2014-01-16 / Police Reports

POLICE REPORTS

Glass Door Broken

A glass gymnasium door at Needmore Bible Church was damaged between 10 p.m. on December 30 and 8 a.m. on December 31. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717- 485-3131.

Woman Transported To Hospital

An 18-year-old Needmore woman was transported to Fulton County Medical Center on Friday, January 10, for evaluation of injuries sustained during a singlevehicle accident.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Toni Samantha Barnhart suffered minor injuries during the accident along Great Cove Road in Belfast Township. Barnhart reportedly lost control of her southbound 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier causing it to fishtail. The car struck an embankment at 8 a.m. and required removal from the scene by Bard’s Towing.

State police were also assisted by Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS.

Man Discovered Lying Along Interstate

A Cleveland, Ohio, man was discovered lying along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 by a passing motorist on Thursday, January 9. According to state police reports, it is unknown how 79-year-old Willie Lawery Jr. sustained the injuries between 10:30 p.m. and 11:52 p.m. in Brush Creek Township. Anyone having any information concerning this incident should contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Car Disabled On Interstate 70

An eastbound 2002 Toyota Corolla suffered damaged to its undercarriage on Saturday, January 11, along Interstate 70. Nineteen-yearold Alesha Mae Hagerty of Altoona was travelling eastbound in the left lane and struck a rock at 1:26 p.m. The car became disabled and was removed from the Brush Creek Township accident scene by Fischer’s Towing.

Two Suspected Of Assault

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg suspecting two individuals of harassment at a Granite Drive, Bethel Township, residence.

State police said they were notified of a physical altercation on Saturday, January 11, between 34-year-old Linda Kay Skidmore and Robert Lee Skidmore, 45, both of Warfordsburg. Linda Skidmore reportedly told troopers she was assaulted by Robert Skidmore, who in turn claimed he was assaulted by her. State police added their investigation is continuing pending additional interviews.

Car Damaged

A 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier belonging to a 24-yearold Needmore woman sustained damage between 3 p.m. on November 16 and 4 p.m. on January 8. The vehicle was parked at 8053 Great Cove Road in Belfast Township when the mischief occurred. Damage included broken front headlights, passenger side rearview mirror, rear windshield, rear passenger side window and damaged hood. Anyone with further information pertinent to this incident is urged to call state police Trooper Miller at 717-485-3131.

Vehicle Window Damaged

The right rear window of a silver 2002 Nissan Sentra was damaged between 9:30 p.m. on January 11 and 6:26 p.m. on January 12. Victim is a 22-year-old Harrisonville man, who told to state police his car was parked near Harryman’s True Value in Mc- Connellsburg when the mischief occurred. Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485-3131.

Car Disabled In Guiderail Accident

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident along Lincoln Highway on Sunday, January 12.

Reports indicate Donald Godee Hutchinson of Fayetteville was heading eastbound near the intersection of Patterson Run Road at 8:26 p.m. when his 2014 Ford Fusion travelled onto an embankment on the southern berm. The car went back onto the Licking Creek Township road and onto the northern berm where it struck a guiderail.

The 86-year-old suffered minor injuries but was wearing a seat belt. His vehicle was removed from the scene by Remsburg Towing. State police were also assisted on the scene by McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS.

Pink Neon Stolen, Abandoned

A pink 1998 Dodge Neon was stolen from 8 Gerald Circle and abandoned approximately one-half mile down the road between 10:30 p.m. on January 11 and 1:45 a.m. on January 12. Victim is a 29- year- old McConnellsburg woman. Anyone having further information linked to this theft of a motor vehicle is urged to call state police Trooper Sprague at 717-485- 3131.

Weapons Found In I-81 Traffic Stop

A 51-year-old Needmore man was charged Thursday with transporting various weapons, including an AK- 47 style rifle, on Interstate 81 in Washington County, Md.

Scott C. Smartt has been charged by Maryland State Police with illegally transporting a handgun in a vehicle as well as possession of an assault weapon. Smartt was also cited for failure to wear a seat belt and using a handheld phone while driving, which led troopers to stop Smartt’s Lincoln on I-81 near Halfway.

During the 2 p.m. traffic stop, troopers allegedly observed a handgun in the vehicle’s glove box while Smartt was reportedly looking for his registration papers. Smartt was taken into custody without incident.

An additional search of the vehicle revealed a second handgun, chemical spray, a set of brass knuckles, the AK-47 style rifle and a 30-round magazine.

Smartt has since been released on his own recognizance.

Deer Strikes Vehicle

A Centerport, N.Y., man was not injured on December 31 when his eastbound 2005 Subaru Impreza struck a white-tailed deer along Lincoln Highway.

According to state police reports, 58-year-old Thomas A. Rizzo struck the deer at 5:38 p.m. with his vehicle near the intersection of Patterson Run Road. Rizzo was wearing a seat belt. His vehicle was removed from the scene by Fischer’s Towing.

Car Rolls Over

A 16-year-old Warfordsburg girl escaped injury during a vehicle rollover along Thompson Road on Thursday, January 2, state police said.

The teen was reportedly travelling at a “speed greater than reasonable” given the snowy roadway conditions. The juvenile’s 1990 Chevrolet Lumina slid sideways off the Thompson Township road at 3:12 p.m., struck a slight embankment and rolled onto its roof.

The girl was wearing a seat belt. She will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Harrisonville Man Charged In DUI Accident

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated an alleged driving-under the-influence-related accident at 757 Patterson Run Road on December 28.

Reports indicate Anthony Shane DeShong was placed under arrest following the accident involving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. He was transported to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Eighteen-Year-Old Arrested For DUI

An 18-year-old McConnellsburg man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and various traffic offenses in connection with an accident on December 26.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported Casey O. Randler was travelling southbound at 3:54 p.m. when he lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet S- 10. The sport utility vehicle went onto the berm of Great Cove Road just south of the intersection of Cito Road and struck several mailboxes and a tree stump.

Randler, who was not injured, fled the scene on foot, police said, but was eventually located. The vehicle was towed from the scene with disabling damage.

Charges Pending In DUI Case

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said charges of driving under the influence are pending the results of blood testing against 24-year-old McConnellsburg resident Theodore Malloy Grance.

Police said Grance drove to the local state police barracks at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, for an interview concerning a hit-and-run accident the previous day on Route 16. Police conducted the interview and upon its completion asked Grance to undergo field sobriety testing to determine if he was able to safely leave the substation. Grance was allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police Investigate Hit-And-Run

Two McConnellsburg residents were involved in an accident along Route 16 on Monday, January 6, in Peters Township, Franklin County.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Beth Anne Rezzetano, 50, came to the barracks at 8:50 p.m. to report the hit-andrun accident. Rezzetano reportedly attempted to go around a 2002 Mercury Voyager that was attempting to turn around. The Voyager allegedly driven by Theodore Malloy Grance struck the front bumper of Rezzetano’s 2012 Nissan Altima and then fled the scene.

Both drivers were wearing a seat belt and escaped injury. Charges are to be filed against Grance in connection with the accident.

Five Uninjured In Accident

Five individuals escaped harm during a two-vehicle accident along Thompson Road on Thursday, January 2, state police reported.

Seth W. Strait, 18, of Needmore was reportedly travelling too fast for the snowy roadway conditions, causing him to lose control of his northbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The car spun into a 2005 Chevrolet Venture operated by Cynthia L. Lewis, 40, also of Needmore. Following impact, Lewis’s vehicle slid off the road and into an adjacent field at 3:30 p.m., police stated.

Strait and passenger Elizabeth K. Teeter, 18, of Hancock, Md., were both wearing seat belts as was Lewis. Lewis’s 7-year-female passenger was secured in a child safety seat. However, a 17- year-old female passenger was not wearing a seat belt.

Strait is to be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Crash Investigated Near Turnpike

Pennsylvania State Police troopers from the Mc- Connellsburg barracks investigated a single-vehicle accident along Great Cove Road near the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance in Fort Littleton.

Police said a 17-year-old male from Hustotnown lost control of his northbound 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier on Sunday, January 5. The car ran off the Dublin Township roadway at 9:10 p.m. and struck several small trees.

The teen was wearing a seat belt but suffered injuries. He will be cited by state police for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Hit-And-Run Accident Reported

A hit-and-run accident occurred along Lincoln Way East on Sunday, January 5, state police in McConnellsburg said.

According to police reports, 32-year-old McConnellsburg resident Derek J. Peck lost control of his 2006 Nissan Frontier while turning from South Third Street onto Lincoln Way at 12:01 a.m. The vehicle travelled onto the sidewalk where it struck a parking meter. Police said Peck travelled back onto the street and continued eastbound to Route 16 without stopping.

Charges of driving under the influence as well as hitand run are scheduled to be filed against Peck.

Purse Stolen

A black purse was stolen from a room in the emergency department of Fulton County Medical Center on Wednesday, January 1, between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Victim is a 65-year-old Mc- Connellsburg woman. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Hibner at 717-485- 3131.

Two Vehicles Collide

Two vehicles collided on December 5 at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Pleasant Ridge Road, leaving two individuals with minor injures.

According to state police, Louis L. Wright, 81, of Needmore stopped along Pleasant Ridge Road at the intersection and attempted to make a right-hand turn at 12:28 p.m. Wright reportedly pulled in front of a westbound 2011 Subaru Outback driven by Harry W. Benson, 66, of Harrisonville.

Wright was wearing a seat belt as was Benson and his passenger, Linda S. Benson, 55, also of Harrisonville. Wright and Linda Benson both suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical transport.

Wright will be cited for turning movements.

Cash Stolen

Various clothing and cash were stolen from a McKibbin Lane residence in Union Township between 9:30 p.m. on January 5 and 1 p.m. on January 7. Suspects include a 31-year-old female and a 27-year-old male, said state police, who added that the investigation will continue pending interviews with potential suspects. Anyone having further information pertinent to this theft is asked to call state police Trooper Hoover at 717-485-3131.

DUI Charges To Be Filed

Charges of driving under the influence are to be filed against 57-year- old Harrisonville resident Audrey Jean Duncan, state police reported. Duncan was stopped by troopers for a vehicle code violation along Patterson Run Road on December 27 and determined to be driving drunk. Duncan was placed under arrest and transported to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing. Charges are to be filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

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