2009-04-02 / Local & State


Two Teens Uninjured

Two area teenagers were not injured when their 1993 Ford Escort struck an embankment along Route 522 in Belfast Township. The crash occurred when the driver, a 16-year-old McConnellsburg girl, swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle after rounding a curve in the roadway just south of Lakewood Lane on Thursday, March 26. Both the driver and her passenger, a 17-year-old Harrisonville boy, were wearing seat belts during the 3:27 p.m. accident. The girl was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Car Rear-ended

An eastbound 1991 Toyota Camry driven by a Grand Island, Neb., man was rear-ended by another eastbound vehicle that failed to maintain a safe speed while rounding a curve on Interstate 70, according to state police.

Ronald L. Clark, 49, of Clearville was charged with driving a vehicle at safe speeds as a result of the Thursday, March 26, crash in Bethel Township. Clark was not injured. However, the operator of the Camry, 42-year-old David M. Orozco, and passenger Rosa A. Guandique, 48, also of Grand Island, Neb., suffered moderate injuries. A second passenger, a 16-year-old male, was not injured. Only Guandique was not wearing a seat belt.

Orozco and Guandique were transported to War Memorial Hospital in West Virginia immediately following the 6:25 a.m. crash. State police were assisted by Needmore Ambulance.

Fourteen-Year-Old Harassed

A 14-year-old McConnellsburg boy told state police he was the victim of harassment and stalking at McConnellsburg High School between 8 a.m. on March 9 and 3 p.m. on March 13. The juvenile reported Neil Richard Crouse, 18, of Mc- Connellsburg allegedly went out of his way on multiple occasions to "to annoy him by using nonverbal gestures that caused substantial emotional distress." Charges against Crouse have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Juvenile Given Marijuana

Twenty-three-year-old Jessica M. Kalfas and Samantha R. Beeler, 19, both of McConnellsburg, are accused of providing a 13-year-old girl, also from Mc- Connellsburg, with marijuana between February 14 and March 7. The corruption of minors allegedly occurred at a private residence along Lincoln Way East. Pending further investigation, charges will be filed against Kalfas and Beeler through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

St. Thomas Man Faces Multiple Charges

A St. Thomas man faces charges ranging from harassment and criminal mischief to driving under the influence in regard to two incidents that occurred within an hour of one another in the McConnellsburg area on Thursday, March 26.

According to state police, 39- year-old Jamie Garnet Peck argued with Brenda Kay Truax, 35, of McConnellsburg at 1:23 a.m. and allegedly grabbed her and pushed her to the ground. Peck is also accused of pulling a light fixture off the side of a home located at 36 Brooklyn Drive in Todd Township and smashing it on the driveway, damaging Truax's vehicle and driving over the victim's mailbox and landscaping.

Peck reportedly fled the scene but was stopped at 2:26 a.m. by state police just west of the Mountain House Bar & Grill along Route 30. Peck was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. Charges against Peck will be filed through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

McConnellsburg Man Escapes Harm

Seventy-one-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Donald P. Fowler was fortunate to escape harm when his 1998 Chevrolet Silverado was struck in the left side by a 1980 Mack Cab Over that had lost its brakes while heading eastbound on Route 16. Fowler, state police reported, was turning left from Route 16 onto Lincoln Way East when the collision occurred on Wednesday, March 25, at 8:24 a.m.

The impact of the crash pushed Fowler's truck into Richards Auto Sales parking lot where it collided with a silver 2009 Jeep Compass. The cap on Fowler's truck bed became unhooked and hit a parked 2002 Jeep Wrangler and a 1999 Chevrolet Venture. Fowler was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.

Troy P. White, 38, of Waynesboro, the driver of the Mack Cab Over owned by Larry T. Rush Inc., was cited for seat belt violations. He is also being investigated for several inspection-related issues.

Mailbox Damaged

A mailbox on the 5000 block of Old 126 in Brush Creek Township belonging to Scott Whiteside, 48, of Warfordsburg was damaged on Wednesday, March 25, at approximately 8:50 p.m. Anyone with further information related to this criminal mischief should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

Hit-And-Run Vehicle Sought

State police are searching for the whereabouts of a driver responsible for a hit-and-run collision in the Dollar General Store parking lot in Ayr Township last Tuesday. During the crash, a legally parked and unoccupied 1999 Nissan Sentra was struck at 4:48 p.m. The suspected hitand run vehicle is a red truck, with an all-terrain vehicle in the bed, driven by a young Caucasian male with long, light brown hair. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this case is urged to call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.

Fayetteville Man Investigated For Harassment

Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Lynn DeHart of Fayetteville is currently under investigation for an alleged incident of harassment that occurred at 640 Mickey Inn Road, Chambersburg, on Monday, March 23. State police in McConnellsburg reported that DeHart reportedly threatened to kill Big Cove Tannery resident Diana Renea Mellott, 22, and punched her in the right arm. In addition, DeHart allegedly grabbed a 3-year-old girl, causing redness to her right arm.

Runaway Located

A 17-year-old Warfordsburg area girl, state police said, reportedly left her Brush Creek Township home with her parents' knowledge on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m. The juvenile did not respond to telephone calls or text messages from her mother but did contact the state police shortly after her mother filed a complaint. The girl voluntarily came to the McConnellsburg substation and was released to her mother.

Area Woman Injured In Bedford Co. Crash

A McConnellsburg woman was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center after the brakes on a vehicle she was riding in failed to work in West Providence Township, Bedford County.

Fifty-three-year-old Lois D. Shotts suffered moderate injuries during the March 18 crash at the intersection of Hazelette Street and Black Valley Road. Shotts and driver Warren W. Young, 66, of Breezewood were not wearing seat belts. Young was also transported to Conemaugh Hospital with major injuries.

According to state police in Bedford, the Dodge van driven by Young was unable to stop at the intersection and travelled across private property and down an embankment before striking a bush and a large tree. State police were assisted on the scene by Raystown Ambulance Services.

Charges Pending In Huntingdon Co. Accident

Charges are currently pending against 60-year-old Larry J. Snyder of Burnt Cabins in connection with a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Keystone Road and Route 522 in Huntingdon County. State police in Huntingdon reported Snyder made a left-hand turn into to the path of a vehicle driven by Mount Union resident Theodore G. Cromwell, 28. Both drivers were wearing seat belts during the March 27 5:45 a.m. crash.

Hustontown Man To Be Charged

Forty-four-year-old Mark Stallman of Hustontown will be charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, harassment and domestic violation as a result of an incident that occurred on Friday, March 27, in Huntingdon County. Stallman was allegedly involved in an incident at Hartman Village in Mount Union, state police from Huntingdon said.

McConnellsburg Man Cited After Collision

Ronald J. Snyder, 37, of Mc- Connellsburg will be cited for a vehicle entering or crossing a roadway as a result of a crash along Route 522 in Ayr Township last Thursday afternoon.

State police, McConnellsburg, reported at 4:07 p.m. Snyder pulled from the berm of Route 522 and into the path of a 1997 Ford Mustang operated by Kimberly S. Norris, 33, also of Mc- Connellsburg. Following impact, Snyder's 1989 Chevrolet S-10 collided with a 2001 Ford truck also parked along the berm. Both Snyder and Norris' vehicles were towed from the scene by Remsburg Towing.

Norris was not harmed, but Snyder did suffer an injury. Both drivers were using seat belts at the time of the collision.

Disorderly Conduct Charges Filed

Charges of disorderly conduct have been filed against Needmore resident Joshua Marro for an incident at the Warfordsburg Exxon in Bethel Township. State police reported Marro was observed "breaking traction" in his vehicle while sitting next to the fuel pumps on Thursday, March 26, at 8:45 p.m.

Local Man Accused Of Stalking

McConnellsburg resident David Burton was released on $25,000 unsecured bail following arraigned before District Judge Devin Horne on charges of stalking and defiant trespassing last Friday. Burton is accused of stalking a 41-year-old McConnellsburg area woman and trespassing at her Battle Ridge Road residence.

Woman Struck With Diaper Bag

Charges of harassment were filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson against a Warfordsburg area man who allegedly struck a woman in the face with a diaper bag last week at a Quarry Hill Road residence. Forty-one-year-old Warren Garland Crawley was cited for harassment in conjunction with the incident on Tuesday, March 24. According to state police, Crawley reportedly hit Chrystal Renea Burton, 29, of Warfordsburg with the bag at 9:57 a.m. during a verbal argument that turned physical.

Five Cited For Underage Drinking

Five Fulton County youths were found consuming alcohol at 802 East Poplar Street in Todd Township on Friday, March 27, at 9:30 p.m. Charges of underage drinking were filed by state police against 19-year-old Derek James Lininger, of Needmore; Antonio E. McNear, 19, McConnellsburg; 18-year-old Brittany Deniece Bowman, Warfordsburg; a 17- year-old McConnellsburg boy; and a 15-year-old Warfordsburg girl. McNear also faces additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Township Officials Report Theft

Officials from Licking Creek Township informed state police they were the victim of a theft from a motor vehicle at municipal property located at 966 Forrestdale Road in Harrisonville between 12:01 a.m. on February 1 and 11:59 p.m. on March 27. The thieves removed a hydraulic pedal from a John Deere backhoe loader. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this case should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485- 5771 or Trooper Huff at 717-485- 3131. Mailbox Targeted In Mischief

Forty-six-year-old Patricia Messerly of 4929 Flickerville Road, Warfordsburg, told state police her mailbox was damaged on Sunday, March 29, at 10:55 p.m. Anyone with additional information concerning this act of criminal mischief can contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Stasko at 717-485-3131.

Juvenile Accused Of Harassment

A 15-year-old female juvenile has been accused of harassment for an incident that occurred over the weekend at Vision Quest located at 444 Plessinger Road, Warfordsburg. The girl allegedly struck Mellony Lee Newcomer, 29, of Everett in the face, causing redness and swelling, on Sunday, March 29, at 8:30 p.m. Charges against the juvenile were filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

Man Violates Protection-From- Abuse Order

Charges of simple assault and violating a protection-fromabuse order are pending against a McConnellsburg man who allegedly struck a woman in the face with a plastic toolbox Monday afternoon at 51015 Lincoln Highway, Harrisonville.

Twenty-nine-year-old Douglas Edward Bragg reportedly choked Ashley Dawn Seville, 20, and slammed her head against a door while she was holding an 8-month old baby. Bragg then retrieved a plastic toolbox from a bedroom and hit Seville in the face while she was still holding the child. Seville was treated at Fulton County Medical Center for head and facial injuries. The child was not injured.

Mailbox Damaged

A mailbox located at 1870 Bethel Church Road, Warfordsburg, was damaged on Monday, March 30, at 5:45 p.m. Victim of the mischief was Warfordsburg area resident Wilbur Peck. Anyone having additional information linked to this incident should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Fabian at 717-485-3131.

Man Convicted In Pa. Bar Restroom Killing

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania jury has convicted a man in the shooting death of another man in a bar restroom.

Luzerne County jurors found 33-year-old Jabbar Wallace guilty of third-degree murder on Wednesday in the death of 23- year-old Eric Cusaac. The Brooklyn, N.Y., man was killed in the Glass Bar in Edwardsville in December 2007.

Wallace, of Wyoming, Pa., is to be sentenced May 11. Prosecutors say he faces a minimum sentence of six years and a maximum of 20 to 40 years.

Wallace said he acted in selfdefense after Cusaac punched him in the face and threw him into a wall. His attorney says he is disappointed by the verdict. But prosecutors say Wallace's actions after the shooting - such as leaving the bar and not telling police - did not mesh with the self-defense argument.

Man Held For Trial In Shooting

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - A man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a fellow hunter shot last year in western Pennsylvania as his 9-year-old son sat nearby.

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Logan was held for trial on separate counts of shooting at or causing injury to a human being and reckless endangerment in the death of 35-year-old Duane Smith, of Frankfort Springs. The charges were filed under the state's game law.

A game commission officer says Logan acknowledged having fired at a deer in the direction of Smith and his son on Dec. 13 in Hanover Township. But another hunter who has not been charged says he also fired at the deer, and officials say state police are testing the guns of both men.

Police Fatally Shoot Pa. Man

FREDONIA, Pa. (AP) - State police say a western Pennsylvania man who fired a gun at state troopers has been shot and killed.

State police Capt. Scott Neal says troopers accompanied a mental health caseworker to the home of 45-year-old Walter Mc- Garvey Jr. in Delaware Township, Mercer County. Neal says the caseworker and troopers were talking to McGarvey's relatives outside the home Friday afternoon when McGarvey emerged with a gun in his belt. Neal says police used a Taser on McGarvey after he refused to drop the gun.

Police say the Taser had no effect, possibly due to McGarvey's heavy clothing, and McGarvey fled. After running about 100 feet, McGarvey fired two shots at troopers, giving one a superficial wound to the hand. Police then shot and killed McGarvey.

An autopsy is planned Saturday.

To Stand Trial For Web Dating Sex With Girl, 15

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he had sex with a 15- year-old girl who claimed to be 18 on the Web dating site where they met.

The defense attorney for 26- year-old Zane Rothrauff, of Greensburg, says his client did everything he could to ascertain the girl's age. The "Crush or Flush'' dating site requires those on it to attest to being 18.

At a preliminary hearing Thursday, the girl testified she sent nude photos to the suspect and willingly consented to sex last month. When he questioned her age in person, the girl says she told Rothrauff she was 16.

In Pennsylvania, children 15 and younger cannot legally consent to sex.

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