2009-03-26 / Local & State


Cited For Forgery

Twenty-five-year-old Layla Ann Wood of McConnellsburg was cited for two counts each of forgery and theft in connection with an incident at Cloverleaf Court in McConnellsburg January 13. Wood, state police allege, stole two checks from a purse belonging to Jaimie Ann Bogue, 23, also of McConnellsburg. Wood then wrote out the checks to herself and forged Bogue's name.

Parked School Bus Struck


A school bus parked along Myers Avenue in McConnellsburg was struck by an eastbound 1992 Ford 4D operated by McConnellsburg resident Tiffany Marie Hopkins on Wednesday, March 18, according to state police. The front passenger side of Hopkins' vehicle collided with the parked bus at 9:50 p.m., troopers added.

Hopkins, 25, and Michael Fortney, 27, also of McConnellsburg, were wearing seat belts and escaped injury. Hopkins' vehicle was disabled as a result of the damage.

Money Stolen

A total of $240 was removed from a wallet belonging to Nikki Nicole Martz, 20, of Mc- Connellsburg, on Wednesday, March 18, at 10 p.m. The wallet was then hid under clothes in Martz's 2113 Back Run Road residence. Anyone having information pertinent to this theft should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485- 3131.

Burglary Investigated

State police kicked off their investigation into a burglary at the Burnt Cabins Grist Mill operated by Dawn and Greg Harnish that occurred between 7:50 p.m. on March 18 and 8 a.m. on March 19. During the break-in, cigarettes, a donation bucket, various change, a laptop, camera, printer and a knife were stolen. Anyone with further information concerning this case is asked to call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717- 485-3131.

Theft Reported At NAPA


Don Lake, owner of the Mc- Connellsburg-based NAPA store, reported to state police a theft occurred at his business in Todd Township between 5 p.m. on March 18 and 7:30 a.m. on March 19. A total of 14 battery cores were stolen during the incident. Anyone having additional information related to this incident should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers by calling 717-485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131.

Woman Threatened

A 14-year-old male juvenile is accused of threatening Kim Ann Daniels, 38, with a weapon on Wednesday, March 18, at 5:40 p.m. at 9399 Sipes Mill Road in Belfast Township. State police are continuing to investigate the case of simple assault.

Car Rolls Onto Roof

A Warfordsburg woman sustained minor injuries when her 1993 Ford Mustang rolled onto its roof along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 over the weekend. Thirty-one-year-old Melissa Conway ran over tire tread lying on the Bethel Township roadway Saturday, March 21, causing her car to travel onto the berm where it struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof.

Conway was wearing a seat belt during the 6:16 a.m. crash. She will be charged in connection with the accident. State police were assisted on the scene by Hancock and Needmore Volunteer fire companies and area fire police.

Mailbox Exploded

An explosive device was used to blow up a mailbox located at 1597 Barnetts Run Road, Bethel Township, which belonged to 46-year-old Jenny Lou Mellott. The incident occurred between 11 a.m. on March 20 and 11 a.m. on March 21. Anyone having additional information concerning this case of criminal mischief should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485- 3131. Door Kicked In

The front door of a residence located at 1154 Sheepskin Hollow Road, Dublin Township, was kicked in by burglars between 11 p.m. on March 15 and 2 p.m. on March 20. Homeowner Edward E. Clark, 57, of Waynesboro informed state police nothing was taken from the residence. Anyone having additional information related to this break-in is urged to contact Fulton County Crime Solvers by calling 717-485- 5771 or Trooper Huff at 717-485- 3131.

Window Opened

Between 4:15 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, an unknown individual pushed opened a window at 425 Pump Station Road, Harrisonville. Victim during the trespassing was Michelle Lynn Messinger, 39, of Harrisonville. Anyone with further information pertinent to this incident should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485- 3131.

Police Investigate Sex With Animals Accusations


State police at the Mc- Connellsburg barracks are continuing their investigation into a sex with animals case that dates back to the summer of 2003. According to criminal investigators, a female victim said she was forced to perform sexual acts with seven to eight dogs between summer 2003 and March 18, 2007. The incidents reportedly occurred at a location along Peck Lane in Todd Township and at a spot in Bedford County.

Three Charged In Union Township Incident


Three Warfordsburg area residents were charged with various violations in conjunction with an incident December 28 at 3:25 p.m. along Hendershot Road, Union Township. Victor Gavin was cited for simple assault after he allegedly discharged a rifle near Adriel Fletcher and a 17-year-old boy. The trio were arguing about Fletcher and the juvenile riding all-terrain vehicles on or near Gavin's property. In addition, Fletcher and the boy were charged with a Vehicle Code violation for riding the ATV on Hendershot Road.

Pot Plants Found In Philly Apt.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police have found more than 700 marijuana plants, some of them more than 5 feet tall, in a twobedroom Philadelphia apartment.

Police Capt. Debra Frazier says there was a sophisticated growing operation in the apartment with grow lights and an elaborate irrigation system. Police say the 40-year-old man arrested Wednesday created a fire hazard with the growing operation.

Police say they removed large garbage bags filled with marijuana from the apartment. The bust was so large that police could not immediately find a scale large enough to weigh it.

Burglary Is Crime Of The Week


Fulton County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for additional information linked to the arrest of a burglar responsible for an incident in Dublin Township.

State police at the Mc- Connellsburg barracks reported an unknown individual stole an HP laptop computer, cigarettes, a camera bag, Kodak printer, a knife and money from the Burnt Cabins Grist Mill located at 582 Grist Mill Road sometime March 18 or March 19. Victim Dawn Harnish informed state police the stolen items valued at $2,283.

Anyone having information concerning this crime can call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest of a suspect is eligible to receive a reward of up to $1,000 but will not have to appear in court or provide their name. Crime Solvers will also pay for information leading to arrests in connection with any other crimes committed in Fulton County.

Family Of Suspect Slain By Pa. Trooper May Sue


PITTSBURGH (AP) - The family of a motorist fatally shot by a Pennsylvania state trooper is considering a lawsuit, and their attorney has already spoken to another lawyer who sued the same trooper for $12.5 million in another shooting.

Authorities say Trooper Samuel Nassan III fired the shot that killed 33-year-old Nicholas Haniotakis (han-yoh-TAY'-kis), of Pittsburgh, on Sunday as he fled from a roving DUI patrol and reportedly tried to run down officers.

Pittsburgh attorney James Ecker says he spoke to lawyer Geoffrey Fieger about the case. Fieger sued Nassan for shooting an unarmed 12-year-old boy in 2002, but Ecker says that doesn't necessarily mean Fieger will be involved if Nassan is sued again.

Nassan remains on desk duty while authorities investigate the shooting. He has declined comment.

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