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DARMSTADT, Germany — Darmstadt city officials announced this week that the city and a 40-kilometer radius surrounding the city have been declared a rabies-affected district after a fox was found dead of the disease in nearby Eberstadt.

In a news release, the 233rd Base Support Battalion on Cambrai-Fritsch Casern in Darmstadt urged pet owners to keep all dogs on a leash while outdoors and all cats indoors, unless the animal has a current rabies vaccination.

Residents should be cautious around wild animals that seem tame and never touch a dead animal, the release stated.

Soldier’s robbery trial

A soldier charged with robbing a Community Bank at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, is set to appear in court to face charges on Jan. 10.

Spc. Daniel A. Sampe of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Aviation Regiment, stationed at Coleman Barracks, has been charged in connection with the theft of about $50,000 in U.S. and European currency from the bank, Army officials said this week. He is facing charges of robbery and communicating a threat.

The robbery occurred at about 10 a.m. Sept. 29, when a masked individual wearing an Army physical training suit entered the bank, brandished what appeared to be a handgun and ordered customers and employees to the ground.

Sampe was arraigned on Dec. 17 and declined to enter a plea, according to an Army public affairs office. He waived his right to an Article 32, the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury hearing.

Soldier accused of domestic violence

A soldier based in Kitzingen, Germany, was apprehended Tuesday after allegedly assaulting his wife with a hammer in their off-post home.

The name of the soldier is being withheld by his unit, the 12th Chemical Company.

The soldier was hospitalized at the 67th Combat Support Hospital in Würzburg, Germany, where he was being treated for self-inflicted injuries, said Maj. Twila Peterson, 417th Base Support Battalion provost marshal.

He was undergoing a psychological evaluation and is expected to be transferred to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for further evaluation, Peterson said. His wife, whose name also was withheld, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from the 67th CSH, Peterson said.

Charges will be preferred against the soldier after his medical evaluation is complete.

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