2013-10-10 / Police Reports


Access-Device Fraud Reported

A 43-year- old McConnellsburg woman told state police investigators her debit card information was used to make an online purchase on September 30. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case of access device fraud should contact state police Trooper Poole at 717-485-3131.

Money Exchanged In Theft By Deception

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a case of theft by deception that occurred between July 31 and October 3. Police said a 65-year- old Needmore woman was contacted by a fraudulent business that in turn received an undisclosed amount of money from the victim.

Bulldozer Damaged

A bulldozer parked at a location along Flickerville Road in Bethel Township was damaged between 4 p.m. on September 29 and 5:30 p.m. on October 2. Victim is a 52-year- old male from Needmore. Anyone having additional information concerning this case of mischief should immediately contact state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485- 3131.

Clothing Stolen

Several items of clothing were stolen from 268 Heinbaugh Lane in Ayr Township between 9:30 p.m. on September 28 and 5:45 a.m. on October 2. Victim is a 33- year- old McConnellsburg man. Anyone having further information linked to this burglary should call state police Trooper Poole at 717- 485-3131.

Crime, Patrol Report Released

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg recently released their crime and patrol activity report for the month of September.

According to reports, a total of 73 criminal offenses were reported to state police investigators. Of those offenses, 68 were founded and 32 arrests were made. In addition, police responded to 22 accidents and two driving under the influencerelated crashes. Eleven individuals were injured during those accidents. Troopers also issued 502 traffic citations, 318 written warnings, six driving under the influence citations, 20 seat belt citations and two child safety seat citations.

Two Collide In Borough

Two vehicles collided September 26 at the intersection of East Maple and South Second streets in Mc- Connellsburg Borough.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported a John Deere tractor with a front-end loader attached turned from East Maple Street at 12:20 p.m. The tractor driven by Robert L. Garlock, 83, of McConnellsburg, turned into the path of an oncoming 1994 Jeep Cherokee operated by 25- year-old Burnt Cabins resident Melanie A. Hasenbuhler.

Police said the Jeep’s front passenger-side corner and hood struck the tractor’s front-end loader.

Neither driver was injured nor was Hasenbuhler’s passenger, an infant male.

Garlock is slated to be charged in connection with the borough accident as is Hasenbuhler, who is being charged for failure to be licensed.

Broad Top Man Injured

A Broad Top, Pa., man suffered moderate injuries during a single-vehicle accident along Waterfall Road, according to state police reports.

On Friday, October 4, Zachary T. Sites, 20, lost control of his eastbound 2006 Ford Fusion, which travelled onto the berm. The car became disabled when it struck a culvert and rolled onto its passenger side.

Sites was not wearing a seat belt. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported via Hustontown ambulance to Fulton County Medical Center.

State police will charge Sites with failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic. They were aided on the scene by Hustowntown fire and ambulance as well as Tin Man Towing.

Local Woman Accused Of Assault

A 21-year-old Needmore woman has been accused of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and criminal mischief in connection with an incident at 255 Circle Drive in Harrisonville.

State police alleged Angela Marie Mellott struck a 56-year-old man on his left leg with a wooden 2x4. The victim reportedly suffered red bruising during the October 5 5:08 a.m. incident. Charges against Mellott are being filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Bottles Thrown

Nineteen-year-old Jason Richard Rodriguez, of Mc- Connellsburg, is accused of throwing Gatorade bottles at multiple people in the parking area of Save-A-Lot. State police said the disorderly conduct occurred on Friday, October 4, at 11:40 p.m. Charges will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Truck Strikes Tree

A Warfordsburg area man will be cited for driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds after his eastbound 1993 Ford Ranger struck a tree along Lincoln Highway. State police said Leon R. Smith, 66, lost control of his truck east of the intersection of South Valley Road at 5:47 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. Smith was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Warfordsburg Man Indicted

A Warfordsburg area man was indicted last month in federal court after he allegedly transported a minor across state lines from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for the purpose of having sexual contact.

The U.S. Attorney’s office reported Anthony Allen Pennington, 24, was indicted September 17 on two counts including transportation in Interstate Commerce of minor for purposes of engaging in sexual activity and one count of travelling in Interstate Commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said the criminal charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred May 18. Pennington could face life in prison as well as an additional 30 years for the transportation charge. A hearing date has not yet been set.

Pennington has been housed at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $130,000 bail since June when he was taken into custody.

Car Catches Fire

A 2002 Ford Focus suffered severe damage when its engine compartment caught fire along Waterfall Road on Thursday, September 26. According to state police, Samantha J. Duvall, 24, of Three Springs, was able to safely pull onto the berm of the Dublin Township roadway when she saw some smoke coming from her westbound vehicle. She was unsuccessful at extinguishing the fire, said police, who were assisted on the 9:50 a.m. scene by the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co.

Woman Cited For Harassment

Pennsylvania State Police have cited 46-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Tina Sowers for harassment in connection with an argument on Sunday, September 30. Police said Sowers is accused of slapping a 49- year-old male, also from McConnellsburg, at 7:20 p.m. at a location along Texas Eastern Drive in Ayr Township.

Car Strikes Deer

An eastbound 2010 Volkswagen Jetta struck a whitetailed deer along Buck Valley Road on Saturday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m., according to state police reports. Driver 70-year-old Stephanie V. Swiger, of Warfordsburg, was not injured during the crash in Bethel Township. She was wearing a seat belt.

Virginia Woman Accused Of DUI

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are continuing to investigate a single vehicle accident that occurred during the evening hours on Tuesday, October 1.

Troopers said they were notified of a disabled vehicle along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at 11:30 p.m. During an interview with the driver, Erin Leigh Hess, 32, of Fairfax, Va., troopers said they determined a crash had occurred earlier in the evening but Hess continued travelling west before finally stopping. Hess reportedly escaped harm during the crash, and her 2007 Jeep Commander was towed from Brush Creek Township by Fischer’s Towing.

Police said that through their interview and field sobriety tests they determined Hess had been driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Attempted Suicide At Sheetz

A McConnellsburg man reportedly cut his wrists at Sheetz in front of the convenience store’s employees and was located by state police troopers a short time later.

State police reported 35- year-old Jack William Guyer was found October 2 passed out on the sidewalk one block from the convenience store at 4 a.m. According to police, Guyer had taken numerous medications in unknown quantities in an effort to kill himself. He was transported to Fulton County Medical Center.

Woman Arrested For DUI

State police arrested a 45- year-old York Haven, Pa., woman for driving under the influence on Friday, September 27. Christine Ann Miller was allegedly operating a vehicle along Great Cove Road while under the influence of alcohol at 8:46 p.m. just north of the intersection of Ravensburg Road.

Wallet Found

A wallet was found along Great Cove Road heading southbound at noon on Sunday, October 6. The owner is asked to identify their wallet by calling the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Mc- Connellsburg at 717-485-3131.

Recycling Bin Misused

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are continuing to investigate the misuse of a recycling bin belonging to the Fulton County Conservation District.

Reports indicate between 8 a.m. on September 25 and noon on September 26 an unknown individual dumped a bag of trash and multiple diabetic hypodermic needles into a bin located at 216 North Second Street in McConnellsburg Borough. Anyone having further information linked to this case of scattering rubbish should call state police Trooper Barnett at 717-485- 3131.

Police Search For Harrisonville Man

State police are currently searching for a Harrisonville man suspected of simple assault and harassment.

Police alleged Justin L. Smalley, 30, was involved in a physical altercation with a 38-year-old female from Mc- Connellsburg on Friday, October 4. The fight occurred at 110 South First Street in McConnellsburg Borough at 3:45 a.m. Charges and an arrest warrant against Smalley have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Smalley is urged to immediately contact the state police barracks in Mc- Connellsburg at 717-485- 3131.

Car Goes Airborne

A Germantown, Md., man was taken via Needmore ambulance to War Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in an accident along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported Julio C. Monterrosa, 20, was travelling through Bethel Township on Friday, October 4, when his 2001 Honda Civic went across both lanes and into the median strip. The vehicle struck the median, became airborne and struck the roadway before rolling counterclockwise.

The vehicle was removed from the 5:45 a.m. crash scene by Fischer’s Towing. Monterrosa was wearing a seat belt. He will be cited for careless driving.

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