Area briefs


Police: Bedford man tried taking gun on airplane

GLEN BURNIE — A Bedford County man faces charges after airport authorities in Maryland found a handgun in his carry-on bag Sunday, according to court records and news reports.

Maryland court documents show Richard Koontz, 56, of Bedford, faces two charges, one for possessing a handgun and another for interfering with security procedures.

According to news reports, Koontz was found with a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and an empty ammunition magazine at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. PennLive reported officials found the gun during an X-ray scan before his flight to Milwaukee, Wis.

Koontz reportedly told officials he forgot the gun was in his bag.

The weapon was the 22nd detected at BWI this year. Last year, 24 weapons were found at airport checkpoints.

Man accused of stealing woman’s phone, fleeing

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he grabbed a cellphone out of a woman’s hand after she told him to get out of her home.

According to Altoona police, Gerrell Shepard, 28, of 2106 Washington Ave., was sleeping on the woman’s couch Saturday morning, and when he woke up about 10:30 a.m., the woman of the house told him to leave.

Police said Shepard got angry and started yelling at the woman and her three children, ages 11, 10 and 7, before he snatched her cellphone from her hand and then raised a closed fist to her when she tried to get it back.

Shepard then ran from the house, shoving the three children out of his way as he fled, police said.

Shepard was charged with felony robbery and three counts of summary harassment. He turned himself in to police later in the day and remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $25,000.


Free educational program on opioid crisis scheduled

A free educational program “Under­standing the Opioid Crisis” will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday in the large group instruction room at Tyrone Area Middle School.

Aleisha Anderson, assistant director of Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, will present a look into the disease of addiction, how it progresses and the recovery process.

Judy Rosser, executive director of Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships, will present local information on the opioid crisis.

The program is sponsored by Tyrone Regional Health Network, Tyrone Area School District and Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships.