2013-12-19 / Police Reports


McConnellsburg Man Faces Assault Charges

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg have reportedly charged a 25-yearold McConnellsburg man with sexual assault on two occasions in June.

According to reports, Earl E. Brown is accused of pinning down a woman and touching her inappropriately. During one of the alleged incidents, the victim reportedly sustained bruises to her arms.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case indicates Brown and the victim were acquainted with one another and had been on “ friendly terms” several months before the first alleged incident.

The victim, police added, had been dating someone else, and Brown had allegedly continued to ask the victim to have sex.

Brown is currently free on bond and was awaiting a preliminary hearing this week.

PFA Violated

A McConnellsburg man is accused of violating a protection from-abuse order on Friday, December 13.

State police reported Roderie Devon Harvey contacted the victim via telephone at 1:32 p.m. Harvey was arrested and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. Bail in the case was set at $7,500.

New York Man Cited In I-70 Crash

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg recently cited a Bolivar, N.Y., man following a single-vehicle accident along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70.

State police said Jacob A. Nystrom lost control of his 2004 Mazda while attempting to change lanes on Saturday, December 14. The vehicle travelled onto the southern berm and struck an embankment twice at 11: 30 a. m. Nystrom was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He has been cited for failure to drive a vehicle at safe speeds.

Two Vehicles Collide On Interstate

Soda cans were scattered across the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on December 1 after two vehicles collided in Brush Creek Township.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Zong Ji Jiang, 59, of Brooklyn, N.J., was unable to maintain his speed due to transmission issues. Jiang’s 2010 Nissan Diesel 2600 was rearended by a 2006 Volvo tractor trailer driven by Andrzej J. Kudlacik, 31, of Bensenville, Ill.

Police added Jiang’s vehicle, which was hauling soda cans, rolled over, striking a guiderail. Both vehicles suffered disabling damage and were removed from the scene by Fischer’s Towing at 10:39 p.m. Meanwhile, state police closed the Interstate for approximately 90 minutes for PennDOT crews to clean up the scene.

Jiang suffered minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Kudlacik was cited for following too closely, and Jiang was charged with vehicular hazard warning lamps.

Police Look Into Mischief

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated an alleged mischief on November 25 that occurred on the 100 block of Bradnick Farm Lane. Police said at 12:28 a.m., a 46-year- old woman was approached by a neighbor concerning rightof way on the Dublin Township lane. An argument reportedly ensued and ended with the neighbor driving into the female victim’s vehicle.

Cash, Gift Cards Stolen

Approximately $1,215 in cash as well as $80 to $100 in Giant gift cards were stolen from a South Second Street, McConnellsburg, home, on Friday, December 13, at 10:27 a.m. Victim is a 35-year-old McConnellsburg man. State police said their investigation will continue pending interviews.

Three Suspected Of Scattering Garbage

Three McConnellsburg residents are suspected of scattering garbage in the area of the Central Futon School District’s baseball field on Friday, December 13.

According to state police, Seabrinia Ann Green, Anthony D. Green and a 17- year-old male were allegedly involved in the dumping of 8 to 10 bags of trash on the property. The complainant did not wish to prosecute but asked that the trash be removed immediately. The three suspects removed the trash as directed, police said.

Juvenile Charged With Harassment

A 15-year- old McConnellsburg boy has been charged with harassment through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, state police said. On Friday, December 13, the juvenile reportedly exchanged comments with another 15- year- old McConnellsburg boy. The juvenile allegedly struck the victim in the head multiple times with a closed fist after exiting a bus at 1524 East Dutch Corner Road at 3:15 p.m.

Two Accused Of Harassment

Two Wells Tannery residents face charges of harassment through the office of Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. On Thursday, December 12, at 11:02 p.m. Kathy Sue Merkley and Raymond Clarence Johnson, 46, are accused of being in a domestic dispute that turned physical at 8275 North Valley Road, state police said.

Police Investigate Head-On Crash

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a head- on collision along Lincoln Highway on Thursday, December 12.

Reports indicate Michael R. Kannisto, 46, of Morristown, N.J., lost control of his westbound 2006 Honda Civic. The car crossed the Todd Township roadway at noon and struck a 2000 Ford Escort operated by 19-year-old Emily N. Kirk of Chambersburg.

Police said Kirk suffered minor injuries, and both drivers were wearing seat belts. Kannisto was cited by state police for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Earphones Stolen

A pair of earphones belonging to an 18-year- old Shade Gap man were reported stolen from 244 Glen Hollow Road in Dublin Township on November 26 at 6:42 p.m., state police in McConnellsburg reported.

Two Motorists Uninjured

Two Fulton County drivers were not injured during a December 9 collision at the intersection of North Third and East Market streets in McConnellsburg Borough.

According to the state police, Tyler Matthew Brown, 24, of Burnt Cabins was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto East Market Street and struck a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Ronald Richards, 68, of Big Cove Tannery.

The men were not harmed, and Brown was not using a seat belt. He will be cited for restraint systems and stop/ yield signs. Richards’ vehicle was taken from the 3:14 p.m. accident scene by Scott’s Towing.

Freightliner Runs Through Stop Sign

A Hustontown man was transported to Fulton County Medical Center on Monday, December 9, when his vehicle collided with a Freightliner that ran through a stop sign.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said a westbound 2007 Freightliner Cab Over exited Route 30 at the intersection of Great Cove Road but failed to stop at the stop sign. The Freightliner operated by Devaughn O. Overton, 44, of Toledo, Ohio and a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Gary E. Truax, 59, of Hustontown collided at the intersection at 3:10 p.m. Following impact, the Freightliner continued across the intersection and came to a rest on the westbound Route 30 ramp.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Truax suffered moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Overton is being cited for stop/yield signs.

Man Charged With Mischief

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have charged 28-year- old Harrisonville resident Joshua Timothy Mellott with felony criminal mischief.

Mellott, police alleged, scattered various types of nails along Cherry Lane in Licking Creek Township between November 25 and 26, 2012. Hunters from a nearby hunting club suffered damage to a total of 81 tires as a result. Damage totalled $7,400.

Mischief, Assault Investigated

State police have accused Antonio Everette Mc- Near, 24, of McConnellsburg with criminal mischief and assault in connection with an East Maple Street residence.

McNear allegedly punched a 59-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man in the back of the head at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 1. Singer is also accused of pushing over and heavily damaging a television belonging to a 50-year- old woman from McConnellsburg. The television was valued at $2,000.

Garbage Scattered

A Harrisonville man told state police five large bags of garbage were scattered on his property located at 1640 Davis Lane on November 29 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Anyone having further information linked to this case should contact state police Trooper Miller at 717-485-3131.

Gun Safe Stolen

An 800-pound gun safe was stolen from 699 Schultz Road, Warfordsburg, between November 11 and December 11. The safe contained approximately 15 rifles and three handguns, which included a .38 Colt and a .45 SGS. The burglars, according to state police, entered the home of a 59- year- old male through an unlocked front door. Anyone having additional information concerning this break-in and theft is asked to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485- 3131.

One Suffers Major Injuries

A 10-year-old female passenger in a southbound 2005 Nissan Quest suffered major injuries during a singlevehicle accident along Deneens Gap Road.

According to state police, the girl was injured on December 8 but was not transported to a medical facility. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Lowell R. Bard, 45, of Crystal Spring.

Bard reportedly lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered roadway with the vehicle eventually sliding off the Bethel Township road and into a ditch. Following initial impact, the vehicle struck a tree with its front end.

Bard and his remaining three passengers, 40-yearold Brenda K. Bard, a 6-yearold boy and a 16-year-old girl, all of Crystal Spring, were not injured. Bard will be cited for driving at unsafe speeds.

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