ALL coplog for 7-30

July 30, 2003

Treatment center youth faces charges

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - A resident at the Abraxas South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with two counts each of aggravated and simple assault for allegedly attacking two employees Saturday.

Police said Christopher Lee Walck, 18, no address given, was being moved from a unit at the youth detention facility when he allegedly kicked Gregory Swatsburg, 27, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jared Fretz, 24, of Waynesboro, Pa. He also allegedly tried to choke Swatsburg, police said.

Walck was arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $25,000 bond.

Employee charged with medication theft

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An employee at a retirement community has been charged with allegedly stealing medications last month, according to Chambersburg police.

Police said Lucinda D. Pitzer, 50, of 4660 Sycamore Grove Road, was charged with obtaining controlled substances. On June 22, she allegedly took the medications from a storage area, according to police.


Residents assist police in arrest

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police said some civilians assisted in the capture of a man who allegedly tried to escape from them Friday afternoon.

Police said officers spotted Ernest L. Shannon in the 900 block of Wayne Avenue at 1:13 p.m. and attempted to arrest him on outstanding warrants for assault. Shannon, 39, of 60 Lincoln Way West, Apt. 1, fled on a bicycle and then on foot before he was stopped by some unnamed people.

Officers used a Taser on Shannon when he allegedly resisted arrest, police said.

He was jailed on the outstanding warrants, police said.

Fire crews respond to farmhouse blaze

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Fire broke out Tuesday night in a house on a farm off Water Street, fire officials said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to about two or three rooms in an upstairs portion of the three-story brick home, said R.L. Fletcher, a member of Citizens Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire, which was reported at 8:37 p.m., occurred at the Marty Kable farm, which is accessed by a long driveway off Water Street, Fletcher said.

It was unclear Tuesday night how or where the fire started, Fletcher said.

Fire officials still were examining the house Tuesday night.

Police investigating downtown stabbing

Police were investigating a stabbing early Tuesday on Jonathan Street in Hagerstown that appeared to be the result of an argument that began inside a bar, Hagerstown City Police said.

Police were called at about 1:40 a.m. to the corner of Jonathan Street and West North Avenue. In Rubbie Alley, a block from Jonathan Street, they found a man bleeding heavily from the right side of his face.

Police said two men had had a disagreement in the New Vision Sports Lounge in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street. The two men left the bar, and then one of the men cut the other, police said.

Ronnell Andy Jeffers, also known as Rondell Andy Jefferson, 24, had been cut from the top of his head to his chin, police said. He was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to police.

Police said they did not know the identity of the assailant. They asked anyone with information to call police at 301-790-3700, extension 234, or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141. Tips to Crime Solvers can be anonymous.

Inmate treated after prison stabbing

One inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown was taken to Washington County Hospital Tuesday after a stabbing, a prisons spokeswoman said.

Capt. Priscilla Doggett said two inmates were released from confinement for exercise Tuesday morning, and while they were being taken back at about 8:15 a.m., the stabbing occurred.

She said "a homemade shank" used in the stabbing was recovered by correctional officers.

Both inmates were taken to the prison's infirmary, but one, who was stabbed in the upper torso, was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital.

Doggett said prison officials were investigating. She said she could not release names of the inmates involved.

Man robs restaurant by the drive-through

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man robbed the McDonald's restaurant at 180 Eagle School Road through the drive-through window Monday night, Martinsburg City Police said.

Police said a man driving a dark purple or similar-colored vehicle displayed a gun to an employee in the window and demanded cash at about 9:45 p.m. Monday.

Police said the man's car may have been a four-door vehicle. The robber was described as black, with braided hair and wearing a light or white T-shirt.

Moped, American flag reported stolen

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