2012-12-19 / Police Reports


Rape Investigation Ongoing

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are continuing their investigation into a rape that occurred during the early morning hours in Mc- Connellsburg Borough Friday.

Crime unit investigator Trooper Kenneth Falkosky reported a 19- year- old woman was walking along South Seventh Street between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. when she was forced into a dark area between two Mc- Connellsburg homes.

Falkosky said the woman was forced between the residences from the roadway by a large, white male and sexually assaulted. The woman reportedly did not know the assailant, who then fled the scene heading south on South Seventh Street.

Crime unit Supervisor Cpl. William Baker noted investigators are unable to comment on certain issues at this time as the incident continues to be under investigation. However, they did release a description of the man, who was heavy set, around 6 feet in height, with some facial hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and gloves.

Following the incident, the female victim was treated at Fulton County Medical Center. Police said she did suffer any injuries during the assault.

Anyone having further information concerning this case is urged to immediately contact Trooper Falkosky at the McConnellsburg substation at 717-485-3131.

Man Jailed For Intimidating Witness

A 28-year-old Fayetteville man has been committed to the Franklin County Prison after he allegedly intimidated a witness on November 19. State police reported Anthony J. Spriggs has been charged with intimidation of a witness, terroristic threats and harassment. The incident occurred at 720 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg Borough. Victim is a 22-yearold McConnellsburg man.

Mailbox Damaged

A mailbox located at 1295 Union Church Road in Ayr Township was damaged on Monday, December 10. The victim, a 40-year- old Mc- Connellsburg man, told state police investigators that between 6 p.m. and 6:22 p.m. he heard a loud car drive past the residence, followed by a banging noise. The mailbox has been valued at $70. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Bartlett at 717-485-3131.

Spring Run Woman Charged

A Spring Run, Pa., woman faces charges of absconding witness for failing to appear at a court proceeding at the Fulton County Courthouse on November 15. State police reported 35- year-old Mandy Dawn Boggs was served a subpoena but failed to appear at the 9 a.m. court session. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Woman Guilty of Animal Abuse

A McConnellsburg woman was found guilty earlier this month of animal cruelty and neglect during a hearing before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. According to Better Days Animal League Humane Society Officer Jeff Bliss, Erica Lund has been ordered to pay $347 in fines, fees and court costs as a result of an incident that occurred on August 5.

Bliss stated Lund’s pugmix dog was struck by a vehicle in front of the BDAL Thrift Store in McConnellsburg. Lund refused to have her 3-month old dog treated for injuries that included a fractured pelvis, tail and legs. BDAL reportedly incurred the veterinary costs that exceeded $5,000 and are continuing to care for the dog.

Wells Tannery Man Waives Hearing

A Wells Tannery man waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Bedford County Central Court on Wednesday, December 12. Joshua Michael Weaver is accused of picking up a woman’s wallet on July 9 at the Bedford Walmart and then using it at Sheetz, Walmart and Advance Auto in Hagerstown, Md., and Best Western in Baltimore, Md. A total of $710.40 in purchases were made. Weaver is charged with theft of property and access device fraud.

Maryland Man Accused Of Assault

A 26-year- old Hagerstown, Md., man has been accused of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment following an incident along Great Cove Road near Harr’s Store. State police said on Sunday, December 16, a 26- year-old woman was travelling northbound through Ayr Township when she became involved in a verbal altercation with front-seat passenger Steven Eugene Ebersole. The 5:45 p.m. argument escalated when Ebersole allegedly punched the woman several times and bit her.

Window Broken

A window was broken at 1419 Hill Road in Bethel Township between 11 p.m. on December 13 and 11:51 a.m. on December 14. Victim is a 68-year-old Warfordsburg woman. Anyone having further information concerning this case of criminal mischief should call state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

Bad Check Written

A bad check was written to DCMJD Land Co. of 659 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, on October 2, state police reported. Charges against the suspect, a 46- year- old McConnellsburg woman, are pending further investigation.

Auto Auction Owner, Manager Sentenced

The former owner and general manager of Gettysburg Auto Auction were sentenced Monday by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones III.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced William C. Stake, 41, of Chambersburg, was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment, while 65-yearold Chambersburg resident David R. Burk was ordered to 12 months incarceration and two years of supervised release. In addition, both men were ordered to jointly pay $524,694 in restitution.

Stake and Burke were charged in November 2011 with operating and conspiring to operate a scheme to defraud charities who used Gettysburg Auto Auction to sell vehicles donated by private individuals for charitable causes.

Stake, the attorney’s office said, created fictitious bills of sale indicating the vehicles had been sold at less than the actual price. He in turn kept a significant portion of the proceeds for himself.

Harassment Reported

A 51-year-old man from Warfordsburg told state police investigators he was the victim of harassment on Saturday, December 15. According to reports, Phylis Ann Porter, 50, of Breezewood, allegedly called and harassed the man by telephone at 9:30 p.m. Porter had previously been warned by state police not to contact the man.

Driver Cited Following Crash

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have cited 18-year-old Warfordsburg resident Zachary D. Lancaster with driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds following a two-vehicle accident along Deneens Gap Road.

According to police reports, Lancaster was travelling too fast for roadway conditions when he crested a hill and was unable to stop from colliding into a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Fred E. Rohm, 75, also of Warfordsburg. Rohm, police said, was making a left-hand turn from his driveway onto the Bethel Township roadway when his car was struck by Lancaster’s southbound 2002 Ford Focus.

Police noted Lancaster’s car left around 50 feet of skid marks before the car struck Rohm’s car. Following impact, Rohm’s car spun counterclockwise into an embankment.

Lancaster and his passenger, a 16-year-old Warfordsburg boy, were both wearing seat belts as were Rohm and his 14-year-old female passenger, also of Warfordsburg. All four individuals escaped injury. State police were assisted on the scene by Needmore Fire and EMS.

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