2012-05-31 / Correspondents' Notes


Tractor-Trailer Overturns

A tractor-trailer heading westbound on Interstate 70 overturned onto its passenger side and slid approximately 300 feet before coming to a rest, state police said.

Fifty-seven-year-old Craig Allen Escherick of Las Vegas, Nev., was transported to Fulton County Medical Center following the Tuesday, May 22, crash. He was treated for minor injuries.

State police reported that both lanes of traffic were blocked during the 2:29 p. m. accident in Bethel Township. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

Safety Checkpoint Held

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks recently conducted a traffic safety checkpoint along Fulton Drive in Ayr Township. On Wednesday, May 23, between 5:30 p. m. and 6: 15 p. m., five troopers stopped 100 vehicles. Thirty-one warnings were issued for observed violations.

Truck Strikes Tree

A westbound 2010 Ford Ranger struck a tree along South Hess Road on Wednesday, May 23. The truck’s driver, Alan M. Masecar, 25, of Ligonier, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries, according to state police reports. He is slated to be charged by state police with driving on roadways laned for traffic in connection with the 12:05 p.m. accident in Thompson Township.

Mailbox Damaged

A mailbox on Fox Squirrel Drive in Warfordsburg was damaged by unknown individuals on Wednesday, May 23, between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The mailbox has been valued at $35. Anyone having further information linked to this case is asked to call state police Trooper Watkins at the McConnellsburg substation at 717-485-3131.

Hit-And-Run Reported

A 2006 Dodge Ram legally parked at McConnellsburg Lions Club Park ballfields was struck by an unknown vehicle between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. State police said red or white paint was transferred onto the truck during the impact. Anyone with additional information concerning this accident should contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.

Bank Sign Struck

A Susquehanna Bank sign located at the intersection of Second Street and Lincoln Way in McConnellsburg Borough was struck by an unknown vehicle on Thursday, May 17, state police said. The vehicle was reportedly travelling southbound and turned left at the intersection when the accident occurred at 3:55 p.m. Anyone having further information pertinent to this hitand run is urged to call state police Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

Window Broken

A window was broken during an incident at Wells Tannery Community Park between May 1 and May 21. A window screen was also damaged, state police investigators added. Anyone having information concerning this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Remeikas at the McConnellsburg substation by calling 717-485-3131.

Hand Gun Taken During Break-In

A .22 hand gun, cameras and knives were stolen from a home along Koon Hollow Road in Bethel Township on Monday, May 21. State police said burglars entered the home between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. by breaking a window. Anyone with additional information pertinent to this burglary is asked to call state police Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

Rock Thrown Through Window

A 60-year-old Wells Tannery man told state police a rock was thrown through the window of his 487 West Tannery Road home between 12:01 a.m. on May 18 and 10 a.m. on May 19. Anyone having further information related to this mischief should contact state police Trooper Huff at the McConnellsburg barracks at 717-485-3131.

Driver Cited In Two-Vehicle Crash

A 57-year- old McConnellsburg woman will be cited for a traffic violation in connection with a two-vehicle collision in McConnellsburg Borough.

According to state police reports, Bonnie Mellott Keefer pulled from a stop sign at the intersection of East North and North Second streets on Wednesday, May 16, at 5:05 p.m. Keefer pulled her 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer into the path of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt operated by Kimberly Ann Long, 19, also of McConnellsburg.

Keefer and Long were both wearing seat belts. Long suffered minor injuries and was transported to Fulton County Medical Center.

State police were assisted on the scene by McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire and EMS.

Money Stolen

Between $45 and $65 in cash as well as a Social Security card were removed from a wallet belonging to a Hustontown woman. State police reported the wallet had been lost in the area of the Hustontown Post Office on Friday, May 25, at 3:30 a.m. Anyone having further information pertinent to this theft is asked to contact state police Trooper Watkins at 717- 485-3131.

Vehicle Crashes Into Culvert

A Wells Tannery woman and her passenger escaped harm during a single-vehicle accident along the 9200 block of Waterfall Road last Monday afternoon.

Forty-one-year-old Kathy Sue Merkley was travelling southbound through Dublin Township at 3:10 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle struck a concrete culvert along the berm and sustained disabling damage.

Merkley and her passenger, who was not identified by state police, were not injured. It is unknown if they were wearing seat belts.

Harassment Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks are currently investigating an incident of harassment that allegedly occurred on Tuesday, May 15.

Police said the defendant, Amy Danielle Figard, 18, of Shade Gap, and the victim, a 19-year-old female from Fort Littleton, sent several harassing electronic messages to one another. Both individuals were instructed to refrain from contacting one another, however, Figard allegedly continued to send several more messages. Charges against Figard are pending.

DUI Charges Pending

Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are pending against 33-year-old McConnellsburg resident Joey DeShong, state police said. DeShong was stopped by troopers for committing traffic offenses near the intersection of Second Street and East North Street in McConnellsburg. The traffic stop involving DeShong’s 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier occurred at 10:42 a.m. on Sunday, May 27. DeShong, police added, was transported to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing.

Burglary Reported

A 42-year-old male from Needmore reported to state police investigators burglars broke into his home located at 10834 Timber Ridge Road on Sunday, May 27, at 2:27 a.m. Several items were reported taken during the break-in, police learned. Anyone with additional information concerning this burglary should immediately call Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Milk Truck Crash Kills 2 Brothers

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) – State police in suburban Philadelphia say a car collided with truck hauling a milk tanker, killing two brothers in the car.

Police in Chester County say the crash happened at about 9:44 p.m. Saturday on Route 472 in Lower Oxford Township.

Trooper Dennis Harding says the coupe failed to stop at a stop sign and went into the path of the oncoming truck, which was hauling a milk tanker-trailer.

Brett Pierson, 21, of New Providence and 24-year-old Jeffrey Pierson of Lancaster were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was using a seat belt.

Cops: Pa. Men Mistook Bible For Purse In Snatching

ARMAGH, Pa. (AP) – Police say two western Pennsylvania men mistook a woman’s Bible carrying case for a purse when they tried to snatch it from her, knocking her to the ground.

The Indiana Gazette reports that 26- year- old Christopher Scott Ludwig and 25- year- old Ronald Stephenson Jr., both of Seward, have been charged with aggravated assault, robbery and other charges in the incident Nov. 29.

Police charged Ludwig earlier this month before he told police that it was Stephenson who physically grabbed the Bible, knocking the elderly woman to the ground. Stephenson was arrested Tuesday.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Stephenson, and Ludwig’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday.

Police say the incident happened about 7 p.m. outside the rural Robin- dale Union Church in East Wheatfield Township, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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