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Suspect in robbery, kidnapping put in jail

September 24, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Donald Troy Houser was being sought for robbery and kidnapping Tuesday, in jail on Wednesday, bailed out that night and back in jail Thursday, according to his attorney and law enforcement officials.

Warrants for Houser, 25, of Chambersburg, were issued this week in the robbery and kidnapping of a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old juvenile Monday at the Budget Host Motel in Southampton Township in Cumberland County, Pa.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, he was taken into custody, according to Pennsylvania State Police. According to District Justice Larry Meminger's office, Houser was jailed on those and other charges, but released on bail that night.

Houser appeared for two hearings in Franklin County Court Thursday afternoon. At the end of the second, his bail was revoked by Judge William H. Kaye, according to Houser's attorney, Stephen D. Kulla.

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Kulla said there will be a bail hearing today for Houser.

Houser was in court for a pretrial hearing on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and a suppression hearing regarding a July 20, 1997, drive-by shooting in Chambersburg.

Two people were injured in the drive-by shooting, but Houser was acquitted last month of attempted homicide. A jury deadlocked on charges of solicitation to commit homicide and criminal conspiracy.

Kulla has petitioned the court to suppress the testimony of five witnesses in the shooting case.

The hearing on the possession case dealt with whether police had improperly conducted a search of his home at the time of his arrest.

Kulla said Kaye will rule on issues raised in both hearings at a later date.

- Don Aines

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