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Police break up reported fight before it starts

October 17, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Several Washington County Sheriff's deputies raced to Old Forge Elementary School just after 10 p.m. Thursday for reports of a large fight involving men armed with handguns.

A department spokesperson said deputies arrived to find cars by the dozen leaving the scene of the reported brawl, which never got started.

Deputy Scott Smith said the department received reports that up to 200 people gathered for a fight at the school. He said deputies also were told some of those who were there possessed guns.

However, Smith said there was no actual physical altercation on the school's grounds.

"By the time we got here, they all took off," Smith said. "There was a lot of traffic going out when we were coming in."

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Deputies were able to stop and question at least 10 people who were at the school, Smith said. Smith said those stopped were men in their late teens or early 20s who said they "came out to see a fight."

Smith said no arrests were made and none of the people who allegedly had guns were identified by witnesses.

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