2013-02-06 / Police Reports


Vehicle Rear-Ended

A 2003 Chevrolet Express driven by Garry E. Miller, 48, of McConnellsburg, was rearended at the intersection of Lincoln Way and McDowell Road in Franklin County recently.

According to state police reports from Chambersburg, the Friday, February 1, accident in Peters Township occurred when a car attempted to make a left-hand turn onto McDowell Road. Justin T. Vinglas, 19, of Lilly, was unable to stop in time and rearended Miller’s Chevrolet.

Neither driver was injured. Both were wearing a seat belt. Vinglas will be cited by state police for following too closely.

Access-Device Fraud Reported

A McConnellsburg woman told state police investigators she was the victim of access device fraud on Wednesday, January 30. The woman’s bank account information was used to make purchases totalling $176.73 at a Target in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Object Thrown From Overpass

An unidentifiable object was propelled from an overpass along Interstate 70 in Bethel Township on Sunday, January 27, state police recently reported. The object struck a 2005 International tractor-trailer driven by Murray Oakly, of Jennings, Fla., causing $1,500 in damage. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Carper at 717-485- 3131.

Police Investigate DUI Crash

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to an alleged driving under-the-influence-related accident along Cito Road on Tuesday, January 22. A southbound 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Heather M. Kennedy, 42, of McConnellsburg, travelled off the Ayr Township roadway and struck a chain-link fence at 2:30 p.m.

Police noted Kennedy was flown to York Hospital with unknown injuries. It is not known if she was wearing a seat belt.

Man Charged In Altercation

Twenty-six-year-old Shade Gap resident Edward Ellis Lake faces charges of harassment in connection with an altercation at 130 North Fifth Street in McConnellsburg Borough. State police alleged Lake struck a 27-yearold McConnellsburg man three times with a closed fist at midnight on Monday, February 4. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Argument Turns Physical

State police in McConnellsburg will be charging a Franklin County, Pa., man with harassment as a result of an argument that turned physical on Sunday, February 3. Police said Derrick Grant Leevy will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott for the alleged 4:15 p.m. fight at 116 West Walnut Street in Mc- Connellsburg Borough. Victim in the case is a 26-yearold McConnellsburg woman.

Truck Rolls Onto Side

A Big Cove Tannery man was not harmed on Friday, January 25, when his northbound 1999 Ford Ranger rolled onto its side along Great Cove Road.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported 29-year-old Levi D. Blumenschein was travelling too fast for the snow-covered roadway conditions when he lost control of his truck. The vehicle slid off the Ayr Township road and went up a twofoot embankment before rolling onto its right side.

Blumenschein was wearing a seat belt. He will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

Bedford Residents Uninjured

Two Bedford residents were not injured during a single vehicle accident along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Friday, January 25.

According to state police reports, 58-year-old Michael D. Adams was travelling too fast for road conditions when the accident occurred in Brush Creek Township at 3: 41 p. m. Adams’ 2000 Chevrolet Astrovan slid off the snow-covered roadway and struck an embankment. The disabled vehicle then spun and slid back across the left lane of travel.

Adams and his passenger, Candice J. Adams, 56, were both wearing seat belts. Michael Adams will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Two Cited For Incest

Two McConnellsburg residents have been charged with incest by Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg for an alleged ongoing sexual relationship that occurred between December 28, 2012, and January 25 at the Cardinal Glen Apartments. Charges against Jason Thomas Cotherman, 18, and 19-year-old Kayla Marie Shives have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Needmore Man Charged In Accident

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have charged a Needmore area man with failing to drive at safe speeds in connection with an accident that occurred on Thursday, January 31.

Police reports indicate 52- year-old Jeffrey A. Myers was travelling too fast for the wet roadway surface and subsequently lost control of his southbound 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The car slid into an embankment and rolled onto its roof at the intersection of Thompson and Powell roads at 11:58 p.m.

Myers was wearing a seat belt and was not harmed. His car was removed from the scene by Bard’s Towing. State police were also assisted on the scene by the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co.

Two Collide Along Interstate 70

Two vehicles collided along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Friday, January 25, according to state police reports.

Xiaofei E. Quinn, 49, of Darnestown, Md., was travelling through Brush Creek Township when she lost control of her 2004 Honda Civic at 12:25 p.m. The car went onto the northern berm where it struck an embankment, police said. Following initial impact, the Honda crossed the roadway and collided with a vehicle driven by Carl L. Kriwez, 58, of Rocky View, Alberta.

Quinn’s vehicle was towed from the accident scene just north of Old 126. Both drivers were using a seat belt and escaped harm. Quinn will be cited for driving too fast for roadway conditions.

Aggravated Assault At Cardinal Glen

Thirty-five-year-old Richard Douglas Seville was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard following an alleged assault at Cardinal Glen Apartments. He was remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Charges against Seville include aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

According to state police reports, Seville struck a 24- year- old McConnellsburg man in the head with a steel pipe on Saturday, February 2, at 12:18 a.m. The victim suffered lacerations during the assault.

Retail Theft At Family Dollar

Twenty-nine-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Tiffany Marie Hopkins will be charged with felony retail theft following an alleged incident at the Family Dollar Store in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center.

State police said Hopkins hid store merchandise on herself and attempted to leave the Ayr Township store at 1:34 p.m. on January 29. Hopkins did not pay for the items before leaving, police alleged. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Accused of DUI

A 25-year-old Hopewell, Pa., man is accused of driving under the influence as well as careless driving as a result of a single-vehicle accident in Wells Township.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said that on Thursday, January 31, Tyler K. Calhoun lost control of his eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier while rounding a turn in the Wells Township roadway. His car slid into the oncoming lane, struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof.

Calhoun was wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries during the 9:20 p.m. accident just east of the intersection of Sheep Farm Lane, police noted. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Alcohol Use Suspected In Crash

Use of alcohol was suspected in a crash that occurred in East Providence Township, Bedford County, on Sunday, January 27.

State police in Bedford reported 42-year-old George W. Mills, of Crystal Spring, was travelling too fast for roadway conditions when his eastbound 2004 Ford F-150 struck a guiderail at 2 a.m. The truck went airborne and landed on its roof before sliding down an embankment. Mills, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to UPMC Bedford Memorial for treatment of injuries.

Police are continuing their investigation into the early morning accident.

Trial Cancelled

A trial by jury scheduled for last Friday in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas was cancelled after the defendant, Bradley Jonathan Karas, opted to enter a plea. Karas entered a plea of guilty to third-degree felony receiving stolen property. The Aliquippa, Pa., man was sentenced on February 1 by Judge Douglas Herman to nine to 18 months in the Franklin County Jail. Credit was granted for time previously served.

Accused Of Possessing Prohibited Weapon

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported Andrew Skidmore is being accused of simple assault and prohibited offensive weapons in connection with an incident on Saturday, February 2. Police said at 12:18 a.m. Skidmore allegedly displayed metal knuckles and yelled at a 35-year-old McConnellsburg man at 312 Woodside Drive, making him fear for his safety. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

State Police Suspend Use Of Breathalyzers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – State police say they have temporarily suspended use of breathalyzer machines in suspected drunken driving cases because of a judge’s concerns about the accuracy of the devices.

Spokesman Adam Reed told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the decision stems from a Dauphin County judge’s decision to throw out several DUI cases after learning that one manufacturer had omitted a state requirement to have a liquid solution tested by independent labs.

Reed said the case is being appealed, but as a precaution police will temporarily refrain from using the devices. Instead, he says, suspects will be taken to a police facility or hospital for a blood-alcohol test.

Reed said the change might actually result in more motorists being charged since blood tests can detect drug intoxication while breathalyzers cannot.

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