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Charles County crash kills four teenagers

Four high school students were killed when their car went out of control and veered into the path of another vehicle in Charles County.

The crash occurred Tuesday in Dentsville as two of the students at La Plata High School were heading home from basketball practice, authorities said. A fifth student was injured, along with the woman driving the other vehicle.

The victims were 16-year-old Jonathan Chapman, who was driving the car; Tavonne Alston, 16, and Dionnte Swinson, 15, both of La Plata; and Donte Segar, 14, of Hughesville.

The county sheriff's office said the Mercury carrying the five teenagers was northbound on Oliver Shop Road near Crescent Run Street when Chapman lost control. The car skidded sideways and was hit by an oncoming sport utility vehicle.

The car's speed was a factor in the crash, officials said.

None of the teens was wearing a seat belt, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

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Staff member, teen charged after fight at juvenile center

State police have charged a staff member at an Eastern Shore center for juvenile offenders and a 17-year-old resident with criminal offenses in connection with a fight there late last month, authorities said yesterday.

The fight Oct. 30 at the J. DeWeese Carter Center in Kent County started when the juvenile attempted to question staff members about contraband found in his room, state police said.

The teenager assaulted Devrin Kareem Wiggins, 26, police said, and Wiggins, a residential assistant, then placed the teenager him in a choke hold and punched him in the eye.

The youth was charged with assault of a staff member, police said. Wiggins was charged with child abuse, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Tammy Brown, a spokeswoman for the Department of Juvenile Services, said the agency "took necessary disciplinary actions" against Wiggins but refused to be more specific.

Greg Garland

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