Franklin County Court: Hearing postponed in inmate assault case

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A preliminary hearing for a Franklin County Jail inmate who assaulted a corrections officer last fall has been postponed for a third time.

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Melinda Finneyfrock

Melinda G. Finneyfrock, 59, of Sabillasville, MD, faces felony assault charges in the case. She is accused of spitting in a correctional officer’s face twice on Nov. 21, knowing she was positive for Hepitatis B.

Finneyfrock’s spit got in the officer’s eye, an police investigator said in court documents. The officer was treated at Chambersburg Hospital, according to an Affidavit filed in the case.

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Finneyfrock had been an inmate at the jail for 10 days when the incident happened, according to court records. She was arrested Nov. 14 and charged with defiant trespass, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

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The arrest came after security at Chambersburg Hospital called Chambersburg Police, reporting Finnefrock was refusing to leave the hospital. 

Police found Finneyfrock lying on the ground yelling obscenities at hospital staff. She refused to leave the hospital and then resisted arrest when officers tried to take her into custody, police said.   

She was being held on $10,000 monetary bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing on those charges at the time of the attack. Her first preliminary hearing had been postponed the day before the assault, court records show. There have been three more postponements in that case since then.

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The assault charges are both second degree felonies. The bail on those charges is $25,000, bringing her total bail to $35,000 in the two cases.

She was supposed to have appeared in court on both sets of charges Monday, but the hearings have since been postponed until March 22 before Magisterial District Judge Kelly L. Rock. She is being represented by the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office.


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