2014-01-02 / Police Reports


Local Man Involved In Fatal Crash

A McConnellsburg man was reportedly involved in a fatal three-vehicle accident in neighboring Franklin County Saturday, December 28, police reports from Waynesboro indicate.

Washington Township Police Department reported that at 9:30 a.m. a 2008 Ford belonging to Comcast and operated by Jason Pecho of McConnellsburg failed to stop at a stop sign located at the intersection of Anthony Highway and Tomstown and Orchard roads. The westbound Ford struck the right front fender and door of a northbound 2012 Chevrolet driven by 76- year-old Deilbert Stevenson of Hagerstown, Md.

Following impact, Stevenson’s vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck an advertising sign, the Washington Township police said. Meanwhile, Pecho’s vehicle rotated right and also travelled into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet driven by Ordean Bakner of Waynesboro.

Both Pecho and Bakner were transported to Waynesboro Hospital. Stevenson was taken to York Hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:29 p.m. on Saturday. The York County Coroner’s Office has linked the cause of death to abdominal trauma from an automobile accident.

The accident remains under investigation, police concluded.

Maryland Man Arrested For DUI

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg arrested a Severna Park, Md., man on charges of driving under the influence as well as Act 64 drug-related violations following an incident at the Interstate 70 Welcome Center.

State police said 24-yearold Steven Christian Purzner Jr. was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs on December 20 at 2:05 p.m. Police also accused Purzner of being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Purzner will be charged through the office of Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming.

Money Stolen

Approximately $425 was stolen from a filing cabinet at Johnnie’s Motel in Mc- Connellsburg on Monday, December 23.

According to state police reports, a thief entered the building through an unlocked rear window at 2:04 a.m. The individual then moved a surveillance camera and pried open the filing cabinet with an unknown tool. Police said their investigation will continue pending interviews.

Parked Vehicle Struck

A legally parked 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was struck by an unknown vehicle on Wednesday, December 25, state police reported. The car was parked in front of a Black Oak Road residence when it was struck by an eastbound vehicle at 2 a.m. The impact pushed the car into the front yard of the Bethel Township residence, police said. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this hit-and-run accident should contact state police Trooper Sprague at 717-485-3131.

Ammunition Stolen

A 59-year-old Warfordsburg man told state police he was the victim of a theft between December 9 and 23. Investigators learned approximately 1,100 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition as well as 100 rounds of .22 magnum caliber ammunition were stolen from 699 Schultz Road in Warfordsburg. The theft occurred after the individual( s) entered the residence through an unlocked front door. Anyone having further information linked to this theft is asked to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485-3131.

Needmore Man Man Accused Of DUI

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have accused 37-year-old Needmore resident James Travis with driving under the influence. Police said they responded to a call regarding a domestic and alleged protectionfrom abuse violation on December 22 and discovered Travis to be driving under the influence of alcohol at 2:11 a.m. Charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and criminal charges in connection with traffic stop along Great Cove Road in Bethel Township are pending.

Driveway Cable Damaged

A driveway cable across 3229 Spade Road in Brush Creek Township was damaged between 4 p.m. on December 15 and noon on December 23. Victim is a 70- year- old man from Carlisle. Anyone having further information pertinent to this criminal mischief should contact state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485-3131.

Mischief Reported

A 39-year-old Hustontown man reported to state police investigators a rear window and door to his 3000 North Clear Ridge Road home were recently damaged. The mischief reportedly occurred between 5 p.m on December 21 and 11:48 a.m. on December 25. Anyone with additional information concerning this case should contact state police Trooper Piasecki at 717-485- 3131.

FedEx Box Stolen

A FedEx parcel containing three pairs of youth-size Polo boots was stolen from a front porch located at 640 East Market Street, Mc- Connellsburg on Thursday, December 26. Victim is a 51- year-old woman from Mc- Connellsburg. Anyone having further information linked to this theft is urged to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485-3131.

Hustontown Residents Injured In Accident

Two Hustontown residents were transported to Fulton County Medical Center on Saturday, December 28, following a single-vehicle accident.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported 89- year- old Henry W. DeShong and Maxine E. DeShong, 81, suffered minor injuries in the 11:29 a.m. crash along Waterfall Road. The couple were reportedly injured when Henry De- Shong made a lefthand turn into the parking lot of the Hustontown Post Office.

Police said Henry DeShong accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, causing his 1994 Chevrolet Blazer to strike a concrete curb. The vehicle continued into a grassy area and struck the corner of a home located at 341 Pitt Street. The vehicle, which suffered a broken radiator and a depressed bumper, was removed from the scene by Tinman Towing.

Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt. Henry DeShong will be cited by state police for careless driving.

Burnt Cabins Man Involved In Three-Vehicle Pileup

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg investigated a three-vehicle pileup along Lincoln Way West on Thursday, December 26.

State police reported traffic had slowed along the Saint Thomas Township roadway at 4:11 p.m. when a westbound 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 18- year-old Burnt Cabins resident Mikel T. Lake rearended a 2009 Jeep Wrangler operated by Bryan E. Fowler, 47, of Chambersburg. The impact pushed Fowler’s Jeep into the rear of a 2007 Dodge Dakota operated by Robert J. Pratt, 65, of Waynesboro.

None of three drivers or the six passengers involved suffered injuries. All were wearing seat belts. Lake will be charged by state police for following too closely.

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