2009-09-03 / Police Reports

POLICE REPORTS

Mischief Investigated

State police, Chambersburg, are investing an act of criminal mischief that resulted in damage to a vehicle belonging to a 53- year-old McConnellsburg woman. Troopers reported a car owned by Mitzi Gaye Souders was keyed while parked at Kitchen World along S. Antrim Way between 3 p.m. August 13 and 3 p.m. August 14.

Car Crashes Into Embankment

Two Pennsylvania residents were not harmed when their westbound 2007 Honda Civic SI crashed into an embankment along Route 30 in Ayr Township last Wednesday. State police reported David R. Kavar, 21, of Boswell, was driving too fast for roadway conditions when the accident occurred near the Fulton/ Franklin County line at 5:07 p.m. Kavar and passenger Kaelin N. Wiser, 21, of Berlin, were both wearing seatbelts. Kavar has been cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Charged With Harassment

Charges of harassment have been filed against a Mc- Connellsburg man following an incident at 120 West Walnut Street in the McConnellsburg Borough early last week. Charges were filed in connection with the Tuesday, August 25, incident against 40-year-old Joseph Michael Burke through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. Burke allegedly shoved and hit an 11-year-old McConnellsburg boy at 4:30 p.m.

Wells Tannery Man Waives Hearing

A Wells Tannery man waived his right to a preliminary hearing held last Wednesday in Bedford County Central Court. Twentynine year-old Kyle Dwayne Barton has been charged with disorderly conduct, attempted theft from a motor vehicle and public drunkenness in connection with an incident that previously occurred in Broad Top Township. Barton's bail had been set at 10 percent of $5,000, according to court reports.

Needmore Man Uninjured In Plane Crash

A Needmore man was fortunate to escape serious harm over the weekend when his plane crashed in Green Ridge State Forest.

Maryland State Police reported 75-year-old Donald E. Myers sustained a small cut to his hand and refused treatment following the Sunday morning accident. Myers's fixed wing 2009 Kitfox crashed when the engine stopped at 9:46 a.m. The plane, according to reports, became stuck between two trees several feet from the ground.

Myers was able to free himself and walked to a nearby roadway where he was picked up by a passing motorist. Myers led state police investigators to the crash scene. However, authorities were initially alerted to the downed plan when the unit's emergency local transmitter was activated.

Hancock Man Pleads In Arson Case

Thirty-eight-year-old Hancock resident Clarence Franklin Meyers entered a guilty plea recently to two counts of felony murder as a result of igniting a February 16 house fire that claimed the life of two sisters. Meyers currently faces a maximum penalty of two consecutive life sentences in connection with the guilty pleas entered in Washington County Circuit Court.

Meyers had previously told investigators he poured lighter fluid onto a panel braker as well as on a mattress in the basement of the Hancock home he shared with Melissa Lindeman and her two daughters, Nicole and Mary Gross. He had allegedly stated he started the blaze in hopes the community would rally and provide the family with money as he was currently out of work.

All three females were sleeping when the fire started, and Lindeman was helped from the home by Meyers. He was unable to reach the two sisters, ages 12 and 15, who died from smoke inhalation and burns.

Van Rolls Over

A 2000 Ford Windstar rolled over along Route 522 Friday morning, leaving its driver with minor injuries. George Quig Wolfe, 62, of Huntingdon was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred at 9:27 a.m. in Dublin Township. Wolfe had allowed his van to drift onto the berm several times before it rolled over. The vehicle was disabled and was removed from the scene by Lilley's Towing.

Warning Sign Damaged

A right reverse curve warning sign near the intersection of Clear Ridge and McKinleyville roads was damaged at 1 a.m. on Thursday, August 27. Anyone having additional information related to this case of criminal mischief should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485- 3131.

Wanted Man Escapes Police

A Chambersburg man wanted on various warrants escaped from state police, McConnellsburg, following a traffic stop at the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Reservoir Road in Ayr Township. Twenty-three-yearold Nelson Rodriguez-Charlotten was stopped for a traffic violation and fled the scene on foot on Wednesday, August 26, at 10:52 p.m. At the time of the vehicle stop, Charlotten was operated a purple Pontiac Grand Prix.

Mailboxes Damaged

Mailboxes located at 2941 and 2766 Tollgate Ridge Road in Thompson Township were damaged between 9 p.m. on August 28 and 9 a.m. on August 29. Victim was a 50-year-old Mercersburg woman. Anyone having further information pertinent to this criminal mischief should immediately call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Falkosky at 717-485- 3131.

Area Man Accused Of Forgery

A McConnellsburg area man is accused of forgery and theft by deception for a series of incidents at Keller's Country Store between February 16 and February 18. Charges have been filed against Hank Wible Keefer through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Keefer, 53, allegedly forged the signatures of a 32-year-old man as well as a 35-year-old woman on a total of three stolen checks. The checks were used to purchase a total of $150.81 from the Hustontown store.

Woman Cited For Harassment

Forty-seven-year-old McConnellsburg resident Wanda Elaine Poper is being cited for harassment after accusations were made she bit a person during an argument at a apartment located at 120 South Second Street, McConnellsburg. The victim reported suffering minor injuries during the Friday, August 28, assault at 8:03 p.m. Poper was charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Franklin County Man Arrested For DUI

State police, McConnellsburg, reported over the weekend charges of driving under the influence are pending against a Chambersburg area man. Fortynine year-old Timothy Fore was stopped by troopers after his 1999 Chevrolet truck was observed crossing the yellow and fog lines on Saturday, August 29, at 11:30 p.m. Fore was pulled over at the intersection of Route 522 and Johnston's Road in Ayr Township.

Juniata County Man Charged By Park Rangers

Rangers from Cowans Gap State Park charged a Juniata County man with multiple offenses last Monday, including two counts of forgery, false identification to law enforcement, false reports incriminating another, driving suspended DUI related, no insurance, fraudulent use and removal of a registration plate, operation of an unregistered vehicle and safe speeds.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jason Patrick Phelan of Mifflintown was cited through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. The charges stemmed from a traffic stop involving Phelan's Ford Mustang. Phelan identified himself as his twin brother during the investigation.

Crime Of The Week

Fulton County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information linked to a criminal mischief that occurred in late August.

Pennsylvania State Police, McConnellsburg reported unknown individuals have been shooting at and throwing glass bottles at signs along Route 475 in Dublin and Taylor townships. The signs belong to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Anyone having additional information regarding this crime is asked to 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 give their name. Crime Solvers will also pay for information leading to arrests in connection with any other crimes committed in Fulton County.

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