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on November 08, 2012 11:00 AM

Indiana -- Burglary suspect jailed :: An Indiana man was lodged in the Indiana County Jail after being caught breaking into a house in the 1300 block of Church Street, Indiana Borough police reported.

Officers converged on the area about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday and chased Spencer Fratzke several blocks to Washington Street after a neighbor, Robert Schneider, of South 13th Street, reported seeing him crawl through the window of Nicholas Kutsch's residence at 1313 Church St.

Police knew Fratzke when they spotted him, court papers show. Online records show Fratzke has been arrested eight times since 2006 in Indiana County.

Fratzke exited a side door and ran after Officer Michael Rhoades pointed his revolver at him and commanded him to stop. Court documents show the chase ensued across Church Street, through properties along School Street and Klondyke Avenue, and ended when Detective Scott Schuller apprehended Fratzke at 1333 Washington St.

Fratzke, 25, admitted that he got into the house with intent to steal prescription drugs, investigators reported.

Fratzke was taken to Indiana District Court for preliminary arraignment. District Judge Guy Haberl set bond at $30,000 cash. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Thursday.


Woman cited

Vanessa Griffith, 20, of Erie, was cited with underage drinking at 1:13 a.m. Sunday when Indiana Borough police found her wandering past the barriers surrounding a recreation/housing complex construction site in the 200 block of Rice Avenue, according to a report.



Devon Heard, 22, of Philadelphia, was charged Monday by Indiana Borough police with a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident and two summary traffic offenses. Investigators reported Heard's car hit the rear of one driven by Lawrence Rager about 4:20 p.m. Friday, and that Heard drove away after exchanging words with Rager.

A witness gave police the license number and description of the hit-and-run vehicle, which police used to identify Heard as the owner. Patrol officers discovered the hit-and-run car Friday evening in a parking lot at the rear of 21 N. Fifth St., obtained a search warrant and impounded the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint.

Heard phoned police the next day to report his car had been stolen, then admitted his part in the hit-and-run accident when police told him the car had been impounded for the investigation, officers reported.

Conemaugh Township

Youths cited

School officials called state police at 2:35 p.m. Nov. 1 when two boys got into a fight on a school bus outside Saltsburg High School. Troopers at Indiana reported the boys will be cited with disorderly conduct.

Loyalhanna Township, Westmoreland County

Bad check

State police at Kiski Valley reported a woman from Saltsburg is under investigation for passing a bad check Friday at Five Points Veterinary Service along Route 981. Troopers gave no other details.



A passport belonging to Gengrui Chang, of Saltsburg, was stolen between 8 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Wednesday after Chang misplaced it at Kiski School, state police at Kiski Valley reported.

South Bend Township, Armstrong County

Domestic assault

Ronald Sconish, 37, of Spring Church, was charged Monday by state police at Kiski Valley with simple assault, harassment and a summary traffic offense following a domestic dispute at 11 p.m. Saturday in a residence along Girty Road.

Troopers reported Sconish, whose driver's license is suspended, fled in a vehicle after subjecting a victim to unwanted physical contact.

Police didn't identify the person who raised the allegations against Sconish.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday in the Rural Valley district court.

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