2013-07-11 / Police Reports


Mischief Reported

Officials at Southern Fulton Junior/ Senior High School reported to state police an all-terrain vehicle was used to push a chain-link fence between June 29 and July 1. A post was pushed out of the ground during the mischief, causing $100 in damage. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Carper at 717-485-3131.

Two Cited For Harassment

Two Fort Littleton residents face charges of harassment following an alleged physical altercation at 29169 Great Cove Road in Dublin Township. State police said Ronald Seylar, 72, and 57- year-old Jerome Griffin will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Devin Hornefora6p.m.incident on Thursday, July 4.

Car Rolls Over

A James Creek, Pa., woman sustained moderate injuries during a vehicle rollover along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. Driver Karyssa R. Mellott, 18, became distracted while travelling through Brush Creek Township on Wednesday, July 3, state police said. Mellott’s 2008 Ford Focus went off the road and into the median strip where it rolled over once. She was able to drive the vehicle back onto the berm.

Mellott did not require transport to a nearby medical facility. She will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Police Investigate Four-Vehicle Pileup

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg investigated a four-vehicle pileup along Buchanan Trail West at the intersection of Charlestown Road on June 11 in neighboring Franklin County.

According to police reports, Dillon J. Foster, 28, of Mercersburg, was travelling through Peters Township at 3:20 p.m. when he crested a hillandencounteredaa2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Aaron E. Smith, 37, of Three Springs. Smith, police said, was attempting to turn left onto Charlestown Road when his vehicle was struck from behind by Foster’s 1993 GMC Sierra.

The impact of the collision pushed Smith’s vehicle into the rear of a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado operated by Richard V. Hixson, 59, of Crystal Spring, who in turn was pushed into a 2010 Honda Accord. The Accord was driven by 56-year-old McConnellsburg resident Howard I. Kaplan.

None of the four drivers were injured or required medical attention. All were wearing seat belts. Foster will be cited by state police in connection with the accident.

Warfordsburg Man Involved In Accident

A southern Fulton County man escaped injury when his 2001 Mack was struck in the rear bumper along Interstate 81 in Franklin County.

According to state police reports from Chambersburg, Joshua A. Nish, 36, of Chambersburg, was travelling southbound in the left lane of Interstate 81 on June 24 when he switched lanes at 6:34 a.m. Nish’s 2010 Chevrolet Silverado then struck the rear bumper of the Mack driven by 34-year-old Warfordsburg area resident William R. Shaw.

Neither driver was injured and both were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred just south of the intersection of Hykes Road. Nish is slated to be charged by state police.

Local Man Jailed For Assault

A Big Cove Tannery man was sent to the Franklin County Jail last week in lieu of $50,000 bond following an alleged simple assault in Thompson Township.

State police reported 27- year- old Charles Michael Shives Sr. was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a 44-year-old female from Big Cove Tannery on Tuesday, July 2, at 10 p.m. The assault occurred at 1546 East Pittman Road.

Following the incident, Shives was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne on charges of simple assault and harassment.

Harassment Reported At JLG

Fifty-five-year- old Mc- Connellsburg resident Joseph Patrick Hann is accused of harassment following an incident at JLG Industries in McConnellsburg on June 27. State police alleged Hann pushed a 35- year-old female from Saltillo at 2:55 p.m. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Earnhardt Plaques Stolen

A 35-year-old male reported to state police investigators two Dale Earnhardt plaques by Garry Hill Automotive Fine Art were stolen from Clevenger’s Beer Distributor in Ayr Township during the last year. The plaques are entitled “The Pass in the Grass” and “Take 5.” Anyone having further information linked to this theft should immediately contact state police Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

DUI Arrest Made

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg made a driving-under-the-influence arrest along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Saturday, July 6. Andre Terell Keene of Beachwood, Ohio, was arrested during the 10:13 a.m. traffic stop and transported to the McConnellsburg barracks for processing. He will be charged through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming.

Fugitive Arrested

A fugitive from justice was located on an active arrest warrant from Howard County, Md., on Tuesday, July 2, in Brush Creek Township. Twenty-two-year-old Theodore Malloy Grance, of Crystal Spring, was taken into custody by local state police without incident before being arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. Grance remains lodged in the Franklin County Jail awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Car Crashes Into Ditch

An eastbound 1995 Chevrolet Camaro ran off Lincoln Way East near the intersection of Reservoir Road on Monday, July 1, and struck a ditch, state police said. The identity of the driver was not released by investigating officers, who did note the driver will be cited for failure to drive at safe speeds in connection with the 10:13 a.m. accident.

Three Injured In Pileup

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a three-vehicle pileup along Great Cove Road on Friday, July 5, at the intersection of Knobsville Road.

According to state police reports, Sandra L. Harmon, 45, of McConnellsburg was unable to stop in time for traffic that was waiting to turn left onto Knobsville Road at 10:47 a.m. Harmon’s 2006 Chevrolet Equinox struck the rear of a 2001 Ford F-150 driven by Libby A. Strayer, 18, of McConnellsburg. The impact pushed Strayer’s truck into a 2003 Lincoln Towncar operated by Charlotte R. Selman, 84, of Waynesboro.

Strayer, Harmon and Harmon’s passenger, 28-year-old Mercersburg area resident Megan M. McDonald, were transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Selman and passenger John E. Brown Jr., 79, from Blue Ridge Summit were not injured. Only Harmon and McDonald were not using seat belts.

State police will be charging Harmon with following a vehicle too closely.

Three Life-Flighted Following Accident

Three of the six people injured in a crash on Saturday, June 29, were life-flighted to various medical facilities.

Pennsylvania State Police in Huntingdon reported Adam Flick, 18, was travelling along Route 26 at 2:20 p.m. when he attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Seven Points Road. Flick’s Mazda 6 travelled into the path of a Chrysler PT Cruiser operated by Judy Harshbarger, 56. The Cruiser in turn collided with a Dodge Ram driven by Hustontown area resident Nathan Shaw.

Shaw, 21, and his passenger, 21-year-old fellow Fulton County resident Stephanie Jenkins escaped injury.

Meanwhile, a juvenile was flown to Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center, while Flick and Harshbarger were flown to Altoona Regional Health System Trauma Center. Three additional individuals with minor injuries were taken to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.

Route 26 remained closed to motorists for approximately three hours.

Crime, Patrol Report Released

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg released a criminal and patrol activity report for the month of June, during which a total of 66 criminal offenses were reported. Of those offenses, 65 were founded and 22 arrests were made. In addition, the patrol unit responded to 26 automobile accidents, three hit-and-run accidents and four crashes related to driving under the influence. Fifteen individuals were injured during those accidents. Troopers also issued 215 written warnings, 372 citations, 32 seat-belt citations, four child safety seat citations and six driving-underthe influence citations.

Burglary Reported

Officials from the Better Days Animal League reported a theft to state police investigators at their thrift shop located at 232 Lincoln Way West in McConnellsburg Borough. Between 12:01 a.m. on June 21 and midnight on July 1, burglars entered the facility through a garage area used for storage. Once inside, the burglars stole clothing, plastic storage containers, a mirror and a small television. Several items were recovered at another portion of the garage. Anyone having further information linked to this break-in should contact Trooper Garner at 717-485-3131.

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