Western Md. College puts disciplinary action on hold Officials to wait before deciding whether to punish students arrested in melee


Western Maryland College officials will wait until after final exams to determine whether to take disciplinary action against two students arrested in a campus melee Saturday.

"The investigation is ongoing," said Don Schumaker, a college spokesman. "But since this is the last week of classes and exams are starting, in order to be fair to all parties involved and because our judicial process does take some time, it may be that the matter is delayed until the next school year."

On Saturday evening, city and state police were called to the college to help campus security officers disperse a group of nearly 300 revelers who had gathered in the quad, a grassy area between Albert Norman Ward and Daniel Maclea residence halls.

According to police and school officials, some youths were drinking alcohol and others were removing furniture from dorm rooms. A campus security guard tried unsuccessfully to break up the gathering.

By the time the party ended, beer bottles were flying, two students were arrested, and police in riot gear were firing pepper spray.

Lynda E. Oxley, 20, was arrested about 7: 40 p.m. and charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The sophomore from Cherry Hill, N.J., was released Sunday on $3,000 bail. A July 23 court date has been set.

Also arrested was Owings resident Sean Michael Healy, 21, a junior. He was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey police orders. He was released Saturday on $2,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court July 23.

Neither Healy nor Oxley could be reached yesterday and neither responded to voice mail messages seeking comment.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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