2013-06-13 / Police Reports


Two Collide In Borough

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of North Second and East North streets in McConnellsburg Borough last Thursday, state police reported.

A 2008 Lincoln Zephyr entered the intersection at 11:21 a.m. without yielding to a southbound 2009 Honda Civic. Both vehicles suffered minor injuries. Neither driver was identified by state police or injured. The operator of the Lincoln will be cited for stop and yield signs.

Driver Falls Asleep

A 19-year- old Hustontown area man suffered minor injuries when he fell asleep behind the wheel of his 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

According to state police, Jacob W. Haulman was rounding a slight curve in the Todd Township portion of Great Cove Road on Saturday, June 8. Haulman reportedly fell asleep, allowing his truck to travel across the oncoming lane and into a ditch. Following impact, the truck spun clockwise, and its left rear tire struck an embankment. Police said the vehicle continued north broadside and struck a utility pole at 12:50 p.m.

Haulman was wearing a seat belt. He will be charged with careless driving. State police were assisted on the scene by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.

Vehicle Damaged

A 51-year-old Needmore woman told state police investigators butter was thrown at her vehicle while parked at 667 Thompson Road on Monday, June 3, between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The vehicle also sustained scratches to its rear windshield. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case of criminal mischief should immediately contact Trooper Miller at 717-485-3131.

Hit-And-Run Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a hit-and-run accident on Sunday, June 2, in the rear parking lot of Mc- Connellsburg Firehall. State police said a 2000 BMW pulled or backed out of a parking spot at 4:55 p.m. and struck a parked 2002 BMW 328I. Anyone with additional information linked to this accident is asked to call state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Breezewood Woman Accused Of DUI

A 51-year- old Breezewood, Pa., woman has been accused of driving under the influence in connection with an incident in the Mc- Connellsburg Sheetz parking lot. State police reported Linda Leigh DeShong was involved in a nonreportable crash while backing out of a parking spot at the convenience store on Saturday, June 8. Police alleged they detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage during the 5:42 p.m. interview. DeShong reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for drunk driving. Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Scooter Stolen

A red Jazzy Elite wheelchair scooter was stolen from a Stahle Road residence in Union Township on Thursday, June 6, at 12:37 p.m. Victim is a 70-year-old Warfordsburg area woman, who valued the scooter at $1,179.87. The serial number of the missing scooter is JC118611259C30. Anyone having additional information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen scooter should contact Trooper Hoover at 717-485-3131.

Burglary Reported

A 24- year- old Harrisonville area woman informed state police her home located at 868 Taylor Road in Dublin Township was burglarized. The break-in is believed to have occurred between May 20 and June 6. Nothing was taken, however, an exterior window was damaged. Anyone with further information pertinent to this case is urged to contact state police Trooper Garner at 717-485- 3131.

Driver Cited Following Crash

A Wells Tannery man faces charges of failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic following a single-vehicle accident along North Valley Road.

According to state police reports, on Friday, June 7, 28-year-old Andrew Whalen was travelling northbound when he lost control of his 2005 Jeep Liberty. The vehicle crashed into an embankment along the eastern berm.

Whalen was wearing a seat belt but was not injured during the 3:45 a.m. accident just south of the intersection of Wells Valley Road. His vehicle was removed from the scene with a disabled right rear tire by Interstate Towing.

Cash Missing From Register

A 42- year- old Harrisonville area woman discovered her cash register was short $364 over a two-week time span. State police said the theft by unlawful taking is believed to have occurred between May 14 and May 28. The investigation will continue pending additional interviews.

Two Cited In Domestic Dispute

Two Burnt Cabins residents are being charged with harassment following an alleged domestic dispute on Thursday, June 6.

State police reported, a 57-year-old male and a 49- year- old woman were involved in a verbal dispute at 12:55 p.m. at 244 Glen Hollow Road. The fight escalated, and the man is accused of pushing the woman. The woman also kicked the man, police said.

Police did not release the name of either individual, who are being charged through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Two Cited Following Fight

Two men were cited for harassment following a fight at Johnnie’s Motel in Mc- Connellsburg on Monday, June 3.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg alleged Dennis Bechtel, 42, of Blain, and 32- year- old McConnellsburg resident Justin Lee Thomas were involved in an argument on Monday, June 3, that escalated into physical force. Thomas is accused of punching Bechtel in the chest, who in turn knocked Thomas’s cellphone from his hand. Bechtel then reportedly stomped on the phone several times.

Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Break-In At Hunting Cabin

Five woodstoves were stolen from a hunting cabin along North Valley Road in Brush Creek Township between January 13 and June 8. Victim is a 43-year-old man from Harrisburg. State police said the investigation will continue pending phone calls to area scrap yards. Anyone with additional information related to this burglary should call state police Trooper Hoover at 717-485- 3131.

Woman Arrested For DUI

Forty-year-old Warfordsburg area resident Jennifer M. Strait was arrested by state police on May 18 as a result of a traffic stop along Cider Mill Road. State police said Strait was stopped for a traffic violation at 5:41 p.m. and determined to be driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was placed under arrest and transported to Fulton County Medical Center for blood work. Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming.

Three Huntingdon Co. Residents Injured

Three residents of southern Huntingdon County suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate during a single-vehicle accident in Licking Creek Township.

According to state police, Stuart L. Tharp, 21, of Three Springs, was travelling southbound on Breezy Point Road on Monday, June 3, when he failed to stop at the Lincoln Highway’s intersection. Tharp’s 2006 Nissan Murano travelled across both lanes of Lincoln Highway and struck an embankment on the southern berm at 11:11 p.m.

Tharp was not wearing a seat belt, but but his passengers, Cortney P. Strauser, 21, of Orbisonia, and 20-year-old Mount Union resident Melissa J. Cutshall, were using seat belts when the crash occurred. Tharp will be charged with duties at stop signs.

Mailbox Damaged

A mailbox located at 1812 Thompson Road in Thompson Township was damaged between 3 p.m. on June 3 and 8 a.m. on June 4. Victim is a 74-year-old Needmore area woman. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Garner at 717-495-3131.

Hamburger Thrown

A McConnellsburg man is being accused of harassment following an altercation at the McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday, June 1.

State police said a 17- year-old male and several of his friends were involved in a verbal dispute with 25-yearold Joshua Michael Earl Weaver at 11 p.m. The argument reportedly escalated when Weaver threw a hamburger at the juvenile.

Weaver has been charged through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Window Broken

The front screen door window of a residence located at 2 Hillside Estates, Mc- Connellsburg, was damaged between 6 a.m. and 8:16 a.m. on Monday, June 3. Victim is a 62-year-old female from McConnellsburg. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this incident of criminal mischief is asked to call state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

Burglar Scared Away By Dog

A burglar entered 725 Lions Park Drive, McConnellsburg, through an unlocked rear door but was scared away by a dog, state police said. The burglary occurred between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, but nothing was stolen. State police were alerted to the break-in by the victim, a 38- year- old McConnellsburg man. Anyone with further information concerning this burglary should immediately contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.

Car Disabled

An eastbound 2009 Pontiac G6 became disabled when it struck an embankment along Lincoln Highway and rolled onto its roof on Monday, June 10. State police said driver Hannah Louise Gratzmiller, 23, of McConnellsburg, was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm during the 1:50 p.m. accident in Brush Creek Township. The car was removed from the scene by Fischer’s Towing.

PennDOT Urges Motorists To Watch For Children, Bicyclists

School is coming to a close throughout the region and this means more children will be playing outside and on bicycles. PennDOT urges all motorists to be on the lookout for kids playing near streets because they may not be looking out for you.

Children can be unpredictable and move quickly while playing, or run into the street without warning. Children do not always obey the safety rules and can be hard for drivers to see.

From 2008 through 2012, there were 130 crashes in PennDOT’s District 9 including Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties that involved a bicycle, resulting in three fatalities. During the same time period, there were 376 crashes involving a pedestrian, resulting in 26 fatalities.

Drivers should remember that if they see a bicyclist, they should slow down and by law, must allow at least 4 feet between their vehicle and the bicyclist when passing.

Bicyclists are reminded to always wear a helmet, avoid biking at night, ride with the flow of traffic and learn and obey the rules of the road.

For more information visit www.justdrivepa.org.

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