Woman gets 10 days for N.E. school grounds assault
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— A woman was sentenced to five weekends in jail for slapping an off- duty police of ficer’s teenage daughter — as the officer tried to arrest the defendant’s combative husband during a gun- related incident that started on the grounds of North East Elementary School and ended at nearby North East Middle School.
Cecil County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Keith A. Baynes imposed an 18- month sentence on Elkton- area resident Natasha Ann Ewing, 31, and then suspended all but 10 days of it. Ewing will serve her 10- day term at the Cecil County Detention Center on five consecutive weekends.
The judge ordered Ewing to serve 18 months of supervised probation after completing her 10- day jail term.
Ewing had pleaded guilty to second- degree assault in April as part of plea deal in which prosecutors dropped two related charges.
Ewing has an otherwise unblemished criminal re-
cord and is the mother of four children, who are in her care, reported Assistant State’s Attorney David Parrack, who prosecuted the case, listing two mitigating factors considered at sentencing.
She also played a lesser role than her husband, Carl Wayne Ewing III, 32, who is facing up to 13 years in prison after entering a plea to possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds and second- degree assault.
He entered “not guilty” pleas to those charges in April, but agreed with the information contained in the prosecution’s statement of facts concerning the incident and, therefore, indicated that he would not challenge it.
His sentencing is set for Tuesday.
At the time of the September incident, which occurred in broad daylight and amid extracurricular school sports activities, Carl Ewing was on supervised probation for an assault conviction relating to a 2012 case in which he stood accused of beating his wife with a tire iron along a Rising Sun- area highway, court records show.
The incident started about 6: 30 p. m. Sept. 16, when the off- duty Delaware law enforcement officer heard yelling, cr ying and repeated screams of “stop” while visiting someone at a residence in Westover Place, which is close to North East Elementary School at 301 Thomas Ave., police reported.
After following the sounds to a wooded area on North East Elementary School grounds, the offduty officers saw Carl Ewing beating a prone man, later identified as Rockie Allen Poe III, 21, a North East resident who, at that time, was wanted on a warrant charging him with theft and malicious destruction in an unrelated case, police said.
When the off- duty officer identified himself and ordered the suspect to stop, the suspect responded, “I’m not going to stop because this ( expletive) robbed me,” police added.
At that point, the offduty officer realized that the suspect was holding a handgun at his right side and that he had pistolwhipping the man with it, according to police. The suspect turned on the off- duty officer when he ordered him to drop the weapon, police reported.
The off- duty officer retreated, walking backward slowly before leaving the scene, police said. After instructing his daughter to call 911, police added, the off- duty officer returned and discovered that the beaten man was gone and that the suspect was walking into a wooded area between the elementary and middle schools.
After catching up with the suspect alongside a fence near North Middle School School sports fields, the off- duty officer struggled with Carl Ewing while tr ying to arrest him, police reported.
Classes were not in session at either school during the incident. Extracurricular activities were taking place at the middle school at 200 E. Cecil Ave., however, and the North East Indians of the Cecil County Junior Football League were preparing to start practice. Numerous boys, parents and coaches were nearby and saw the struggle.
Two of those coaches ran over and assisted the off- duty officer in subduing the suspect and taking him into custody.
At some point during the incident, Carl Ewing had discarded the handgun and his wife, at his instruction, went to retrieve it, prosecutors said. The offduty officer’s daughter, however, had her foot on the weapon to secure it, prosecutors added.
Ewing’s wife slapped the teen, took the handgun and drove away, prosecutors reported.
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies captured her in 200 block of Bridge Street in Elkton about five hours later, police said. The investigation lead CCSO detectives to the woods in the 800 block of Blue Ball Road, north of Elkton, where they recovered the handgun.