2010-08-05 / Police Reports


Hustontown Man Cited For Harassment

Thirty-four-year-old Glen Covert of Hustontown was cited by state police in Bedford for harassment in connection with an incident at the intersection of Route 30 and Interstate 70. During the afternoon hours on Friday, July 23, Covert allegedly struck a 29-year-old woman from Hustontown in the face. The victim sustained a cut to her nose from her glasses.

Car Rolls Over

A Halifax, Pa., woman was transported to Fulton County Medical Center on Sunday, July 25, for treatment of injuries resulting from a one-vehicle crash along Route 475 in Dublin Township.

State police, McConnellsburg, reported Penni L. Snyder was allegedly travelling too fast for wet roadway conditions, causing her eastbound 2001 Pontiac Grand Am to spin onto the berm. The car struck a two-foot embankment at 3:26 p.m. and rolled over. Snyder, 44, was wearing a seat belt. The severity of her injuries is unknown. She was cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Pedestrian Struck

A McConnellsburg woman suffered a moderate injury to her right wrist after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Lincoln Way East on foot. Eighty-oneyear old Mary Jane Morton was immediately taken to Fulton County Medical Center following the accident at the intersection of Third Street on Wednesday, July 28.

State police reported Morton attempted to cross the street at 3:20 p.m. and walked behind a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a trailer. Simultaneously driver Hugh John Verhoff, 46, of Greencastle started to back up his truck so as not to block the intersection. Verhoff’s trailer, investigating officers added, struck Morton’s right leg, causing her to fall to the ground.

Teen Hit In Jaw

A 17-year-old Mc- Connellsburg male told state police he was allegedly struck in the jaw during an argument on Thursday, July 29, with Gary Lee Platter, 37, of McConnellsburg. The victim did not suffer any injuries. Charges of harassment will be filed against Platter through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Four Accused Of Burglary

Four McConnellsburg residents have been accused of burglary in connection with an incident at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. State police reported between 11 p.m. on July 2 and 5 p.m. on July 3, 18-year-old Jordan Lee Junkins; a 16- year-old male; and two 14- year-old boys crawled underneath the fence at the fairgrounds located at 888 Lincoln Way East. Junkins and the three juveniles allegedly went into a horse barn where they climbed into the loft to store items they took during another burglary.

DUI, Drug Charges To Be Filed

A Mount Union area woman will be facing charges of driving under the influence and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop along Route 16 near the Gettymart. Denelle Nicole Fortson was stopped by state police for driving her red Pontiac Grand Am on Saturday, July 31, at 1:40 p.m. under the influence of drugs. At the time of the stop, Fortson, 36, was also found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. She was taken to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment due to her high level of intoxication. McConnellsburg Woman Arraigned

A McConnellsburg woman was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott on charges of burglary, simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment. Bail was set at $10,000 for 23-year-old Molly Jo Berkstresser.

Berkstresser allegedly entered a home located at 68 Hillside Estates, McConnellsburg, on Thursday, July 29, at 8:13 a.m. Once inside Berkstresser is accused of striking a 31-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man in the face and biting him on the leg. She then reportedly went outside the residence and kicked and scratched a vehicle belonging to a 56-yearold woman, also from Mc- Connellsburg.

Driver Faces Careless Driving Charges

A Willow Hill, Pa., man will be charged with careless driving following a single-vehicle accident on July 20 along Overly Raker Road.

According to state police, Edward J. Scott, 33, was travelling northbound when his 1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXI crossed the roadway twice and struck a guiderail. The vehicle crossed the Licking Creek Township roadway a third time and hit a ditch and telephone box. Scott and passenger Ashley D. Doyle, 26, of Hustontown fled the scene of the 1:30 a.m. crash.

Fight Leads To Harassment Charges

A dispute at 223 Lincoln Way West on Thursday, July 29, has led to harassment charges being filed against a man and woman from Mc- Connellsburg. State police reported an argument between the 40-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman turned physical at 8:40 p.m. when they allegedly grabbed one another around the neck. State police did not release the names of the accused. Charges were filed through Magisterial District Wendy Mellott.

Road Sign Struck

State police, McConnellsburg, investigated an accident that occurred on Friday, July 30, at the Amaranth exit of Interstate 70. Reports indicate a 2004 Dodge Stratus was attempting to exit the westbound lanes of the Interstate at 3:21 p.m. when its driver swerved to avoid being hit by a tractor-trailer in the process of changing lanes. The Dodge Stratus struck a road sign and suffered a flat tire and damage to its right side.

Vehicle Hits Fence

A southbound 2006 Hyundai Accent struck a fence when driver Hulda E. Drenning, 58, of McConnellsburg failed to stop at an intersec- tion along old Route 30, state police reported. Drenning suffered minor injuries during the July 13 accident and was not wearing a seat belt. She will be charged with careless driving.

Hustontown Man Escaped Injury

A 30-year-old Hustontown man escaped harm when his northbound 2006 Dodge 1500 struck a tree along the berm on Saturday, July 31.

According to state police, the 8:24 p.m. crash along Waterfall Road occurred when Philip S. Burns swerved to miss hitting a white-tailed deer. Burns was wearing a seat belt and will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Hit-And-Run Accident Investigated

State police, McConnellsburg, looked into a hit-andrun accident that occurred along Great Cove Road in Bethel Township on Tuesday, July 27. The unknown vehicle struck a mailbox and fled the accident scene at 1 p.m.

Pills Stolen

Various medication ranging from Adderall and Vicodin to ibuprofen were stolen from a West Walnut Street, McConnellsburg, home between 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28. The burglars entered the residence through a second floor window after removing an air-conditioning unit. The air conditioner was replaced when the burglars left.

In addition to damaging the air conditioner, two windows sustained damage during the break-in. Damage has been estimated at $550. Anyone having further information related to this case should contact Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131.

Burglary Reported

A 41-year-old Needmore man informed state police burglars entered his home through unlocked front door at 682 Donahoe Lane sometime between 5 p.m. on July 22 and 2:18 p.m. on July 27. Once inside, the burglars removed a silver Springfield Armory 45 caliber pistol from a carrying case in the victim’s bedroom. The pistol has wooden grips and serial #N512219. Anyone having additional information regarding this break-in should immediately call Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.

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