a man connected to Hunt also allegedly witnessed.
Police and the victim observed broken headlights and tail lights, paint scratches on the sides of the victim’s car, a busted window pane and dents in the residence’s front steel door, states the complaint. The victim didn’t report the property damage until more than six hours later.
Hunt’s defense attorney, Karen Ritchey, pointed out this delay at the preliminary hearing Wednesday, questioning why the victim didn’t report to police sooner.
She also noted the case relied solely on hearsay and the testimonies of the victim and witness. Ritchey said the victim and witness do not have a good relationship with Hunt, lending to a lot of bias concerning the case.
Hunt reportedly tried but failed to file a protection order against the victim while the witness, who is tied to the defendant, has assault charges against him, Ritchey told the court.
Although the victim said she saw Hunt damaging her property, Trooper Chase McCullough told the court the defendant did not admit to the damage.
Judge H. Cyril Bingham Jr. dismissed the charges against Hunt after hearing the arguments.