2014-08-21 / Police Reports


Sheriff Issues Scam Warning

Fulton County Sheriff Keith Stains issued a warning to residents last week regarding a phone scam that has been occurring in the area in recent weeks. According to the sheriff, phone calls are being made from individuals pretending to be with the IRS and stating back money is owed from prior year taxes. Victims are also being told if the payment isn’t made immediately over the phone, the sheriff will be contacted regarding their pending arrest.

“Do not give them any of your personal or bank account information,” Sheriff Stains said. “... Again, please be aware that this is a scam.”

Police Investigate Vehicle Rollover

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a vehicle roll over involving a 1978 Chevrolet K15 half ton last Tuesday morning.

Reports indicate Ronald J. Snyder II of McConnellsburg was travelling too fast for roadway conditions when he lost control of the northbound truck along Great Cove Road at 6:23 a.m. The half-ton truck spun off the Belfast Township roadway just south of Lakewood Lane where it struck a guiderail. The truck rolled over an embankment and came to a rest on all four wheels against a tree.

Snyder, 22, was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. He will be cited by state police for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic and a seat-belt infraction.

Car Travels Down Embankment

A northbound 2006 Honda Civic travelled down a three-foot embankment along Great Cove Road last Tuesday morning, state police said. Heather R. Eby of Belleville took a turn on the Dublin Township too fast for weather conditions, causing her car to to travel off the road and down an embankment north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance in Fort Littleton. The car suffered disabling damage to its undercarriage during the 10:12 a.m. accident. Eby, 39, was wearing a seat belt and escaped injury. She will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic

Driver Cited In Accident

An 18-year-old Shirleysburg resident is being charged by Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg in connection with an accident in southern Huntingdon County.

Luke M. Bubb is facing charges of failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic and restraint systems as a result of the Croghan Pike accident on Tuesday, August 12, state police said. Bubb, who was driving too fast for the rainy conditions, lost control of his northbound 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier while rounding a left-hand curve. The car spun across the road and into an embankment at 7:30 a.m.

Bubb was not wearing a seat belt. He was not injured. State police were assisted on the scene by Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS as well as Remsburg’s Service Center. Charges against Bubb will be filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

PFA Violated

A protection-from-abuse order was violated between 11:24 p.m. on August 8 and 6 p.m. on August 10 at 5724 Great Cove Road. State police in McConnellsburg alleged 28-year-old Warfordsburg resident Jason Eugene Middlekauff violated the order by contacting a 30-yearold Fort Loudon woman. Middlekauff was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

ATV, Vehicle Collide

An all-terrain vehicle and a vehicle collided along Laurel Ridge Road on Sunday, August 10, leaving a 13-yearold Big Cove Tannery boy with injuries. State police reported the teen was flown from the 7:44 p.m. scene near the intersection of East Pittman Road in Thompson Township via Life Net.

The teen, who was wearing a helmet, was injured when he pulled from a field into the path of a vehicle operated by Russell Kenneth Hoffman Jr., 57, also of Big Cove Tannery. Police did not indicate if Hoffman was injured during the accident. State police were assisted by the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.

Runaway Girl Found

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported over the weekend a 17-yearold female runaway has been located. Rachel May Shaw of 1062 Timber Ridge Road, Needmore, was initially reported missing on Thursday, August 14, at 12:01 a.m.

Mailbox Damaged In Mischief

A 69-year- old McConnellsburg man reported to state police investigators his mailbox was pulled from the ground along Lions Park Drive on Friday, August 15, between 12:01 a.m. and 9 a.m. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case of mischief should contact state police Trooper Hollibaugh at 717-485-3131.

Trucks Damaged

Two pickup trucks belonging to Kee-Ta Quay Construction of Hustontown were damaged between July 28 and July 29. The trucks were parked at 7611 Waterfall Road when the mischief occurred. Anyone with additional information concerning this incident is urged to call state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485-3131.

Gas Can Stolen

A gas can was stolen from the bed of a truck belonging to a 48-year-old McConnellsburg man between 1:45 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 14. The truck was parked along Third Street in McConnellsburg when the theft occurred. Anyone having further information linked to this case should call state police Trooper Hollibaugh at 717-485-3131.

Theft From Vehicle Reported

A handicapped placard was stolen from a vehicle parked at 654 East Market Street, McConnellsburg, between August 1 and August 15. The victim is a 65-yearold McConnellsburg woman. Anyone with additional information concerning this theft from a motor vehicle is urged to contact state police Trooper Watkins at 717-485- 3131.

Local Man Faces DUI Charges

A 22-year- old McConnellsburg man faces charges of driving under the influence in connection with a traffic stop over the weekend along East Pine Street in Mc- Connellsburg Borough. State police alleged Aaron Edward Hahn was driving under the influence of alcohol at time of the 2:35 a.m. incident on August 16. Charges against Hahn were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Truck Towed From Scene

A 1997 Ford F-150 was removed by Lilley’s Towing from the scene of a singlevehicle accident along Great Cove Road on Sunday, August 17, state police reported.

The truck driven by 19- year-old Burnt Cabins resident Matthew R. Lutz slid off the Dublin Township roadway at 10:07 a.m. and down an embankment. The truck suffered disabling damage when it struck the bottom of the embankment and then rolled over. Lutz was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Interstate Lane Closed To Traffic

The westbound lane of Interstate 70 was closed to traffic for three hours Saturday while emergency responders cleaned up a single-vehicle accident.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said 35- year-old Danielle L. Morgan of Pittsburgh struck a dead tree that had fallen across the Bethel Township roadway at 10:42 p.m. Following impact, Morgan’s 2007 Saturn Vue slid into the median strip and sustained disabling damage to its front tires and undercarriage. Morgan, who was wearing a seat belt, escaped harm.

State police were assisted at the scene by Needmore Volunteer Fire Co., Fischer’s Garage and PennDOT.

Man Accused Of Harassment

Thirty-four-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Brad Criswell Beatty has been charged with harassment as a result of an alleged physical dispute at 120 South Second Street, Apt. 2. State police said Beatty struck a 51-yearold Mercersburg man during the 4:13 p.m. argument on Saturday, August 16.

Harrisonville Teen Faces Charges

A Harrisonville teen faces multiple charges after taking a vehicle without permission and then attempting to elude law enforcement officials in Bedford County.

According to state police in Bedford, the teen recently used a vehicle belonging to a 74-year-old Harrisonville woman without her permission. The 1997 Subaru Legacy, along with a Brenner tanker trailer, was removed from Pleasant Ridge Road in Licking Creek Township during the early morning hours.

State police from Bedford pursued the teen along Route 30 in East Providence Township to the Bud Shuster Bypass and then onto Route 26. The teen is said to have lost control of the car, which travelled down an embankment and overturned onto its roof. The teen was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

The teen is slated to be cited through the Bedford County Juvenile Probation Office for unauthorized use of an automobile and fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Cemetery Flowers Destroyed

Silk flowers placed on a grave at Wells Valley Presbyterian Church cemetery were destroyed. The incident was reported to state police on Saturday, August 16, by a 63- year- old Wells Tannery woman who had placed the flowers on her late husband’s grave. Anyone having further information regarding this criminal mischief is asked to call state police Trooper Dountas at 717-485-3131.

Police To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the coming weeks within Fulton County. Motorists who encounter the checkpoint will be stopped only briefly, state police said.

Furthermore, if there is any indication a driver is under the influence or has committed any other violation of the law, the vehicle's occupants may be detained for additional investigation.

Cowans Gap To Drawdown Park Lake

An approved drawdown of Cowans Gap Lake will take place September 8, 2014, to October 31, 2014. The drawdown will be approximately four feet in depth. The purpose of the drawdown is to conduct several lakeshore improvements, including the installation of a floating dock at the main boat launch area and repairs to the designated swimming area.

During this time all boating activities will be closed until the lake is returned to normal pool depth. All boat launches will be closed. In addition, the designated swimming area, which normally remains open until September 30, will be closed beginning the week after Labor Day. Fishing will be permitted during the drawdown period but will be limited to shoreline only. Anglers are to exhibit caution when traversing exposed lakebed as these areas may have increased hazards.

For additional information please contact the park office at 717-485-3948.

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