2014-01-09 / Police Reports


Man Injured In Franklin County Accident

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg reported 20-year-old McConnellsburg resident Daniel E. DeShong suffered minor injuries during a two-vehicle accident along Buchanan Trail Saturday afternoon.

According to reports, DeShong was injured when his vehicle was struck at the intersection of Grant Shook Road by a 2009 Hyundai Sonata driven by Charles J. Gentile, 82, of Greencastle. Police said Gentile’s car struck a guiderail on the northern berm, spun into the eastbound lane and hit DeShong’s vehicle.The impact caused DeShong’s vehicle to spin 180 degrees and hit a southern guiderail with its rear bumper.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries but did not require medical transport following the 4:26 p.m. collision in Antrim Township.

Hopewell Man Arrested For DUI

Charges of driving under the influence have been filed by state police troopers against a 33- year- old Hopewell, Pa., man. Police alleged Jeremy Russell Neuder was observed committing several traffic violations along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on December 19, 2013. Trooper stopped Neuder’s vehicle at 10:20 p.m., and the driver reportedly displayed “several indicators of stimulant use.” A blood test was performed, and charges were filed as a result of confirmed lab testing results.

Juvenile Flees From Police

A 17-year-old boy from McConnellsburg reportedly ran from state police troopers after being observed speeding along Great Cove Road on December 21.

State police alleged the juvenile began his flight at 1:18 a.m. in the area of East Cherry Street and continued south onto Confederate Lane while under the influence of alcohol. He was eventually captured and arrested. Charges of driving under the influence as well as fleeing and eluding have been filed.

Woman Accused Of Harassment

State police have accused 26-year-old McConnellsburg resident Tara L. Mellott with harassment in connection with an alleged incident at 308 Oliver Drive. Police said on December 22, Mellott was involved in a verbal dispute with a 42-year-old male, also from McConnellsburg. The 5:50 a.m. incident alleged escalated when Mellott struck the man with a van.

Two Charged For Harassment

Two Warfordsburg area residents face charges of harassment following an alleged physical altercation at a location along Franklin Mills Road. State police reported Ty Lancer Bowman, 42, and Jennifer Marie Strait, 40, were charged through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming for the Tuesday, December 31, incident in Bethel Township.

Police said the argument turned physical when Strait reportedly misunderstood a comment made at 11:34 p.m. Bowman told police Strait hit and kicked him while he attempted to defend himself. Meanwhile, Strait reportedly told troopers nothing occurred aside from the verbal dispute.

Local Man Accused Of Harassment

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have accused a 57-year- old man from McConnellsburg of harassment following a domestic dispute at 160 Shady Grove Drive in Todd Township. On January 1, Ronald E. Briggs is accused of striking a 35-year- old woman, also from McConnellsburg, in the throat with his forearm at 8:38 p.m., police said.

Harrisonville Man Accused Of Assault In Vehicle

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have accused 25-year- old Harrisonville resident Mark Justin Knight with simple assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug charges.

The allegations against Knight stem from an argument that occurred inside a vehicle travelling Lincoln Highway between Mc- Connellsburg Borough and Tanglewood Lane on January 1. Police said Knight struck a 22-year- old Harrisonville woman while she was operating the vehicle between 2:30 a.m. and 4:32 a.m. A 3-year-old girl was a rear passenger at the time.

Police added that when Knight was placed under arrest he was found to possess an alleged smoking pipe.

Police Release Update On Nail Incident

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg released an updated press release last week in connection with criminal mischief that occurred during the 2012 general firearms deer season.

Police reported a felony arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott for 28-yearold Harrisonville resident Joshua Timothy Mellott. Mellott was arrested by troopers on December 4, 2013, and transported to the judge’s office for preliminary arraignment. He was released on his own recognizance.

Police stated the mischief charges stem from allegations that Mellott scattered various types of nails along Cherry Lane in Licking Creek Township sometime November 25 or November 26, 2013. A total of 81 tires were damaged when unknowing hunters travelled across the nails. Damage totalled $7,400.

Police Investigate DUI Crash

Pennsylvania State Police troopers from the Mc- Connellsburg substation investigated a single-vehicle accident along Patterson Run Road that allegedly involved driving under the influence.

Troopers said that on December 28 Anthony S. DeShong, 44, of Harrisonville lost control of his southbound 2003 Chevrolet Impala. The car travelled onto the western berm where it struck a white plastic address marker post, a mail- box and then a utility pole.

Disabling damage to the car consisted of a depressed front bumper, a broken front axle and a busted radiator. The car came to a rest at 1:02 p.m. on a property owner’s lawn located at 757 Patterson Run Road.

DeShong was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. State police were assisted on the scene by Scott’s Towing and McConnellsburg Fire Police.

Vehicle Strikes Deer

A Todd, Pa., woman escaped injury when her westbound 2011 Chevrolet Equinox struck a white-tailed deer along Route 913 in Taylor Township on December 31. Sheri Sue Rowles, 56, was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred at 6:12 a.m. near the intersection of Waterfall Road, state police said. Rowles’ vehicle was removed from the scene by Tinman Towing.

Huntingdon County Woman Cited In DUI Crash

A southern Huntingdon County, Pa., woman faces charges of driving under the influence as a result of an accident along Aughwick Road on December 20.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Kristin M. Robertson, 26, of Rockhill Furnace, lost control of her southbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier at 6:17 a.m. just north of Cowans Gap State Park. Robertson’s car crashed into a ditch and then struck a makeshift culvert, police added.

Robertson was transported to Fulton County Medical Center with minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt.

Pa. Police Seek Gunman In I-81 Slaying Near Md.

ANTRIM, Pa. (AP) – Police say a man killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in Pennsylvania had reported some sort of road dispute with the pickup chasing him.

State police say 28-yearold Timothy Davison called 911 as he crossed from Maryland into Pennsylvania on Interstate 81 early Saturday.

Trooper Rob Hicks, a spokesman, says he’s not sure if Davison reported that someone had hit the brakes or cut the other person off.

But he says Davis mentioned some type of situation, and said someone was firing a gun at him.

Hicks says the first call reached Maryland authorities and was dropped, before a second call reached dispatchers in Pennsylvania.

Police believe the pickup driver rammed Davison’s car, then shot him. No arrests have been made.

Police say Davison was driving home to Poland, Maine, from Florida.

Changes Announced For Fulton Co. PSP Barrack

Promotions within the Pennsylvania State Police have transferred personnel in and out of the Mc- Connellsburg barrack.

William D. Baker Jr. of Needmore enlisted in 1990 and is now a sergeant. His assignment changed from Troop G in McConnellsburg to the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, according to a news release.

Carlisle, Pa., resident William D. Hotham was promoted to corporal and will work in the McConnellsburg barrack, the news release said.

State Police Release Crime, Patrol Report

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have released their crime and patrol activity month for the month of December 2013, during which a total of 51 criminal offenses were reported to investigators. Of those offenses, 29 were cleared and 28 arrests were made. In addition, troopers investigated 36 accidents, four hit-and-run accidents and six driving-under the-influence-related collisions. A total of 13 individuals were injured in those crashes. Troopers also issued 385 traffic citations, 232 written warnings, 15 drunk-driving citations, 29 seat-belt citations and one child safety seat citation.

Turnpike Tolls To Increase In 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are scheduled to increase this weekend.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Tuesday that its annual increase will be 12 percent for cashpaying customers and 2 percent for E-ZPass users. The new rates take effect Sunday.

The rates continue a three-year trend of favoring E-ZPass users over cash-paying customers. E-ZPass travelers saved up to 25 percent in 2013, and the turnpike commission says 2014’ s changes will widen that to 35 percent.

They say using technology to deduct tolls as vehicles roll through the toll booths is safer, less expensive and more convenient.

The tolls help fund improvements not only to the 550-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike system, but to other state- owned roads and bridges and public transit systems.

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