The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 7, 2013

Judge fines woman who waved gun at kids

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown woman was ordered to pay a $100 fine for waving a handgun at trick-or-treaters.

Mary Alice Quinn entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct before Leonard Grecek of Roxbury on Wednesday.

City police had alleged that Quinn, 61, of Good Street, pulled a Taurus .38 Special on three children who came to her door on Nov. 3.

Quinn told the children, “You guys don’t know how close I was to shooting you,”  according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

Her Johnstown attorney, Robert Davis Gleason, referred to the incident an “innocent misunderstanding.”

Quinn thought all tricker-or-treaters had gone home and that someone was trying to break in, Gleason said.

“The kids are rattling the door and she gets nervous and thinks it’s intruders,” he said. “She gets a gun, which she has a permit for.”

No one was injured in the incident.

Police dropped charges of terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, Gleason said. A misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct was reduced to a summary offense.

Quinn, a retired city zoning officer, was fined and could lose her gun license, Gleason said.

“I think it was a fair disposition of the case,” he said.

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