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Pa. prison escapee bound over for court

September 01, 2006|by DON AINES

MOUNT UNION, Pa. - A Franklin County Prison escapee found driving the car of a man whose body was later found in Huntingdon County was ordered bound over for court Thursday at his preliminary hearing.

Magisterial District Judge Michael Colyer ordered Scott Nathan North, 26, of Fannettsburg, Pa., bound over for Huntingdon County Court on charges related to a high-speed chase the night of Aug. 10, according to Colyer's office. No date has been set for North's next court appearance, District Attorney Robert Stewart said.

No charges have been filed against North in connection with the death of Carl W. Ryder, 43, of Amberson, Pa., according to Colyer's office. Ryder's badly decomposed body was found Aug. 16 near Blairs Mills, Pa., police said.

The cause and manner of Ryder's death had not been determined as of Thursday, Huntingdon County Coroner Ron Morder said. Morder said he is awaiting test results from the autopsy that might shed light on how Ryder died.

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North is being held in Huntingdon County on charges of fleeing or eluding police, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, false identification, driving with a suspended license, speeding and other traffic offenses, according to the criminal complaint filed with Colyer's office.

North, who was serving a sentence for burglary and theft convictions, failed to return to a work release assignment Aug. 2 in Shippensburg, Pa. Eight days later, he was pulled over by a state trooper in Mount Union after police received a call that North had been seen leaving a bar in Shirleysburg, Pa.

North was driving Ryder's 1991 Crown Victoria and gave the trooper Ryder's driver's license. When the trooper said he did not look like the person's photograph on the license, North claimed he had recently had plastic surgery, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

When the trooper ordered North out of the car, he sped off and led police on a high-speed chase into Mifflin County that ended when stop sticks were used to deflate the car's front tires.

North later told police he had hitchhiked to Ryder's house after leaving his work release assignment, and that Ryder had allowed him to use his car, credit card and home while Ryder was in North Carolina, police said.

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