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Three trials scheduled for this week in Franklin County

January 14, 2002

Three trials scheduled for this week in Franklin County



By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three Franklin County, Pa., men charged in separate incidents will all stand trial this week.

Terry Wayne Anderson, 686 Heintzelman Ave., Chambersburg, Pa., is scheduled for trial Tuesday on charges stemming from a March 2000 incident when he allegedly led Pennsylvania police on a high-speed, 65-mile chase through the county and intentionally rammed their cars while trying to flee, court records said.

Anderson, 43, is charged with unauthorized use of an automobile, theft by unlawful taking, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police, according to court records.

Anderson previously pleaded guilty in Franklin County Court to one count of aggravated assault and fleeing but has since withdrawn his plea.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Also scheduled for trial Tuesday is John F. Cramer, 30, of 7670 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, Pa.

Cramer allegedly threw his infant son into his crib, causing head injuries, while he was caring for him in September 2000, according to court records.

Cramer is charged with one count each of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person. His trial is expected to last three days, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Cramer told police the baby was fussing, and around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2000, he grabbed the baby by the arms, shook him, then walked into the baby's bedroom and threw him into his cradle, according to court records.

When the child's mother, Jennifer Cramer, returned home from work at 4:30 p.m., she noticed the baby acting strangely, court records said. At 10 p.m., they took him to Fulton Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa.

The 2-month-old was later taken to Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

A doctor at Hershey told police the baby's injuries were the direct result of child abuse, according to testimony at Cramer's preliminary hearing.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The third defendant scheduled for trial this week is Dale Clair Alleman, 39, of 2004 Philadelphia Ave., Apt. 12, Chambersburg.

Alleman allegedly threatened two co-workers with a sledgehammer last February, striking one, according to court records.

He is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and one count of terroristic threats.

According to court records, Alleman had a disagreement with his boss at a Chambersburg equipment shop over a loud radio. He allegedly became angry and threatened to "smash her skull with a hammer," records said.

The woman got her husband, who Alleman then allegedly attacked and forced his head into a small opening in a machine, the affidavit of probably cause said.

Alleman allegedly raised a three-pound sledgehammer he picked up from a toolbox and turned and swung it at the woman, striking her in the chest as she approached from behind, the affidavit said.

Both were able to escape and call police.

Alleman was later picked up by police and admitted to threatening and striking the woman and raising a hammer to the man, the affidavit said.

Jury selection for the trials begins today.

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