2012-11-28 / Police Reports


Two Collide On I-70

Two vehicles collided along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Monday, November 5, leaving one driver with minor injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported Stephen A. Oblinsky, 26, of Nanty Glo, attempted to pass a 2007 Peterbilt Conventional driven by Rocky L. Smith, 57, of Yellville, Ark. Oblinsky’s 2010 Subaru Forrester struck the rear driver’s side corner of the Peterbilt at 12:20 p.m.

The impact, police said, caused Oblinsky’s vehicle to spin and roll over. Oblinsky was wearing a seat belt but suffered minor injuries. Smith was also using a seat belt and was uninjured in the Brush Creek Township accident.

Oblinsky will be charged with driving under the influence as well as overtaking a vehicle on the left. State police were assisted on the scene by the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co.

Vehicle Strikes Sewer Pipe

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to investigage a single vehicle accident along Success Drive in Ayr Township.

Reports state that on Tuesday, November 13, Cory M. Duncan of McConnellsburg exited a private driveway in Ayr Twonship and accelerated in a “rapid manner,” causing him to lose control of his 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. The vehicle struck a sewer pipe along the berm and became disabled.

The 20-year- old driver was not wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the 11:16 p.m. accident. He will be cited with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Two Hurt In Head-On Crash

Two Crystal Spring residents were hurt during a head- on collision along South Valley Road, according to state police reports.

Lynne M. Hixson, 58, was heading northbound on Tuesday, November 20, when she failed to make a righthand curve in the Brush Creek Township roadway. Police said Hixson’s 2008 Chevrolet Traverse crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into a 1993 Chevrolet 2500 driven by John D. Fischer, 75.

Both drivers were wearing a seat belt when the 7:23 a.m. accident occurred and suffered minor injuries. Both vehicles sustained disabling damages.

Hixson is slated to be charged with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Vehicle Strikes Deer

A southbound 2004 Honda CRV struck a white-tailed deer along Great Cove Road approximately two miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Fort Littleton.

State police said Linda A. Martin, 57, of Pittsburgh, was not injured in the Saturday, November 17, accident in Dublin Township. Others escaping harm were Martin’s passengers, Noel J. Walkington, 55, and a 9-year-old boy, both of Pittsburgh. All individuals were using a seat belt during the 9 p.m. accident.

Drug Paraphernalia Charges To Be Filed

Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia are slated to be filed against a Needmore man. State police said Christopher Lynn Shives, 25, of Needmore, will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard in connection with the incident at 208 Cliff Creek Lane in Thompson Township on Saturday, November 17, at 11:40 a.m.

Residence Damaged By Paintballs

A 11828 Timber Ridge Road, Belfast Township, home was damaged by paintballs on Thursday, November 15, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Victim is a 79- year- old Needmore area man. Anyone with any information pertinent to this case of criminal mischief should immediately contact state police Piasecki at 717-485- 3131.

Hunting Camera Stolen

A Cuddyback trail camera was stolen and a portable hunting blind was damaged during an incident along Pigeon Cove Road on Tuesday, November 6. State police reported the theft and trespassing occurred between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. approximately four miles north of the intersection of Stillwell Road in Bethel Township. Victim is a Warfordsburg man. Anyone having further information related to this incident should call state police Trooper Garner at 717- 485-3131.

Truck Rear-ended

A southbound 1997 Chevrolet 1500 driven by Sam T. Conners, 74, of Harrisonville, was rear-ended along Waterfall Road on Tuesday, November 13.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Joan D. Mellott, 44, of McConnellsburg, applied the brakes of her southbound 2003 Dodge Neon but was unable to stop in time before colliding with Conners’ truck at 3:37 p.m. The impact caused Conners’ truck to strike a guiderail along the southern berm.

Mellott and Conners were not injured in the Taylor Township accident at the intersection of Wooden Bridge Road. They were wearing seat belts. Mellott will be charged with following too closely.

Jeep Rolls Onto Side

A Monroeville, Pa., man will be charged with failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic after his westbound 2006 Jeep Wrangler rolled onto its side, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Reports indicate on Monday, November 12, 43-yearold Damian L. Vergot lost control of his Jeep on a rainsoaked Lincoln Highway just west of the intersection of Bark Road. The Jeep slid across the road, spun around and went down a small embankment before rolling onto its side.

Vergot was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the 10:03 p.m. accident.

Police Investigate Route 30 Crash

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a single-vehicle accident along Lincoln Highway on Tuesday, November 13.

The driver, who was not identified by state police, drove across an oily substance on the Todd Township roadway, causing the eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Colorado to slide off the northern berm and into an embankment. The truck sustained minor damage to its passenger’s side front and rear tire.

State police were assisted at the 10:08 a.m. accident scene by McConnellsburg Fire Police and Scott’s Towing.

Hit-And-Run Driver Sought

Pennsylvania State Police are searching for the whereabouts of a driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident along Lincoln Way in Mc- Connellsburg Borough.

Police said on Friday, November 16, an unknown vehicle was travelling westbound when it struck a vehicle driven by Kimberly M. Messan, 37, of McConnellsburg, at 11:30 p.m. The unknown vehicle and driver fled the scene. Meanwhile, Messan’s vehicle sustained minor damage.

Anyone having information pertinent to this hit-andrun accident should contact state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485-3131.

Tires Slashed

Multiple tires on a Hyundai Accent parked on the 100 block of North First Street in McConnellsburg Borough were cut between 9 p.m. on November 15 and 7:30 a.m. on November 16. Victim is a 52-year-old Mc- Connellsburg woman. Anyone with further information related to this case is asked to call state police Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

Theft Of Firearm Reported

A 53-year- old McConnellsburg man reported losing two bolt-action rifles at the intersection of Great Cove and Rock Hill roads on Monday, November 19.

Police reported the rifles had been inside a plastic case that slid out of the bed of a pickup truck at 3:15 p.m. Another individual reportedly saw the firearms, moved them to the side of the road and reported his discovery to state police investigators. When police arrived at the scene in Ayr Township, the case and guns were gone.

Anyone with additional information concerning this theft of a firearm is urged to contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Two Charged In Bedford County

Two Fulton County residents have been charged by Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford in connection with an incident that occurred over the summer.

Joshua Weaver, 24, of Wells Tannery, is accused of stealing the wallet of Colleen Stufft, 51, of Bedford, while in the Snake Spring Township Walmart on July 9. The wallet reportedly contained cash as well as credit cards.

In addition to being charged with theft, Weaver will also be charged with access device fraud. Thirtyyear old Needmore resident Amanda Bottenfield will be charged with access-device fraud as well after the duo allegedly used Stufft’s credit card at several locations in Maryland.

Six Uninjured

Six individuals escaped injury during a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Great Cove Road on Tuesday, November 20.

According to state police reports, Tobby O. Ervin, 53, of Baltimore, Md., reportedly exited Interstate 70 in Warfordsburg but failed to yield to a northbound 2013 Kia driven by Charles M. Hughes, 24, of Lemoore, Calif. Hughes’s vehicle struck Ervin’s 2007 Chevrolet Impala at 7:03 p.m.

Ervin and his passenger Collin B. Gardner, 49, also of Baltimore, were wearing seat belts and were not harmed. Hughes suffered moderate injuries, but his passengers, Mary B. Hughes, 49, of Lemoore; Andrew L. Anderson, 24, of Needmore; and Bonnie C. Orem, 59, Warfordsburg, were not injured. Everyone riding in the Kia was wearing a seat belt.

Ervin will be cited by state police for stop and yield signs.

Vehicle Disabled In Accident With Deer

An eastbound 2005 Nissan Altima became disabled after crashing into a whitetailed deer along Lincoln Highway on Wednesday, November 21, in Todd Township.

State police said driver Brenda L. Cascante, 40, of Dayton, Ohio, and passenger Alfredo A. Cascante, 35, also of Dayton, were not injured. They were using seat belts. Their vehicle was removed from the 7:14 p.m. accident scene by Scott’s Auto Body.

Two Collide In Borough

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Second Street in McConnellsburg Borough on Thursday, November 22, state police reported.

Police said the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming 1996 Nissan at 7:26 p.m. The identities of the involved drivers were not released by the police. The driver of the Cavalier is slated to be charged with vehicles turning left.

Sobriety Checkpoint Held

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg conducted a roving sobriety checkpoint in Fulton County on Friday, November 23. Between 11 p.m. and 3 p.m., officers stopped 38 vehicles; made two driving-under-theinfluence arrests; issued eight traffic citations; wrote 29 written warnings; and made a drug arrest involving possession of synthetic marijuana.

Police Make DUI Arrest

A Burnt Cabins man faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol following a traffic stop at the intersection of Great Cove and Sheepskin Hollow roads. State police stopped Francis Strong Kling, 21, on Saturday, November 24, at 1:43 a.m. after he committed several traffic violations. Charges against Kling will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Hagerstown Man Facing DUI Charges

A 32-year- old Hagerstown, Md., man is slated to be charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance as well as drug possession charges. Police said the vehicle stop involving Shane Stewart Hill occurred along Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg Borough on Friday, November 23, at 10:57 p.m. Hill will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Nails Flatten Tires

Nails scattered along Cherry Lane and a small section of Pleasant Ridge Road in the Harrisonville area, flattened tires on numerous hunters’ vehicles, state police said. The mischief reportedly occurred between 6 p.m. on November 25 and 10:10 a.m. on November 26. Anyone having any information linked to this case is asked to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485- 3131.

Man Dies After Water Heater Fills Home With Carbon Monoxide

NEW FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in central Pennsylvania say a man died after a malfunctioning water heater filled his home with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and smoke.

Firefighters arrived Friday evening in Shrewsbury Township following a report of smoke in a house.

They found an unresponsive elderly man in the kitchen. The victim later died at a nearby hospital in York.

Shrewsbury Fire Chief Tony Myers said the smoke was caused by a malfunctioning water heater in the basement. The gas-fired appliance also filled the home with carbon monoxide.

Thanksgiving Fire Leaves Pa. Families Homeless

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Several families are without homes in western Pennsylvania after a Thanksgiving night fire destroyed a small apartment building and water from firefighters’ hoses left another home uninhabitable.

No injuries were reported. Fire officials said Friday the fire in Johnstown’s Moxham neighborhood started in a vacant duplex. Three buildings were burned down, including two vacant duplexes and an apartment building where about 10 people lived.

Dozens of firefighters from Johnstown and area volunteer companies battled the blaze.

The son of one victim told WJAC-TV that his mother’s house next door received so much water damage that it’s no longer inhabitable.

Prosecutor Convicted Of Leaving Crash Scene

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) – A former assistant district attorney has been convicted of a misdemeanor in a hit-andrun crash that injured a suburban Philadelphia teenager a year ago.

Jurors in Delaware County deliberated for about 4- 1/2 hours before convicting 32-year-old Michael Donohue on Monday of leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor because jurors said serious bodily injury hadn’t resulted.

The judge earlier acquitted Donohue of more serious charges of aggravated assault and driving under the influence in the November 2011 accident that left a 14-year-old boy with a broken leg and pelvis as well as bleeding on the brain. He was hospitalized and missed three months of school.

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