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Teen inmate accused of making weapon

| Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A Lower Burrell teenager now being held in the Westmoreland County Prison is accused of sharpening the handle of a toothbrush to use as an escape weapon.

County detectives filed a charge Friday against William Christopher Grant, 19, whose last known address is 2788 Hastings Drive. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Grant was incarcerated in the Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention Center when he handed over the weapon to staff members.

Grant is incarcerated on $40,000 bail on charges of theft and receiving stolen property and an additional $30,000 bail on a resisting arrest charge. Both cases are before District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec. According to jail records, he also is being held on a juvenile bench warrant.

A preliminary hearing on a charge of weapons or implements for escape before District Judge Mark Mansour has not been scheduled.

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