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man gets 5 years in police standoff

December 03, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A Hagerstown man who held police at bay for 2 1/2 hours at a Madison Avenue bar last May was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for resisting arrest.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley also handed Donald Carlton "Don-Don" Norris a five-year concurrent sentence for felony theft.

Norris, 24, formerly of Emmert Road, pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to those two offenses and to violation of probation. Beachley continued Norris' probation in that case.

The standoff began when Hagerstown City Police spotted Norris on May 29 in the West End and attempted to stop him to serve warrants on a December 1997 felony theft charge.

Norris fled on foot with police chasing him. Believed to be armed with a pistol, Norris held police off at Dave & Pat's Bar & Grill from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Patrons were allowed to leave early in the afternoon, leaving Norris alone in the bar, talking about having a gun and making some attempts to injure himself with a broken bottle, court records said.

The siege ended when police fired a concussion grenade and stormed the front of the business where Norris had been sitting and drinking beer on the front steps.

Although police did not recover a weapon from Norris on May 29, the weapons charges were based on witness accounts.

The felony theft charge stemmed from the December 1997 discovery of a large amount of construction tools during a search of his home. The tools were traced to a Greencastle, Pa., company.

Charges of weapons violations, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, and carrying a dangerous and deadly weapon with intent to injure were dropped in exchange for Norris' October pleas.

Norris is also wanted on other charges in Pennsylvania and may be extradited there when released from prison in Maryland, court records said.

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