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Police Log: Assaults, Thefts and Vehicle Crashes

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Area police have investigated a number of assaults, burglary, theft and a vehicle crash in recent days.

Pets Of The Week: Bonnie, Conan and Petri

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CVAS encourages anyone interested in bringing a four-legged friend into their home to check out the wonderful animals available for adoptions at the shelter.

Police Log: Hit and Run, Burglary, Theft, Crime

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Area police are investigating a number of crimes, including thefts, crashes, a burglary and a fairly innovative retail theft case.

Chambersburg Police Looking For Missing Teen

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The Chambersburg Police Department is requesting assistance in locating William Creech II, 15, who has been missing for a week.

Weather Turns Seasonably Cold and Wet

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Multiple bands of snow showers moving through much of the south-central part of the state could affect driving conditions tonight.

Police Log: Crashes and a Pot Growing Operation

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Area police investigated a number of crashes recently but none resulted in injuries. Police also uncovered a pot growing operation in Antrim Township.

PSUMA to Host Free Planetarium Shows This Weekend

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Kimberly Herrmann, associate professor in physics and astronomy, will share some of the capabilities of the Penn State Mont Alto portable planetarium this week.

Police Log: Lots of DUI’s, Drunk and Disorderly Incidents

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Local police investigated incidents that resulted in DUI arrests in Chambersburg last weekend, while Waynesboro reported a variety of investigations going back to December for summary offenses, including harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police Log: Retail Theft, Criminal Mischief, Access Device Fraud

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Area police investigated retail thefts, hit and runs, criminal mischief and a number of other incidents over the last two weeks.

PSP: Facebook Posts About ‘Kidnapping Attempts’ Not Accurate

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Area police have a word of caution for the public about relying on Facebook posts as a reliable news source.

Ego That Kills Careers Subject of Police Chief’s Class

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Chambersburg Police Chief Ron Camacho is on a mission to help others learn a lesson he spent years learning the hard way.

Fire and Police Log: Fire Calls and a Hit and Run

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Area fire and police first responders are always ready to respond to emergencies, even if they come in at the most inappropriate times.

Pets of the Week: Joy and Gabriel

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CVAS encourages anyone interested in bringing a four-legged friend into their home to check out the wonderful animals available for adoptions at the shelter.

Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill to Be Keynote Speaker

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Robert O’Neill, Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and a New York Times best-selling author, will be the evening’s guest and keynote speaker May 20, for The Manufacturers’ Associations’ 2020 Annual Event.

SHAPE Annual Art Auction, Membership Drive

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SHAPE is having its annual art auction and membership drive Jan. 17 at University Grill, 32 East King Street Shippensburg, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rain, High Winds in Store for County Tonight

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The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather watch and high winds advisory for Franklin and Fulton counties.

Police Log: Indecent Assault, School Bus Crash, Pedestrian Accident

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Local police departments are investigating an indecent assault and two crashes that sent local residents to hospitals this week. One involved a school bus.

Police Log: Burglary, Hit and Runs, Found Samsung Cell Phone

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Area police are continuing their investigations into a number of crimes from a burglary to hit and run car crashes.

Reward Offered for Info Leading to Arrest of Man Accused of...

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Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg need help in locating 29-year old Mateo Ceron, wanted on warrants dating back to last April and December.

Alice Elia Heads 2020 Chambersburg Council

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Chambersburg’s Borough Council made history this week with the election of its first woman president. Alice Alia became Chambersburg’s top elected official after being chosen Monday night to head Borough Council.

19-Year-Old Accused Of Raping Teen

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A Chambersburg immigrant faces felony rape charges during a hearing in Franklin County Central Court next week.

Local Couple Face Assault, Child Abuse Charges

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A local couple accused of abusing a young girl last month are free on unsecured bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing on felony assault charges.

Obituary: Rebecca ‘Becky’ Owens Dietrich

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Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Owens Dietrich, 93, of Mont Alto, PA, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 in the Chambersburg Hospital.

Police Log: Assaults, Theft and a Burglary

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Area police investigated a burglary in Waynesboro this week and filed assault charges stemming from a fight in Chambersburg last week.

County Commissioners Add Quarterly Night Meetings

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Franklin County Commissioners are adding some night meetings to their 2020 board meeting schedule. Commissioners approved four extra meetings a year, to be held in municipalities outside Chambersburg, the county seat.

Police, Fire Log: Arrests, Pedestrian Accident

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Area first responders answered fire calls, arrested some people and investigated a pedestrian accident as the first full week of the new year began Monday.

Snow in Store Today, Schools Close Early

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Franklin County could get as much as three inches of snow this afternoon and tonight if meteorologists with the National Weather Service are right.

Police Log: Stolen Car, Theft

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Today’s police log is small and only includes a stolen car and an individual who tried to steal two metal trays and some silverware from a restaurant.

Brian Helman Moved to Rehab Hospital

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Brian Helman's family has encouraging news about the popular musician's condition this week.

Police and Fire Log: Entrapments and Rescues, Smoke but No Fire,...

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Area first responders answered a number of calls over the last few days. They rescued people trapped in cars, responded to fire calls and even aired out homes where carbon monoxide had built up.

New Judge, Other Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

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Franklin and Fulton County’s newest judge took her place Friday on the bench with the 39th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.

Police Log: Domestic Violence, Forgery and Theft

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Area police recently investigated multiple crimes and violations including Domestic Violence, Forgery and Theft.

Celebrate Agriculture at 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation – kicks off Saturday in Harrisburg. The show runs through Saturday, Jan. 11.

Police Log: Stolen Compressor, DUIs, Hit and Run Crashes

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Area police investigated a number of alcohol-related crimes during the week between Christmas and New Year, as well as a criminal mischief incident.

FCFP Looks Back at 2019 and Forward Into 2020

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Franklin County Free Press celebrates its first anniversary today with both cheers and a sigh of relief.

Police Log: Thefts Solved, Dog Reunited With Family, Stolen Packages

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Local police made an arrest, reunited a dog with its owner, investigated a couple of other crimes and was looking for someone who stole some packages as 2019 ended.

Traffic Stop Nets Drug Charges for Couple

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A Maryland woman driving her Pennsylvania boyfriend home landed in Franklin County Jail on drug charges Monday.

Downtown Chambersburg, Waynesboro Get Revitalization Grants

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Governor Tom Wolf announced this week that two local communities will get grants for revitalization projects.

Police Log: Runaway, Public Drunkenness, and a Found Bicycle

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Area police Investigated several incidents over the weekend. They seek information about a teen runaway, arrested a man for being drunk in public and took a bicycle into custody.

Sleepy Drivers, Downed Poles, Missing Driver and Other Traffic Mayhem

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You can depend on people making bad decisions to keep fire and police first responders busy.
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Obituary: Leonard Richard “Lenny” Baker

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Leonard Richard “Lenny” Baker, 74, of Upper Strasburg, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at his home.