2012-08-02 / Police Reports


DUI Charges To Be Filed

Driving under the influence of a controlled substance and other traffic offenses are slated to be filed against a Warfordsburg man who crashed his car along Interstate 70.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Anthony Phillip Lane was travelling westbound near the Town Hill exit at 7 a.m. on July 25 when his 1991 Ford Festiva struck the rear corner of a 2008 Kenworth tractor trailer. Lane’s car spun and struck the side of the trailer pulled by 45-year-old Milton Garrison Holt, of Clemson, S.C. The vehicle came to a rest on the left side of the Brush Creek Township roadway.

Police said Lane, 27, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Mc- Connellsburg substation for further processing. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard.

Holt was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm. Damage to his tractor-trailer was minor, police said. Town Hill Auto assisted on the scene.

Woman, Children Injured

An Autin, Pa., woman and her three children suffered minor injuries when their vehicle rolled over along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Friday, July 20.

According to state police reports, Kimberly Dawn Daniels, 28, lost control of her 2004 Buick Rainer on the rain- soaked Brush Creek Township roadway at 7:18 p.m. The vehicle struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof, police said.

Daniels was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries, while a 10-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy and a 7- year-old girl were not using seat belts. They suffered minor injuries as well. All four individuals including a 13- year-old girl, who was not injured, were transported to UPMC Bedford Hospital.

State police were assisted on the scene by Needmore EMS and Bedford EMS along with the Breezewood Volunteer Fire Co. Multiple traffic citations will be filed against Daniels through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard.

One Accused Of Mischief

Twenty-five-year-old Needmore resident Joshua Leonard Mellott has been accused of criminal mischief in connection with an incident at 1456 Little Egypt Road on Sunday, July 8.

State police alleged Mellott broke the side mirror of a vehicle belonging to a Mc- Connellsburg man at 1:30 a.m. Charges against Mellott were filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Cup of Money Stolen

A red, disposable cup containing $40 in currency was removed from a vehicle parked at the McConnellsburg American Legion on Sunday, July 15, between 5:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Victim in the case is a 44-yearold McConnellsburg man. Anyone with any information related to this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Barnett by calling 717-485-3131.

Woman Held In Robbery Case

A 29-year- old McConnellsburg woman was held in Washington County, Md. Detention Center last week in connection with a robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Misty Dawn Bottenfield is being held in lieu of $60,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 22. Bottenfield was arrested last Monday, July 23, after the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a woman who alleged she was robbed at the McDonald’s in Clear Spring. The alleged robber drove away in a vehicle belonging to a Breezewood, Pa., resident who had reported the vehicle stolen earlier that day, reports indicate.

Later that day, a Hancock police offer reportedly spotted a woman in a vehicle matching the same description. The woman was involved in an altercation with a clerk at the AC&T, charging documents said. The woman then drove off in the stolen vehicle without paying for her gas.

The officer reportedly followed the stolen vehicle, which travelled 100 miles per hour on Hancock’s East Main Street and 125 miles per hour on Interstate 70. Stop sticks were eventually used to deflate the vehicle’s tires.

The driver of the vehicle, Bottenfield, was allegedly found in possession of a syringe and a spoon with burnt residue. Police also found a purse that was stolen from a woman who had been using the restroom at the AC&T. Bottenfield is faced with charges of robbery, theft, attempted theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and assault.

Needmore Woman Charged In Bedford County

A Needmore woman has been charged with harassment in neighboring Bedford County, Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford said Barbara Bakner is accused of grabbing an individual by the neck with both hands on Sunday, July 22. Police stated Bakner also pushed the person into a car and shut a car door on the victim’s leg at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Sheetz located in East Providence Township.

Waterfall Man Cited In Crash

Sixty-nine-year-old Max Sheeder of Waterfall has been cited by Pennsylvania State Police in Huntingdon following a two-vehicle crash in Brady Township.

Police said Sheeder faces a stop-sign violation after he pulled into the path of a 2003 Ford Focus operated by Bonnie Parks, 48, of Huntingdon on July 20. The 11:20 a.m. crash occurred at the intersection of Route 655 and William Penn Highway, and Sheeder was operating a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 at the time.

Parks was transported to J.C. Blair Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Sheeder’s passenger, 67- year-old Violet Sheeder sustained minor injuries.

Nothing Taken In Burglary

A 49-year- old McConnellsburg man informed state police investigators he was the victim of a burglary on Tuesday, July 24. Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., burglars broke through the front door of an apartment at 102 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg. Nothing was reportedly taken or disturbed in the apartment. Anyone having further information regarding this break-in is asked to contact state police Trooper Wadsworth at 717-485-3131.

Car Rolls Over

An Orbisonia man was transported to Fulton County Medical Center following a vehicle rollover in Dublin Township last Friday.

According to state police reports, Manuel N. Hall, 52, suffered moderate injuries during the 5:08 a.m. crash along Great Cove Road. Hall was injured when he lost control of his northbound 1998 Ford Escort, which struck a utility pole and rolled over. Police added several small trees were struck during the rollover.

Police said it was unknown if the driver was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. He will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Car Hits Tree

Two McConnellsburg residents suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate during a collision with a tree last Thursday afternoon along Lincoln Highway.

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg barracks reported a 17- year-old boy failed to drive within the eastbound lane and proceeded to lose control of his 1993 Chrysler Lebaron. The car crossed onto the northern berm and crashed into a tree. The car, police said, suffered disabling damage to its rear end.

The juvenile suffered minor injuries, while his passenger Maria D. Esparza, 18, was taken to Fulton County Medical Center with moderate injuries. Both individuals were using a seat belt when the crash occurred at 11:58 p.m. just west of the intersection of Black Bear Road.

Police said the driver will be cited with driving on roadways laned for traffic. State police were assisted on the scene by McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Company and EMS as well as Fischer’s Towing.

Police Investigate Death In Licking Creek Township

Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg and the Fulton County Coroner’s Office investigated a death that occurred at 6429 Lincoln Highway.

Police investigators said Barry L. Stofflet of Harrisonville was discovered dead at his residence at 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. Deputy Coroner Darrin Smith determined the 62- year-old man died from a heart attack caused by coronary atherosclerosis as well as diabetes.

Two Drivers Injured

Two drivers from southern Huntingdon County sustained moderate injuries when their vehicles collided along Great Cove Road on Sunday, July 29.

Ryan K. Fleck, 24, of Three Springs, was travelling northbound through Ayr Township when his 2007 Ford Escape crossed over and struck an oncoming 2007 Suzuki XL7 at 8:30 a.m., state police reports indicate. Following the initial impact with the southbound Suzuki driven by Freeman A. Snair Jr., 55, of Rockhill Furnace, Fleck’s car struck an embankment and overturned onto its roof. Meanwhile, Snair’s vehicle ran off the berm and collided with a utility pole just south of the intersection of Rock Hill Road.

Fleck was taken to Fulton County Medical Center, while Snair was flown to Conemaugh Hospital with moderate injuries. Both men were wearing seatbelts. Fleck will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Three Hurt In Interstate Crash

Three residents of Pittsburgh suffered injuries during a single-vehicle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 over the weekend.

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg substation reported 49- year-old Joseph T. Surmacy was attempting to put on his seat belt when he lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer at 8:03 a.m. on July 28. Police said the vehicle spun clockwise 180 degrees across the righthand lane before colliding with an embankment. The vehicle rolled over completely and came to a rest on its wheels along the southern berm.

Surmacy was taken via Needmore ambulance to Washington County Hospital as were his passengers Antoinette E. Surmacy, 49, and 20-year-old Nicole Surmacy. Joseph Surmacy will be cited by state police for careless driving.

Vehicle Disabled In Rollover

A Broad Top woman is being cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic in connection with a rollover along Route 475 last Friday night.

Twenty-year-old Abigail Lynne Warner lost control of her northbound 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, which travelled onto the berm near the intersection of Doran Road. The truck crashed into a ditch, a mailbox and then rolled over at 11:55 p.m. Disabling damage was sustained to the entire vehicle, according to state police reports.

Warner was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. She will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Death Investigated On Iron Bridge

A Hustontown man was discovered dead along Iron Bridge Road over the weekend, Pennsylvania State Police reported. Thirty-eightyear old Douglas Eugene Everhart was found along the Taylor Township roadway at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 28. Fulton County Deputy Coroner Brian Barton pronounced Everhart dead at the scene as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Prowler Spotted

A homeowner’s girlfriend discovered a prowler lurking about their property at 2861 Big Cove Tannery Road in Thompson Township at 9:51 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The individual reportedly fled the property through a wooded area to the west of the home. According to state police reports, the homeowner had been the victim of a burglary earlier in the month. Anyone having further information linked to this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi by calling 717-485-3131.

Gas Cylinders Stolen

Two 420-pound gas cylinders were stolen from 9650 Old 126 in Brush Creek Township between 10 a.m. on June 30 and 10 a.m. on July 10, state police report. The gas cylinders have been valued at $962.41. Anyone having additional information regarding this case of theft is urged to call state police Trooper Piasecki at 717- 485-3131.

Car Hits Pole

A southbound 2009 Mazda struck a utility pole along Route 475 in Dublin Township Saturday morning. According to state police Michelle Kay Helman, 28, of Burnt Cabins, lost control of her vehicle at 12:01 a.m. while rounding a curve in the roadway. Helman was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. She will be charged with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Everett Man Cited For DUI

A 28-year-old Everett man will be cited for driving under the influence following an incident on the Crystal Spring Exit of Interstate 70. State police said John Allen Garner was sleeping inside his vehicle, which was running, while stopped on the exit ramp on Saturday, July 28, at 2:52 a.m.

One Cited In Domestic Assault

A 27-year-old Warfordsburg area man is being charged with simple assault after he repeatedly threatened a 63-year-old woman, also from Warfordsburg.

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg barracks said Anthony Phillip Lane and the woman reportedly got into a verbal dispute on Tuesday, July 24, at 702 Cider Mill Road. The incident escalated when Lane grabbed a knife with each hand and threatened to harm the woman. He then threw the knives on the kitchen counter and left the kitchen, police stated.

He re-entered the kitchen with a loaded .22 caliber rifle, pointed it at the woman and threatened to shoot her, police alleged.

Police said the following day at approximately 2 p.m., the woman and a 59-year-old male went to Fulton County Medical Center to pick up Lane. The group began arguing, and Lane threatened the man, police added.

Both incidents were reported to state police investigators at that time.

Hit-And-Run Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg barracks investigated a hit-andrun accident that occurred in a parking lot at 318 North First Street in McConnellsburg Borough.

Police said an unknown vehicle struck a parked 2005 Mazda belonging to Chase E. Duckwall, 19, of Needmore at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. Minor damage was sustained to the left rear panel of Duckwall’s vehicle. White paint had transferred onto Duckwall’s car as well, state police added.

Woman Charged In Crash

Nineteen-year-old Hustontown resident Kayla G. Jones has been charged with following too closely in connection with a two-vehicle accident along Great Cove Road on Friday, July 20.

According to police reports, Jones rear-ended another southbound vehicle, that was stopped and waiting to make a left-hand turn just north of Fulton Drive at 12:03 p.m. Police did not identify the other driver or vehicle involved in the Ayr Township crash.

Police did report Jones’ Mustang was disabled and was removed from the scene by Tin Man Towing. She was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm.

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