Police log 8/22

August 21, 2000

Police log 8/22

Pa. man sentenced in sexual assault against boy

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man convicted of sexually assaulting a boy was sentenced Monday in Franklin County Court Common Pleas Court to five to 10 years in state prison.

The man, 27, had pleaded no contest on Aug. 2 to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony, according to the District Attorney's Office. Pennsylvania State Police records said he had been charged in February with having sexual relations with the boy, now 11, on several occasions between February 1994 and April 1999.

The incidents occurred at the man's home, where he lived with the boy's mother, police records said.

The Herald is not publishing the defendant's name to protect the identity of the victim.

Judge John Walker also fined the man $200 and ordered him to have no contact with the victim or his family. He was given credit for time served since he was taken into custody in February.

2 vehicles stolen, 1 found

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police report two vehicles were stolen and another recovered in the borough in recent days.

Police said a car belonging to Sarah Ballard of Chambersburg was stolen from the parking lot of Staples, 1025 Wayne Ave., sometime after 4:15 a.m. Thursday. The car was found on Staley Road near Mont Alto, Pa., at 6:30 a.m.

Police said the interior of Ballard's car was damaged when someone tried to set it on fire.

A blue Ford Econoline van belonging to J. Laverne R. Eichman of Chambersburg was reported stolen from behind 70 S. Main St. between 3 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

Police said Sunday they recovered a stolen green 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in a parking lot off West Queen Street. The report said the car had been reported stolen in Roanoke, Va., on May 19.

Anyone with information about the vehicle thefts may call 1-717-264-4131.

Overdose report investigated

Maryland State Police were investigating a report of an inmate overdosing on drugs at a prison south of Hagerstown Monday evening.

Police said a man was found unconscious in the prison infirmary just before 10 p.m. Police at the barracks were unsure whether the call was for the Roxbury Correctional Institution or the Maryland Correctional Institution.

Additional information was unavailable.

5 charged in burglary

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police last week charged three adults and two juveniles with a July burglary at the Save-A-Lot grocery store on Lincoln Way East.

The report said police on Wednesday charged Nicholas B. Weist, 18, of Newburg, Pa.; Orville C. Hardy III, 18, of Newville, Pa., and Shannon E. Hardy, 21, also of Newville, with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. Police also charged two 17-year-old Shippensburg, Pa., boys with the burglary.

Police said Weist was also charged with a previous burglary at the grocery store.

All five were charged with the July 28 burglary during which the store was entered through a vent in the roof. Police said a store office safe was pried open and $3,000 was stolen.

Equipment overheats, catches fire at cement firm

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Heavy-duty grinding equipment that overheated caused a fire at a city cement company Monday evening.

The 8:30 p.m. fire at the Capitol Cement Corp. at 5 S. Queen St., extended, caused an undetermined amount of damage, said Martinsburg Fire Department Lt. Charles Eversole.

Fire crews were at the scene for 30 minutes. There were no reports of injuries.

Report of skull yields mask

WILLIAMSPORT - A fisherman hoping for a prize-winning bass came up with a different kind of catch in the Potomac River Sunday evening.

The man saw an object he believed to be a human skull downstream from Riverbottom Park in Williamsport around 6 p.m., said Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

During an investigation, deputies fished the object from the river and found it was not a skull but a Halloween mask.

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