2010-08-26 / Police Reports


Gun Stolen

A Mossburg 410 shotgun valued at $260 was stolen from 1014 West Orchard Road in Thompson Township between 10:30 a.m. on July 26 and noon on July 28. The gun was located in the upstairs bedroom closet when it was taken. Anyone having further information related to this burglary is urged to contact Trooper Wadsworth by calling 717- 485-3131.

Mailbox Struck

A mailbox located along Route 915 in Brush Creek Township was struck during a hit-and-run collision on Monday, August 16, at 9 p.m. Anyone with additional information linked to this accident should call Trooper Barnett at 717-485-3131.

One Cited For Harassment, Assault

Thirty-six-year-old Mark Rhodes of the Big Cove Tannery area is slated to be charged with harassment by state police after an incident on Stone Ayr Drive in Ayr Township. Police reported that on Tuesday, August 17, Rhodes allegedly subjected a 33-year-old McConnellsburg woman to physical contact at 3 p.m.

The following day state police police maintained Rhodes allegedly argued with the same woman and struck her on top of the head. The woman and a 7- year-old boy attempted to contact state police, and Rhodes is accused of following them outside and threatened to kill the woman.

Rhodes, police said, went on to wrestle the phone from the female victim and injured both her wrist and arm in the 3:51 p.m. domestic argument. Rocks were also thrown at both victims, and the child was placed in a headlock as threats were made.

Rhodes was arrested at the scene and was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment. Rhodes was lodged in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $10,000 cash.

Vehicle Hits Deer

An eastbound 2006 Mercury Milan hit a deer near the Crystal Spring exit of Interstate 70 on Friday, August 20. State police did not provide the name of the driver involved in the 4:28 a.m. accident in Brush Creek Township or elaborate if any injuries were sustained. The driver was able to drive the vehicle to Breezewood after the crash occurred.

Breezewood Woman To Be Cited In Crash

A 38-year-old Breezewood woman will be issued a citation for failure to obey a stop sign, resulting in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 915 and Pleasant Valley Road.

According to state police, on Wednesday, August 18, Amy Jo Chamberlain was travelling westbound on Pleasant Valley Road when she failed to yield and collided with a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Larry Edward Owsiany of McHenry, Md., at 8:42 a.m. Both Chamberlain and Owsiany were transported to UPMC Bedford Memorial for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

Underwear Stolen

Approximately six pairs of women’s underwear were stolen from a clothesline located at 633 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, on Saturday, August 23, at 5:46 p.m. The victim of the theft is a 29-year-old McConnellsburg woman. Anyone having additional information regarding this case is urged to contact Trooper Bartlett by calling 717-485-3131.

Mischief Reported

A 54-year-old McConnellsburg woman reported to state police an unknown individual attempted to burn a bundle of wood at 620 Lincoln Way East, Mcplus Connellsburg, between 10 p.m. on August 20 and 4 p.m. on August 21. The burning wood was on a non-affixed wooden deck and damaged a canopy and rug. Anyone with further information linked to this incident of criminal mischief is asked to call Trooper Bartlett at 717- 485-3131.

Signs Painted

Black paint was sprayed on a wall located at the intersection of North Clear Ridge Road and Pitt Street in the village of Hustontown, according to state police reports. A sign owned by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and located on property belonging to the Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. was also damaged with paint during the same time frame between 9:30 p.m. on August 2 and 10 a.m. on August 3. Anyone having additional information concerning these episodes should call Trooper Massafra at 717-485-3131.

DUI Charges Filed

Charges of driving under the influence have been filed against 61-year-old Warfordsburg area resident Roger Eugene Leasure. State police reported Leasure was pulled over at the intersection of Buck Valley Road and Old 126 on July 15 at 9:18 p.m. for committing a traffic violation. Leasure was allegedly found drunk driving and was taken to Fulton County Medical Center for a blood test. Charges against Leasure were filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

Hit-And-Run Investigated

State police, McConnellsburg, investigated a hit-andrun collision involving two vehicles at the Pennsylvania Turnpike overpass along Route 522 in Dublin Township. According to reports, an unknown tractor-trailer struck the side mirror of an oncoming 2006 Chevrolet telephone company utility truck driven by Steven L. Snyder, 56, of Three Springs. The tractor-trailer continued travelling northward following the 3:30 p.m. crash. Anyone with further information pertinent to this accident on Friday, August 20, is urged to contact Trooper Huff by calling 717-485-3131.

Air Gun Used In Mischief

A male juvenile is accused of firing a soft air gun at a vehicle belonging to a 35-yearold McConnellsburg man on Sunday, August 22, at 6:56 p.m. State police are continuing to investigate the mischief that occurred in Gerald Circle located in Ayr Township.

Cash Stolen

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from a cash register at K’s Place restaurant between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, according to state police reports. The burglars entered the restaurant by breaking a window in the front door. Anyone having additional information linked to this break-in and theft is asked to call Trooper Horton at 717-485-3131.

Prescription Pills Taken

A prescription medication known as Hydrocodone was stolen from 709 Lincoln Way East, Apartment 1, in McConnellsburg between 6 p.m. on August 21 and 11 a.m. on August 22. Victim of the burglary is a 39-year-old man from McConnellsburg. Anyone with further information pertinent to this case should immediately contact state police Trooper Massafra at 717-485-3131.

Cited For Retail Theft

A Hustontown man has been cited by state police, Chambersburg, for retail theft as a result of an alleged incident at the Walmart, 1730 Lincoln Way East. Reports state 36-year-old Douglas Everhart was arrested for stealing merchandise from the store on Friday, August 20, at 5 p.m.

Two To Appear In Bedford County Central Court

Two Fulton County residents were scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings during the August 18 session of Bedford County Central Court.

Nicky Lee Strait, 19, of Needmore and 20-year-old Warfordsburg resident Richard Stouffer Jr. each currently face one count of retail theft. The duo allegedly removed a self-defense flashlight, three silver knives and a black knife from Crawford’s Museum on July 19 at approximately 4 p.m. The stolen items have been valued at $204.90.

According to reports, Strait waived the August 18 preliminary hearing, and Stouffer’s has been rescheduled for September 22.

Juvenile Accused Of Disorderly Conduct

A 17-year-old male from McConnellsburg will be charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that occurred in the area of North Third Street, McConnellsburg, on Monday, August 23. State police reported the juvenile allegedly followed a 14-yearold boy and a 16-year-old male, both from Mc- Connellsburg, in a vehicle at 5:50 p.m.

Road Signs Stolen

Street signs were stolen from the intersections of Wertzville and Palmer roads and Timber Ridge and Garland roads in Belfast Township between August 2 and August 16. Anyone having further information concerning these thefts is asked to contact Trooper Falkosky by calling 717-485-3131.

Tools Taken

Various tools were taken from a storage trailer at a construction site located at the intersection of Great Cove and Gem Bridge roads between 9 p.m. on August 19 and 6 a.m. on August 20. Among the items taken, state police reported, were a Dewalt heavy duty concrete drill (Serial #363055); a Stihl 14-inch cut-off saw (#142864573); and a Stihl 16-inch chain saw (#256100679). The stolen tools have a value of at least $1,050. Anyone with further information pertinent to this case should call Trooper Huff at 717-485-3131.

Grocery Money Stolen

One hundred dollars in grocery money was taken from 11405 Buck Valley Road, Warfordsburg, on Sunday, August 22. According to state police reports, an individual left for the store at 9 p.m. with the money but never returned with the money or groceries. Victim of the theft is a 30- year-old woman.

DUI Charges To Be Filed

Charges of driving under the influence are scheduled to be filed by state police against a 22-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man who was involved in a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Route 30 in Todd Township. Police reported Justin Richard Black allegedly drove his 1988 Ford F-150 off the roadway on Tuesday, August 24, at 2 a.m.

A passerby, state police added, contacted the Mc- Connellsburg barracks about a possible crash. Black was reportedly found under the influence or alcohol and was subsequently Girl, 12, Dead, Mother, Sister Injured In Pa. Fire

DICKSON CITY, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a 12-year-old girl died and her mother and sister were critically injured in an early morning fire in their home.

Fire crews called to the Dickson City blaze at 12:50 a.m. Saturday found flames shooting from the first floor. Fire Chief Joseph Chowanec says heat, flames and smoke prevented firefighters from reaching the girl in a secondfloor bedroom in time.

Lackawanna County Deputy Coroner Tim Rowland says 12-year-old Rachel Cusick died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Her mother, Laurie, and sister, Amanda, were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where a spokesman says they were in critical condition. Two other people were treated and released.

State Police Fire Marshal Steve Kaneski said he is still investigating the cause, but he said he doubted that the fire was suspicious.

157 Pounds Of Pot, $346K Seized In Altoona Bust

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) – A man described as a “kingpin’’ by Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio (con-SIL’-ee-oh) remains jailed on drug charges after state police say they found 157 pounds of marijuana, and $346,000 in neatly stacked, wrapped cash in his residence.

John Hiles, 48, of Altoona, was arraigned Thursday on charges including possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Police say they searched his home after they arrested him for delivering 10 pounds of marijuana to troopers in a sting operation Wednesday.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Hiles.

Police believe the seized drugs are worth about $250,000 and that Hiles was supplied out of New York City. Investigators suspect Hiles has been dealing drugs for about 10 years.

9 Charged In Fake Pa. Driver’s License Ring

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Federal prosecutors have charged a group from eastern Pennsylvania with helping hundreds of people fraudulently obtain commercial driver’s licenses.

Authorities say the licenses were obtained through “International Training Academy,’’ a company run by defendants Vitaliy and Tatyana Kroshnev of Richboro in Bucks County.

The indictment says group members sometimes charged thousands of dollars to help customers get phony residency papers, licenses and other documents, and had state-approved translators provide answers on licensure tests.

Most of the defendants were ordered held on Thursday until detention hearings could be scheduled.

It was not immediately clear if any had defense lawyers.

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