Police log in Feb. 23 Morning Herald

February 22, 2001

Police log in Feb. 23 Morning Herald

School investigating rumors of threats

WILLIAMSPORT - Parents shouldn't be afraid to send their children to Springfield Middle School despite rumors of threats made to the student body, Principal Richard Gehrman said Thursday.

"If we felt the school was unsafe we wouldn't open the doors," he said.

The school was investigating an incident involving a male student who allegedly made "inappropriate comments" to two or three other students, he said.

He said the incident "was ongoing" among that particular group of students and didn't involve the rest of the school's population.

Gehrman wouldn't describe the nature of the comments.

The male student in question will not be allowed to attend school until the investigation has concluded, said Gehrman.

He said some students made allegations to administrators earlier in the week about the situation.

Gehrman said the school wasn't taking the situation lightly.

"We tell kids since the Columbine incident, 'no matter what, if you feel uncomfortable tell your parents and tell the school,'" he said.


The school has not talked to the male student yet but had been in contact with his parents, he said.

School officials will conduct a thorough investigation, said Gehrman.

3-year-old injured in Halfway accident

A Wednesday evening accident in the 17500 block of Virginia Avenue injured a 3-year-old child, who was treated at Washington County Hospital.

Rescue personnel from the Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. said the child struck, who was unrestrained, struck the windshield when the vehicle in which he was riding rear-ended another vehicle at 6:40 p.m.

Hospital officials said the child was treated and released.

The driver of that vehicle, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, had minor injuries, according to Halfway personnel.

The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seat belt and wasn't injured.

Overturned truck disrupts I-70 traffic

A double tractor-trailer overturned along Interstate 70 east of Hancock early Thursday, disrupting eastbound traffic for hours, Maryland State Police said.

The wreck, which occurred around 1:40 a.m., forced traffic to travel onto the shoulder to get through.

The driver was not injured, police said.

Deputies probe destruction calls

Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to two destruction of property calls Wednesday.

Damage of $150 resulted when a window was shot out at a home at 18605 Amanda Lane.

At around 6 p.m., a window in a 1983 Chevrolet was broken out while the vehicle was parked at 17801 Spielman Road. Damage was estimated by the owner to be $600, deputies said.

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