2011-05-26 / Police Reports


Car Rolls Onto Roof

A Waldorf, Md., resident recently escaped injury when his westbound 2002 Pontiac Bonneville rolled onto its roof along Route 30.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jimmy Louis Herring Jr. lost control of his car while rounding a curve in the Licking Creek Township roadway on Sunday, May 15, state police said. At 2:29 a.m. Herring’s vehicle went up an embankment and rolled back onto the Todd Township road. It came to a final rest on its roof, police noted.

Herring will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic. State police troopers were assisted on the scene by PennDOT and Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire and EMS.

Two Injured In Crash

Two southern Huntingdon County residents suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate when they pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle along Route 30.

On Wednesday, May 11, 19- year- old Cortney P. Strauser, of Orbisonia, attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Old Route 30. Strauser’s 1993 Suzuki Sidekick pulled into the path of an eastbound 1995 Subaru Impreza driven by Daryl L. Weaver, 47, of Mount Union.

Weaver, Strauser and Strauser’s passenger Gabrielle M. Biles, 19, of Three Springs, were wearing seat belts during the 2:50 p.m. accident in Todd Township. Only Strauser and Biles suffered injuries, and Biles required medical transport to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment.

Strauser will be cited by state police for vehicle’s turning left.

Teen Cited

A 16-year-old girl from McConnellsburg has been cited by Pennsylvania State Police for driving too fast for roadway conditions as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Sunday, May 15.

According to reports, the teen was travelling along Cito Road at 10:42 a.m. when she rounded a curve in the Ayr Township roadway. The girl’s southbound 2003 Dodge Neon travelled onto the berm, struck a ditch and came to a rest in a large pile of mulch.

The girl was not using a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries. State police were aided on the accident scene by the McConnellsburg Fire Police and EMS crew.

Scrap Metal Taken

A large amount of scrap metal was stolen from 4008 Hill Road in Bethel Township between 11 p.m. on May 12 and 8 a.m. on May 13. Victims of the theft are a 55- year-old male and a 30-yearold male, both of Warfordsburg. Anyone having further information linked to this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Huff by calling 717-485-3131.

Arrested For DUI

Michael Wayne Deavers, of the Waterfall area, was arrested by state police in Mc- Connellsburg for driving under the influence after a traffic stop along Route 16.

Police stated they observed Deavers, 52, speeding near the intersection of Pyle Drive on Friday, May 13, at 11:13 a.m. During a traffic stop, Deavers allegedly failed field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tea Thrown

Fifty-year- old Gregory Gallagher, of Harrisonville, is accused of throwing a cup of tea in the face of a 36-yearold female, also from Harrisonville, on Saturday, May 14, at 9:07 p.m., state police said. The incident occurred at 12680 Sipes Mill Road in Licking Creek Township. Charges of harassment will be filed against Gallagher through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Troopers Respond To I-70 Crash

Pennsylvania State Police

McConnellsburg responded to a single-vehicle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Sun., May 15.

According to reports, a 2006 Honda Civic driven by Martha C. Cacioppo-Roginski, of Potomac, Md., travelled onto the southern berm at 4:50 p.m. in Bethel Township. Cacioppo-Roginski oversteered, causing the car to spin across both lanes and onto the northern berm. The car, police said, travelled down a hill in the median strip. Impact occurred when the passenger side of the car struck the embankment and rolled over.

Cacioppo-Roginski was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries. She was transported to Washington County Hospital by Needmore Ambulance. State police will be issuing a citation of driving on roadways laned for traffic in connection with the crash.

Drug Charges Pending

The faint odor of marijuana inside a vehicle led Pennsylvania State Police to a discovery along Interstate 70 last Thursday.

According to reports, police stopped a black Honda Civic driven by Sterling Hadley Summers of Blairsville, Pa., at 1:36 p.m. for several traffic violations. While Summers was stopped along the westbound lanes at the Warfordsburg exit, troopers found a small amount of suspected marijuana and a glass pipe.

Charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia are currently pending against the 24-year-old man.

Vehicle Rolls Onto Side

A westbound 2006 Chevrolet Express rolled onto its side in the median strip of Interstate 70 on Wednesday, May 18, state police said.

Bokhee Kim, of Pittsburgh, was not injured in the 4:05 p.m. crash near the Crystal Spring exit that happened when she lost control of her vehicle while changing lanes. Kim, 56, was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred in Brush Creek Township. She will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

State police were assisted on the scene by Fischer’s Garage, Raystown EMS and Breezewood Fire Department.

Charged With DUI

Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg made a driving--under-the-influence arrest involving a St. Thomas man last Wednesday night.

Troopers stopped Michael Leighton, 43, for an equipment violation along Second Street at 11 p.m. Leighton was allegedly found to be driving under the influence, and charges have subsequently been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Two Cited In Glass Bottle Incident

Two Warfordsburg area residents face charges after a glass bottle was thrown on Monday, May 16, near a residence along Stoney Break Road.

Pennsylvania State Police reported a 14-year-old juvenile allegedly launched the bottle near the Bethel Township residence of 38-year-old Daniel Lynn Schetrompf at 4 p.m. Schetrompf followed the teen home, and a teen and eyewitness accused Schetrompf of threatening the juvenile and having physical contact with him.

Schetrompf has been cited for disorderly conduct and harassment and the teen with scattering rubbish. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson.

Air Conditioner Stolen

An air-conditioning unit was stolen from 519 Tollgate Ridge Road in Thompson Township between noon on May 10 and 2 p.m. May 18, state police said. Victim of the theft is CNB Bank of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Anyone having further information linked to this case is to contact state police Trooper Massafra at the Mc- Connellsburg barracks by calling 717-485-3131.

Car Spins Off Roadway

Two Saxton area teenagers suffered moderate injuries during a single-vehicle accident along Route 915 in Wells Township on Friday, May 13.

Eighteen-year-old Tamara Wright was travelling northbound when her 1999 Volkswagen Jetta spun counterclockwise off the roadway, according to state police reports. The car went onto the berm, slid backwards down an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Wright and her passenger, a 17- year- old male, were both wearing seat belts. They were transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment by the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co.

Wright will be cited by state police in connection with the 7:25 p.m. crash with driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds.

Arrested For Public Drunkenness

A 25-year-old Harrisonville man faces an array of charges including public drunkenness as a result of an incident at 14174 Pleasant Ridge Road. Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have also cited Lance Joshua Mellott with harassment, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

On Friday, May 13, Mellott was accused of being involved in an argument at the Licking Creek Township home with a 25-year- old male. Mellott allegedly struck the victim, who told him to leave the residence.

According to state police, Mellott allegedly returned and broke a window screen, a stereo, a glass vase and a collectible glass cup. Damage has been estimated at $220. Mellott was later found by troopers walking away from the home along Pleasant Ridge Road.

Damage Reported At Athletic Fields

Officials at the Central Fulton School District told state police burglars broke into a shed used to house athletic equipment after entering the school’s property through a locked gate off Hohman Drive in Mc- Connellsburg. After prying open the shed door, the burglars opened up the pole vaulting station and pulled two signs out of the ground and threw them on the soccer field. Pieces of running track were also thrown on the baseball field. Damage has been estimated at $300.

Three Cited For Perjury, False Reports

Three McConnellsburg residents are being charged with making false statements to Pennsylvania State Police during an April session of Fulton County Central Court. Arresting officer Trooper Rodney Johns reported 34-year-old Jennifer Largent and a 17-year-old boy are being cited for perjury and making false reports, while Douglas Kerlin, 39, will be charged as well with false reports.

The trooper alleged the teen and Largent testified under oath on April 4 in the Fulton County Courthouse between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The duo implicated an individual with propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle, said the trooper, who added Largent and the juvenile also previously provided a written statement implicating the same individual.

Police noted Kerlin did not testify in Central Court, but did provide a written statement corroborating the statements made by Largent and the juveniles. Video evidence found showed the alleged incident never occurred.

Domestic Violence Leads To Charges

Charges are currently pending against a 20-yearold Hustontown woman folty lowing a case of domestic violence that occurred at a location along Waterfall Road on Thursday, May 19.

According to state police, the suspect, who was not identified, allegedly threatened violence, was disorderly and damaged a Honda coupe. She was removed from the Taylor Township residence, police added. Victims include a 31-year-old woman from Hustontown and a 23-year-old Greencastle woman.

Burglary Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are currently investigating a burglary that occurred between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at 1579 Buchanan Trail, McConnellsburg.

Police said a tall man with short grey hair and glasses arrived at the Ayr Township home and told the homeowner’s elderly, disabled brother he was there to take measurements. The man unknowingly assisted the burglar with the measurements in both the living room and rear bedroom.

When the homeowners returned later that afternoon, they discovered a silver locked box containing $3,000 in cash, birth certificates, marriage licenses, house insurance papers, a deed and gold watch were missing from a front bedroom located next to the living room.

The elderly disabled man told police the burglar was driving a newer model, black Ford minivan with possible Maryland registration. Anyone with further information related to this case should immediately contact Trooper Bartlett by calling 717-485- 3131.

Burglary Reported

A 36-year-old Warfordsburg area man told state police troopers his residence was targeted by burglars between 6 p.m. on May 12 and 8:30 a.m. on May 17.

Burglars reportedly stole 12 cans of paint, rugs and an air-conditioning unit from the Belfast Township home located at 3565 Pleasant Grove Road. Burglars also broke into the victim’s garage and took several planks of oak flooring and several other items. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this breakin should call Trooper Bartlett at 717-485-3131.

Prescription Stolen

Prescription medication was stolen from a Hunters Lane, Warfordsburg, home between 3 p.m. on May 16 and 1 p.m. on May 17. Victim is a 34-year-old Bethel Township man. Anyone with further information linked to this theft is urged to immediately contact state police Trooper Johns by calling 717- 485-3131.

Tire Tracks Found

A 52-year- old Waterfall area woman found tire tracks on the side of her right-ofway located at 3401 Wells Valley Road in Wells Township. The mischief and trespassing occurred on Monday, May 16, at 11:15 a.m. Anyone having additional information concerning this case should call state police Trooper Falkosky at 717-485- 3131.

Trailer Breaks Lose

A 2009 Sterling truck pulling two trailers was involved in a crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, state police reported, on Tuesday, May 17.

Sixty-two-year- old Eugene Watson, of New Carrollton, Md., travelled off the edge of the Bethel Township roadway and into a lane closed for construction at 7:45 a.m. Watson reportedly oversteered, police said, causing the second trailer to break free and hit a guiderail. The driver was wearing a seat belt and escaped harm.

Soda Poured

A can of soda was poured on a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus parked at 709 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg Borough between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Victim of the mischief is a 50- year- old McConnellsburg man. Anyone with further inurged formation pertinent to this case of mischief should call Trooper Claar at 717-485- 3131.

Cited For Harassment

A Hustontown area man is being cited for harassment in connection with a dispute at his Doran Road home on Saturday, May 21.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported 35-year-old Ashley Ramsey is accused of slapping the arm of a 26-year-old female during an argument that occurred between noon and 1 p.m. He also allegedly elbowed the victim in the ribs, police added. Ramsey is being charged through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

Woman Charged With Filing False Report

Sixty-three-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Brenda Joyce Stine was charged with filing a false report with Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg. The incident Stine allegedly falsified to police occurred at a location along West Walnut Street in McConnellsburg Borough on Thursday, May 19, at 11:25 a.m.

Four Escape Injury

Four southern Fulton County residents escaped harm during a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Buck Valley Road and Green Lane on Monday, May 9.

According to state police, a 16-year-old Warfordsburg male was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Green Lane at 3:49 p.m. when his 1983 Toyota truck was rear- ended by a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven by a 16-year-old male from Needmore.

Neither driver nor the Needmore juvenile’s passengers, a 17-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, were injured. All involved were wearing seat belts.

Drug Charges Filed

Charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson as a result of a traffic stop along Interstate 70. State police said Kristopher Gunna Lauris, 20, of Pittsburgh, was initially stopped in Brush Creek Township on Saturday, May 21, at 5:15 p.m. Suspected marijuana was subsequently found, they added.

Medication Stolen

Medication was stolen from a North Second Street, McConnellsburg Borough, home between 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Victim of this case of theft is a 42-year-old McConnellsburg woman. Anyone having further information linked to this incident should contact Trooper Claar by calling the McConnellsburg state police barracks at 717-485-3131.

Discs Recovered At Salvage Yard

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg recently recovered a set of stolen 10- foot hydraulic discs from a local salvage yard on Wolf Hollow Road in Big Cove Tannery. Charged with receiving stolen property as a result of the case that originated in Huntingdon County between April 27 and 28 was 25- year- old Lance Joshua Mellott, of Harrisonville.

Cited For DUI

Milford J. Rhoat, of Robertsdale, was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday, May 14, following a traffic stop by state police in McConnellsburg. Rhoat was pulled over by area troopers at 12:42 a.m. for a traffic violation along Route 475 in Springfield Township, Huntingdon County. The 45-year-old man was allegedly found to be driving under the influence.

Warrant Issued

A warrant has been issued by Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg for the arrest of Franklin Counin resident Edward James Scott. Police said the 33-yearold Willow Hill man is accused of aggravated assault as a result of an incident on March 24 between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. behind K&K Beer Distributor in Dublin Township. Anyone having information pertaining to Scott’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Mc- Connellsburg state police barracks at 717-485-3131 or the Chambersburg substation at 717-264-5161.

Man Accused Of Theft Of Services

A Harrisonville man has been accused of theft of services after several bags of garbage were found in a dumpster in McConnellsburg.

State police reported 18- year-old Bryce Thomas Wilford allegedly dumped several large bags containing trash inside a privately rented dumpster located at 209 Lincoln Way East on Wednesday, May 18. The theft of services occurred at 5:56 p.m., according to the victim, a 50- year-old Needmore woman. Charges against Wilford have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Tractor-Trailer Involved In I-70 Crash

An eastbound 2003 Freightliner Classic tractortrailer was involved in an accident last Wednesday in a construction zone along Interstate 70.

Farhan H. Abdulle, of Seatac, Wash., was travelling in the right lane through the construction zone in Bethel Township when the tractortrailer began moving into the closed lane of travel at 3:50 a.m. Abdulle, 26, overcorrected, causing his tractor-trailer to drive up and over embankment, said stated police, who added the trailer became suspended over the southern berm.

Abdulle was wearing a seat belt. He sustained minor injuries.

Vehicle Used Without Permission

A 19-year-old Warfordsburg woman told state police after spending a night with friends on May 21, she returned to her vehicle the following morning to discover it had been wrecked. The vehicle was taken without permission from 401 Franklin Mills Road in Union Township between 9 p.m. on May 21 and 11:30 a.m. on May 22. Anyone having further information linked to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Sprague at 485-3131.

Three Involved In Argument

Three individuals were involved in an argument that turned physical on Monday, May 23, at the Cardinal Glen Apartments.

James Lynn Junkins Jr., 20, of Mount Union, and 20- year- old McConnellsburg resident Dwayne Stephen McNear were arguing at the McConnellsburg apartment complex at 12:14 a.m. A third individual, Jamie Ann Bogue, 25, also of McConnellsburg, allegedly struck Junkins during the argument, according to state police reports. Junkins is accused of hitting Bogue and throwing her to the ground.

Junkins, McNear and Bogue will be charged with harassment through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Flashlight Used In Trespassing Case

A 26-year-old Warfordsburg man told state police investigators four unknown individuals shined a flashlight into a window of his home located at 715 High Germany Road on Sunday, May 22, between 12:58 a.m. and 1:11 a.m. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case of trespassing should call Trooper Garner at 717-485-3131.

PeckWood Cited For Liquor Law Violation

The PeckWood Hotel, Restaurant, Lounge & Tavern has been cited for a series of liquor law violations that allegedly occurred between November 2010 and February 2011.

Pennsylvania State Police reported on November 6, 2010, as well as on January 5, 14 and 27, the establishment located at 215 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, failed to provide food upon request.

In addition, on February 10, documentary evidence was not displayed indicating the business met all sanitary requirements for a public eating place. On the same day, state police allege liquor bottles were refilled in violation of the Liquor Code.

Furthermore, on February 10, police maintain the business was not a “bona fide hotel” where members of the public could obtain sleeping accommodations or a meal as there is “an inoperable kitchen and insufficient bedrooms maintained for the use of guests.”

McConnellsburg Woman Cited For Drug Paraphernalia

Ali June Washabaugh, 21, of McConnellsburg, has been cited by Chambersburg police after a search warrant was executed on her vehicle parked at 112 North Seventh Street, Chambersburg, on Tuesday, May 17. Reports indicate Washabaugh was charged with the use or possession of drug paraphernalia after alleged items were found inside her vehicle at 7:57 p.m.

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