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Supervisor candidate receives probation

August 11, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Republican candidate for Antrim Township supervisor in the Nov. 8 election was placed on 18 months probation in July for possession of a stolen flatbed trailer, according to Franklin County court records.

Curtis Wayne Myers, 42, of 11743 Melrose Ave., the highest vote-getter in the May GOP primary, was admitted to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program July 27.

Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn ordered Myers to pay a $300 fine and $90.25 in restitution.

If he completes the ARD program, the charges against him will be dismissed, said David Rahauser, assistant district attorney in Franklin County.

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Rahauser said the ARD program is the equivalent of probation before judgment in Maryland. It's for first offenders in less serious crimes. Defendants are allowed to enter the program at the discretion of the district attorney's office.

Myers was charged April 11 by Pennsylvania State Police with theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake and receiving stolen property for taking a 1990 gray, Bison 24-foot flatbed gooseneck trailer valued at $2,000 that was parked on property he owns at 1514 Black Gap Road in Chambersburg, Pa., court records said.

The trailer is owned by Charles William Dehart. Dehart told police he thought the trailer had been taken sometime between Sept. 1, 2004, and Jan. 21, 2005. On that day, he said he spotted the trailer loaded with telephone poles in the southbound lane of Interstate 81 in Maryland, court records said.

West Virginia State Police stopped Myers on the interstate the same day, according to court records. Myers told the trooper the trailer, which had no registration tag, belonged to him.

Pennsylvania State Trooper R. Taylor met Myers at his Hedgesville, W.Va., property Feb. 11 and found the trailer parked down an embankment. Its vehicle identification number had been scraped off and "was still tacky," court records said.

Dehart later identified the trailer as his from a police photograph.

Myers said Wednesday in a telephone interview from his home in Greencastle that the trailer had been parked on a storage facility he owns on Black Gap Road since June 2004. He said he sold half of the property and the new owner wanted the trailer off the premises, so he hauled it to his property in Hedgesville.

He said his lawyer advised him to accept the ARD because there would be less publicity.

He said he believes someone stole the trailer, scraped off the identification number and left it at his Chambersburg property.

County Chief Deputy Clerk Jean Byers said county attorney Welton Fischer was asked for an opinion on whether Myers' admittance to the ARD program affected his eligibility to run for office.

"The code does not list receipt of stolen property as an event disqualifying a person from voting or holding public office," Byers said, reading from a note Fischer had given her. "This consequence is reserved for stealing or embezzling public funds ..."

Myers, a real estate investor and retired airline pilot, according to his candidate profile in May, topped the five township supervisor candidates in the May primary with 716 votes, handily beating the board's incumbents, Larson Wenger and B.J. Roberts Jr.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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