2009-03-12 / Local & State


Vehicle Collides With Embankment

An eastbound 2006 Volvo struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof during a single vehicle collision along old Route 30 on Wednesday, March 4. According to state police, driver Rachel M. Krall, 29, of Chambersburg suffered minor injuries and was transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment following the 4:14 p.m. accident. She was wearing a seat belt and will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Stimulus Check Cashed

A 2008 stimulus check belonging to Charles Freeman Shore, 46, of Shade Gap was stolen and cashed without permission on June 11, 2008. Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485-3131.

Soda Machine Damaged

A Mountain Dew soda machine located at 8333 Pleasant Ridge Road in Licking Creek Township was damaged between 5 p.m. on March 3 and 12:30 p.m. on March 4. Victim was Betty Eileen Swope, 61, of Harrisonville. Anyone having further information pertinent to this mischief is urged to call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717- 485-3131.

Underage Drinking Investigated

Charges of the purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor, malt or brewed beverages by a minor were filed by state police against 20-year-old Needmore resident Derek James Lininger. Lininger, state police noted, was observed in the parking lot behind 802 East Poplar Street in Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday, March 3, at 10:56 p.m. Troopers were able to determine Lininger had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

Sign Spray-Painted

A sign belonging to Dennis Clark of Bethel Township was spray-painted by an unknown individual on Sunday, March 1, at 6:45 a.m. The sign was located in Clark's yard along Flickerville Road at the time of the mischief. Anyone having additional information concerning this case should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717- 485-5771 or Trooper Ely at 717- 485-3131.

Teen Charged With Possession of Tobacco

A 15-year-old McConnellsburg boy was cited for possessing a half-full can of Grizzly chewing tobacco at Mc- Connellsburg Middle School on February 25 between 7 a.m. and noon. State police later determined 38-year-old Dodie Virginia Carbaugh, also of McConnellsburg, had purchased the tobacco product and gave it to the teen. Charges regarding the sale of tobacco were also filed against Carbaugh.

DUI Checkpoint To Be Held

A driving-under-the-influence checkpoint will be held by state police in Fulton County the weekend of March 13 and 14. All motorists are reminded to drive responsibly and always have a designated driver.

Man Jailed For Giving False Name

A Centerville, Va., man pulled over for a traffic violation along Interstate 70 in Brush Creek Township gave state police troopers a false name on February 28. Further investigation revealed the man was Majeed Abdul Spanta, 20, who was arrested and jailed in lieu of $7,500 bail for false reports to law enforcement authorities.

PFA Order Violated

A protection-from-abuse order was violated resulting in the arrest of 46-year-old Scott Smartt of Needmore on Wednesday, March 4. At 7:45 a.m. Smartt allegedly violated the order by contacting a 47-year-old Needmore woman. Smartt was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Teen Girl Cited

A 15-year-old McConnellsburg girl was cited for harassment as a result of an incident at McConnellsburg Middle School on February 26. At 9 a.m. the teenager allegedly made threatening statements and gestures toward another 15-year-old girl, also from McConnellsburg.

Car Strikes Tree Head-On

Three passengers suffered injuries when the 2003 Dodge Neon they were riding in struck a tree head-on on Thursday, March 5, according to state police. Driver Roy R. Martz Jr., 30, of McConnellsburg reportedly swerved to miss colliding with three deer crossing Patterson Run Road in Todd Township at 11:40 p.m. The southbound car ran off the road and struck a tree before spinning and hitting another tree with its left rear side.

Martz was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury. However, passengers Crystal L. Rogers, 22, of McConnellsburg; a 17-yearold Warfordsburg girl; and a 2- year-old Warfordsburg boy were also properly secured in the vehicle but suffered injuries. The severity of their injuries is unknown, but the juveniles were transported to Fulton County Medical Center.

Teen Harassed With Text Messages

A 14-year-old juvenile from 229 Hoover Road in Wells Township told state police multiple harassing text messages were received on a cellphone between 10:18 p.m. on March 2 and 7:18 a.m. on March 9. The incidents remain under investigation.

Needmore Man Charged With Assault

A 46-year-old Needmore man is faced with charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with an incident at 398 Waltz Lane in Belfast Township.

Robert Stanley Painter Jr. reportedly ran up to Jesse Joe Burcker, 33, of Sharpsburg, and Derrick Lee Harshman, 24, of Clear Spring, Md., while carrying a shotgun on Friday, March 6, at 5:15 p.m. Painter, state police reported, allegedly racked the shotgun and yelled at Burcker and Harshman, who tried to flee the Painter residence in their van.

When the duo hit a dead end on Waltz Lane, Painter, who followed them in his vehicle, jumped out and again reportedly pointed the gun at them. Burcker and Harshman had to cross the creek to get to safety. Charges against Painter were filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

Anyone with further information related to this incident should call Trooper Barnett at 717-485-5771.

Crash Results In DUI Charges

A single-vehicle crash along Aughwick Road over the weekend resulted in drunk-driving charges being filed against a Chambersburg man. On Saturday, March 7, 35-year-old James Matthew Weaver lost control of his northbound 2005 Harley- Davidson motorcycle, which fell onto its side and travelled off the eastern berm.

Weaver, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, was transported to Chambersburg Hospital by McConnellsburg Ambulance. Charges of driving under the influence will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Cited For Harassment

A 12-year-old boy from Mc- Connellsburg has been charged with harassment through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. The juvenile, state police reported, allegedly punched a 10-year-old boy in the face during an argument on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. at 211 Woodside Drive in Ayr Township. The victim suffered a black eye as result of the altercation.

Wallet Stolen

A wallet belonging to Kacey Louis Sipes, 26, of Warfordsburg was stolen from a vehicle parked near the intersection of Second Street and Lincoln Way in Mc- Connellsburg Borough on February 16 at 3:45 p.m. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this case of theft from a motor vehicle should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717- 485-5771 or Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131. Mailboxes Struck

Two mailboxes along Greenlane Road in Bethel Township were struck by an unknown vehicle, which then fled the accident scene on Saturday, March 7, at 8 a.m. Anyone having further information regarding this hitand run collision should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485-3131.

Car Overturns

A 1990 Dodge Daytona overturned onto its side after colliding with a tree along a Bethel Township roadway on Saturday, March 7, at 8:19 a.m. Driver David J. Schultz Jr., 27, of Warfordsburg was wearing a seat belt during the collision and suffered a scrape on his left hand. The car was removed from the accident scene by W&W Salvage.

DUI Charges Pending

Charges of driving under the influence are pending against Roger Dale Mills, 61, of Warfordsburg, according to McConnellsburg state police. Mills was stopped for a traffic violation along the 8300 block of Great Cove Road on Friday, March 6, at 8:35 p.m. and was subsequently arrested for drunk-driving.

McConnellsburg Man Jailed For Violating PFA

Twenty-one-year-old Richard Forrest Eyler of McConnellsburg was sent to the Franklin County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bail in connection with an alleged protection-from-abuse violation on Sunday, March 8. Eyler reportedly punched Nikki Nicole Martz, 20, of Hustontown in the right side of the face during an argument at 3 p.m. Martz has an active protection-from-abuse order filed against Eyler, who has been charged with simple assault and harassment.

Runaway Located

A 13-year-old Warfordsburg girl last seen on Tuesday, March 3, at Southern Fulton High School was located five days later at the Hancock Fire and Rescue Co. in Maryland. The girl, state police from McConnellsburg reported, appeared at the fire company on foot on Sunday, March 8, at 8:45 p.m. She was apparently unaccompanied and unharmed.

The evening prior to her appearance, the girl was reportedly seen at two Berkeley Springs, W.Va., residences with a 19-yearold man. State police from Mc- Connellsburg searched for the girl with assistance from the Hancock Police Department, Maryland State Police, Washington County, Md., Sheriff's Department, Morgan County, W.Va., Sheriff's Department and the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit. Investigation into the involvement of the 19-year-old man during the case continues.

Vehicle Disabled

A 1996 Jeep Cherokee became disabled during a drivingunder the-influence crash along Route 522 in McConnellsburg Borough on Monday, March 9. At 11:20 a.m., Richard Shelley, 36, of McConnellsburg crashed into the front steps of a home and left the accident scene. He was found more than a mile away after his vehicle became disabled. Shelley was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.

Coroner: Pa. Student Found In Trunk Was Strangled

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A coroner says a western Pennsylvania college student whose body was found in the trunk of her car was strangled.

The body of 20-year-old Penn State-Altoona student Margo "Maggie'' Davis was found Thursday. Blair County Coroner Patty Ross says she died from strangulation and a head injury.

Police have charged 19-yearold Sean Louis Allen, of Hollidaysburg, with homicide.

Prosecutors have said the two were acquaintances. Davis was last seen around 1 a.m. Tuesday and had sent a text message to her brother that she was visiting Allen.

Investigators are analyzing evidence, including bloody towels, a pair of rubber gloves and a smashed flashlight.

An attorney who is representing Allen declined comment.

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