2013-03-21 / Police Reports


Puppy Abandoned

A humane officer with Better Days Animal League is currently investigating the abandonment of a Rottweiler/ shepard-mix puppy that was found by Carbaugh’s Coin Laundry at the intersection of Maple Street and Cito Road.

Witnesses told officer Jeff Bliss a woman was walking the dog around 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, when she reached down and unhooked the dog from its leash. Witnesses reportedly tried to make contact with the woman, who fled the scene on foot. She is described as middle-aged with a large build, Bliss told the “News.”

Anyone having further information regarding the abandonment of this five- to six-month old puppy should contact officer Bliss at 485- 0064.

Waterfall Woman Charged In Thefts

A 45-year-old Waterfall area woman has been arrested by the Mount Union Borough Police Department for allegedly stealing money from various accounts belonging to Mount Union Medical Center.

Wendy Wright was charged last Thursday with three counts each of unlawful taking or disposition and failure to make required disposition of funds. Wright allegedly took approximately $91,000 from the medical center’s credit card, bank and petty cash accounts. The thefts occurred over a five-year period dating back to 2008. Wright was hired in 2004 as the medical center’s business manager.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case indicates Wright used petty cash and the medical center’s American Express credit card for her own personal use, such as for airfare, hotels, rental cars and vacations.

Wright has been on administrative leave since October 2012. She was remanded to the Huntingdon County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail following her arraignment by Magisterial District Judge Mary Jamison. A preliminary hearing was tentatively set for March 19.

Woman Injured In Vehicle Rollover

A McConnellsburg woman was transported to Chambersburg Hospital last Friday morning for treatment of injuries suffered in a vehicle rolledover along Lincoln Highway.

According to state police, Lindsay M. Atherton, 23, suffered unknown injuries during the 9:22 a.m. accident in Todd Township. Atherton was injured when she lost control of her eastbound 2002 Toyota Camry, which crossed the road, struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Police did not say if she was wearing a seat belt. She will be charged with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Hit-And-Run Reported

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a hit-and-run accident that occurred last Friday morning in McConnellsburg Borough. Police said a legally parked 2011 Jeep Compass was struck on the left front corner at 9 a.m. by an unknown vehicle, which then fled the scene. The exact location of the hit-andrun was not revealed by state police.

Local Woman Crashes Car Into Dog Spa

An elderly Fulton County woman escaped injury when her automobile crashed into a dog spa in Hagerstown, Md.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate the incident that occurred Friday afternoon at the Bow Wow Station & Spa LLC on Oak Ridge Drive. The woman, who was not identified, was reportedly bringing her dog to the spa at 1:15 p.m. The dog was sitting on the floor by the woman’s feet and is accused of hitting the gas pedal while the woman was pulling into the spa.

Brake Line Cut

A vehicle parked at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments in Ayr Township had its brake line cut on Saturday, March 9. State police said the mischief is believed to have occurred at 2:15 a.m. Victim is a 37-year-old Mc- Connellsburg woman. Anyone having further information linked to this case should immediately contact state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Car Hits Deer

A Hustontown man escaped injury when his 1996 Chevrolet Corsica struck a white-tailed deer along King Road.

According to state police, Alexander L. Bookheimer struck the deer before his car travelled onto the berm and struck a culvert at 8:14 a.m. The vehicle then rolled onto its roof. Bookheimer was wearing a seat belt and will be cited by state police for insurance violations.

Man Cited For Trespassing At Cardinal Glenn

Twenty-two-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Hakeem Lowery Jefferson has been cited through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott with criminal trespassing. Jefferson allegedly trespassed at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments on Friday, March 15, at 1:49 p.m. He had previously been given notice he was not permitted on the property.

Fort Littleton Man Accused Of Institutional Vandalism

Thirty-five-year-old John David Hartman of Fort Littleton is accused of institutional vandalism in connection with an incident at the Franklin County Prison. Hartman allegedly kicked out a cell door window during his incarceration on Thursday, March 7, state police in Chambersburg said.

Accused Of Violating PFA Order

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have accused a McConnellsburg man of violating a protection from-abuse order last Wednesday.

According to reports, Roy Roger Martz Jr., 34, allegedly arrived at 328 Reservoir Road in Todd Township at 6:47 p.m. and refused to leave the property belonging to the victim, a McConnellsburg woman. Charges against Martz were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Teens Charged In Fight

Two teenage girls have been charged with harassment following an alleged fight at Forbes Road Junior/ Senior High School on February 22. State police said a 13-year-old girl from Harrisonville and a 14-year-old Waterfall area girl were charged through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Unwanted, Unused Prescriptions To Be Collected

Pennsylvania State Police in conjunction with Fulton County Medical Center and the Fulton/Franklin County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board will hold a prescription take-back event on Saturday, April 27. Recognized nationally, the event allows local residents to turn in unused, unwanted and expired medication. The local event will be held at the Medical Center between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Police Search For Juvenile

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are currently searching for the whereabouts of a juvenile who has been missing since Thursday, March 14. The 15- year-old Fort Loudon area boy reportedly left his residence located at 150 Carrick Valley Road in Todd Township between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The juvenile, who was not identified by state police, may be in the Chambersburg or Waynesboro areas. Anyone having information regarding this missing teen should contact state police Trooper Garner at 717- 485-3131.

Mischief Reported

A 73-year- old McConnellsburg man told state police investigators a mailbox at 315 Valley View Drive in Ayr Township was damaged between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. Anyone with further information linked to this case of criminal mischief should contact state police Trooper Miller at 717-485-3131.

Truck Strikes Utility Pole

A 2005 Ford F-150 struck a utility pole along Crossroads Road Monday morning, state police said.

The truck driven by a male juvenile from Mc- Connellsburg travelled off the slush- covered, Ayr Township roadway at 8:45 a.m. and spun counterclockwise into the pole. The teen was wearing a seat belt andwas not injured. He will be charged with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Police Make DUI Arrest

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have arrested a McConnellsburg woman for driving under the influence of alcohol. Twenty seven-year-old Tasha Mae Knepper was stopped by state police along Lincoln Highway on Saturday, March 13, in Licking Creek Township. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Vehicle Towed From Crash Scene

A 2003 Subaru Legacy was towed from an accident scene in Bethel Township after after it crashed into a utility pole.

According to state police, on Monday, March 18, Tremayne A. Williams, 23, of Clearville, was travelling westbound when he failed to negotiate a lefthand curve in the Bethel Township roadway. The Subaru went onto the berm and struck the pole at 3:55 p.m. one mile east of the intersection of Pigeon Cove Road.

Williams was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury. He will be cited with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Two Arraigned In Pa. Turnpike Corruption Probe

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two more defendants who are charged in cases involving their work at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have been arraigned.

Former turnpike commission chief executive Joseph Brimmeier and former commission employee Melvin Shelton showed up Thursday at a suburban Harrisburg district judge’s office to hear the charges against them.

Both were released on $100,000 unsecured bond.

Eight defendants were charged Wednesday. Most of the charges relate to what state prosecutors call a “pay to play” scheme for contracthungry vendors.

Brimmeier allegedly helped ensure turnpike contracts were awarded to vendors who gave money to Democratic candidates. The grand jury says Shelton held himself out to be a labor relations specialist but acted more like a Democratic Party functionary.

Shelton declined comment. Brimmeier's lawyer says his client will be exonerated in court.

Boy Used School-taught Skills To Avoid Fire

CASTLE SHANNON, Pa. (AP) – A fire chief says a 10- year-old boy used fire safety skills he learned at school to save himself and lead his mom to safety from their burning Pittsburgh-area home.

Castle Shannon fire Chief Bill Reffner says the boy “knew to get down low and he crawled to the door and got out safely.”

Ben Honsinger, a fourth grader at St. Bernard's School in nearby Mount Lebanon, says he remembers the lessons he learned in school from local firefighters about staying low to avoid smoke.

Honsinger says he was sleeping when a neighbor who spotted smoke banged on the door before 5 a.m. Thursday.

Ben says, “I started lowcrawling down the stairs. I was ... scared, but I just remembered that.”

The chief says the fire likely resulted from an electrical problem in a vacant duplex unit under renovation.

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