2014-01-23 / Police Reports


U-Haul Detaches From Vehicle

A small U-Haul trailer became detached from an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Colorado on Interstate 70 on Friday, January 17, state police reported.

Jesse R. Bierer, 25, of Brooklyn, Ohio lost control of his vehicle while travelling too fast for the snowy roadway conditions, police said. The U-Haul trailer slid back and forth and slid off the Brush Creek Township roadway at 11:37 p.m. and down a slight embankment.

The trailer loosened from the truck hitch and overturned. The truck was not damaged, and Bierer and passenger Timothy R. Bierer, 29, of Girard, Pa., were not injured. Both men were wearing seat belts.

Jesse Bierer has been cited by state police for failure to drive a vehicle at safe speeds.

Two Vehicles Collide On Route 30

Four individuals escaped harm on January 18 during a two-vehicle accident along Lincoln Highway, according to state police.

Scott R. McClure, 22, of Chambersburg lost control of his westbound 2001 Chrysler 300M while negotiating a left-hand curve in the Todd Township roadway. McClure’s vehicle struck a guiderail with its front end and spun clockwise into the oncoming lane of traffic where it hit the right rear of a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Shawn A. Keebaugh, 21, of Harrisonville.

McClure and his passenger, James P. Groves Jr., 19, of Sharpsburg, Md., along with Keebaugh and his passenger Ashley K. Penwell, 20, of McConnellsburg, were wearing seat belts during the 11:56 a.m accident just east of the intersection of Jamie Road. McClure will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Needmore Man Charged In Franklin County

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg have charged a Needmore man with driving under the influence following a traffic stop along Jack Road. Troopers said they stopped 59-yearold Melvin Rodney Bernhard near the intersection of Hade Road on January 5 at 2:59 a.m. Bernhard was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for blood testing.

Crystal Spring Woman Waives Hearing

A Crystal Spring woman waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Bedford County Central Court last Wednesday. Court reports indicate 26-year-old Megan E. Donahue was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and other charges on October 23, 2013. Donahue was allegedly operating a vehicle along Interstate 70 in East Providence Township while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Charges Filed In Firearm Transfer

Charges involving the sale or transfer of a firearms and unsworn falsification have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne. Charges against Tony Tyrone Gantz, 48, of Waynesboro were filed after he allegedly attempted to transfer a firearm into his name while he was the subject of an active protection from- abuse order. Gantz reportedly attempted the transfer at Barnhart’s Sporting Goods in Harrisonville between noon and 4 p.m. on September 28, 2013.

Woman Accused Of Candle Theft

Twenty-four-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Ashley Dawn Seville has been accused by state police of attempting to steal a 3-ounce Everyday Home vanilla cream-scented candle valued at $1 from the Family Dollar Store. The retail theft occurred on Thursday, January 16, at 7:54 p.m.

Missing Purse Found

A purse that was allegedly stolen or went missing from Fulton County Medical Center on January 1 has since been located. State police reported the 65-year-old female victim from Mc- Connellsburg told troopers her purse was found at her residence.

Baltimore Man Charged With Harassment

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have charged 21-year-old Michael Paul Pugh of Baltimore, Md., with criminal mischief and harassment in connection with a verbal dispute at the Cardinal Glen Apartments.

State police alleged that on August 4, 2013, Pugh was involved in an argument with a 19-year-old McConnellsburg woman between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. that escalated into a physical altercation. Pugh reportedly pushed the woman three times and destroyed property belonging to her as well as the apartment complex. Damage has been estimated at $1,376.

Charges against Pugh have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Two Drivers Injured In Accident

Two Fulton County drivers suffered moderate injuries during a collision along Great Cove Road just south of the village of Needmore.

According to state police reports, Brenda A. Schultz, 26, of Harrisonville slowed down to make a left-hand turn when a vehicle following her pulled into the left-hand lane to attempt to pass her southbound 2013 Dodge Dart. Fifty-year-old Needmore resident Randy M. Peck pulled into the left lane and applied his brakes to avoid the collision, police said. Peck’s 1991 GMC Sonoma struck the driver’s side door of Schultz’s car.

Peck and Schultz were transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Schultz’s passenger, 33-yearold McConnellsburg resident Christopher L. Howell, was not injured. All three individuals were wearing a seat belt.

State police will charge Peck with limitations on overtaking on the left.

Theft Of Truck Reported

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have cited a 29-year-old southern Huntingdon County, Pa., man with theft of a motor vehicle and the unauthorized use of an automobile. Joshua Dean Ramsey of Orbisonia was charged after he allegedly stole a 1987 Chevrolet S-10 truck that had been parked at 837 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg on Friday, January 17. Ramsey is accused of driving the truck belonging to a 65-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man to Chambersburg between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. and abandoning it. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Gate Struck By Vehicle

A New Enterprise Rural Electric power substation gate located at 1039 Waterfall Road in Taylor Township was struck by a vehicle sometime January 16 or 17. Anyone having additional information related to this case of criminal mischief should contact state police Trooper Poole at 717-485-3131.

Needmore Man Arrested For DUI

Forty-seven-year-old Robert M. Barling of Needmore was arrested by state police on Saturday, January 11, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

State police in Mc- Connellsburg stated Barling had reportedly been involved in a crash in the Hancock, Md., area and fled to the Interstate 70 rest area in Bethel Township at 10:29 p.m. Barling was placed under arrest and transported to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming.

Altercation Leads To Harassment Charges

A physical altercation at 410 Union Church Road in Ayr Township has led to charges of harassment being filed against 33-year-old Timothy K. Messner of McConnellsburg, state police reported.

Messner allegedly grabbed a 32-year-old McConnellsburg woman by the hair and threw her to the ground on Thursday, January 16, at 12:01 a.m. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Maryland Man Hospitalized

A Bowie, Md., man was transported to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., having sustained injuries in a crash along Interstate 70 over the weekend.

According to state police, Arthur W. Padgett Jr. lost control of his eastbound vehicle, which struck a guiderail in Union Township Saturday morning. The vehicle continued along the guiderail for approximately 160 feet before striking an embankment at 10:50 a.m.

Police added the vehicle travelled up the embankment another 100 feet, rolled onto its driver’s side and slid onto the roadway.

Padgett, 63, was wearing a seat belt but suffered minor injuries. He will be cited for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic.

Man Accused Of Driving Vehicle Without Permission

Thirty-two-year-old Derek James Peck of McConnellsburg has been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg for driving under the influence and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with an incident on January 5.

State police accused Peck of driving a 2006 Nissan Frontier at 12:01 a.m. without the consent of the owner, a 63-year-old McConnellsburg man. The vehicle was driven from MacDonald’s Pharmacy to McDonald’s restaurant, during which time Peck allegedly struck a parking meter. Charges against Peck have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Man Charged With Obstructing Law

A 47-year- old McConnellsburg man has been charged by state police with obstruction of the law/hindering apprehension for an incident along Lincoln Highway in Ayr Township.

According to state police, David L. Binkley was involved in an incident on December 1 just west of the Mountain House Bar and Grill at 4:40 p.m. Charges against Binkley have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Hustontown Man

Not Injured

A 19-year-old Hustontown man was not injured during a single-vehicle accident along Battle Ridge Road on Wednesday, January 15.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Allan D. Martz was travelling southbound at 6:50 a.m. when he lost control of his 2000 Toyota Rav 4. The vehicle crashed into an embankment, spun counterclockwise and struck the embankment a second time before rolling over.

Martz was wearing a seat belt. He will be cited by state police for a traffic violation related to the vehicle’s tires. State police were assisted on the scene by Hustontown Fire Police and Lilley’s Towing.

Waterfall Man Sentenced

A Waterfall man was sentenced in the Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas on January 9 in connection with a driving-underthe influence-related accident last April.

Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Roberts will complete a year of probation and pay $450 in fines as well as court costs.

State police said Roberts’ accident occurred near the intersection of Bedford and North streets in Wood Township. He allegedly had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol when he was found by troopers as well as emergency responders. He is also accused of being verbally abusive to troopers and spitting in their direction. His blood alcohol content was .127.

Fuel Purchase Card Stolen

Unknown individuals broke into a vehicle belonging to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources between 3 p.m. on January 10 and 9:30 a.m. on January 13. Reports indicate the thieves entered the vehicle parked at 440 Buchanan Trail by breaking a rear passenger window and stole a fuel purchase card. Anyone having further information pertinent to this case should contact state police Trooper Doriguzzi at 717-485-3131.

Mischief Reported

An unknown vehicle drove across a yard and left ruts at 1365 Great Cove Road in Bethel Township. The mischief occurred between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14. Anyone having further information concerning this case should contact state police Trooper Watkins at 717- 485-3131.

Franklin County Man Accused Of DUI

A Franklin County man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a traffic stop along Great Cove Road. State police in McConnellsburg reported 26-year-old Chambersburg resident Brandon Charles Barry was pulled over by troopers for a vehicle code violation on December 31. Barry was placed under arrest and transported to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Police, Postal

Service Investigate Threat

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg and the United States Postal Service are investigating threats made against employees at the Waterfall Post Office on Wednesday, January 8.

According to reports, a 6- foot white male weighing approximately 200 pounds entered the post office and made a threat against the facility as well as the employees at 9:30 a.m. The man is approximately 50 years old and was wearing a dark button-up shirt and dark pants. Anyone having additional information pertinent to this incident is asked to call state police Trooper Remeikas at 717-485-3131.

Teens Escape Injury

Two northern Fulton County teens escaped harm during a single-vehicle accident along Mountain House Road on Tuesday, January 14.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said a 16- year-old Wells Tannery boy travelled over a patch of black ice just east of the intersection of North Valley Road at 10:37 p.m. The teen’s 2000 Ford Ranger struck an embankment and rolled over.

Neither the driver nor his 17-year-old female passenger from Hustontown were injured. Both were wearing seat belts. The truck was removed from the scene by Tinman Towing.

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