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February 04, 2000

Police: Teen sexually assaulted at Abraxas

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A teenager at the Cornell Abraxas Youth Center has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving another resident last year at the detention center, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Jason E. Handlin, 18, of Ridgley, W.Va., was also charged with indecent assault, according to District Justice Larry Pentz.

Pentz said Handlin was released on $5,000 unsecured bond and returned to the secure unit at Abraxas.

Police alleged a 13-year-old male resident at Abraxas was assaulted in the incidents between Nov. 14 and Dec. 30.

Fire destroys home in Franklin County

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - A house in northern Franklin County was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, according to Metal Township Volunteer Fire Co. Assistant Chief John Junkin.

A neighbor reported the fire at the log home of Larry Amsley, 5820 Bricker Road, at 12:53 p.m., Junkin said.

"When we arrived there was heavy fire on the first floor and fire through the roof," he said.

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No one was home at the time and there were no injuries, Junkin said. The cause of the fire was undetermined and under investigation Thursday, he said.

Firefighters were on the scene for five hours. Units from the Pennsylvania municipalities of St. Thomas, Mercersburg, McConnellsburg and Hustontown assisted at the scene, Junkin said.

Woman assaulted at medical center

A man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Robinwood Medical Center Wednesday morning and then drove away was being sought Thursday by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Warrants are on file charging James Bradley Tosten, 29, of the 7800 block of Sharpsburg Pike, with assault, according to Deputy 1st Class Johnny Marshall.

A 28-year-old Smithsburg woman was involved in an argument with a man in the southwest parking lot at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday as she tried to enter the building to her workplace, deputies said.

The man then stepped from his vehicle, grabbed her around the neck, struck her in the face and head with his fists and knocked her to the ground, deputies alleged.

The man then fled the area, deputies said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts may call 301-791-3020 or Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

Marijuana found at nursery playground

Employees at the Hagerstown Day Nursery found a container of marijuana and a pipe inside the nursery's fenced playground Thursday afternoon, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The items may have been thrown over the fence onto the property at 102 E. Washington St. by someone avoiding police, officers said.

The drugs were destroyed by the police department, police said.

Traffic stop leads to city man's arrest

A Hagerstown man was released on $2,500 bond Thursday after being pulled over for allegedly speeding in the 800 block of Noland Drive around 1 p.m., Hagerstown City Police said.

Police said Robert Sheldon Hart, 45, of 1040 F Noland Drive was taken into custody because he was wanted on a bench warrant in Worcester County, Md., for traffic charges.

Baskets, jewelry stolen from home

The theft of $4,000 worth of Longaberger baskets and jewelry from a home in the 11900 block of Sycamore Drive Wednesday was being investigated by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

* Also, someone removed a set of fog lights from a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer parked at the Main Street Grill in Boonsboro.

The loss was estimated at $300.

Cigarettes, chicken stolen in break-in

Cigarettes, a chicken breast and other food items were taken during a break-in Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of South Cannon Avenue, Hagerstown City Police said.

Entry was made by forcing open a rear basement door, police said.

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