Probation violation alleged after hammer attack

February 27, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown woman accused of attacking another woman with a hammer earlier this month was being held on $75,500 bond on that charge and a charge of violating an earlier probation.

Holly Yvonne Geib, 33, of the 500 block of West Franklin Street, was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in a Feb. 12 attack at the victim's home near Smithsburg.

She appeared in Washington County District Court Tuesday for a bond review.

The victim told Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies she was at her home when Geib came in and began screaming at her, court records said.


The victim was hit in the forehead with a hammer, causing a cut and profuse bleeding, court records said.

A witness, John Southard, was at the victim's home at the time and disarmed her attacker, court records said.

The victim was taken to Washington County Hospital where she was treated for a mild concussion, court records said.

The violation of probation stemmed from a series of events in June 1994 in which she was found to have left two children, ages 2 and 3, in the care of a 12-year-old boy, sometimes for days at a time, court records said.

Geib reaming on probation in a Washington County Circuit Court case in which she pleaded guilty just over a year ago to battery on the grandson of John Southard, the man with whom she used to live and the witness in the hammer attack incident.

On Feb. 20, 1996, Washington County Circuit Judge Darrow Glaser sentenced Geib to 18 months in jail and suspended all but the 131 days she served while awaiting trial.

Probation was set at two years in that case.

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