2009-04-30 / Local & State


Berkeley Springs Man Cited By Game Commission

A Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man was recently cited by officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission for a variety of misdemeanor and summary offenses, including the unlawful possession of a small amount of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and restrictions on recreational spotlighting.

An affidavit of probable cause reports a 1995 Jeep Cherokee operated by 38-year-old William David Dixon was pulled over for spotlighting at at approximately midnight on October 18, 2008, along Negro Mountain Road in Union Township. During the stop, local officers saw a plastic pill bottle in plain view that contained just under a gram of marijuana. The affidavit further maintains Dixon told officers he purchased the drugs for $10 and asked if they thought he got a good deal.

Vehicle Damaged

A 2007 GMC belonging to Sabrina Chism of McConnellsburg suffered $100 in damage on Thursday, April 16, at 4:37 p.m. The vehicle had been parked at a location along Heritage Drive in Todd Township when the mischief occurred. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this case should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485- 5771 or Trooper Carper at 717- 485-3131.

Car Strikes Ditch

A 1990 Mercedes-Benz struck a ditch in the median strip of Interstate 70, causing damage to both the body and undercarriage of the vehicle. The accident along the the eastbound lanes on Friday, April 17, occurred when a tire went flat while driver James D. DeLuca, 53, of Pittsburgh was negotiating a curve in the Bethel Township roadway at 8:17 a.m. DeLuca and passenger John L. Mellott, 61, also of Pittsburgh, were both wearing seat belts and escaped injury.

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled

Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting a driving-underthe influence checkpoint at various locations throughout the county May 9 and 10. Motorists are reminded to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.

One To Be Cited For Harassment

An individual known to Harrisonville resident April Mills will be charged by state police with harassment after reportedly contacting Mills several times by cellular phone on Wednesday, April 22. State police did not divulge the name of the individual being charged.

Woman Faces Trespassing Charges

Twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Donahue of Hancock, Md., will be cited for harassment and trespassing through the office of Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson in conjunction with an incident that occurred last Wednesday at 15427 Buck Valley Road, Warfordsburg. Donahue allegedly punched Megan Merica, 22, of Warfordsburg in the face on April 22 at 7:40 p.m.

Bus Driver Injured

The driver of a bus was transported to UPMC Bedford Hospital following a crash along the Brush Creek Township portion of Interstate 70 on April 19, state police reported.

Dennis D. Blake, 63, of Elk River, Minn., suffered minor injuries during the 2:40 p.m. crash when the out-of-control bus struck a guiderail along the eastbound lanes and travelled into the median strip twice.

State police were assisted on the scene by Breezewood Volunteer Fire Co. and Raystown Ambulance. PennDOT provided traffic control as a result of having to shut down the eastbound lanes for removal of the bus.

Woman Cited In Bedford County Crash

Pennsylvania State Police, Bedford, will be citing a 50-yearold Waterfall area woman for driving at unsafe speeds as a result of a April 20 two-vehicle crash in Liberty Township. A 1998 Oldsmobile driven by Wanda Sweger of Waterfall struck a Chevrolet driven by Kendra Heath, 25, of Saxton along Route 913.

Thermometer Stolen

An outdoor thermometer valued at $15 was stolen from 632 East Market Street, McConnellsburg, on Wednesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. Victim of the theft was Francis Grover Claar. Anyone having additional information regarding this case should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717- 485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131.

Harassment Investigated

Kenneth Lester Mowen is accused of harassment in connection with an incident at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments on Friday, April 24, at 9:40 p.m. Mowen allegedly slapped the hand of Barbara Ann Howes during an argument. Mowen will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Keys Taken

Carol Cline told state police keys belonging to the Forbes Road School District were stolen on Friday, April 24, at 6 p.m. The keys were located behind the school facilities when they were taken. Anyone with further information related to this theft is asked to contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485- 3131.

Copper Wire Stolen

Fifty-four-year-old Gregory Stephen Oliver of Hustontown informed state police that burglars forced their way into his basement near the intersection of North Hess and Waterfall roads between 12:01 a.m. on October 20 and 4 p.m. on April 24. Once inside, burglars stole copper wire and tubing in the ceiling of the basement as well as 100 circular brass screens from an upstairs bedroom. The stolen items have been valued at $600, and damage has been estimated at $500.

Anyone having additional information concerning this case should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Barnett at 717-485-3131.

Charges Pending

Charges of harassment are pending against a 15-year-old juvenile from Needmore who allegedly sent a harassing text message about a 15-year-old from Breezewood. The text message was reportedly sent on Friday, April 24, at 8 a.m. at Southern Fulton High School.

License Plates Stolen

Pennsylvania license plates were stolen from various locations in the county throughout the month of April, according to state police reports.

Twenty-one-year-old Dillon Scott Harbaugh of Harrisburg told state police his plate was removed from the back of his trailer between 8 a.m. on April 1 and 8 p.m. on April 18.

In addition, a registration plate belonging to Mark Edward Hann, 34, of Needmore was stolen from his vehicle between 8 p.m. on April 17 and 5 p.m. on April 18. The vehicle was parked at 204 E. Walnut Street, Mc- Connellsburg, when the theft occurred.

A third theft occurred at 2873 Big Cove Tannery Road in Thompson Township between noon on April 22 and noon on April 23. The plate belonging to Gary Grover Nutter of Big Cove Tannery was removed from Nutter's trailer. Anyone having additional information related to these thefts is urged to contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or the McConnellsburg state police barracks at 717- 485-3131.

Va. Man Injured In I-70 Accident

A Falls Church, Va., man sustained major injuries and was flown to Altoona Hospital for treatment following a single-vehicle crash along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. On Saturday, April 25, a 2006 Kia Spectra driven by 64-year-old Peter E. Shoop struck a series of guiderails before running into a concrete drainage ditch and a tree in Brush Creek Township. Shoop, who was wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated from his vehicle.

State police were assisted on the scene by Breezewood Volunteer Fire Co. and Raystown Ambulance Service. Shoop will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic as a result of the 10:30 a.m. accident.

Hit-And-Run Reported In Construction Zone

State police were recently dispatched to investigate a hit-andrun crash in a construction zone along Route 731 in Union Township. Police reported between 3:30 p.m. on April 22 and 7 a.m. on April 23, an unknown vehicle entered an area closed off due to ongoing construction and removed a construction barrel being used to block the roadway. The vehicle then struck a generator light plant owned by New Enterprise. The impact of the collision caused the light plant to fall down an embankment. Damage to the light plant has been estimated at $5,000.

Anyone having additional information regarding this theft and hit-and-run accident should immediately call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485- 3131.

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