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Charges dropped against Taneytown man accused of arson threat

The formerly alleged victim in a Taneytown arson threat case is now being charged by police with making a false statement, and charges against the man originally accused have been dropped.

Alexandra Marie Muse, 20, of the 400 block of Clover Court in Taneytown, has a court summons for her arrest charging her with fabricating physical evidence and two counts of making false statements to officers, according to electronic court records. She had not been arrested as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to electronic court records.


Meanwhile, all charges against Donald Ealy were dropped at a hearing Wednesday morning. Ealy, 36, had been held without bail since Jan. 19 after initially being charged with arson threat, electronic mail harassment, harassment course of conduct and obscene telephone misuse.

Muse had originally shown Taneytown police screenshots of messages sent from Ealy's phone that included threats to burn her house down, threats to beat her and other violent exchanges.


Ealy was originally scheduled for a March court date, but State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said once authorities received information related to Ealy's case, they moved "swiftly."

Ealy's sister, Heidi Black, said in an email that Muse allegedly told Black that she had sent threatening messages herself from Ealy's phone.

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Arresting officer Sgt. Brian Jestes, with the Taneytown Police Department, said the case is still under investigation.

DeLeonardo said he couldn't discuss pending cases but added that if anyone uses the court system or law enforcement to get an upper hand on someone, his office will pursue the case seriously.

Ealy did not return a call seeking comment; however, Black emailed a statement to the Times on behalf of Ealy and their family, noting her brother could not give a statement because of the ongoing case with Muse.

"We want to thank the Taneytown Police Department especially Sgt. Jestes and Chief [Bill] Tyler for working so quickly so get this situation resolved once the new evidence was brought to light. It's situations like this that make it harder for real victims of domestic violence to get the help they need. We are just happy that this situation is over for Donnie," she wrote.