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Three charged in tire slashings

September 25, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Police Thursday charged three men with felony criminal mischief in the slashing of about 100 tires on more than 60 vehicles on the nights of Aug. 21 and 22.

Two of the suspects were being held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of bond while a third was freed Thursday on $10,000 bond.

If convicted, all three could face up to seven years in prison and fines of up to $15,000 if convicted, said District Justice Larry G. Pentz.

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Charged were Charles Manahan, 19, of South Potomac Street, Waynesboro; Scott Allen Painter, 19, of 28 E. Main St., Waynesboro; and Thomas Eaton, 20, whose address is unknown, according to court records.

Manahan was released on bond, Pentz said.

Police had no motive for the acts.

All three also were charged with conspiracy to commit mischief, a third-degree felony, court records said.

Police estimated the damage to the tires at nearly $7,800. Tires were slashed on cars parked on several streets in the borough's south end.

A preliminary hearing for Manahan is set for 3 p.m. on Nov. 6. Painter's hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Eaton's is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Pentz, Manahan also was arraigned Thursday on unrelated charges of burglary and theft for an incident at the Leland Hotel on Aug. 19 and 20.

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