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Former Pa. corrections officer, alleged conspirator waive hearings

September 21, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Franklin County Prison corrections officer and a co-defendant both waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court on charges that they conspired to bring prescription drugs into the jail.

Daniel Alan Kendle, 32, of 9900 Welsh Run Road, Mercersburg, Pa., is charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, criminal attempt to deliver contraband and criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to court records.

Pennsylvania State Police allege Kendle conspired with inmates Scott Alan Dehart and Jeremiah Daniel Baker to bring tablets of the prescription painkiller OxyContin into the prison. Kendle was taken into custody on the afternoon of July 7 in the parking lot of McDonald's 1075 Lincoln Way East when he attempted to get the drugs from a police informant, police said.

Assistant District Attorney Matt Fogal said Tuesday that Dehart, 25, also waived his hearing on a charge of criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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Kendle and Fogal are both scheduled to appear in Franklin County Court for mandatory arraignment on Nov. 1.

Baker, 23, had previously waived his arraignment and is scheduled for mandatory arraignment on Oct. 4, according to records in the District Attorney's Office. He is charged with criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Kendle was fired from his job as a correctional officer a few days after his arrest, Warden John Wetzel said in August. Wetzel said Kendle had worked at the prison for several years.

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