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FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA (Aug 11, 2019) — Fire and police incidents over the weekend included fights, fires and accidents.


House fire: Sunday, Aug. 11, 6:03 a.m. House Fire, 7925 Nyesville Road: Franklin Fire Company responded, with Engine 43 operating on the 11 Box.

Units had a fire on the first floor. Engine 43 supplied the first arriving Engine, assisted with fire attack, search and overhaul operations.

Franklin Fire Company was first on the scene at this house fire on Nyesville Road early Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Franklin Fire Company

Domestic Violence: Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2:18 p.m., Chambersburg Police Department responded to the 300 Block of East King Street for a report of a domestic dispute between father and son. 

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The ensuing investigation revealed that the 17-year-old struck his father in the face while his father was holding a two-year-old child. 

Subsequently, the teen was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Terroristic Threats and Resisting Arrest.  Arrest Date:  Saturday, August 10, 2019


CRASH: 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 in the 2600 Block Philadelphia Avenue. Franklin Fire Company Station 4 units were alerted for a vehicle accident with rollover and entrapment.

Squad 41 and Engine 43 arrived to find a single vehicle on its side with one patient confined.

AC 49 assumed the Rescue Group and Captain 44 had Command. Crews utilized Res-Q-Jacks to stabilize the vehicle then removed the patient through the passenger door.

Rescuers remove a victim from a car on Philadelphia Avenue Friday night. Photo courtesy Franklin Fire Company.

Brushfire: Friday, 3 p.m. 500 block of Vinell Lane Hamilton Township. Franklin Fire Company’s Special Unit 44, Engine 45 and Engine 43 were assisted by Companies 8 and 18 on a brush fire.

Three area fire companies responded to a brush fire in Hamilton Township Friday afternoon. Photo courtesy Franklin Fire Company

Rape: On July 27, 2019, the Chambersburg Police Department received a report from a female who claimed that she was raped on or about May 23, 2019. 

The female victim claimed that Frederick Rickard III, 28, pulled her from the street into a residence located at 72 Lincoln Way West, Apartment 2, where her clothing was forcibly removed and she was assaulted. 

On August 9, 2019, investigators spoke with Rickard about the allegation.  Rickard claimed that he did not remember having sex with the female but he could not deny that it may have occurred. 

He has been charged with rape, strangulation and unlawful restraint.  Rickard was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns, who set bail at $100,000. He is in Franklin County Jail, unable to post bail. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 20.

Frederick Rickard
Frederick Rickard

Found Bike: On 07/31/09 at 8:30 a.m., a gray or silver Shimano Mountain bike was found next to the business at 315 Stouffer Ave.  The bike’s original color was covered with a blue spray paint.  It was reported that the bike had been at this location for approximately two weeks.  The owner can claim the bike at the Chambersburg Police Station.

Found bike
This bicycle was found and can be claimed at the Chambersburg Police Department
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