2014-04-10 / Police Reports


Three Cited For Scattering Rubbish

Three McConnellsburg residents face charges in connection with an April 3 incident at 138 Meadow Grounds Road.

Fifty-two-year-old Paul Theodore Sell, 51-year-old Steven Keefer and a 17-yearold male allegedly committed harassment and scattered rubbish at 5:50 p.m., state police said. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Crystal Spring Resident Injured

A Crystal Spring resident suffered minor injuries during a two-vehicle accident along Lincoln Highway on March 25 in neighboring East Providence Township, Bedford County. Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford said Lynn J. Tucker was injured when Tucker switched from the right to left lane and crossed in front of a Chevrolet Silverado operated by Dale McKinley of Somerset. As a result, the Silverado struck the rear of Tucker’s GMC Sierra 2500 at 9:40 a.m.

Maryland Man Accused Of Theft

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have charged 23-year-old Anthony Scott Shumaker with theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing in connection with an incident at 488 McKibbin Lane, Union Township.

Police said Shumaker of Hagerstown, Md., took aluminum metal items belonging to a 56-year-old Warfordsburg man at 10 p.m. Charges against Shumaker have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming.

Identity Theft Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a report of identity theft that occurred in 2007 at 160 Shady Grove Road. A 58-year-old McConnellsburg man reported to state police investigators on April 3 an unauthorized individual used his credit card to make purchases. The investigation remains open, police said.

Two Collide In Borough

Two vehicles collided in McConnellsburg Borough last Wednesday afternoon, state police reported.

Heidi L. Mellott, 27, of Mc- Connellsburg, was stopped on North Second Street waiting to make a left-hand turn when her 2008 Buick Enclave was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Fusion operated by 18-year-old Mc- Connellsburg resident Bridgette R. Souders, police said.

Souders vehicle suffered disabling front-end damage and was towed from the scene by Remsburg Towing. She will be cited for following too closely. Neither driver was injured, and both were wearing a seat belt.

McConnellsburg Man Jailed

A McConnellsburg man was remanded to the Franklin County Jail last Wednesday after he allegedly tried to hit another man with his vehicle.

According to state police, 30-year- old Tyler Brooks Horton was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott on April 2. Horton allegedly got into a verbal dispute with a 19-yearold McConnellsburg man outside the victim’s East Market Street residence at 2:20 p.m. Horton is accused of attempting to strike the victim with a hammer and a motor vehicle, police said.

Cruelty To Animals Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a possible case of cruelty to animals on March 31 at 280 Pin Oak Road in Brush Creek Township. A 44- year-old Crystal Spring man told police investigators his dog may have been poisoned. Anyone with additional information pertinent to this case is asked to contact state police Trooper Kirsch at 717-485-3131.

Local Man Charged In Franklin County

A 32-year- old McConnellsburg man faces charges in Franklin County, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg said. John Matthew Martz is accused of attempting to steal five DVDs valued at $15 from FYE located in Greene Township on March 26. In addition, police said, Martz was allegedly found in possession of pills and a tube containing residue.

Vehicle Damaged

An 18-year-old Warfordsburg man reported to state police investigators his vehicle was damaged during an act of criminal mischief between 11:30 p.m. on March 29 and 12:30 a.m. on March 30. The vehicle suffered scratches as well as two flattened tires at 3102 Stoneybreak Road, Bethel Township. Anyone having further information linked to this case of criminal mischief is asked to call state police Trooper Sprague at 717-485- 3131.

Charges Pending In Fight

Charges are currently pending in an April 5 argument that turned physical at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments in Ayr Township. Victim in the 9:05 p.m. incident was a 31-year-old Ayr Township woman, state police said.

Two Charged With Harassment

Two McConnellsburg residents have been charged with harassment through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. State police said a 20-yearold male and an 18-year-old female were involved in a verbal dispute that turned into a physical altercation on Saturday, April 5, at 5:15 a.m. on the 2000 block of Great Cove Road. The names of the charged individuals were not released by police.

Theft Reported

Several items were stolen from a scrap yard on the 1200 block of Pleasant Ridge Road in Licking Creek Township on Saturday, April 5. Victim is a 54-year- old male from Burnt Cabins. Anyone having further information pertinent to this theft is urged to contact state police Trooper Hollibaugh at 717- 485-3131.

Domestic Dispute Leads To Arrest

A domestic dispute at 3025 Pleasant Ridge Road has led to the arrest of a Needmore woman, Pennsylvania State Police in Mc- Connellsburg said.

According to reports, 46- year-old Krista Kaye Bingaman was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and harassment. Bingaman was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Charges against Bingaman are connected to a Saturday, April 5, domestic disturbance involving a firearm, state police said. She was reportedly taken into custody after resisting arrest at 9 p.m.

Passenger Injured

A passenger in a southbound 2011 Ford F-150 suffered moderate injuries but did not require medical transport following an accident along Cito Road. Pennsylvania State Police in Mc- Connellsburg said Jason Graham, 39, of Big Cove Tannery was injured at 2 a.m. during the single-vehicle accident.

The crash occurred when the truck driven by 39-yearold Kendra L. Richards, also of Big Cove Tannery, travelled onto the berm and struck a tree head-on. Police said the truck was removed from the scene by Scott’s Towing prior to their arrival on the scene.

Richards was not injured and was using a seat belt. Graham was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver will be cited by state police for failure to drive a vehicle at safe speeds.

Tractor-Trailer Strikes Utility Pole

A northbound 2012 Freightliner Cascadia struck a guiderail along Great Cove Road in Bethel Township last Thursday evening. State police said the driver, who was not identified, avoided hitting a white-tailed deer but struck the guiderail north of Long Hollow Road at 6:38 p.m.

Theft By Deception Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated a case of theft by deception that occurred on March 31. Reports indicate a 50-year-old McConnellsburg woman received and deposited a fraudulent check into her baking account. In turn, the victim removed a large amount of cash from the account and sent it to an unknown individual. Following the withdrawal, she later learned from bank officials that the check was fraudulent.

Prescription Pills Taken

Prescription pills were reported stolen from 419 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, at 9:30 p.m. on March 13, state police said. Victim is a 33- year- old Mc- Connellsburg woman. Anyone having further information concerning this theft is urged to call state police Trooper Lech at 717-485- 3131.

Crime, Patrol Report Released

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg released their crime and patrol activity report for the month of March, during which a total of 54 criminal offenses were reported. Of those, investigators made 32 arrests and cleared 29 of the 51 founded incidents. In addition, troopers responded to 25 accidents, one hit-and-run and three driving-underthe influence-related accidents. Nine individuals were injured during those accidents. Police also issued two child-seat citations, 74 seat belt citations, eight driving under-the-influence citations, 417 written warnings and 640 traffic citations.

VFW Donation Information

VFW Post 655 and FOVA McConnellsburg hold their monthly meetings at 6 p.m. at the post home the first Thursday of each month.

Requests for donations from the FOVA should be submitted on a piece of paper describing organization and reason for requests at least three days in advance of the meeting, Please, no phone calls or verbal requests to members or their families.

Selection of donors and granting of donations is based on money available and voting by VFW members.

PennDOT, State Police Highlight Work Zone Safety

Harrisburg – Pennsylvanians will see $2.1 billion worth of highway and bridge improvements this year, $600 million more than originally anticipated due to the state’s new transportation plan, and representatives from PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police today reminded motorists to drive carefully through the hundreds of work zones they’ll encounter this construction season.

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