2009-09-24 / Police Reports


Mailbox Explodes

A small explosive was used to damage a mailbox located on the 1200 block of Patterson Run Road in Licking Creek Township on Sunday, September 13, at 3 a.m. The victim is a 31-year-old McConnellsburg man. Anyone with further information pertinent to this case of criminal mischief should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485- 5771 or Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

Four Uninjured In Buck Valley Rd. Crash

Four people escaped harm when two vehicles collided along Buck Valley Road last Monday morning, according to state police. The 9:07 a.m. crash just east of Thorny Bush Lane occurred when Linda D. Souders, 52, of Warfordsburg, reportedly pulled from a driveway and into the path of an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Billy R. Hess, 54, of Crab Orchard, W.Va.

Linda Souders, her passenger, Shirley M. Souders, 76, also of Warfordsburg, Hess and his passenger, Brock E. Strait, 38, Warfordsburg, were all wearing seat belts. Linda Souders is slated to be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Theft Reported

A fuel gauge cover was removed from a heating oil tank on East Pine Street in McConnellsburg Borough sometime September 15 or 16. A no-trespassing sign has also reportedly turned up missing from the same property. Estimated value of the items is $12. Anyone with additional information relevant to this incident should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485- 5771 or Trooper Horton at 717- 485-3131.

Tools Stolen

Miscellaneous tools were removed from a vehicle belonging to a 35-year-old Wells Tannery man on Tuesday, September 15, between 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. The vehicle was parked at the intersection of routes 30 and 915 in Brush Creek Township when the theft occurred. Anyone having further information concerning this theft is urged to immediately call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Sprague at 717-485-3131.

Breezewood Woman Cited For Harassment

A 41-year-old Breezewood woman was cited for harassment following an alleged incident at 183 Camp Meeting Road, Crystal Spring, on Wednesday, September 16. At 5:05 p.m., Sandra Kay Teeters reportedly punched a 21- year-old Crystal Spring woman in the face and choked her. The incident occurred because Teeters claimed the victim owed her money.

Warfordsburg Man Indicted

Fifty-two-year-old Larry K. Mann of Warfordsburg was indicted on September 8 in Morgan County, W.Va., on charges of burglary, violation of an emergency protective order, domestic battery, brandishing, destruction of property, possession of a firearm and domestic assault. Mann has been accused of breaking into the residence of his estranged wife, threatening her and carrying a gun he was not permitted to possess in July 2009. He is currently free on $75,000 bond.

McConnellsburg Man Waives Hearing

Twenty-seven-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Stephen Mendoza waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Franklin County Central Court last month. According to reports, Mendoza and two men from Franklin County were allegedly involved in an armed robbery of Patriot Federal Credit Union on West Loudon Street August 9. They have also been implicated in the assault of a 15-year-old boy near Assante's Pizza in Southgate Shopping Center and a robbery on August 10 on Central Avenue. Mendoza's mandatory arraignment has been set for October 7.

Woman Drives Into Cornfield

State police, Chambersburg, are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Friday, September 11, along Race Track Road, St. Thomas Township. McConnellsburg resident Jennifer Lipko reportedly lost control of her vehicle, which traveled into a cornfield at 5:05 p.m.

Trial Held In Alleged Inmate Beating

A Warfordsburg man was found not guilty in court last week in Maryland in connection with an alleged assault of an inmate at the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Keith Morris, 27, of Warfordsburg, was one of several correctional officers allegedly involved in the beating of inmate Kenneth Davis on March 8, 2008. He appeared in court for the fourday trial on charges of seconddegree assault and was originally implicated by fellow correction officer Timothy Mellott. He did not testify in the case and expressed relief following the verdict.

A second-degree assault trial against former McConnellsburg resident and officer Scott Boozel had previously ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Boozel has been reinstated and is currently employed at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, but his case is pending.

Three Cited In Harassment

Three individuals have been cited for harassment in connection with an argument that occurred at 15427 Buck Valley Road, Apartment 6, in Bethel Township. On Saturday, September 19, the argument escalated, allegedly causing Megan Elizabeth Merica, no age or address provided, to run into Troy Julian Donahue, 22, of Warfordsburg. Donahue and Leonard Thomas Donahue, 26, also of Warfordsburg, then reportedly wrestled on the ground. Charges against the trio have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

Warfordsburg Man Charged In Collision

Warfordsburg area resident Ty A. Divelbliss faces charges of vehicle turning left after he attempted to make a left-hand turn into the Exxon station along Great Cove Road and crossed into the path of an oncoming 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 17-year-old female from Harrisonville. The impact on Saturday, September 19, caused the girl's car to spin counterclockwise on the berm.

Divelbliss, 23, was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm as did the juvenile's passenger Brandon T. Vanorsdale, 18, from Little Orleans, Md. The teen required transport to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Cited For DUI, Drug Charges

A 20-year-old Harrisonville man will be charged with driving under the influence as well as possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Friday, September 18. According to state police, Tyler Allen Fix was initially pulled over at 8:41 p.m. at the intersection of Route 16 and Lincoln Way East for having tinted windows on his red Dodge coupe.

Car Rolls Onto Roof

A 2004 Chevrolet Impala rolled onto its roof along Route 30, leaving its driver with minor injuries, state police reported. Thirty-four-year-old Aaron K. Beery of Lancaster, Ohio, lost control of his car while rounding a curve in the Brush Creek Township roadway on Friday, September 18, at 8:40 a.m. Beery was wearing a seat belt. He will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Car Strikes Utility Pole

A 1998 Pontiac Sunfire crashed into a utility pole after travelling through a ditch along Laurel Ridge Road in Ayr Township Friday morning. Alex Michael Feagley, 21, of McConnellsburg, was wearing a seat belt when the 10:45 a.m. accident occurred. He was not harmed. He will be charged by state police with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Two Collide Near Parking Lot Entrance

Two vehicles collided at the entrance to a parking lot along Route 522 just north of Elk Ridge Lane in Todd Township last Friday morning. Fifty-seven-yearold McConnellsburg resident Roger L. DeShong attempted to edge out onto the roadway and pulled his 2005 Chevrolet Colorado into the path of a northbound 2003 Pontiac Sunfire driven by a 17-year-old McConnellsburg girl.

DeShong and the teen driver were both wearing seat belts as was a 17-year-old female passenger from Blairs Mills. All three were not harmed.

SUV Strikes Embankment

A Chambersburg woman will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic after her westbound 1998 Chevrolet Blazer struck an embankment along Route 30. Samantha R. Ritchey, 20, was not injured and was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred on Thursday, September 17, at 5:10 p.m. State police were aided on the scene by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. and PennDOT.

Man Uninjured In Union Township Crash

A Warfordsburg area man escaped harm when his westbound 1994 Ford Aspire struck a tree head-on along Route 731 in Union Township. Forty-eightyear old Barry L. Frazier was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred on Friday, September 18, at 3 p.m. He will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Prescription Pills Found

Prescription pills were found during a traffic stop along Interstate 70 in Brush Creek Township last Thursday evening. The pills, state police determined, did not belong to the operator of the vehicle, Joseph Charles Hoover, 29, of Renfrew. The pills have been sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory for further analysis. Charges against Hoover are pending lab results.

Two Crash Head-On At County Line

Two trucks crashed near the Fulton/Franklin County line along Route 30 last Thursday, leaving three uninjured, according to state police.

Kenneth Kline, 80, of North Cambria failed to negotiate a curve in the Todd Township roadway, allowing his 2001 Ford F-150 to crash into an oncoming 2000 Chevrolet S-10 operated by David R. Hagans, 43, of St. Thomas. Kenneth Kline, his passenger Lou A. Kline, 78, and Hagans were all wearing seat belts. Kenneth Kline will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic as a result of the 4:10 p.m. accident.

PFA Violation Reported

State police, McConnellsburg, reported an alleged violation of a protection-from-abuse order occurred at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, September 11, at 647 Maple Street, McConnellsburg. Accused of the violation is Barry Andrew Lake, 51, of Mc- Connellsburg.

Vegetable Oil Spill Closes Turnpike

One lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has reopened after a tanker truck carrying vegetable oil crashed in Fulton County Tuesday morning, September 22.

The accident happened before 6 a.m. about one mile east of the Fort Littleton interchange, according to turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo.

Another truck slipped on the oil spill and rolled down an embankment. At least one person suffered "non life-threatening" injuries and was taken to Fulton County Medical Center, DeFebo said.

Traffic was diverted onto Interstates 81 and 70 between Breezewood and Carlisle.

The westbound lane was opened around 9 a.m. this morning. The crash remains under investigation.

Crime Of The Week

Mischief Is Crime Of The Week

Fulton County Crime Solvers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for an act of criminal mischief earlier this month.

State police, McConnellsburg reported a chain saw was used between September 5 and 6 to cut two wooden signposts that held up a Pine Ridge Manor sign located at 2179 Layton Road, Warfordsburg. The damage has been estimated at $50.

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.

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