2009-06-11 / Police Reports


One Cited With Harassment

Thirty-nine-year-old Robert C. Davis of McConnellsburg was cited with harassment as a result of an incident that occurred in the Sheetz parking lot on Friday, May 29. According to state police, Davis argued with a 29- year-old McConnellsburg man at 9 p.m. before allegedly grabbing the victim by the throat and repeatedly hitting him.

Teen Falls Asleep At The Wheel

A 17-year-old Warfordsburg area boy escaped harm last Wednesday afternoon when he fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The car went into a ditch on the southern berm of Buck Valley Road at 4:45 p.m., according to state police. The teen driver will be cited for careless driving in connection with the accident in Bethel Township.

Vehicle Collides With Guiderail

Roaring Spring, Pa., resident Valerie R. Somogyi sustained minor injuries during a single-vehicle collision along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, state police reported last Wednesday evening. The 39- year-old woman's 2003 Jeep Liberty struck a metal guiderail in the median during the 11:41 p.m. crash.

Police Release Crime, Patrol Report

State police, McConnellsburg, recently released their crime and patrol activity report for the month of May, during which troopers responded to a total of 331 criminal incidents. Of the 83 reported episodes, 78 were founded and 58 criminal arrests were made. In addition, the patrol unit was dispatched to 26 automobile accidents, one hitand run crash and two drunkdriving collisions. Seventeen people were injured as a result of the accidents. State police also issued 598 traffic citations, 630 written warnings, seven seat-belt citations, one child-seat citation and nine driving-under-the-influence citations.

Rodent Trap Stolen

A green live-catch metal rodent trap that had been placed at the rear of the Getty Mart in Ayr Township was reported stolen on Monday, June 1. The trap belonging to a 68-year-old McConnellsburg man was taken between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. The stolen item has been valued at $48 and is reportedly labeled with the man's name and telephone number. Anyone having additional information relevant to this case of theft should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Bartlett at 717-485- 5771.

Chambersburg Man Loses Control Of Vehicle

A Chambersburg man lost control of his westbound vehicle while travelling along Route 30 in Brush Creek Township last Tuesday. State police, Mc- Connellsburg, reported Gregory L. Harmon was attempting to negotiate a left-hand curve in the roadway when the accident occurred. Harmon's 1995 Dodge Dakota ran onto the southern berm and sustained minor damage. Harmon, 50, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Motorcyclist Flown To Altoona

A McConnellsburg area man was flown to Altoona Hospital and then onto Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 30, after suffering major injuries during a motorcycle crash along Route 30.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Gary Hibner reported Gregory L. Souders was transported to Fulton County Medical Center before being flown to Altoona as a result of the 7:50 p.m. accident. Souders was travelling too fast for road conditions, Hibner stated, and crashed head on into a 1995 Ford Crown Victoria operated by Robert H. Alleman, 82, of Saint Thomas.

Souders was ejected from his 2004 Harley-Davidson Fatboy and struck Alleman's windshield before bouncing over the top of the car.

Alleman and his passenger, Rosalene M. Alleman, 82, were both wearing seat belts and sustained moderate injuries. The Alleman family was also transported to Fulton County Medical Center after the accident in Ayr Township.

Souders has been cited with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

McConnellsburg Man Released On Unsecured Bail

Joseph Rosenberry, 28, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne on Tuesday, June 2, on charges of simple assault. Rosenberry was released on $5,000 unsecured bail following arraignment.

According to state police, the simple assault charge stems from an incident that occurred at a location along Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg Borough. At 12:15 p.m., Rosenberry allegedly pushed a female to the ground, causing her to strike her head and lose a tooth.

Car Collides With Tree

A 1996 Ford Escort collided with a tree along Oregon Road in Wells Township on Friday, May 29, state police reported. Driver Eric G. Bumgardner, 31, of Hopewell escaped injury during the 5 a.m. accident. Both Bumgardner and his passenger, Keith E. Neil, 30, also of Hopewell, were wearing seat belts.

Woman Arraigned For Assault

A 29-year-old McConnellsburg woman was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne last Thursday on charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Unsecured bail for Katrina Nicole Slater, local state police said, was set at $20,000.

Police further stated that in addition to charging Salter for the 4 p.m. incident at the Cardinal Glen Apartments, charges of harassment have also been filed against Clarence Lovey Blackwell, 29, also of McConnellsburg.

Slater and Blackwell reportedly argued at the Ayr Township apartment building. Blackwell is accused of pushing Slater, who then allegedly cut the man with a razor blade. Slater then fled the apartment.

Students Charged For Tobacco Possession

Two students enrolled at Mc- Connellsburg High School have been charged with possession of tobacco in connection with incidents that occurred in recent months. State police reported that a 16-year-old McConnellsburg male possessed tobacco on school property on April 30 at 8:15 a.m. In addition, a 16-yearold boy from Harrisonville possessed tobacco on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 a.m. Both teens were charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Teen Charged In Hit-And-Run

A 17-year-old Warfordsburg boy was charged with careless driving following a hit-and-run collision at Southern Fulton High School on Wednesday, June 3. The boy was attempting to leave the school's parking lot at 6 p.m. when the bumper of his 1993 BMW 321IS struck the front bumper of a parked and unoccupied 1997 Ford Ranger. The teen left the scene without leaving any personal contact information, state police reported, but was later located at his residence. The Warfordsburg boy will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

DUI Charges Pending

Pending the results of a blood alcohol content testing conducted at Fulton County Medical Center, charges of driving under the influence are scheduled to be filed against 40-yearold Harrisonville resident Anthony Shane DeShong. DeShong was stopped by state police along Route 30 in Licking Creek Township on Wednesday, June 3, for multiple traffic violations and was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. DeShong participated in field sobriety tests during the 8:28 p.m. traffic stop and was placed under arrest.

Three Suffer Injuries

Three southern Fulton County residents sustained minor injuries when two vehicles collided near the intersection of Route 643 and Fischer Road Sunday afternoon.

According to state police, 52- year-old Diane Whiteside of Warfordsburg was travelling northbound on Route 643 when she crossed into the oncoming lane to access Fischer Road. Whiteside's 2006 Pontiac was struck in the front right side by a southbound 16-year-old Needmore boy.

The teen driver and his passenger Richard Harr, 50, of Needmore were transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment. All three individuals were wearing seat belts during the 3:12 p.m. crash in Brush Creek Township. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Fischer's Towing.

Waterfall Woman Hospitalized

A Waterfall woman was flown to Altoona Hospital after suffering injuries during a June 7 threevehicle pileup at the Twist and Shake in Hustontown.

State police, McConnellsburg, reported a northbound 1999 Toyota Camry operated by Mary L. Gracey, 72, of Waterfall swerved into the parking lot of the ice cream shop at 6:05 p.m. and struck a legally parked 2006 Nissan Exterra that was pulling a boat, which came loose and struck the side of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by 19-year-old Patrick A. Tomlinson Jr. of Hustontown. Tomlinson's vehicle was sitting at the northern end of the parking lot and had been backing onto the berm of Waterfall Road when it was struck.

While Gracey was transported to Altoona Hospital, Tomlinson and his passenger, Kelly J. Tomlinson, 45, also of Hustontown, escaped injury. Gracey will be charged with driving a vehicle at safe speeds.

Wells Tannery Teens Involved In Collision

Three Wells Tannery boys were involved in a single-vehicle crash along Route 913 Friday morning. The teens were travelling westbound on the wet Taylor Township roadway at 10:40 a.m. when their 2007 Ford Mustang GT began sliding. The car spun into and drove up an embankment on the northern berm before rolling onto its right side. The driver, a 17-year-old male, and a 14-year-old male passenger escaped injury. A second passenger, another 14-year-old male, suffered minor injury. All three were wearing seat belts.

Keys Stolen

A set of keys was removed from the dashboard of a vehicle parked in a handicapped space in front of the mailbox at Giant Foods on Wednesday, June 3, between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The victim is a 70-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man. Anyone with additional information regarding this case of theft should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717- 485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485-3131.

Two Accused Of Public Drunkenness

Two Needmore area residents will be cited for public drunkenness in connection with an incident in the parking lot of Lincoln Way Pizza on Friday, June 5, at 10:03 p.m. Charges against Jerry Lee Russell, 28, and 30-year-old Danielle Renee Hahnlen will be filed by state police through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Car Collides With Traffic Sign

A 19-year-old McConnellsburg man was not injured when his westbound 1997 Ford Mustang struck a ditch and crashed into a traffic sign along Route 30 in Licking Creek Township. State police reported Levi J. Ramsey was wearing a seat belt during the 4:29 p.m. crash on Friday, June 5.

Driver Ejected From Car

A 19-year-old Winchester, Va., man and his 16-year-old passenger from the Warfordsburg area were transported to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident in Union Township.

State police reported a whitetailed deer crossed the path of a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire heading northbound on Saturday, June 6, along Harmonia Road. Driver Nicolas Gary-Levin Sheeder swerved to miss the deer, but collided with it, causing his car to strike five to six fenceposts. The car rolled over, ejecting Sheeder, who was tossed approximately 50 feet away in a field. The Pontiac then struck a tree with its left side.

Sheeder sustained moderate injuries, and his passenger suffered minor injuries. Neither was wearing a seat belt. State police were assisted on the scene by members of the Needmore, Hancock and Little Orleans fire companies.

Vehicle Towed From Accident Scene

A 2003 Honda Odyssey driven by a Centreville, Va., resident spun into a set of guiderails along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Saturday, June 6. Christy Lynn Smith, 33, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the 6 p.m. accident in Brush Creek Township. The Odyssey was disabled and was removed from the scene by Fischer's Towing.

Rag Wrapped Around Tire Ignites

A canvas rag that was caught around the right front tire of a 2001 Toyota Corolla ignited while driver Helen Sipes, 70, of Big Cove Tannery was travelling westbound along Wolf Hollow Road on Sunday, June 7. Sipes pulled onto the berm at 11:30 a.m. where she safely exited the vehicle. State police were assisted on the scene by members of the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co.

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