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Shop owner cited for giving alcohol to minors

December 24, 1998

The owner of a Boonsboro skateboard shop was cited after an incident early Friday morning in which several teens allegedly killed pigeons and threw the carcasses at passing vehicles, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Mark Allen Webb, 37, of 1707 Mount Aetna Road, was cited with furnishing alcohol to minors, according to police. He could face up to a $500 fine for the civil offense.

Three deputies and a Maryland State Police trooper went to The Rad House at 1 N. Main St. in Boonsboro at 12:21 a.m. Friday on complaints of a disturbance.

Officers found six youths between the ages of 16 and19, inside the business.

Three of those teens had allegedly killed numerous pigeons in the back of the store by beating them with boards, police said. They then threw the carcasses at passing cars from an upstairs balcony, police said.

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James Eric Heck, 18, of 1513 Kensington Drive; Matthew Wesley Manspeaker, 19, of 1379 Marshall St.; and a 16-year-old boy were each charged with animal cruelty, disorderly conduct and throwing objects at vehicles, according to the sheriff's department.

Heck and Manspeaker were released on personal recognizance on Friday.

The juvenile was released to his parents.

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