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Man charged with reckless endangerment

December 04, 1998

The second of two men charged on July 6 after a free-for-all at a carnival at Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless endangerment in Washington County Circuit Court.

Anthony Wayne Kline, 20, of 22516 Cave Hill Road, Smithsburg, was sentenced to one year in jail with all but four months suspended.

"When you take a bottle to a person's head, it deserves more than three days in jail," said Judge Donald Beachley, referring to time Kline spent in jail after the incident.

Kline was recommended for the Jail Substance Abuse Program because of his acknowledged alcohol problem. When released, Kline will be on probation for two years.

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He had been charged with first- and second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Those charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea.

"We had a problem and it got out of hand," Kline said Thursday.

The victim of the attack, Shane Allen Arnsparger, 21, of 14718 Bottom Road, Williamsport, was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct in the same incident.

In August, Arnsparger appeared in Washington County District Court and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was given a 30-day suspended sentence, according to court records.

The second-degree assault charge was dropped, court records said.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class William Malott said he was sent to the carnival grounds at 10:50 p.m. for a report of a fight.

When he arrived, he found a large group of people and learned of the assaults.

Arnsparger was hit in the head with a beer bottle wielded by Kline. His injuries were treated at the scene, according to Kline's defense attorney Steve Kessell.

- Marlo Barnhart

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