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Dorsett returned to Franklin County

December 11, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Todd Dorsett, a Waynesboro lawyer who has been the subject of a police search ever since he and criminal client were last seen in Waynesboro on Nov. 9, was returned Friday to Franklin County by Pennsylvania State Police.

Dorsett, 38, was found in a Troy, Ohio, Motel 6 room Thursday by police there following what they said was a routine check of the license plates in the motel parking lot.

Dorsett's name came up on a national police computer and he was taken into custody by Troy police on a fugitive warrant.

He was alone in the room at the time, police said.

Dorsett was arraigned before Franklin County District Justice Shirley Shatzer Friday on a charge of hindering in the apprehension of Jacob D. Schaff, 28, his client. Schaff is wanted on a state parole violation and a county bench warrant, according to court records.

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Shatzer set bail at $25,000, which Dorsett met. He was picked up in Shatzer's office by his sister, Julie Dorsett.

"It's good to be home," Dorsett said as he headed to his sister's car. "I'm just trying to get everything together."

Shatzer set a preliminary hearing on the hindering charge for Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Conviction carries a penalty of two years in prison, she said.

Attorney David Yoder from the county's public defender's office, represented Dorsett at the hearing.

Troopers Anthony Manetta and Bradley Ford, who drove Dorsett back from Ohio, were present, but there was no one from the district attorney's office at the arraignment.

Shatzer said she usually holds arraignments behind closed doors. She also said Dorsett had little to say during the proceeding.

Police recovered a Jeep owned by Dorsett Tuesday at Washington County Regional Airport. They provided few details on how long or why it was there.

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