2012-12-26 / Police Reports


McConnellsburg Woman Charged With Perjury

A 34-year-old McConnellsburg faces charges of false swearing and perjury following a criminal matter in the Fulton County Courthouse.

Pennsylvania State Police reported Tina Marie Fama testified before Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh on November 13. Police said during the testimony Fama made several statements that she knew not to be true. On Wednesday, December 19, state police filed charges against Fama through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. The following day she was taken into custody and arraigned before Judge Jody Eyer of Mercersburg, who set bail at $10,000 unsecured.

Vehicle Strikes Utility Pole

A westbound 2001 Daewood Lanos ran off Lincoln Highway on Monday, December 17, and struck a utility pole. State police said the 11:50 a.m. crash occurred between North and South Valley roads when a 17-year-old Harrisonville girl lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway. The juvenile was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. She will be cited for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Two Drivers Uninjured

Two drivers escaped harm during an accident along Lincoln Highway in Brush Creek Township on Friday, December 14, state police said.

Adam S. Layman, 29, of Martinsburg, W.Va., attempted to make a right-hand turn onto Lincoln Highway from Route 915 but failed to stay in his lane of travel. Police said Justine Shasserre, 21, of McConnellsburg, swerved in her westbound 2008 Toyota Scion to avoid colliding with Layman’s 2012 Kenworth T660.

Shasserre’s car travelled into the eastbound lane and then off the roadway where it rolled over twice at 3:01 p. m. Both Layman and Shasserre were using seat belts. Police will be citing Layman with failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Hit-And-Run At Dollar General

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to the Dollar General Store in Mc- Connellsburg for a hit-andrun accident on Friday, December 14. Police reports indicate an unknown individual struck the rear bumper of a parked 2008 Jeep Compass at 11 a.m. The vehicle then fled the scene.

Pills Taken

Several prescription pills were stolen from 211 South Seventh Street in Mc- Connellsburg Borough on Friday, December 14, at 12:14 p.m., state police said. Victim of this theft is a 62- year- old male from Mc- Connellsburg. Anyone having further information linked to this case should contact state police Trooper Poole at 717-485-3131.

Tires Slashed

Two tires valued at $240 were slashed on a vehicle parked at 1415 Hill Road in Warfordsburg between 5:15 p.m. on December 14 and 11 a.m. on December 15. Victim of this case of criminal mischief is a 68-year-old Warfordsburg area woman. Anyone with additional information concerning this incident is urged to contact state police Trooper Bartlett at 717- 485-3131.

Vehicle Rolls Over

An Everett, Pa., man escaped injury when his eastbound 2001 Jeep Wrangler ran off Lincoln Highway and rolled onto its driver’s side.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported Donald Albert Young, 48, came around a turn and applied his brakes to avoid colliding with an eastbound 2005 Chrysler Town & Country driven by Betty Jane Clark, 62, of Warfordsburg. Police said Clark was stopped in an attempt to make a left-hand turn into a driveway near the intersection of Leasure Mountain Road on Tuesday, December 18.

Young’s Jeep went off the Licking Creek Township roadway, into an embankment and rolled over at 7:44 a.m. Young’s vehicle was able to be driven from the scene.

Both Young and Clark were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

Burglars Steal Jewelry

Burglars broke in through the backdoor of a home located at 279 Garland Road in Belfast Township on Tuesday, December 18. According to state police reports, various jewelry was stolen from the home belonging to a 38- year- old Needmore woman between 8:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Any additional information pertinent to this case can be directed to state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Retail Theft At Thrift Store

Owners of Fittry’s Thrift Store along Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg reported a retail theft between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. Anyone having further information linked to this case is urged to contact state police Trooper Piasecki by calling 717-485- 3131.

Identity Theft Repor ted

A 35-year- old McConnellsburg man told state police investigators his personal banking information was used to make unauthorized transactions at various locations in New Jersey. The purchases were made between December 10 and December 16.

Mischief Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to investigate criminal mischief that occurred along Interstate 70 on Friday, December 21.

Police said Michael Allan Hoffman, 50, from Reisterstown, Md., allegedly tossed an unknown object from his vehicle at 5:15 p.m. in Brush Creek Township. The object reportedly struck an eastbound vehicle driven by a 44- year-old male from Erie, Pa.

Police Make DUI Arrest

State police reported a driving-under-the-influencerelated arrest along Route 475 in the Hustontown area on Sunday, December 23. Neil Page Berkstresser, 53, was travelling southbound through Dublin Township at 1: 53 a. m. when he was stopped for committing several traffic violations. Police said they found Berkstresser driving under the influence of alcohol. He will be charged through the office of Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

DUI Charges To Be Filed

Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol are slated to be filed against Brian William Browning of Hancock, Md., state police said. Browning, 36, was allegedly travelling northbound in the southbound lane of Great Cove Road on Sunday, December 23, at 4: 53 a. m. Browning was stopped near the intersection of Rock Hill Road and reportedly found to be driving drunk. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Franklin County Man Arrested For DUI

A Willow Hill, Pa., man faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol following a traffic stop along Route 16. According to state police reports, 50-year-old Mark Wade Brown was stopped at 2:59 a.m. for a traffic violation near Johnnie’s Motel on Saturday, December 22, while operating a tan Dodge Neon. Brown was arrested for driving under the influence and will be cited through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Access-Device Fraud Reported

State police in Mc- Connellsburg said purchases totalling $1,884.89 were made from a Visa card belonging to a 67-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man between December 3 and December 4. Anyone having further information related to this case of access device fraud should contact state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485- 3131.

Theft From Johnnie’s

An estimated $ 230 in cash was stolen from the office area at Johnnie’s Motel between 11:30 a.m. and noon on Friday, December 21, state police reported. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this incident of theft by unlawful taking is urged to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485-3131.

Two Accused Of Drug Possession

Two Potomac, Md., residents will be charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana following a traffic stop along Interstate 70 over the weekend.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Daniel Brett Dickstein, 21, and Matthew Richard Gordon, 20, will be cited through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard. Gordon will also be charged with the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Local Man Cited For DUI

Forty-five-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Kevin R. Kyler will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne for driving under the influence. Kyler was stopped by state police troopers for a traffic violation on Saturday, December 22, along Great Cove Road near the intersection of Normans Lane at 9:42 p.m.

McConnellsburg Man Lead Police In Chase

Pennsylvania State Police from the McConnellsburg substation were led through McConnellsburg Borough and Ayr Township on a high-speed chase early Sunday morning.

Police said they attempted to pull over 26-year-old McConnellsburg resident Charles Richards in the borough at 2:13 a.m. Richards fled south on Great Cove Road in his green Pontiac Grand Am at speeds exceeding 115 miles per hour.

Police added Richards attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Big Cove Tannery Road and lost control of his car, which travelled through a field and crashed into a tree. Richards abandoned the car and fled on foot heading southeast through a wooded area.

Members Of “Felony Lane Gang” Charged With Interstate Identity Theft And Bank Fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg returned an indictment charging 10 individuals for their involvement in “Felony Lane Gang” conspiracy.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the “Felony Lane Gang” is a group based primarily in South Florida that allegedly travels across the United States stealing identities and checkbooks from unattended cars (“smash and grabs”) and thereafter uses the drive through lane of banks (“felony lane”) to make fraudulent transactions with the stolen identity information.

Last Wednesday, a grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging 10 people with conspiracy to commit fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The individuals indicted are: Travis J. Russ, age 30, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Sylvester Joseph, age 26, of Derrfield, Fla.; Jarrett Hobbs, age 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Khiante Thompson, age 20, Fla.; Phillip Etienne, age 31, of Margate, Fla.; Willie L. Ogiste, age 35, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Teresa L. Brimhall, age 45, of Oakland Park, Fla.; April Ainsworth, age 26, of Richmond, Texas; Colleen Shelly, age 49, of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.; and Wendy Snyder-Lucas, age 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The 10 persons charged in this indictment allegedly struck Pennsylvania from August to October 2012. During that time, they allegedly broke into and/or stole the identities of over 100 people. In addition, the group allegedly targeted state parks where victims left purses, wallets and checkbooks in their cars while using the recreation facilities. The “smash and grabs” occurred at approximately 25 different state parks and recreation centers in and around the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

This group allegedly used stolen checks and identification to obtain funds from banks and credit unions. According to the indictment, a conspirator, disguised as the account holder, used the drive-through lane at the account holder’s bank, submitted to the teller a forged check with the stolen identification of the victim, on numerous occasions, and received the funds. Through this process, these conspirators successfully compromised numerous accounts and stole tens of thousands of dollars in funds from the victims.

This investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Secret Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other state and local investigative agencies. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio.

Indictments and criminal informations are only allegations.

All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 30 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Dec. 18 Court Session Held


Judge Angela R. Krom of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton/Franklin Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 18.

 Skyler Alan Vincenti appeared for resentencing last Tuesday and was ordered to complete 16 to 36 months in a state correctional institution. Original charges against Vincenti include receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle and theft by unlawful taking . Jeffrey Lee Brown withdrew a guilty plea, and his case will be heard during the April trial term. Brown is charged with three counts of driving under the influence of alcohol; one count of resisting arrest; one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; and four summary offenses.

 Richard Muliek Kearney appeared in court for sentencing on one count of burglary, which carried a sentence of 24 to 48 months in a state correctional institution. An additional, unrelated count of burglary resulted in an additional 60 to 120 months in a state correctional institution. Credit was granted for time previously served. He is ineligible for participation in the RRRI program.

 Leon Ashley Lynch was ordered to 30 days in the Franklin County Prison effective December 21 for charges of driving under the influence.

 Timothy Marvin Mellott was sentenced to 30 days to six months in the Franklin County Prison for driving under the influence and an additional 90 days for driving under suspension.

 Edward Scott failed to appear for sentencing but was ordered to spend between 90 and 180 months in a state correctional institution for aggravated assault. He will pay a $300 fine as well as restitution.

 Michael Keith Wilson waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence, one count of illegally operating a vehicle without the ignition interlock and five summary offenses.

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