2013-11-07 / Police Reports


Driver Arrested For DUI

Twenty-six-year-old Crystal Spring resident Megan Donahue was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on October 23 in connection with a driving-under-the-influence related accident. State police said Donahue fishtailed on a rain-soaked Interstate 70 late that night. Donahue’s car travelled onto the berm where it struck a guiderail.

Police did not indicate if Donahue or her passengers, Leonard Donahue, 30; a 3- year-old girl; and a 4-yearold boy were injured. It was noted that Donahue was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Nothing Taken In Burglary

Burglars reportedly broke into an apartment located at 312 Lincoln Way East, Apt. C, McConnellsburg, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, October 28. Victim is a 26-year-old male from McConnellsburg, who reported to state police investigators nothing was taken by the burglars who had pushed in a back door. Anyone having further information linked to this case should contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485-3131.

Car Strikes Embankment

A Tuscaloosa, Ala., man suffered moderate injuries during a single-vehicle accident along Lincoln Highway on Thursday, October 31.

According to state police, John P. Jones lost control of his eastbound 1999 Toyota Avalon on the wet Brush Creek Township roadway at 6:45 a.m. The car slid onto the berm where it struck an embankment. Jones, 39, was wearing a seat belt. He was transported to Fulton County Medical Center via Mc- Connellsburg Ambulance.

State police are slated to charge Jones with failure to drive a vehicle at safe speeds.

Rifle Stolen

A .22 caliber bolt-action rifle was stolen from a shed located at 10676 Lincoln Highway sometime October 31 or November 1. Victims include a 34-year-old male and a 17-year-old boy, both from McConnellsburg. Anyone having additional information concerning this incident should contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Theft From Rental Property

A 43-year-old Fayetteville man told state police investigators an oak cabinet and a refrigerator were stolen from his rental property. The theft at 26207 Great Cove Road in Todd Township is believed to have occurred between October 20 and November 1. Anyone with further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Vehicle Rolls Onto Roof

A 17-year-old Fort Littleton area boy was transported to Fulton County Medical Center prior to state police arriving on the scene of a single-vehicle accident.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported the teenage driver lost control of his 1995 Chevrolet Blazer while rounding a lefthand curve in the Dublin Township roadway on Thursday, October 31. The Blazer struck an embankment and overturned, leaving its driver with minor injuries.

State police were assisted on the 8:06 a.m. accident scene by Tin Man Towing and Hustontown Fire and EMS.

Car Strikes Utility Pole

A Burnt Cabins woman escaped injury when her southbound vehicle struck a utility pole along Aughwick Road on Thursday, October 31.

According to state police reports, a white-tailed deer ran in front of Chelesy Marie Mellott, 18, causing her to swerve and strike the pole.

Mellott was wearing a seat belt. Her vehicle was towed from the 9:15 a.m. accident scene by State Farm Emergency Roadside Towing. State police were also assisted on the scene by Metal Fire and EMS.

Vehicle Towed From Scene

A 2002 Ford Explorer was towed from a crash site along Lincoln Highway on Thursday, October 31, in Brush Creek Township.

State police in McConnellsburg reported 46-yearold Ronald John Fonner lost control of his eastbound Explorer while rounding a lefthand curve in the Brush Creek Township roadway. The vehicle went onto the southern berm where it struck a tree stump.

Fonner, of Irwin, Pa., was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt. State police were aided on the 10:11 a.m. accident scene by Fischer’s Towing and PennDOT.

Man Accused Of Harassment

A McConnellsburg man has been charged with harassment as a result of an argument that turned physical.

Pennsylvania State Police alleged Joey R. DeShong, 35, pushed a 57- year-old man, also from Mc- Connellsburg, on Tuesday, October 29. The 3 p.m. harassment reportedly occurred at 16 Gerald Circle in Ayr Township. DeShong was charged through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Mischief Reported

Tires on multiple vehicles parked at a location along Great Cove Road in Dublin Township were slashed between 10 p.m. on October 28 and 9 a.m. on October 29. The victims, a 46-year-old woman and a 36-year-old male, both from Mc- Connellsburg, reported brake lines on the vehicles were also cut as part of the mischief. A list of possible suspects was provided to state police investigators, who are continuing their investigation with additional interviews. Anyone having further information regarding this incident should contact state police Trooper Hoover at 717-485-3131.

Woman Charged With Hindering Apprehension

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have charged 38-year- old Mc- Connellsburg resident Lorrie Ann Blood with hindering apprehension or prosecution. Blood allegedly lied to authorities regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive at 110 South First Street in Mc- Connellsburg Borough on October 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Harrisonville Man Accused Of DUI

A 20-year-old man Harrisonville man is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a party this weekend.

State police in McConnellsburg said they were notified of a vehicle partially parked on Pleasant Grove Road at 8:36 a.m. on Sunday, November 3. The complainant told police the vehicle’s headlights were on and the driver appeared to be asleep.

Police stated the driver, Dillan Leon Hollinshead, said he had attended a party the previous evening and was too tired to make the drive home after having allegedly consumed several beers and shots.

Woman Cited With Harassment

Twenty-one-year-old Angela Marie Mellott of Needmore has been charged through the office of Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming with harassment. State police reported Mellott is accused of pulling the hair of a 47-year-old Alum Bank, Pa., woman on November 2. The 6:20 a.m. incident occurred at 5709 Black Bear Road in Belfast Township.

Neighbor Dispute Leads To Charges

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to a location along Brick Road on November 2 in response to a report of a neighbor dispute.

State police said the victim reported 53-year- old Warren Lee Seville of Mc- Connellsburg arrived at the her residence at 4:13 p.m. and yelled obscenities concerning property damage from animals. Seville’s “unruly behavior,” police said occurred in front of a young child as well as other neighbors even after he was warned.

Seville was taken into custody and charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Hit-And-Run Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a hit-and-run accident along Lincoln Way East on Monday, October 28. According to reports, an unknown vehicle struck a legally parked 2004 Volkswagen Passat in the parking area of H&R Block. The Passat sustained functional damage to its front end, police added.

Man Accused Of Assault

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg arrested 21-year-old Mitchell Vincent Knipp of McConnellsburg on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children.

Reports allege Knipp assaulted a 1-year-old boy from McConnellsburg at various times between December 1, 2012, and January 12, 2013. The assaults occurred at 18250 Great Cove Road in Ayr Township, with the victim suffering multiple fractured bones.

Charges against Knipp have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Three Charged In Attempted Burglary

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have cited three local residents with various criminal charges in connection with an attempted burglary at 3257 North Clear Ridge Road.

According to reports, 20- year-old Kelsey Renee Lilley of McConnellsburg, 19-yearold Hustontown resident Allan Dennis Martz and 18- year-old Joshua Alan Hess of Fort Littleton drove to the Taylor Township residence of a Hustontown man on September 14 at 2:15 p.m. Lilley allegedly damaged the trailer when she used physical force to break down a front door, state police said. Lilley is also accused of threatening to harm a female from Orbisonia.

Lilley, Martz and Hess then left the scene in Hess’s vehicle, police concluded. Charges against the trio are being filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

License Plate Stolen

A license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked at the Licking Creek Township municipal building between 4 p.m. on October 24 and 3:05 p.m. on November 4. Victim is a 67-year-old man from Needmore. Anyone having additional information linked to this theft is asked to call state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Crime, Patrol Report Released

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have released a crime and patrol report for the month of October, during which a total of 64 criminal offenses were reported to investigators. Of those incidents, 38 offenses were cleared and 31 arrests were made. In addition, troopers responded to 41 accidents, three hit-and-run collisions and one driving-under the-influence-related accident. Twenty individuals were injured in those accidents. Troopers also issued six driving-under-the-influence citations, 43 seat belt citations, two child safety seat citations, 283 written warnings and 404 traffic citations.

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