A McConnellsburg man was released from jail on Friday, January 8, after posting $15,000 in connection with charges of simple assault and harassment. Twenty-eight-year-old Derek James Peck was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott prior to being transported to the Franklin County Prison.
The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on January 7 between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at 752 Reservoir Road in Todd Township. Peck allegedly physically and mentally abused a 32-year-old Mc- Connellsburg woman over a period of several hours. The woman suffered two black eyes, a bruised lip and face, redness to the face, and scratches to her face and back during the attack.
DUI Checkpoint Scheduled
State police, McConnellsburg, have scheduled a drivingunder the-influence checkpoint at various locations in Fulton County between February 5 and 7. All motorists have been advised by state police to drink responsibly and to always use a designated driver.
Car Strikes Trees
A westbound 1994 Saturn travelled down a small embankment along Flickerville Road and struck two trees, according to state police. Trinity L. Rosenberry, 40, of Needmore sustained minor injuries during the crash that occurred just west of Fischer Road on Sunday, January 17. She will be charged with driving too fast for road conditions.
Officials from W&W Salvage in Thompson Township reported to state police that burglars broke into their building located at 885 Wolf Hollow Road, Big Cove Tannery, and removed $45 from a cash register as well as two containers of coins. The burglary occurred between 5:15 p.m. on January 11 and 7:45 a.m. on January 12. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this case should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485- 5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131.
Gas Tank Damaged
A rock caused damage to a gas tank on a 2002 Ford ZX2 along Interstate 70 on Sunday, January 17. Driver John Baillie, 54, of Painesville, Ohio, was not injured during the 11:55 a.m. accident in Brush Creek Township. He was wearing a seat belt. State police were aided on the scene by members of the Breezewood Fire Co., which was responsible for roadway cleanup.
Suspected marijuana was seized and sent to the state police crime laboratory in Harrisburg for further analysis following a traffic stop along Interstate 70 last Wednesday. Calvin Rashad Stearnes, 23, of Cleveland, Ohio, was stopped by state police for a motor vehicle offense at 5:05 p.m. Charges against Stearnes are pending the receipt of lab results.
Three individuals residing along Great Cove Road in Ayr Township reported to state police last week that their Public Opinion newspapers were stolen on several occasions. Victims include a 61-year-old woman, a 65- year-old man and an 81-year-old female.
Careless Driving Charges To Be Filed
A McConnellsburg man faces charges of careless driving in connection with a single-vehicle collision along Cito Road just outside of the borough of Mc- Connellsburg. Twenty-threeyear old Scott A. Nunemaker reportedly swerved when he saw a white-tailed deer along the berm, causing his northbound 2005 Mazda to strike a utility pole. The car was disabled as a result of the impact.
According to state police, Nunemaker fled the scene and did not report the 4:30 a.m. crash on January 23 until after an investigation was already under way. Nunemaker was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm.
Maryland Man Taken To Hospital
A Sharpsburg, Md., man was transported to Washington County Hospital following a single vehicle accident in Thompson Township on Friday, January 22. Brad Dixon, 30, sustained moderate injuries in the 6:15 a.m. crash when he lost control of his 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. The car came down an ice-covered hill and crashed into a utility pole. State police were assisted on the scene by the Hancock Fire Co. and Bard’s Towing.
Ice Cream Shop Reports Break-In
Gordon’s Ice Cream in Needmore reported a break-in between 9 p.m. on January 22 and 9 a.m. on January 23. The rear door window of the business located at 7579 Great Cove Road was broken before $12 was removed from a cash register. Anyone having additional information related to this burglary should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.
Burglary At Harr’s Grocery
Owners at Harr’s Grocery reported an unknown individual broke a front window at their business located at 15132 Great Cove Road, Big Cove Tannery, on Saturday, January 23. The burglar then fled through a side door. State police did not indicate if anything was taken during the break-in. Anyone with further information concerning this case should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717- 485-5771 or Trooper Falkosky at 717-485-3131.
A BB gun was used to shoot holes in the front windows of a residence located at 2113 Back Run Road in Ayr Township on Sunday, January 24, at 3 a.m. A total of six windows were damaged during the act of criminal mischief, which resulted in $300 in damage. Anyone with additional information pertinent to this incident is asked to contact Fulton County Crime Solvers by calling 717-485-5771 or Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131. Rear Axle Broken
The rear axle of a westbound 2002 Subaru Impreza was broken when it ran into a large ditch along Interstate 70 near the Amaranth Exit. Andrew Gassner, 27, of Burnett, Wis., was not injured during the Friday, January 22, 8:52 a.m. accident in Union Township. Gassner will be charged by state police with driving on roadways laned for traffic.
McConnellsburg Man Jailed On Escape Charges
A 42-year-old McConnellsburg man was arraigned and sent to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges of escaped resisting arrest, false identification to police and vehicle code violations.
Andre Patrick Green was stopped by state police in the Getty Mart parking lot on Friday, January 22, at 1:45 p.m. for having an expired registration and inspection stickers on his black Honda Accord. Green provided police with a false name and later admitted to not possessing a valid driver’s license. When Green found he was going to be fingerprinted and transported to the state police barracks, he fled from state police. He was apprehended a short time later in a field along Cito Road.
Green is currently wanted in Indiana County, Pa., for simple assault, resisting arrest, false identification to police and drugrelated offenses.
County Buildings Paintballed
Several Fulton County office buildings were shot with paintballs between 8 p.m. on January 24 and 10:10 p.m. on January 25. Among the buildings sustaining damage were the offices of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, the Fulton County Courthouse, sheriff’s office and the probation/domestic relations office. Anyone having additional information regarding this incident of criminal mischief should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.
Car Crashes Into Guiderails
An eastbound 2007 Honda Civic struck a set of guiderails along Interstate 70 on Sunday, January 17, state police reported. Chad A. Gonzales, 20, of Griffith, Ind., was not harmed during the noon accident in Brush Creek Township. Gonzales will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.
Woman Charged Following Crash
Twenty-one-year-old Randi L. Mills of Needmore faces charges of careless driving, driving without a seat belt and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicles as a result of a hit-and-run collision in the parking lot of the Cardinal Glen Apartments. On Wednesday, January 20, Mills allegedly carelessly backed her 2002 Chevrolet into a parked 1993 GMC Jimmy. Mills then fled the scene.
Mills was not injured nor were passengers Andrew Anderson, 21, Needmore; Rochela A. Spriggs, 20, McConnellsburg; and a 16-year-old McConnellsburg man. Mills was the only individual not wearing a seat belt in the 10:13 p.m. accident.
Orange paintballs were shot at a residence and a business between 8 p.m. on January 24 and 11:07 a.m. on January 25. Both buildings are located between the 6000 and 8000 block of Great Cove Road, Needmore. Victims include Bard’s Auto Sales and a 40-year-old Needmore woman. Anyone with further information concerning this case of mischief is asked to call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.
Roofing Nails Dumped In Driveway
A large quantity of roofing nails were dumped at the entrance of a driveway located at 5317 Waterfall Road, Hustontown, on Monday, January 18, prior to 9:43 p.m. Anyone having additional information related to this case should contact Fulton County Crime Solvers by calling 717-485-5771 or Trooper Massafra at 717-485-3131.
Vehicle Towed From Accident Scene
A 2002 Acura SW was towed from a crash scene in Bethel Township along Interstate 70 on Friday, January 22. According to state police, Andrew Tyler Richless, 23, of State College lost control of his westbound car while travelling across the ice-covered roadway at 9:49 a.m. Richless was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury.
Residential Burglary Reported
The glass window of a rear door was smashed by burglars between 8 p.m. on January 19 and 5:26 p.m. on January 23 at 4541 Buck Valley Road in Union Township. The burglars smashed the window after entering the old farmhouse property by breaking open a locked gate. The burglars proceeded to rummage through the home belonging to a 76-year-old Warfordsburg woman and removed a copper antique kettle and a lard press. Damage has been estimated at $250, and the stolen items were valued at $400. Anyone having additional information concerning this break-in should call Fulton County Crime Solvers at 717-485-5771 or Trooper Huff at 717-485-3131.