2015-08-20 / Police Reports


Woman Of Beaten Child Extradited

The mother of 6-year- Dustin Barnhart who was hospitalized after allegedly being severely beaten in July while at a Hancock, Md., residence has been extradited to Maryland from Pennsylvania.

Twenty-five-year-old Ashley Renee Barnhart was taken before Washington County, Md. Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who set bond in the case at $400,000. Barnhart faces a total of eight charges, including physical abuse of a child resulting in severe physical injury, firstand second-degree assault, second-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor.

Barnhart’s boyfriend, 21- year-old Aaron J. Vanmeter of Hancock, is also being held in connection with the alleged child abuse case on $1 million bond.

Officials in the case alleged Barnhart was aware her child was being abused since mid-June. She had reportedly taken photos of the boy’s injuries and had performed Internet searches on how to making bruising disappear.

Almond Milk Leaks Into Creek

A tractor-trailer crashed in Wells Township last Wednesday morning resulted in boxed almond milk to leak into Sideling Hill Creek near Slabtown Road.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency was notified of the 7:38 a.m. spill along North Valley Road, which also required assistance from the Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co., Penn- DOT, fire police and SAC’s Towing.

The accident occurred when 62-year-old Macedonio Davila of Pharr, Texas, failed to maintain a proper speed nearing the bottom of the mountain, state police said. Davila was unable to negotiate a turn, which caused his northbound 2005 Peterbilt tractor-trailer to run off the roadway and into numerous trees and a dirt embankment. The tractor-trailer landed in the creek, spilling its contents.

Davila was wearing a seat belt. He did not require medical transport for his minor injuries. State police have cited Davila for driving too fast for conditions.

Drug Paraphernalia Found In Purse

Krisha Dawn Long, 21, McConnellsburg, has been charged with the use or possession of drug paraphernalia after she left her purse on a bench outside Fulton County Medical Center. State police said her purse was located by hospital staff last Wednesday between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. When they looked inside the purse for identification, they found two pipes and a straw containing drug residue.

Preliminary Hearing Set For Indecent Assault Case

A preliminary hearing will be held in the coming weeks for a McConnellsburg man who is accused of trying to force himself on a woman while his girlfriend and son slept in the same room. Twenty-three-year-old Trent A. Coffman is charged with indecent assault in connection with the incident that occurred on July 12 in a motel room on Loudon Street, the Chambersburg Police Department reported. The victim alleged in reports to officers she awoke to find Coffman standing over top of her. He allegedly hugged her, pulled her hair, put his hand over her mouth when she asked him to stop and attempted to pull off her shorts.

Sign Taken

A sign advertising “Bumper to Bumper Auto Accessories” was stolen from the intersection of Buck Valley and Great Cove roads on July 20, state police said. Victim is a Warfordsburg man. Anyone having additional information linked to this case should call state police Trooper Huff at 717-485-3131.

Batman Impersonator Dies In I-70 Crash

A Maryland man who traveled to hospitals to meet children while posing as the superhero Batman died Sunday evening during a vehicle accident 11 miles from the Fulton County line. Fiftyone year-old Leonard B. Robinson of Owings Mills was pronounced dead at the accident scene along Interstate 70 near Big Pool, Md., state police from Hagerstown said.

Robinson was driving a replica of the Batmobile, which had engine difficulty and was partially stopped on the eastbound lanes at 10:30 p.m. He was reportedly checking the engine when his car was sideswiped by a 2010 Toyota Camry driven by 39-year-old Mark Karman of Charlottesville, Va.

Man Involved In Franklin County Crash

A Hustontown man suffered minor injuries during a two-vehicle accident in Peters Township, Franklin County, Friday, Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg reported.

A westbound 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by 59-year- old Malcolm L. Hayes of Smithsburg, Md., was struck from behind by a 1994 Ford Escort driven by Joseph A. Ritchey, 39, of Hustontown at 3 p.m. along Lincoln Way. Both men were wearing a seat belt. Ritchey did not require EMS transport following the crash just east of the intersection of Hawbaker Road.

Man Arraigned Following Domestic Dispute

Forty-four-year-old Warfordsburg resident Troy Meryl Trail was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming following an alleged domestic dispute at 2035 Deneens Gap Road. According to state police, Trail was arraigned on charges of simple assault and harassment. Bail was set at $50,000. The allegations against Trail stem from an August 15 dispute during which he struck a 38-year-old Warfordsburg woman at 3:19 a.m.

Probation Violated

A 50-year-old Harrisonville man was remanded to the Franklin County Jail on August 15 after he violated the terms of his probationary sentence with the Franklin County Probation Department.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg alleged John Bradley Elsor violated his probation when he was found driving under the influence of alcohol while travelling along Route 16 near the intersection of Lincoln Way East in the McConnellsburg Borough. Elsor also allegedly was in possession of a small amount of marijuana during the 5:30 p.m. traffic stop.

PFA Order Violated

A Warfordsburg man was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 secured bail for allegedly violating the conditions of a protection-fromabuse order. Leonard Thomas Donahue reportedly entered the Pigeon Cove Road residence of the victim, a 28-year-old Warfordsburg woman, Friday at 6:10 p.m., state police said.

Man Accused Of Making Threats

Leonard Thomas Donahue, 32, Warfordsburg, is accused of terroristic threats and simple assault as a result of an incident at a Pigeon Cove Road residence Friday. Donahue allegedly threatened to kill a 38-yearold Warfordsburg man and then attempted to hit him with his vehicle at 6:10 p.m.

Man Accused Of Act 64 Violations

A Crystal Spring man is accused of being in an intoxicated state while in the parking lot of the Cardinal Glenn Apartments Sunday morning as well as being in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Twenty-six-yearold Theodore Grance was located by state police troopers at 10:05 a.m. at the Ayr Township apartment complex.

Missing Woman Found

A northern Fulton County woman reported missing after having attended a concert in Burgettstown, Pa., over the weekend has been located. State police said the family of Janelle (Weaver) Tharp had last heard from her when her vehicle broke down on Route 376 in the Pittsburgh area on Sunday. Her empty vehicle was located by state police troopers at a pulloff along the highway. On Monday, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Tharp’s family received a call from her that she was still in Pittsburgh.

Fugitive Apprehended

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg apprehended a fugitive from justice who was reportedly wanted for military desertion from the United States Marine Corps. Twenty-one-yearold Derrick William Stailey of McConnellstown, Pa., was taken into custody following a traffic stop at 700 Buchanan Trail, Ayr Township, on Friday, August 14, at 3:32 a.m.

Stailey was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming and committed to the Franklin County Jail where he awaits an extradition hearing. Bail was set at $75,000.

Suspected Drugs Found

Suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the possession of a Blairs Mills, Pa., woman on July 17, state police reported. Twenty-seven-year-old Lana Briggs is accused in the incident that occurred at 6:51 p.m. along Lincoln Highway near the intersection of Breezy Point Road.

Meth Lab Waste Found

Pennsylvania State Police disposed of waste from a methamphetamine lab that was found on the 400 block of Cove Road in Ayr Township. Troopers in McConnellsburg were alerted to the meth lab waste by a concerned citizen on Thursday, August 13, at 10 a.m.

Death Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg and the Fulton County Coroner’s Office were dispatched to a Taylor Township home to investigate the death of a Hustontown area woman on Sunday, August 9.

Fifty-seven-year-old Sue Clapsadle was pronounced dead at 5598 Waterfall Road by Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders at 8:45 a.m. Cause of death has been linked to cardiac arrest as a result of multiple drug toxicity.

Medication Stolen

Eighty four Klonopin pills were stolen from a Leese Road, Needmore, home between noon and 7 p.m. on Monday, August 10. Burglars entered the home through a locked door. Victim is a 26- year-old Needmore woman.

Trespassing Reported

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated an alleged trespassing that occurred at 207 South Seventh Street, McConnellsburg Borough, on Tuesday, August 11. Fifty-two-yearold Mark Eric Johnston of McConnellsburg is accused of being on the property of an 85-year-old McCon-nellsburg man at 5:30 p.m. Signs were reportedly posted on the property advising against trespassing. Charges against Johnston have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

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