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Man charged in robberies in four states enters plea

November 23, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man charged with committing more than 20 robberies in four states entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in Franklin County Court and had his case scheduled for the January trial term.

Daniel Scott Uppercue, 32, formerly of Lumar Avenue, was in court for mandatory arraignment on two counts of robbery, three counts of simple assault, two counts of theft, and one count each of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, intimidation of witnesses, harassment and receiving stolen property.

Uppercue has been charged with 21 robberies in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, Assistant Public Defender Ian Brink said. Uppercue has been convicted and sentenced on charges in Virginia and will not be eligible for parole there until 2009, Brink said.

The Franklin County charges against Uppercue will likely not be resolved until the charges against him in Adams County have been dealt with, Brink said Wednesday.

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Uppercue also faces charges in Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland for robberies during the same time period, according to published reports.

On Feb. 11, 2005, a man entered the 7-Eleven store at 11374 Buchanan Trail East, Rouzerville, Pa., and asked the cashier for change, according to Washington Township police.

When the woman opened the cash register, the man pulled a knife, jabbed her in the arm and stole the cash, police said.

On Feb. 21, 2005, a man entered the Best Western, 239 W. Main St., Waynesboro, and asked for change, Waynesboro police said. When the cashier opened the register, the man pulled what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money, police said.

Police said similar methods were used in holdups in Gettysburg, Hanover and Doylesburg in Pennsylvania and Thurmont, Md., as well as robberies during the same time frame in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.

On Feb. 26, the Hampton Inn in Hagerstown was held up and Frederick County Sheriff's Department deputies spotted a vehicle suspected of being used in the robbery. The ensuing chase ended in Fairfax County, Va., the affidavit stated.

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