2012-04-26 / Correspondents' Notes


Harrassment Charges Pending

Two McConnellsburg men are slated to be charged with harassment following an altercation at the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg Borough. Identified only by state police as a 22-year-old male and 36-year-old male, the men argued on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:45 p.m. The argument allegedly turned physical. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Eggs Thrown

Eggs were thrown at a vehicle parked along Great Cove Road near the intersection of Warren Drive between 4 p.m. on April 13 and 4 p.m. on April 18. The vehicle belongs to a 23-year-old man from Hustontown. Anyone having further information linked to this incident of criminal mischief should contact state police Trooper Poole at the McConnellsburg barracks by calling 717- 485-3131.

Tombstone Knocked Over

A tombstone in Union Cemetery was knocked over between 7 a.m. on April 1 and 10:20 a.m. on April 7. Victim in this case is a 67-yearold Fayetteville woman. Anyone with additional information concerning this incident is asked to call state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

License Plate Stolen

Pennsylvania license plate ZBM2225 was stolen from a black Dodge Dakota between 11:30 p.m. on April 6 and 2:30 p.m. on April 8. The vehicle belonging to a 19-year-old Needmore man was parked at 14945 Timber Ridge Road in Belfast Township when the theft occurred. Information pertinent to this case can be directed to state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.

Steel Sheeting Taken

Steel sheeting was taken from an old billboard located at 7403 Waterfall Road, Hustontown, between 5 p.m. on April 17 and 11 a.m. on April 18. Victim is a 66-yearold Hustontown man. Anyone with information related to this theft is urged to call state police Trooper Falkosky at the McConnellsburg substation at 717-485- 3131.

Man Charged With Mischief

Thirty-six-year-old Ben Harry Hege, of McConnellsburg, has been cited by state police with harassment and criminal mischief following an incident at 28 Gerald Circle. Hege, police said, was involved in an argument with a 32-year-old McConnellsburg woman at the Ayr Township residence on Wednesday, April 18. Hege is accused of throwing the woman’s VCR and MP3 player on the ground. He allegedly threw items at the victim as well.

Local Man Taken To Hospital

A Big Cove Tannery man was transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle collision along Great Cove Road.

Melvin J. Moats, 77, was transported from the April 10 accident scene just north of Gem Bridge Road by Needmore EMS. Moats suffered the injuries when his southbound 1996 Ford truck struck the rear of a parked 2008 Ford truck that was being used as a construction vehicle.

Police noted the 1:25 p.m. collision occurred on a long, straight stretch, and warning signs were in place to alert motorists of the work zone.

State police have cited Moats with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Vehicle Rolls Over

Three St. Thomas area residents suffered minor injuries when their vehicle rolled over along Route 30 last Saturday evening.

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks reported Dustin Alan Miller, 25, was travelling eastbound at 6:30 a.m. when he lost control of his 1991 Mercury Tracer while rounding a right-hand curve in the Brush Creek Township roadway. The vehicle rolled over and came to a rest with its roof resting against a tree.

Miller and passengers Kevin Lee Heidel, 31, and 23- year- old Jeremy Russell Miller were all wearing seat belts when the crash occurred. Raystown Ambulance assisted at the scene, but police did not indicate if the three men were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The car was towed from the scene by Fischer’s Towing. Miller will be cited by state police for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Spilled Drink Leads To Crash

A driver became distracted by a spilled beverage while travelling along Interstate 70 on April 14, causing a singlevehicle accident. The crash occurred at 1: 27 p. m. in Union Township, state police said, when the 2005 Honda Pilot ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and rolled over.

The driver, who was not identified by police, suffered minor injuries and will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Police Looking For Hit-And-Run Vehicle

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg substation are currently searching for a vehicle responsible for a hit-and-run crash on Friday, April 20, along Lincoln Highway.

Police reports indicate Darren C. Cassidy, 40, of Everett, pulled his 2006 Hyundai Elantra from the side of the Brush Creek Township roadway when it was sideswiped by an eastbound vehicle. Cassidy reportedly pulled back onto the berm, while the unknown vehicle turned around and began travelling in a westward direction without rendering aid.

Cassidy was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury during the 7 a.m. accident.

Anyone having further information regarding this hitand run should contact state police Trooper Sprague at 717-485-3131.

Car Runs Over Toddler’s Leg

A 2-year-old boy was taken to Fulton County Medical Center on Friday, April 13, following a motor-vehicle accident in the parking lot of Southern Fulton Elementary.

State police reports said the 11:02 a.m. accident involving 33-year-old David L. Fagley occurred when the Needmore man was pulling into a parking stall to secure the boy in a child’s car seat. While the 2003 Chevrolet Venture was moving forward, the toddler reportedly opened the passenger-side rear sliding door.

The boy, police reported, fell onto the parking lot and the rear passenger side tire drove over his leg. He was taken to Fulton County Medical Center by family, where he was treated for minor injuries consisting of bruising, police concluded.

Passenger Injured In I-70 Crash

A passenger in an eastbound 1994 BMW suffered moderate injuries during a single-vehicle crash along Interstate 70. Emmanuel D. Senaya, 23, of Germantown, Md., was injured but did not require medical transport following the 10:30 p.m. accident on Sunday, April 22, according to state police.

Senaya was riding in the eastbound vehicle driven by Ngonidzashe F. Chimonyo, 23, of Montgomery Village, Md., that travelled off the Brush Creek Township roadway, struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Both individuals were wearing seat belts. Chimonyo will be cited by state police for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Faces DUI Charges

Fifty-two-year-old Jeffrey Lee Brown of McConnellsburg is facing charges of driving under the influence after state police initiated a traffic stop along Lincoln Way East.

Police said on Thursday, April 19, a traffic stop was made at the intersection of Back Run Road at 9:45 p.m. Brown allegedly failed to pull over for “erratic driving” and was finally stopped and arrested for driving under the influence. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Two Injured In Franklin County Crash

Two Fulton County residents were injured in a twovehicle accident in neighboring Franklin County on Tuesday, April 10, according to state police in Chambersburg.

Reports indicate the 10:05 p.m. accident occurred along Route 30 when Josefino V. Cervantes, 23, of McConnellsburg failed to negotiate a curve in the Peters Township roadway. Cervantes’ vehicle crossed into the oncoming lanes and struck a guiderail. The vehicle spun, causing the rear of the car to crash into the front end of a westbound 2009 Pontiac G-5 driven by Amanda J. Schreiber, 26, of Crystal Spring.

Cervantes was not wearing a seat belt, state police said and suffered moderate injuries. Schreiber was using a seat belt and had minor injuries. Both individuals required EMS transport from the scene.

State police are slated to charge Cervantes with driving under the influence.

Vehicle Spins Into With Guiderail

Three Maryland residents escaped harm when their westbound vehicle spun off Interstate 70 Monday morning and into a guiderail. Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg reported Melissa Espinoza, 23, of Odenton, lost control of her vehicle at 7 a.m.

Espinoza and passengers Lisa L. Seaward, 49, of Upper Marlboro, and 26-year-old Raymore resident Jamie L. Robards were all using seat belts during the Brush Creek Township accident. Espinoza is slated to be cited for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Assault Investigation Continues

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg barracks are continuing to investigate a simple assault that occurred at 2033 Deneens Gap Road in Bethel Township. The alleged assault and criminal trespassing against a 36-year-old Warfordsburg man occurred Monday, April 23, between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Suspects in the case are two known males, who reportedly assaulted the victim when he opened the door to the residence.

Man Charged In Son’s Shooting Death

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) – Robert Duda, 44, of Uniontown, waived his right to a preliminary hearing after he was ordered to stand trial in the accidental death of his 14-year-old son last fall. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person in the Sept. 15 shooting death of Bryan Duda.

State police said he was cleaning a .380 caliber handgun when his son jokingly said “Shoot me, Dad.”

Police say the father pointed the gun at his son, thinking it wasn’t loaded, but it fired and struck the boy just below his armpit

Assistant District Attorney Hannah Myers said she hoped the tragedy would help raise awareness of firearm dangers

Defense attorney Brian Salisbury declined comment at Friday’s hearing.

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