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Police log 2/15

February 16, 2000

Diapers, formula worth $1,391 taken

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Syracuse, N.Y., man was in Franklin County Prison Monday after being charged Sunday with stealing $1,391 worth of baby formula and diapers, according to Chambersburg Borough Police.

Rodriguez Pitts, 26, was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property, police said. Another man, Ramsi Uthman, 26, of Dearborn, Mich., was charged with receiving stolen property.

The affidavit of probable cause said police were called to Weis Market, 1056 Wayne Ave., at 7:13 p.m. to investigate the shoplifting of 18 cases of Similac, two cases of Enfamil and two cases of Pampers diapers. The affidavit said store security videotaped a man taking the baby supplies from the store.

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By the time police arrived, the man was gone. Police later pulled over a vehicle with baby supplies inside, and store workers identified the merchandise as theirs.

Pitts and Uthman were both charged with receiving stolen property after police discovered the car they were driving was reported stolen in Brooklyn, N.Y. Both were arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Pitts and $25,000 for Uthman.

Teenager injured in assault near library

Hagerstown City Police were investigating an assault on a 16-year-old boy outside the Washington County Free Library on Potomac Street Monday around 3 p.m.

The teenager was taken to Washington County Hospital with possible head injuries, police said.

Additional details were unavailable.

City man charged with assaulting two

A verbal dispute Sunday evening escalated to a physical confrontation and charges against a Hagerstown man, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Melvin Lee Keefer Jr., 34, of Hopewell Road, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault following the 7 p.m. incident at the home, which deputies said was shared by Keefer and those he is charged with assaulting.

Deputies said a man allegedly hit Vivian Frankenfield Lantz, 55, causing cuts to her right eye and left side of her face.

The man than allegedly hit Donald Ryce Leach, 53, deputies said.

When deputies arrived, they found the man in the back yard.

Keefer was being held on $25,000 bond Monday evening.

$1,200 in coins, cigarettes stolen

HANCOCK - Thieves broke down the front door of the National Mini-Mart/AC&T at 250 E. Main St. early Saturday and stole coins and cigarettes worth more than $1,200, according to Maryland State Police.

Husband and wife hurt in car accident

CLEAR SPRING - A husband and wife were in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Monday after the car in which they were passengers crashed through a guard rail and went down an embankment, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said the driver, Robert Knachel Jr., 29, of Milwaukee, Wis., was driving a 1990 Ford Taurus station wagon east on Interstate 70 east of Clear Spring when he briefly fell asleep and lost control of the car at 7:20 a.m.

His passengers, Robert Knachtel, 64, and Kathleen Knachtel, 49, both of Milwaukee, were taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital.

All of the occupants were wearing seat belts, police said.

Robert Knachel Jr. was not injured, police said.

He was charged with negligent driving, driving without a license, driving while suspended and driving an uninsured vehicle, police said.

Robert Knachel Jr. was being held on $10,000 bond.

Fire damages home

HALFWAY - A chimney fire caused minor damage to a home in Halfway Monday morning, according to the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

When firefighters arrived at 17324 Evergreen Drive they found the home's furnace had malfunctioned causing a small fire at 10:22 a.m., a spokesman said.

About eight firefighters went to the scene and remained there for about 25 minutes.

Hearing set for man charged in girl's rape

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Wednesday preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a Philadelphia, Pa., charged with raping a girl a knifepoint Saturday, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The affidavit of probable cause said Alexie Javier Rodriguez, 32, was also charged with aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, simple assault and making terroistic threats in the Saturday morning incident.

State police said Rodriguez was taken into custody by Chambersburg Borough Police at Carson's Motel, 414 Loudon St.

Rodriguez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Justice Larry Meminger on Wednesday. He was in Franklin County Prison on $50,000 bond Monday.

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