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Hagerstown man charged in hammer attack waives hearing

July 11, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man charged with breaking into a Waynesboro, Pa., apartment and attacking a man with a hammer July 1 waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Dwayne S. Way, 28, of 613 George St., is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and burglary. He is scheduled for mandatory arraignment Aug. 22, according to court records.

Borough police were called to 30 N. Broad St. at about 5 a.m. July 1 for a report of a burglary in progress. When they arrived, they found Way lying in the parking lot, police said.

"Here I am," Way told police, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Jay Kershner was in his apartment with Shannon Way, Dwayne Way's wife, when they awoke to find a man standing over them with a claw hammer threatening to kill them, police said. Kershner tried to force the man out of the apartment and was struck above the left eye, police said.

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Police said the cut Kershner sustained was about 3 inches long and down to the skull. It required eight stitches to close, police said.

Kershner told police the hammer belonged to him and came from Shannon Way's vehicle. Police said the front passenger window of the car had been smashed.

Dwayne Way said he and Kershner had gotten into an argument over the phone and that he rode his bicycle to Waynesboro to confront him, the affidavit stated. Way told police he kicked out the window of the car and threw laundry out, but did not take any tools, according to the affidavit.

Way was jailed on $250,000 bond after he was taken into custody. Magisterial District Justice Richard Alloway said he granted Way's attorney's request to lower bail to $100,000, adding that the District Attorney's Office did not object to the request.

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