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Pa. woman survives 3-story fall

February 03, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Pa. woman survives 3-story fall

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro woman was treated and released from Waynesboro Hospital Sunday after she fell, jumped or was pushed from a three-story window and landed in a dumpster, Waynesboro Police Chief Glenn Phenicie said Monday.

"She was lucky," Phenicie said of Carrie Musser, no age available, of 280 W. Main St., Apt. No. 4.

According to police, Musser sustained bruises on her right arm, scratches and marks around her neck, a black-and-blue left eye and a lump over her right eye.

Christopher L. Burtman, 25, of 6 S. Church St., Waynesboro, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, police said.

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District Justice Larry Pentz said Burtman was being held in Franklin County Prison on $10,000 bond Monday.

Phenicie said investigators were unable to tell from interviews with Musser and Burtman whether Musser jumped, fell or was pushed from the window.

According to Patrolman Mark C. King, the investigating officer, police responded to a call from Waynesboro Hospital emergency room personnel.

According to the police report, Musser told officers that she was locked in her apartment and not allowed to leave Sunday afternoon.

Musser told police she was hit in the face, body and arms. She told police she tried to escape her assailant by climbing out the window, according to the report.

She told police that her assailant tried to pull her back into the apartment but she slipped from his grip and fell into the dumpster, according to the report.

Musser was found by a passerby, who drove her to the hospital, police said.

Police said they later found Burtman in his apartment asleep in bed.

According to Pentz, Burtman was charged with simple assault following an altercation with Musser in January.

The charge was dropped when Musser failed to show up to testify against him in court, Pentz said.

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