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Former Washington County band director charged in Pa. with stalking, disorderly conduct

Eckstine once led Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Williamsport high school bands

May 07, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man and former band director at Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Williamsport high schools has been charged with stalking, disorderly conduct and other counts after he and a woman crashed their vehicles during what police alleged was a domestic dispute last week in Pennsylvania.

John Edward Eckstine Jr., 54, of 388 Key Circle, also was charged with reckless endangering other persons, simple assault, false reports to law enforcement, harassment and careless driving, according to a news release issued by the Lower Pottsgrove (Pa.) Township Police Department.

Eckstine was band director at Boonsboro, Clear Spring and Williamsport high schools from 1980 to 2000, Washington County Public Schools records show.

He most recently taught band for the Spring-Ford (Pa.) School District near Philadelphia.

Spring-Ford Superintendent David Goodin was unavailable Monday to comment, but his office confirmed that Eckstine resigned as band director there last week. The reason for Eckstine’s resignation was not given.

Eckstine, contacted by phone Monday afternoon, said he maintained a residence in Hagerstown and rented an apartment in Montgomery County, Pa. He declined to comment further.

Lower Pottsgrove Township Police were called at 6:30 p.m. May 2 for a report of a disturbance on Pa. 422 in Montgomery County, which is northwest of Philadelphia, according to the release.

Officers said they found Eckstine and Jacqueline Alegado at the scene.

“Both parties refused to cooperate with providing information to police, but findings suggested the two were engaged in a rolling domestic dispute at this location,” the release said. “Based on this initial contact, police had no indication of any domestic violence and had no cooperation from the two parties involved. The subjects were warned to go their separate ways in their separate vehicles and police departed.”

About 20 minutes later, Lower Pottsgrove Township police responded to an accident on East High Street, according to the release. When police arrived, they found that Eckstine and Alegado had wrecked their vehicles, the release said.

“Investigation revealed the two departed the original domestic scene and then re-engaged in their rolling domestic, chasing one another in their vehicles and weaving recklessly through traffic,” police alleged in the release. “Witnesses reported nearly being sideswiped by one of the cars and another reported observing both cars run the red traffic signal at High (and) Pleasantview Road, before the crash.”

Police said Alegado crashed into Eckstine’s vehicle and the vehicle of another motorist.

No one was injured in the crash, but Alegado and Eckstine had injuries from being in a “physical altercation” before the accident, the release said.

Police alleged that Alegado spat on an emergency services worker who was giving her medical attention and said a racial slur to another.

Alegado, 48, of 13 Castle Drive in Limerick, Pa., was charged with aggravated assault (on EMS), aggravated harassment by prisoner, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, ethnic intimidation, false reports to police, disorderly conduct, harassment and careless driving.

She was arraigned and committed to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on a $20,000 bond, according to the release. She posted bond Thursday and was released, a records clerk at the jail said.

Another jail clerk said Eckstine was released Friday after posting 10 percent of a $7,000 bond.

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