2013-02-13 / Police Reports

POLICE REPORTS

Hit-And-Run Reported

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to a hit-and-run accident in the rear parking area of Dr. William Milroth’s office on North First Street in McConnellsburg Borough on Monday, February 4, at 4 p.m.

An unknown driver backed a vehicle into the left front door of a parked 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicle then left the scene in an unknown direction. Anyone having further information linked to this case should immediately contact state police Trooper Carper at 717-485-3131.

Window Damaged

A backdoor window sustained damage when it was struck by a BB gun on Tuesday, February 5, between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The mischief occurred at 1525 Old 126 and was reported to state police investigators by a 40-year-old Warfordsburg area woman. Anyone with additional information pertinent to this incident is asked to contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

Donated Items Stolen

Items donated to the Better Days Animal League thrift store in McConnellsburg were stolen between December 1, 2012, and February 2, 2013, state police said. Anyone having further information regarding this theft should call state police Trooper Sprague at 717-485- 3131.

Car Strikes Tree

A Fort Littleton woman was transported to Fulton County Medical Center on Tuesday, February 5, for treatment of moderate injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident.

According to state police reports, Brittany N. Holmes, 20, lost control of her northbound 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass at 9:52 p.m. The car spun counterclockwise and struck a tree on the west berm of Great Cove Road in Dublin Township. Holmes was wearing a seat belt and will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

State police were assisted on the scene by Hustontown Volunteer Fire and EMS as well as PennDOT.

Man Accused Of Theft

Shane Stewart Hill, 33, of McConnellsburg, has been accused of theft in connection with a prior incident at 408 Knobsville Road. State police reported Hill allegedly stole two wedding rings and a MP3 player on November 6, 2012, from a 37-yearold McConnellsburg woman.

Driver Cited After Crash

A Newport News, Va., man will be charged for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds following an accident at a rest stop along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Bethel Township.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported Glenn N. Kennard, 35, was attempting to pull into the rest area at 8:26 p.m. on February 4 when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered roadway. Kennard’s 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo struck a 2007 Freightliner Century Classic parked along the berm. Kennard was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt.

Death Under Investigation

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a death that occurred at 424 Blackberry Lane in Todd Township. Police said 41-year-old McConnellsburg resident Douglas A. Kerlin was found deceased at his residence on Saturday, February 9.

The cause of death in the matter is pending an autopsy. There is no indication of foul play, police added.

Cited For Making False Reports

Twenty-six-year-old Crystal Leigh Rogers of McConnellsburg is being charged with making false reports to law enforcement authorities following a report that was made to state police investigators on December 16, 2012.

Rogers reportedly told police during the interview she had been assaulted by a former boyfriend. On January 7, Rogers recanted her story after a warrant had been issued and the man was arrested and taken into custody. Charges against Rogers will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Passenger Injured In Early Morning Accident

A passenger in a northbound 1999 Subaru Legacy suffered minor injuries on Saturday, February 9, when the car travelled down an embankment and rolled onto its roof. State police said Ashley R. Keck, 21, of Hustontown, was injured during the 12:45 a.m. rollover along the turnpike access road in Taylor Township.

Keck was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Christopher G. Shotts, 30, also of Hustontown. Shotts was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He will be cited for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Crossbow Stolen

A Ten Point crossbow with a scope and quiver containing three arrows with Rage broad heads were stolen from 924 McKibben Lane, Warfordsburg. The burglary occurred between 8 a.m. on January 1 and 11:30 a.m. on February 10, state police said. The stolen items have been valued at $575. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should immediately contact state police Trooper Barnett at 717-485-3131.

Injured In DUI Crash

A McConnellsburg man was transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident along Great Cove Road.

According to state police reports, 56-year-old Gary J. Weeks was injured on Saturday, February 9, when he lost control of his northbound 1988 Jeep Cherokee just south of the intersection of Route 30. The Jeep struck the median and overturned several times at 7:51 p.m.

Weeks will be cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and various traffic violations.

Involved In Accident

A 29-year- old Mercersburg man was involved in a single-vehicle accident along Lincoln Highway on Saturday, February 9, state police said.

Dakota A. Unger was travelling just west of the Mountain House Bar and Grill when he failed to negotiate a curve in the Todd Township roadway. Unger’s 1999 Nissan Sentra crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a guiderail. Unger left the 1:40 a.m. accident scene prior to state police arrival.

He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He will be cited for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Man Faces Fed Sentencing For Cross-burning

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man is scheduled to be sentenced for burning a cross in a white woman’s yard because she had a black man living there.

Ryan Held, 21, of Phillipsburg, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of interfering with housing for the 2010 incident in Woodland in Clearfield County.

Federal prosecutors say Held sought to intimidate the woman and her male friend, who have not been named in court papers.

The crimes carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Paternos Challenge Freeh Report On Scandal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Joe Paterno’s family released its response to Penn State's report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh’s conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.0

In a report commissioned by the family, former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh said the investigation by former FBI director Freeh resulted in a “rush to injustice.” That report, authorized by the university, found that Paterno and other school officials accused Paterno and three former administrators of covering up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Those findings last July were unsupported by the facts, said the family critique released Sunday.

“The lack of factual report for the ... inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno, and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies, was a rush to injustice and calls into question the credibility of the entire Report,” Thornburgh was quoted as saying in the family’s analysis, posted on the website paterno.com.

Months in the making, the report was billed as an independent analysis of the work by Freeh, who defended his report Sunday.

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