2012-09-13 / Police Reports


Waives Preliminary Hearing

A Warfordsburg area man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, August 29, in Bedford County Central Court.

Twenty-three-year-old Timothy J. Turner Jr. is charged with driving under the influence as well as careless driving and other related charges. The charges stem from a crash along Interstate 70 at the intersection of Route 30 in East Providence Township. At the time of the 1:30 a.m. crash on May 30, Turner’s blood alcohol content was .163 percent.

Vehicle Overturns

A female motorist suffering from a physical condition lost consciousness, causing her 2003 Hyundai Sonata to travel across Timber Ridge Road and hit an embankment, state police reported. The August 28 crash in Thompson Township ended when the vehicle operated by 29-year-old Big Cove Tannery resident Jessica R. Dailey overturned at 6:37 p.m.

Police reports state Dailey was wearing a seat belt but suffered minor injuries. She was transported via Hancock EMS to Meritus Hospital in Hagerstown, Md.

Motorcyclist Injured

An Everett, Pa., man suffered major injuries on August 18 during a motorcycle accident along Interstate 70.

According to state police, Asa Downs, 51, was travelling westbound through Brush Creek Township when he lost control of his 1993 Honda Goldwing. Police said the motorcycle’s rear tire had begun to rapidly deflate, allowing the motorcycle to travel an additional 100 feet before coming to a rest on the berm.

Downs was using a helmet. He was transported to Conemaugh Hospital for treatment following the 9:52 p.m. accident. Downs will be cited by state police for tire equipment and traction.

Two Cited For Harassment

Two McConnellsburg residents face charges of harassment following a dispute at 8 Gerald Circle in Ayr Township.

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg substation alleged Herbert Alvey Berkstresser, 33, and 28-yearold Tabitha Marie Guyer were involved in an argument that turned physical. Charges in the Wednesday, September 5, incident will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Vehicle Rolls Over

An 18-year- old Taneytown, Md., resident suffered minor injuries during a crash involving an eastbound 2007 Nissan Versa along Lincoln Highway.

Kendall L. Longenecker was travelling through Licking Creek Township on Tuesday, September 4, when the crash occurred at 4:13 p.m. Longenecker’s vehicle travelled into the westbound lane before crossing back into the eastbound lane of travel and striking an embankment. The vehicle rolled over twice, police reports state.

Charges Pending

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg substation reported charges of harassment are pending in an incident that occurred along Deneens Gap Road last Thursday evening.

Police said the victim, a 54-year- old Warfordsburg woman, was involved in a verbal dispute with the actor, 34-year-old female, also from Warfordsburg, who was not identified by police. She allegedly pushed the victim before departing the scene at 8:55 p.m.

Theft Reported

Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to 654 Big Cove Tannery Road in Thompson Township to investigate a theft of electrical wire. The victim, BHS Electrical, told police investiga- tors almost 20 rolls of electrical wire were stolen between 7:30 p.m. on August 29 and 7:30 a.m. on September 4. The wire has been valued at $2,115. Anyone having further information related to this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Barnett at 717-485-3131.

Man Hospitalized Following Motorcycle Crash

A Poolesville, Md., man was taken to Hershey for treatment of injuries suffered during a motorcycle accident along Lincoln Highway Sunday, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Police from the McConnellsburg barracks reported Daniel L. Galloway was injured when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the Ayr Township roadway at 11 a.m. Galloway’s westbound 1999 Yamaha Royalstar travelled onto loose gravel of the berm and slid onto its left side. The motorcycle was found resting against an embankment.

Galloway, 59, was wearing a helmet, police said. He will be cited for driving at unsafe speeds.

Jeep Rolls Onto Side

A driver and passenger in a westbound 2002 Jeep Liberty suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate during a single-vehicle crash in Licking Creek Township over the weekend.

According to state police reports, James G. Eisenhart, 46, of Everett, lost control of the Jeep while rounding a left-hand curve in the Licking Creek Township roadway on Saturday, September 8. Eisenhart’s Jeep spun counterclockwise across the oncoming lane of travel and into a traffic sign on the berm. The vehicle then went into a ditch and rolled onto its driver’s side.

Eisenhart was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. He did not require EMS transport, but passenger 51-year- old Cathy M. Krusbert of Bedford was transported to Fulton County Medical Center via Mc- Connellsburg ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries. She had been using a seat belt when the accident happened at 5:18 p.m.

State police are slated to charge Eisenhart with driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Investigation Continues

Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg barracks are continuing to investigate a case that occurred between 7:39 a.m. on June 20 and 11:04 a.m. on June 23. Police have accused 28-year- old Burnt Cabins resident Candy Leigh Harris of issuing three checks without authorization from a checking account belonging to a Hustontown area man. Charges in the case are to be filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Motorcycle Travels Through Field

A Warfordsburg man was transported to Altoona Hospital with moderate injuries following a motorcycle accident along Saw Mill Road on Friday afternoon.

David J. Schultz, 53, was heading westbound, state police said, when his 2012 Harley- Davidson Super Glide exited a right-hand turn and travelled onto the berm. Schultz lost control of his motorcycle, which went down an embankment, over several tree stumps and through a field at 5 p.m.

Schultz was thrown from the bike. He was wearing a seat belt. He will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Woman Cited In Meat Stick Theft

Pennsylvania State Police have charged a McConnellsburg woman with taking a large amount of meat sticks from the Sheetz convenience store on Wednesday, September 5. Twenty- sevenyear old Erica Ann Lund is accused of stealing 27 Slim Jim, Penrose, Jack Link and Old Wisconsin meat sticks valued at $46.03. The retail theft occurred between 8:18 p.m. and 8:25 p.m. in Mc- Connellsburg. Charges against Lund will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

DUI Charges Pending

Charges of driving under the influence are slated to be filed against a Three Springs woman following a traffic stop along North Clear Ridge Road early Saturday morning. State police said they stopped 26-year-old Heather Nicole Geyer near the intersection of Boy Scout Road at 1:47 a.m. Charges are scheduled to be filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Crash Reported At I-70 Exit

Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Monday, September 10, at the Union Township exit of Interstate 70.

Police reported Kevin L. Huttman, 54, of Wilmington, Del., was exiting the interstate at 1 a.m. when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of McKee’s Gap Road. Huttman’s 2009 Nissan 370Z travelled across the roadway and onto the berm where it struck a culvert and traffic sign.

Huttman was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm. He will be cited by state police for stop and yield signs.

Cars Disabled

Two cars were disabled after a collision along Pleasant Ridge Road last Wednesday morning, according to state police.

A 17-year-old Harrisonville area boy was travelling northbound through Licking Creek Township when his 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT began to fishtail. The juvenile, state police said, reportedly overcorrected his steering, causing the car to collide with an oncoming 2006 Ford Escape driven by Louise C. McDaniel-Hine, 72, also of Harrisonville.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were not injured in the 7:15 a.m. accident. State police were assisted on the scene by Mc- Connellsburg EMS, fire police and Scott’s Towing.

One Cited For Disorderly Conduct

Forty-two-year-old Antoinette Marie Lowery of Mc- Connellsburg is facing charges of harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in Mc- Connellsburg Borough.

Pennsylvania State Police said Lowery argued with a 29-year-old McConnellsburg woman on Tuesday, September 4, at noon. The dispute in front of 112 North Third Street escalated when Lowery allegedly grabbed the other woman by the hair and struck her on the left side of her face.

Charges against Lowery have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Police Looking For Burglars

Pennsylvania State Police are currently searching for two men suspected of burglarizing a storage unit located just south of Mc- Connellsburg Borough on Great Cove Road.

A witness reportedly observed two while males entering a storage unit at Great Cove Storage on Monday, September 10, at 8:05 p.m. Items stolen include a 12-inch Rigid miter saw and a Black and Decker table saw. The men left the location heading northbound in a silver Pontiac sedan with Maryland registration.

The driver is described as a white male between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches with a medium build. Police investigators said he was wearing a blue shirt, shorts and sneakers. The vehicle’s passenger was a white male standing approximately 6 feet with a heavy build, cropped hair and a sleeve tattoo on his left arm and possible additional tattoos on the right arm. He was wearing a red tank top, shorts and white sneakers.

Anyone having further information pertaining to this case should contact state police Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

Judge Meyers Presides Over Court Session

Judge Shawn D. Meyers of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 4.

 Theodore M. Grance was sentenced to 72 hours to six months in the Franklin County Prison for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Credit was granted for three days previously served, and Grance was paroled to an in-patient treatment facility. He will pay a $1,000 fine, $50 to the Catastrophic Fund, a $25-permonth supervision fee and a $150 Central Booking fee.

On an additional count related to driving under suspension, Grance was ordered to pay a $200 fine, $30 to the Catastrophic Fund and $10 EMS fee.

On an unrelated case dealing with possession of a controlled substance, Grance was ordered to 56 days in prison at the expiration of the prior sentence. Credit was granted for time served. A fine of $200 was also ordered.

 Maloree Tomika Peck appeared in court last Tuesday for sentencing and will undergo 12 months probation and community service. She will pay a $50 fine and $50 to the Fulton County Law Library.

 Gerald Francis Lange pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and will be sentenced on October 16.

 Philip A. Lent appeared for formal arraignment on one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and five summary offenses. Lent pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle on private or state property and registration of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. A written court order was issued in the matter.

 Earlyn Sollenberger waived arraignment on one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and five summary offenses. Sollenberger pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle on pri- vate or state property and registration of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle and was sentenced to 12 months probation.

 Wesley Ryan Sollenberger waived arraignment on one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and five summary offenses. Sollenberger pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle on private or state property and registration of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. A written court order was issued in the matter.

 Travis Don Wright appeared for formal arraignment on one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and five summary offenses. Wright waived arraignment and pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle on private or state property and registration of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine.

 Regina Ann Bennett appeared for a hearing to terminate participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. She pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and will be sentenced October 12.

Pa. House Leaders Strip Guards Of Guns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A newspaper reports that leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have quietly decided to strip the chamber’s uniformed guards of their firearms, reversing a policy instituted in 2006.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says the decision was made after the discovery that one of the 16 guards had been carrying a gun for years despite a criminal history. The paper said he was fired in early May and three people who supervised him resigned later.

Security guards for the state Senate don’t carry weapons. The Capitol complex is protected by Capitol police force.

Officials Warn Public After Pa. Meningitis Death

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Allegheny County Health Department is issuing a public-health notice after a Pittsburgh man died from bacterial meningitis.

The department says in a statement that 29-year-old Joseph Christopher Cecchini died from meningococcal meningitis on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Authorities say Cecchini, who also went by the name Joe Christopher, worked and lived in Pittsburgh and was president and publisher of Cue magazine.

Dr. Ron Voorhees, the health department’s acting director, says officials want to make sure people who had contact with Cecchini between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5 take precautions and get antibiotics. He says they should seek care quickly if they get sick.

Bacterial meningitis is spread through saliva or respiratory secretions.

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