Mount Airy man charged with assault, endangerment

October 29, 1998

A Mount Airy man accused of firing a .22-caliber rifle several times at another man was held in lieu of $25,000 bail yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Mark S. Harris, 43, of the 4500 block of Bell Moxley Road in Frederick County was arrested on 15 charges, including four counts of reckless endangerment, five counts of assault and one count of using a deadly weapon with intent to injure, court records show.

In charging documents, state police said several shots were fired at William A. Spencer, one of three acquaintances with whom Harris argued at his home late Tuesday. Melissa J. Nalley and Jeremiah S. Pauley were threatened, the documents said. Spencer and Pauley left, and Nalley drove Harris to her Mount Airy apartment in the 300 block of N. Main St. in Carroll County, police said.

Nalley's adult son, Jason A. Gorman, was home, and the men began arguing, police said.

Spencer and Pauley arrived, and Harris chased them away again, police said.

Troopers answered a public disturbance call at 1: 10 a.m. at the Main Street address and persuaded Harris to put down the rifle.

A Breathalyzer test given at 4: 59 a.m. indicated Harris' blood-alcohol content was 0.18, nearly twice the legal limit for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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