Letter threatens BushCAMP HILL, Pa. -- An Adams County man...

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May 31, 1992

Letter threatens Bush

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- An Adams County man who is awaiting a rape trial at the medium-security state prison here and who faces unrelated murder charges in Carroll County sent a threatening letter to President Bush last month, officials said.

James A. VanMetre, 34, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury in connection with last year's killing of Holly Ann Blake. Blake's burned body was found in a county field.

He recently had a hearing in Gettysburg to determine whether he is competent to face the rape charges against him. A state judge will rule later on his competency hearing.

According to an Adams County district attorney, VanMetre wrote a letter from his prison cell that threatened the president with physical harm. Secret Service officials in Harrisburg confirmed that an investigation into the matter is being conducted.

VanMetre has had a history of violence since being confined on )) the first-degree rape charges. He was transferred from the Adams County Prison last month to the state prison here because the warden said he failed to get along with fellow inmates.

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Here is a compilation of some of the activities in Carroll courts:

Circuit Court

Brittingham, Crystal: A bench warrant for her arrest was issued by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. for a failure to appear to answer theft charges on May 21.

A bench warrant for the arrest of Donald Brittingham was issued by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. for failure to appear to answer theft charges on May 21.

Kelli Cannette was sentenced by Burns May 20 to a suspended six-month term in the Carroll County Detention Center and three years of supervised probation for bad checks.

Amy Dixon was sentenced by Burns May 21 to probation before judgment and one year of unsupervised probation for driving with a suspended license.

John Smith was sentenced by Burns May 18 to a suspended one-month term in the Carroll County Detention Center and three years of supervised probation for a battery conviction.

Deportation on hold

BALTIMORE -- A Colombian national who had drug kingpin charges against him dropped in a deal with Carroll prosecutors had his deportation hearing here postponed last week because he is searching for a new attorney.

According to his mother and a lawyer familiar with the case, Henry Hernandez is seeking to replace the Baltimore firm of Kroop, Kurland and Rosenburg as his representative in the federal proceedings.

Hernandez was indicted in January 1991 on drug kingpin charges, which were dropped when he entered into a plea agreement that resulted in a suspended 10-year prison sentence on Feb. 20.

Two weeks later, federal immigration officials arrested him at a Carroll County home. For a legal registered alien, a drug &L conviction is grounds for deportation.

He was to have a deportation hearing here last week, but he is changing lawyers, his mother said on Wednesday. A new hearing had not been scheduled last week.

Carroll prosecutors and federal drug authorities were provided with information about the cocaine trade in Carroll and in Maryland in exchange for dropping the kingpin charges.

Hernandez is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury on $25,000 bond.

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