2013-09-12 / Police Reports


Public’s Help Needed To Locate Man

The Hancock Police Department, along with the Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia Division of Parole and Probation, is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted subject. Michael John Burton, 37, is wanted in three states and is believed to be hiding out in the Hancock, Warfordsburg or Berkeley Springs area.

Currently Burton has active arrest warrants for:

In Maryland: Theft under $10,000 and numerous traffic warrants

In West Virginia: Parole violation warrant – absconded from home confinement by cutting his montioring bracelet off and then fleeing the state

In Pennsylvania: Distribution of drugs – heroin

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Michael John Burton contact Hancock police at 301- 678-5633; Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 301-791- 3020; Pennsylvania State Police at 717-485-3131; or Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 304-258-1067.

Burglary Reported In Brush Creek

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a burglary that occurred at a Brush Creek Township residence between 2 p.m. on September 3 and 1 p.m. on September 7. Reports indicate burglars entered the residence located at 133 Church Road belonging to a 48-year-old Warfordsburg area man and removed numerous items. Anyone having further information linked to this case should contact state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Alcohol Stolen

Alcohol was stolen from 507 Peach Orchard Road in Todd Township between 5 p.m. on August 28 and midnight on September 2. Victim in the break-in is a 32- year- old male from Mc- Connellsburg. Anyone with additional information concerning this burglary should contact state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Tomato Paste Thrown

A can of tomato paste was thrown against a Cardinal Glenn apartment door at 233 Woodside Drive, Apt. B-33, between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6. Victim is a 21-year-old woman from McConnellsburg. Anyone with further information pertinent to this case of mischief is asked to call state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Car Overturns

A Warfordsburg man suffered moderate injuries during a single-vehicle accident along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. State police said a 2000 Mercury Cougar operated by 25- year- old Joshua Gray Hufman travelled onto the northern berm where it struck a ditch near the Town Hill exit and overturned at 4: 45 p. m. on Wednesday, September 4. Hufman was not wearing a seat belt.

State police were assisted on the scene by Breezewood Fire and EMS and Fischer’s Towing.

Gas Stolen

Approximately one-quarter tank of gas was stolen from a truck parked on the 400 block of Pigeon Cove Road in Bethel Township. The truck also suffered minor damages during the incident that occurred between 6 p.m. on September 3 and 5 a.m. on September 4. Anyone having additional information linked to this case should contact state police Trooper Remeikas at 717- 485-3131.

Bus Driver Cited In Crash

An International school bus transporting 17 Forbes Road School District soccer players was involved in a two-vehicle collision in Bedford County Friday night.

Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford reported 72- year-old Harrisonville area resident Cloyd A. Foor was near the SAC gas station along Lincoln Highway at 7:05 p.m. when he attempted to make a left-hand turn. The school bus turned into the path of an oncoming, westbound 2001 Pontiac Aztek driven by Dianna L. Drenning, 63, of Saxton.

Police added Drenning attempted to stop but struck the back passenger side of the bus.

Foor, Drenning and the members of the boys soccer team were not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred in Snake Spring Township. Drenning’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Police will cite Foor with failure to yield to oncoming drivers.

Warfordsburg Man Injured

A Warfordsburg man was transported to Fulton County Medical Center on Tuesday, September 3, for treatment of minor injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident.

According to state police, 19-year-old Chase A. Horton was transported to the hospital via Needmore Ambulance immediately following the 8:45 a.m. accident along Green Lane Road. Horton suffered the injuries when he crested a rise in the Bethel Township roadway and spotted an oncoming vehicle in his lane. Horton, police said, attempted to avoid the collision but lost control of his 2007 Hyundai Tiburon, which struck a utility pole.

Horton was wearing a seat belt. He will be cited for failure to drive a vehicle at safe speeds.

Couple Charged In Alligator Case

A Shade Gap husband and wife have been charged by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for their ownership of an alligator that was captured in Shade Creek in July.

Arthur and Patty Clark have been charged with several misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment, unsworn falsification to authorities and violating restrictions on the transport, sale, importation or release of a non-native injurious fish. A summary count of unlawfully introducing a non-native species into the environment was also filed in the case.

According to reports, the alligator was found and captured by a group of young fisherman on July 29. Prior to being found, the Clarks had allegedly allowed the 5- foot alligator to live inside their mobile home during the winter months. They had reportedly purchased it five years earlier in Rockhill for $50.

The alligator is currently being housed by Centre Wildlife Care located in Port Matilda.

Generator Stolen

A 43- year- old Fulton County man informed state police investigators in Chambersburg a generator was stolen from the back of his truck between August 1 and August 30. The truck had been parked at Shively’s Auto Repair in Hamilton Township. Anyone having further information related to this case should contact state police Trooper Polcha at 717-264- 5161.

Crime, Patrol Report Released

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg released a crime and patrol activity report for August, during which a total of 89 criminal offenses were reported. Of those offenses, 59 were cleared and 51 arrests were made. In addition, troopers responded to a total of 33 accidents, two hit-and-run accidents and one driving-under-the-influence related accident. A total of 14 individuals were injured in those accidents. Police also issued 622 traffic citations, 372 written warnings, 39 seat-belt citations, 11 child safety seat citations and 10 driving-under-theinfluence citations.

Burglary Reported

Owners of Park’s Fort Littleton Service Station reported to state police that the glass in their business’s front door was broken between 6 p.m. on September 4 and 3:50 a.m. on September 5. The burglars may have entered the gas station, it was noted, but nothing was taken. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this break-in should contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

Local Man Charged

An 18-year-old McConnellsburg man faces charges of harassment and criminal mischief in connection with an incident at 10 Cloverleaf Court in Todd Township. State police alleged Patrick Garrett Tomlinson pushed a 37-year-old female, also from McConnellsburg, at 9:40 p.m. on September 2. Tomlinson is also accused of damaging the victim’s mobile home. Charges have been filed through District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Lamp Damaged

A lamp set atop a stone pillar along a driveway located at 586 East Maple Street, McConnellsburg, was damaged between 10:15 p.m. on August 30 and 11:30 a.m. on August 31. Victim is a 47- year- old McConnellsburg man. Anyone with further information concerning this criminal mischief should contact state police Trooper Poole at 717-485-3131.

Juvenile Found With Tobacco Product

A 16-year-old boy is accused of possessing chewing tobacco while at Mc- Connellsburg High School on Friday, August 30. Charges against the juvenile are filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Harassment Charges Pending

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported charges of harassment are pending against 30-year-old Saint Thomas resident Derrick G. Leevy. Police alleged Leevy contacted a 27-yearold Fulton County woman on August 21 at 11:30 p.m. after previously being notified he should refrain from contacting her.

Suicide Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg and the Fulton County Coroner’s Office investigated a shooting at 809 Rock Hill Road in Ayr Township Friday morning.

State police said they were dispatched to the Mc- Connellsburg home at approximately 12:55 a.m. Police investigators along with Deputy Coroner Robert Fleegle determined 18-yearold Lucas Daniel Youngblood of 269 Meadow Mountain Drive, McConnellsburg, committed suicide as a result of a gunshot wound. Youngblood was pronounced dead at the scene by Fleegle at 1:30 a.m.

Display Window Cracked

A large, front display window at 202 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, was cracked and broken between 7:30 p.m. on September 6 and 4 p.m. on September 7. Damage has been estimated at $600. Anyone having further information linked to this case of mischief should contact state police Trooper Barnett at 717-485-3131.

Hustontown Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

A Hustontown area man was flown to Altoona for treatment of moderate in- juries sustained Sunday in a motorcycle accident.

According to state police, 27-year-old Christopher J. Black was injured while travelling northbound on Little Egypt Road at 7:30 p.m. Black reportedly lost control of his 2013 Kawasaki Ninja while negotiating a righthand curve in the Taylor Township roadway. Black laid the motorcycle onto its right side before sliding across both lanes of travel just west of the intersection of Davis Lane and onto the berm.

Black will be cited by state police for failure to drive at a safe speed.

Window Damaged

A large glass window at 105 South Third Street in McConnellsburg Borough was damaged on August 18 at 1:42 a.m. Victim is Mac- Donald’s Pharmacy. Anyone with information regarding this mischief should call state police Trooper Huff at 717- 485-3131.

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