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February 08, 2006|by DON AINES

Bond reduced for man charged in stabbing



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man charged with a Christmas Day stabbing waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Franklin County Central Court and had his bail reduced to $100,000.

Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, 20, who has no fixed address, is charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the Dec. 25, 2005, stabbing of Jacob Blanco, 31, of 354 E. Washington St., in an apartment at 364 W. Loudon St. His bail had been set originally at $1 million.

A Franklin County Prison official said Tuesday that Arana-Ramos was no longer at the prison.

Chambersburg police received a call shortly after 7 p.m. on Christmas of a man lying bleeding on the sidewalk near the intersection of Federal and Loudon streets, about half a block from where the stabbing took place. Blanco had been stabbed in the throat.

Another man and woman had been in the apartment with Blanco and Arana-Ramos, but left shortly before the assault to get beer, police said.

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Thirty minutes after the stabbing, police were called to 627 Broad St., according to the affidavit of probable cause. The call was made by a relative of Arana-Ramos at that address, who told police Arana-Ramos "made statements that he had killed someone" and washed blood off his hands, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Arana-Ramos was scheduled for mandatory arraignment in county court March 22, according to court records.




Mandatory court date set for Pa. woman



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., woman charged with repeatedly stabbing her brother last month waived her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Vivian Jane Daddona, 32, of 15159 N. Young Road, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated and simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in the Jan. 5 assault on Jerry Lee Noll Jr. at her home.

Police said the incident was reported at 4:34 p.m. and Daddona was there when police arrived.

Daddona's mandatory arraignment in county court is scheduled for March 22, according to court records.

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