2012-08-16 / Police Reports


Tree Removal Equipment Taken

Approximately $10,000 worth of tree removal equipment was stolen from Asplundh Inc. of Willow Grove, Pa. The theft occurred when unknown individuals forcibly entered Asplundh’s vehicles, which were parked adjacent to the intersection of Great Cove Road and Interstate 70 on Monday, August 6. Anyone having further information linked to this theft from a motor vehicle should call state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Mischief Reported

A 48- year- old Mc- Connellsburg man informed state police investigators unknown individuals damaged his property located at 322 Cooper Lane in Todd Township. The mischief reportedly occurred at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7.

Access-Device Fraud Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg substation investigated a case of access-device fraud that occurred on Friday, August 3. Police learned during the course of the investigation that a credit card belonging to a 45-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man was used to make several purchases between 10:52 a.m. and 11:39 p.m.

One Accused Of Harassment

Amanda Shrover, 21, address unknown, will be charged with harassment through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, state police said. Shrover allegedly scratched, pulled the hair of and punched a 21-year-old Mc- Connellsburg woman at Johnnie’s Motel in McConnellsburg on Tuesday, August 7, at 2:16 p.m.

Vehicles Collide At Twist N’ Shake

Two vehicles collided along Waterfall Road in front of the Twist ’N Shake in Hustontown last Monday afternoon, leaving one girl with injuries.

According to state police reports, 51-year-old Waterfall resident Tammy Fischer was travelling southbound when she tried to make a left-hand turn into the business’s parking lot at 12:13 p.m. Fischer turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by Arvid Shaw, 66, of Waterfall.

Fischer was not wearing a seat belt but escaped harm. Two female juvenile passengers also escaped injury, while a third girl suffered minor injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt. Shaw, police said, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Fischer was issued citations for failing to wear a seat belt and a traffic infraction. State police were assisted on the scene by Tin Man Towing and local fire police.

Window, Screen Broken

State police at the Mc- Connellsburg substation report that a window screen and a double-pane glass window at 827 West Tannery Rd. in Wells Tannery were damaged sometime between 8 a.m. Aug. 5 and 9 a.m. Aug. 11. Victim of the criminal mischief is a 47- year- old Wells Tannery woman.

Information about this incident should be made known to the state police by calling 717-485-3131.

Briefcase Stolen From Vehicle

A 74- year- old Harrisonville man’s briefcase was stolen from his 2002 Chevrolet Tracker Aug. 8 at 1:16 p.m. The theft occurred at 5367 Waterfall Rd., Harrisonville. According to the McConnellsburg state police, the briefcase contained a copier and miscellaneous items.

Anyone with information regarding this theft should contact the state police at 717-485-3131.

Worn Tires, Wet Road Cause 2-Vehicle Collision

A 2007 Jeep Compass driven by Mindy D. Mills, 22, Needmore, spun out of control rounding a left curve as it traveled south Aug. 5 on a wet Great Cove Road and struck an oncoming Chevrolet S10 pickup. McConnellsburg state police said the 2:16 p.m collision took place north of Bethel Church Road in Bethel Township. According to the police report, both vehicles’ speeds were estimated at 45 mph, and the Jeep’s worn tires were the accident’s contributing factor.

The operator of the Chevy pickup was taken to Fulton County Medical Center with minor injuries. Mills and her four passengers, two males, ages 42 and 11, and two females, ages 4 and 1, were belted or in child safety seats and escaped harm, except for the 4-year-old, who was also taken to the Medical Center for a minor injury.

State police have charged Mills with roadways laned for traffic.

Woman Accused Of Killing Fiance On Wedding Day

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania woman stabbed her fiance to death during an argument on their wedding day.

Na Cola Darcel Franklin is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 36- year-old Billy Rafeal Brewster in their Whitehall Township apartment.

Police say they found Brewster bleeding shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. District Attorney Jim Martin says he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that at her video arraignment Saturday, the 31-year-old Franklin wept and choked out, “I did not kill him on purpose.”

Neighbor Steve Engel says the pastor who was supposed to perform the ceremony came to the apartment building after being unable to reach the couple, and a number of people who were apparently going to the wedding also showed up throughout the day.

OnStar Helps Locate Hijacked Pickup

DAUPHIN, Pa. (AP) – A 28-year-old man was tracked down with the help of an On- Star security system and now faces kidnapping and other charges in a series of vehicle thefts and crashes, state police said Friday.

Matthew Malory, of Orlando, Fla., was driving a pickup near Dauphin, north of Harrisburg, on Thursday afternoon when he struck two vehicles but kept going until his truck became disabled, police said.

They said he then tried to get into a passing tractortrailer, doing some damage when he jumped on it, before commandeering another pickup truck.

Malory forced the driver out and then headed west on the Pa. Turnpike, which police said they realized thanks to an OnStar system in the stolen truck. He then crashed that truck, stole another vehicle and headed east before being arrested in Chester County, outside Philadelphia, police said.

Police said he was hospitalized with injuries. Charges include robbery of a motor vehicle, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

Missing Amish Toddler Found Safe In Pa. Cornfield

PEQUEA, Pa. (AP) – A 3- year-old Amish girl is back with her family after she got lost in a cornfield while picking apples with her siblings.

Police said Rebecca King was found sleeping in the cornfield about 12 hours after she went missing around 8 p.m. Thursday.

Chief John Fiorill of the Southern Regional Police Department in Lancaster County said the child was found unhurt by an Amish searcher on horseback.

More than 100 emergency workers, volunteers and Amish community members joined forces to find the girl. They also used high- and low-tech measures from a helicopter and thermal imaging technology to bloodhounds. They also rang the school bell hoping that she would hear the familiar sound.

Searchers faced difficulty because of the tall, thick corn stalks and the stormy weather.

Teens Cited For Chalk Drawings

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Two teens in suburban Philadelphia were cited for doodling on the street with chalk, police said.

The Doylestown Intelligencer reported Friday that 18-year-old Connor Logan and a 17-year-old friend drew a whale and sea turtles in a parking lot.

Doylestown Police Chief James Donnelly said that although chalk washes off, the drawings are “an attempt at vandalism.”

The doodles might link the teens to chalk graffiti on buildings and businesses in town, Donnelly said.

Logan told the newspaper that he found the chalk in the parking lot Tuesday night while waiting for friends. He said he's never done graffiti.

“I just thought drawing on the street with chalk was a harmless, harmless thing,” he said.

The teens face summary citations, which come with a fine to be determined by a district judge.

The drawings already have been washed away by rain.

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