2010-04-22 / Police Reports


Vehicle Overturns, Strikes Tree

A 2002 Jeep Liberty overturned onto its side and slid into a tree on Wednesday, April 7, after its driver swerved to miss hitting a deer along Route 30. State police reported Kiana M. Spriggs, 18, of Needmore had to climb out a front window following the 4:51 a.m. crash in Brush Creek Township. She was not injured and was using a seat belt. State police will cite Spriggs for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Suspected Marijuana Seized

State police troopers seized a suspected baggie of marijuana during a traffic stop along Interstate 70 on Tuesday, April 6. The substance will be sent to the state police crime laboratory for further analysis. Pending results, Jacinda Washington Njike, 30, of Chicago, Ill., will be charged with the drug-act violation through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

Tools Removed From Construction Site

An estimated $2,700 in various tools were removed from a storage trailer located on a construction site along Route 522 near the intersection of Gem Bridge Road between 3 p.m. on April 12 and 7 a.m. on April 13. The victim, Lobar Site Development, reported to state police that items stolen include A Stihl 16- inch chain saw, a Stihl 14- inch demolition saw, an 18- volt Dewalt cordless combo, 18-volt Royobi combo, a wood bit set, a steel bit set, a 3/8-inch drive socket set, a sawsall blade, magnetic 1/4- inch extensions, four pack of countersink set and miscellaneous bits accessories. Anyone having additional information regarding this case should contact Trooper Barnett at 717-485-3131.

Two Accused Of Disorderly Conduct

Two Fulton County men have been accused of disorderly conduct in connection with a physical altercation in the parking lot of VFW Post #655, McConnellsburg. Those accused by state police in the Sunday, April 11, 1 a.m. incident were Larry Ray Seville, 56, McConnellsburg, and 39-year-old Hustontown area resident Carl Steigerwald.

One Cited With Harassment

Joshua Mellott, 23, Harrisonville, has been charged with harassment through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne following an episode at a Black Bear Road residence on Saturday, April 10. Mellott allegedly pushed a male several times during the 1:30 a.m. incident.

Local Resident Charged In Mercersburg

McConnellsburg Dana M. Shimer has been charged with harassment by Mercersburg Borough Police as a result of an incident at Rue’s Bar and Grill on Friday, April 9. Borough Police officers reported Shimer “yelled, screamed and allegedly used obscene language” at 10:31 a.m. toward Shaloh Bushong, 38, of Mercersburg.

Warfordsburg Man Waives Hearing

A Warfordsburg man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, April 14, during a scheduled appearance in Bedford County Central Court. Fiftyfour year-old Bobby Lee Stotler is currently charged with driving under the influence, recklessly endangering another person, careless driving and other offenses related to a two-vehicle collision along Route 30 in West Providence Township. Stotler has remained free on $2,000 unsecured bail following the January 29 3:30 p.m. accident.

DUI Charges To Be Filed

A 20-year-old Needmore man who has not been identified by state police will be charged with driving under the influence through the office of Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson. According to reports, the man was allegedly observed by troopers speeding along Route 522 in Thompson Township on Sunday, April 11. The speeding vehicle was stopped at 12:45 a.m., and the driver was determined to be drunk driving.

Argument Leads To Charges

A verbal argument allegedly turned physical at a location along Maple Hollow Road in Thompson Township and will likely lead to charges being filed against a Big Cove Tannery man. State police reported Barry Lynn Knable, 44, allegedly argued with and shoved a 35-year-old woman on Thursday, April 15, at 11 p.m. Charges against the accused are currently pending.

Debit Card Fraudulently Used

A debit card belonging to a 30-year-old Warfordsburg area man was fraudulently used to make purchases over the Internet between November 12, 2009, and April 13. The location of the identity theft, state police reported, was 2036 Mill Hill Road in Bethel Township.

Fugitive From Justice Caught

State police, McConnellsburg, apprehended a fugitive from justice on Wednesday, April 14, during a traffic stop along Interstate 70 in Brush Creek Township. Jerome Michael McClung of Braddock, Pa., was taken into custody without incident and was sent to the Franklin County Prison.

McClung, 25, was stopped by troopers after he was observed speeding at 10:45 a.m. and determined to be wanted in Allegheny County for a parole violation stemming from a drug delivery and firearm conviction.

Threatening Text Messages Sent

Twenty-eight-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Michael R. Fortney is accused of sending a McConnellsburg woman a total of 152 text messages between 11:30 a.m. on April 11 and 7 a.m. on April 12. The majority of the messages were described by state police as being threatening, and Fortney allegedly threatened to kill the 21-year-old female victim in several of the messages.

Outstanding Warrants

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Fulton County News, is releasing the names of individuals who are deemed as currently having outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court in Fulton County. Anyone having information on the whereabouts of these individuals or wishing to make necessary arrangements to resolve a warrant is asked to immediately contact the sheriff’s office at 717-485- 4221, county probation 717- 485-3192 or the district attorney’s office 717-485-5419.

Daniel L. Clark, Warfordsburg - non-support

Jennifer Anne Keating, Silver Spring, Md. - Formal arraignment on possession of drugs/paraphernalia

Robert Stanley Painter, Needmore - Bail review for aggravated assault

Jason Patrick Phelan, Mifflintown - Forgery/ unauthorized act

Christopher S. Swailes, Chambersburg - Nonsupport

Christopher A. Yost, Berkley Springs, W.Va. - Call of the list for criminal mischief

Opening Day Fishing Season Nets Charges

Fifty-two-year-old Spring Run resident William Harvey was cited on opening day of trout season by park rangers at Cowans Gap State Park. According to reports, Harvey allegedly got into a conflict with other park visitors on April 17 when he proclaimed another boater was in “his” fishing area. Harvey reportedly yelled obsenities and cast heavy sinkers and hooks multiple times toward the other boat. One casting attempt became entangled around the victim’s head, rangers reported. Harvey was evicted from the park and charged with disorderly conduct.

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