2012-07-26 / Police Reports


Four Injured In I-70 Crash

Four individuals suffered minor injuries during a collision involving three vehicles along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Ryan D. Dillon, 29, of Fairfax, Va., lost control of his westbound 2010 Volkswagen CC, which travelled onto the berm where it struck two traffic signs near the Crystal Spring exit. The vehicle, police added, then travelled across both lanes through the median strip and into oncoming traffic.

Dillon’s vehicle struck an eastbound 2004 BMW XS driven by Jeffrey J. Echko, 58, of Hudson, Ohio. Following initial impact, the Volkswagen struck a guiderail and then a 2012 Hyundai Elantra operated by Kathleen A. Rashlich, 41, from Ford City, Pa. All three drivers were wearing seat belts and suffered injuries as did Rashlich’s passenger Jane D. Rashlich, 66.

Dillon will be cited by state police for driving on roadways laned for traffic. State police were assisted on the July 13 crash scene by Raystown EMS, Breezewood Volunteer Fire Co. and Fischer’s Towing.

Cash Stolen

Twenty five dollars was removed from a purse belonging to a 60-year-old Mc- Con-nellsburg woman on Thursday, July 19, at 1:45 a.m. The theft occurred at 49 Hillside Estates in Todd Township, and a person of interest has been identified in the case, Pennsylvania State Police reported. The case is remaining open pending further investigation. Anyone having additional information is urged to contact state police Trooper Bartlett at 717-485-3131.

SUV Overturns

A Chambersburg, Pa., man suffered minor injuries when his northbound 2002 Chevrolet Blazer overturned along North Valley Road on Saturday, July 14.

According to state police reports, 48-year-old Joel L. Pilgrim’s vehicle went onto the eastern berm of the Wells Township roadway where it struck an embankment and overturned. The vehicle was disabled as a result of the damage and was towed from the scene.

Pilgrim was wearing a seat belt when the 3:53 p.m. accident occurred. He will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Burglary Reported

A 37-year-old Big Cove Tannery man was the victim of a break-in, losing electronics, a gun and swimming pool during the burglary that occurred between 1:45 p.m. on July 16 and 12:01 a.m. on July 17.

Burglars reportedly broke out the front door glass of the home located at 2861 Big Cove Tannery Road and stole a Thunder .380 caliber pistol; a silver Panasonic camcorder with carrying case, tapes and tripod; a platinum engagement ring; various U.S. currency; Wii gaming console with controllers and 20 games; a Playstation 2 gaming console with controllers and 20 games; a Phillips DVD surround sound system; two Tri- Star Rental DVDs; a Blackberry cellular device; a Tom Tom navigation unit; and a 30- pack of Bud Light beer.

The burglars, state police investigators said, also entered a detached garage where they removed a Sears swimming pool valued at $300. An additional $154 in cash was stolen from the victim’s GMC Sierra truck, which sustained damage to the tailgate.

Anyone with further information pertinent to this Thompson Township breakin is urged to contact state police Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131.

Fuel Tank Destroyed

Red Rock Enterprises of Friendsville, Md., informed state police investigators an external fuel tank on a truck tractor parked at the intersection of Camp Meeting and Pleasant Valley roads was damaged. The mischief occurred between 11 a.m. on July 13 and 3 p.m. on July 16. It is believed the damage was incurred while the individuals attempted to steal fuel from the truck. Anyone having additional information relevant to this case is asked to call state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717- 485-3131.

Safety Checkpoint Held

Three troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in McConnellsburg conducted a traffic safety checkpoint on Tuesday, July 17. During the checkpoint along Grist Mill Road in Dublin Township, 30 vehicles were stopped and 16 warnings were issued for observed violations.

Mailboxes Struck By Vehicle

Several mailboxes located on Cito Road southwest of the intersection of Heinbaugh Lane were struck by an unknown vehicle on Saturday, July 21, at 11 p.m. The westbound vehicle reportedly suffered damage to the passenger’s side mirror and right-rear reverse cover light. Anyone with further information linked to this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Watkins at 717- 485-3131.

Driver Cited In Hit-And-Run

A female driver from Georgia is being cited in connection with a hit-and-run accident along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70.

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks said Sarah L. Shababy, 33, of Suwanee, Ga., attempted to pass a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Arthur A. Bundy, 58, from Scottdale, Pa. Shababy’s 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe sideswiped Bundy’s vehicle at 10:57 p.m.

Police added Shababy fled the scene of the July 13 accident in Brush Creek Township. She will be cited for careless driving.

Bundy and his passenger Mary A. Bundy, 59, were both wearing seat belts and escaped harm.

One Injured In Crash

A 33-year- old Breezewood woman suffered major injuries during a single-vehicle crash along Waterfall Road on Friday morning.

Amy Sue Berkstresser was travelling southbound when she lost control of her 2005 Ford Escape while rounding a curve in the Dublin Township roadway, according to state police reports. The vehicle spun counter clockwise across the northbound lane and onto the berm where it struck a tree with its passenger side door.

Police said it is unknown at this time if Berkstresser was wearing a seat belt during the 11:36 a.m. accident. Charges are pending further investigation.

State police were assisted on the scene by the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co., EMS and PennDOT.

Mapleton Depot Man Charged With DUI

A Mapleton Depot man faces charges of driving under the influence and various other traffic offenses as a result of a crash along Waterfall Road Friday afternoon.

State police investigators said 49- year- old Jayson Paul Waite lost control of his southbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, which crossed the Dublin Township roadway and struck an embankment. The truck rolled over onto its roof following impact, blocking both lanes of travel.

Waite was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. His vehicle was disabled as a result of the damage.

State police were assisted at the 1:53 p.m. crash scene by the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co., EMS and Penn- DOT.

One Cited In DUI Crash

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks are slated to charge 19-year-old Warfordsburg area resident John Charles Munson Jr. with driving under the influence following an accident along Route 655.

According to police reports, Munson lost control of his northbound 1999 Chevrolet Silverado at 11 p.m. last Friday night. The truck ran off the Belfast Township roadway and struck a guiderail. Police said the truck came to rest over an embankment.

Munson was using a seat belt and escaped harm. The disabled truck was removed from the scene by Bard’s Towing.

Kubota Stolen

A 2011 Kubota 1100 RTV was stolen from 6481 Buck Valley Road in Union Township between 11 p.m. on July 12 and 6 a.m. on July 13. Victim in the theft is the Sinclair Cattle Co. of Warfordsburg. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this case is urged to call state police Trooper Poole at 717- 485-3131.

Car Runs Into Ditch, Strikes Trees

A Selinsgrove, Pa., woman suffered minor injuries when her eastbound 2010 Nissan Sentra ran off Interstate 70 on Monday, July 16. Police reports state 19-year- old Stephanie M. Hawks’ car struck a ditch and several small trees before coming to a rest. Hawk was transported from the Bethel Township accident scene at 5:05 p.m. and taken by Hancock ambulance to War Memorial Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.

Hawk was using a seat belt. She will be cited by state police for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Copper Wire Stolen

Approximately 500 feet of copper wire was stolen from 100 Mellott Drive in Warfordsburg on Sunday, July 15, state police said. The thieves reportedly arrived at the Mellott Co. plant between 2:55 a.m. and 3:10 a.m. and loaded the $7,500 in wire into a dark, newer model crew cab truck. Anyone with further information concerning this theft is urged to contact state police Trooper Fal-kosky by calling 717-485- 3131.

Deer Struck On Interstate

A westbound 2003 Nissan Frontier hit a white-tailed deer along Interstate 70 last Tuesday morning. Driver 28- year-old Richard Holder of Martinsburg, W.Va., was not injured in the 5:29 a.m. accident in Brush Creek Township. The vehicle remained functional following the crash, state police said, and Holder had been wearing a seat belt.

Feces Placed In Mailbox

Feces wrapped in toilet paper was placed in a mailbox located at 371 West Tannery Road, Wells Tannery, between 2 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. on Friday, July 20. The victim of harassment is a 58-yearold Wells Tannery man. Anyone with additional information linked to this case is asked to call state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717- 485-3131.

Hustontown Man Taken To Medical Center

A 40-year- old Hustontown area man was transported to Fulton County Medical Center last Friday morning after having suffered minor injuries during a crash in Belfast Township.

According to state police reports, Jeffery W. Everts was taken to the hospital via Needmore ambulance following the 5:40 a.m. accident along Timber Ridge Road. He was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Police said Everts’ southbound 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser travelled off the roadway just south of the intersection of Leese Road. The vehicle struck a culvert with its front right corner before crossing the road and going down an embankment. The Chrysler struck two trees and came to a rest along the eastern berm.

State police will be cited Everts for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Prescription Stolen

Almost 60 Oxycodone pills were stolen from a vehicle parked at 18 Cloverleaf Court, McConnellsburg on Thursday, July 19, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Victim is a 22-year-old McConnellsburg man. Anyone having further information relevant to this theft is asked to call state police Trooper Bartlett at 717- 485-3131.

Vehicle Scratched

Pennsylvania State Police from the Chambersburg barracks reported over the weekend an unknown individual scratched the vehicle of a 66-year-old Hustontown woman. The small scratch was made above the passenger side front tire while the vehicle was at 1730 Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township. The mischief occurred between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Local Residents Victims Of Reckless Endangerment

An 18-year-old Mercersburg man faces multiple charges including a seconddegree felony count of aggravated assault after he threw a rock at a passing vehicle occupied by two local men.

Pennsylvania State Police at the Chambersburg barracks have charged Alexx Eugene Sheffield with aggravated assault, propulsion of missiles, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief in connection with the alleged incident near Smithís Implements in Peters Township. Charges against Sheffield were filed through Magisterial District Judge Mann’s office.

According to reports, state police arrived on the scene in the area of 12258 Buchanan Trail West at 12:52 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24. Police said Robert W. Dennis of McConnellsburg was already in the process of being transported to Chambersburg Hospital after being struck by a rock. Dennis was riding inside a vehicle when he was injured.

Sheffield was reportedly found and confessed to throwing a large rock at the windshield of the vehicle driven by Levi Todd Williams from Big Cove Tannery, police alleged. New Morning Farms was also a victim in the case.

Sheffield was sent to the Franklin County Prison pending arraignment.

Money, Pills Stolen

A 44-year-old Warfordsburg area man told state police money and his prescription pills went missing between 3 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 19. The theft occurred while the mann was at a Hillside Estates residence in Todd Township. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact state police Trooper Poole at 717-485-3131.

Woman Accused Of Harassment

A verbal argument at 2795 Fairview Road, Warfordsburg turned physical on Saturday, July 21, state police reports indicate. During the argument at the Union Township home, 25-year-old Warfordsburg resident Crystal Leigh Rogers is accused of hitting and bitting a 23-year- old male from Hagerstown, Md. Rogers will be charged with harassment through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard.

Lawn Tractor Taken

A green MTD Yardman lawn tractor was stolen from a garage at 1099 Old Route 126, Warfordsburg between 11 a.m. on July 7 and 11 a.m. on July 21. Victim in the case is a 48-year-old Warfordsburg man. Anyone having further information linked to this theft is asked to call state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

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