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Michael Shaw, Sayre


Donald William Hall, 23, Sayre, faces charges for burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness from an incident involving both Sayre and Athens police dated 1:10 a.m. on May 26. Police allege that Hall broke through the front door of a Desmond Street, Sayre, residence. The homeowner was asleep upstairs and called 911 when he heard the glass break. When police arrived, the homeowner, who was known to the defendant, was confronting him and telling him to leave the house. The victim, whose wife was also at home at the time of the break-in, informed police that Hall used to live down the street and was not welcome at the home. Hall’s preliminary hearing was set for May 31.

Two Athens patrolmen responded to a call from a motorist at about 2:45 a.m. on May 25 about almost hitting a naked man who was running down Front Street in Athens Township. Police found Frank Lavern Chapman, III without clothing in the area of the Guitierrez Machine Shop. Chapman allegedly readily admitted to having used bath salts three days earlier and indicated that he had not slept since. The reporting officer noted that Chapman’s feet were bleeding as he had run more than three miles from his home to the location where he was found. Chapman told police that acquaintances had put “something hot” into his jeans, so he had taken them off and ran away. Police took him to his home to get some clothing and found the door wide open and the residence vacated. While in transport to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of his feet, police related that Chapman repeatedly asked where he was going and if the officers intended to hurt him. He also asked if his father and family were okay. Chapman faces a preliminary hearing on June 28. Bath salts continue to lead to crimes in the Sayre, Athens, and South Waverly area, as they can still be obtained legally at various stores across the border in New York State. 

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