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Police briefs

March 11, 2009

Chambersburg man faces aggravated assault charges



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was charged with aggravated assault after police said he tried to escape Friday from a police cruiser that was taking him to the Franklin County Jail.

Police said Millyard Marufe, 18, of no fixed address, was charged with assault after allegedly forcing his way into the front seat and fighting the officer behind the wheel.

It took two citizens and the officer to subdue Marufe after the vehicle came to a stop, police said.

Marufe was en route to the jail on unrelated charges, according to police reports.

Police said Marufe allegedly forced his way through the partition separating the front of the police cruiser from the back, crawled into the front seat and began fighting with the officer.

The incident took place while the vehicle was in motion, police said.

No citizens or police officers were harmed in the incident.

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Earlier this month, police charged Marufe with criminal trespassing.

Police said Marufe and another Chambersburg man, Marcello Monzon, 18, allegedly broke into a vacant house on West Catherine Street.

The men stayed in the home through the month of February, police said.

Arson eliminated as cause of fire that burned 48 acres



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Arson has been eliminated as a potential cause of a fire that burned about 48 acres Monday in Berkeley County, a state wild land fire control expert said Wednesday.

Jim Guerrin of the West Virginia Division of Forestry said the blaze was not connected to any of five fires reported last weekend. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office and the Berkeley County fire investigation team have been investigating those incidents.

The 1 p.m. fire Monday destroyed a mobile home and damaged another residence and three shelters for horses, Guerrin said.

More than 100 firefighters and other volunteers from the Tri-State area responded to the fire that began along Rejoice Lane near the North Mountain Landfill near Hedgesville, W.Va.

Damage reported on building and school bus in Frederick



FREDERICK, Md. -- Police say they are investigating destruction of property which occurred at a Jehova's Witness hall and Frederick Faith Christian Academy, both of which are on Carpenter Road.

It was first reported that paint had been thrown on the front door, building and shed of a Kingdom Hall building at the Jehova's Witness location, said a Frederick County Sheriff's Office news release.

When deputies searched the area, they also found paint and foul language on a Frederick Christian Academy school bus, the release said.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call the sheriff's department at 301-600-4205.

String of thefts reported in Greene Township, Pa.



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a string of thefts from vehicles which occurred Monday and Tuesday along Fillmore Road in Greene Township in Franklin County, according to a news release.

There were nine victims in the case, the release said.

Anyone with information about the thefts can call state police at 717-264-5161.

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