Police report for July 26

July 25, 2000

Police report for July 26

Pa. man charged with setting fire

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with setting a trash container on fire Monday after a police officer saw him at the Dumpster shortly before the fire was reported, according to borough police.

Larry F. Brookens, 53, of 56 S. Main St., was charged with arson and causing or risking a catastrophe, police said. He was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and jailed in Franklin County Prison.

Police said Patrol Officer Vince Zawistowski saw a man in the Dumpster behind 37 S. Main St., shortly before the 3:30 p.m. fire was reported.

Two purse thefts are reported from SUV

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two purses were reported stolen from a Chambersburg woman's sport utility vehicle early Tuesday, according to a borough police report.


Police said the purses were stolen from a Ford Explorer parked behind the East Queen Street home of Mary Redcay between 12:30 and 4:10 a.m.

The purses belonged to Redcay and another resident of the house, Melinda Chanhpheng.

Petitions filed in Pa. theft incidents

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police said they have filed juvenile petitions against two boys in connection with the theft of a case of compact discs from a vehicle Sunday.

The report said the boys, ages 11 and 12, were charged with theft and criminal mischief. Police said the vehicle of Michael Swanger of Upper Strasburg, Pa., was broken into before 9 p.m. while it was parked on the 200 block of Grant Street.

Police investigating flasher report

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police were looking for a man who exposed himself at a store Monday afternoon.

The report said the incident happened at Ames Department Store at the Southgate Mall at 5:29 p.m. The man left the store before store security could stop him, police said.

The man was described as white, about 20 years old with a thin build, reddish brown hair and a neatly trimmed mustache. He was wearing square glasses, a red tank top and black shorts, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the man may call police at 1-717-264-4131.

Delivery robbery report probed

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is looking into a report that a pizza delivery person was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night.

Lt. Kenneth LeMaster said the driver reported picking up a man in the Pikeside area. The driver also alleged that the man pulled out a gun, stole some money, and forced him to drive around for a while until he didn't know where he was, according to LeMaster.

The driver then dropped the man off in Jefferson County, he told police. It was unclear if the driver was on duty at the time.

The sheriff's department was notified about the incident the next day.

LeMaster said that police are still investigating what happened.

Pa. preliminary hearing waived

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Robert Bader, 19, of 14798 Sherwood Drive in Greencastle, Pa., Tuesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the criminal homicide case involving the Aug. 5, 1999, death of Robert Edgar Meyer Jr., 20, of 137 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.

Bader's case will go directly to the Court of Common Pleas, said District Justice Larry Pentz.

Bader is being held without bond," said John Lisko, the assistant district attorney assigned to the case. Lisko said Tuesday that bond negotiations were underway between his office and Bader's attorney.

According to court records, Bader also is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and driving under the influence.

Bader and Meyer were allegedly engaged in an altercation when Meyer reached into the driver's side of a car where Bader was sitting. Bader drove off with Meyer hanging on to the vehicle. The car stopped when it ran into a beauty salon on West Main Street in Waynesboro, according to court records.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Meyer died of blunt force trauma. He also had stab wounds to the chest and shoulder, according to court records.

No date has been set for Bader's appearance in Common Pleas Court.

Pa. woman charged with alleged threats

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Shippensburg woman with terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct at her residence.

Charges against Patricia Ann Shaffer, 41, were filed with District Justice David Hawbaker, according to police.

Police said the incident occurred on the 100 block of Marco Circle when a woman became verbally abusive around 1 a.m. Monday toward Warren Beam Jr., 33, and a 7-year-old male.

The woman threatened to cut the victims with a knife, police said.

Cash stolen from bowling center

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen and about $2,000 worth of damage was done at the Lincoln Lanes Bowling Center during a burglary Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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