Police break up fight at youth center

March 16, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Police broke up a fight yesterday involving about 44 youths at the Cheltenham Youth Center in southern Prince George's County, authorities said.

The disturbance involving the teen-agers, ages 14 to 18, started in a gymnasium around 3:30 p.m., said state police Cpl. Rob Moroney. Counselors at the facility also became involved as they tried to calm things down, Moroney said.

A 14-year-old boy suffered a head injury and was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center. The injury was not life- threatening, police said.

Some of the youths ran back to their rooms at the sight of police, some in riot gear, the corporal said. State troopers, Prince George's County Police and Calvert County sheriff's deputies responded to the disturbance.

The state-owned center houses youths from Baltimore City and several counties who are awaiting trial or removal to another facility.

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