2016-02-04 / Police Reports


Death Investigated

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg and the Fulton County Coroner’s Office investigated a death in Brush Creek Township Sunday evening in the vicinity of 945 Lincoln Highway. County Coroner Berley Souders reported the body of Jeffrey Sheffield, 52, was found inside a camper trailer he was residing in. Sheffield was pronounced dead at 7 p. m. Cause of the accidental death has been linked to multiple drug toxicity.

Update In Hit-And-Run

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg have charged 36-year-old Harrisonville resident Jason Paul Mellott with accidents involving damage to a vehicle and traffic violations in connection with a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Lincoln Way East and South Seventh Street in Mc- Connellsburg on December 24, 2015. Mellott allegedly failed to yield right of way and struck a vehicle belonging to a Three Springs man at 1:20 p.m. Mellott reportedly left the crash scene without providing the required information. Charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Drug-Related Charges Filed

Following a search of a McConnellsburg man’s residence by the Fulton County Probation Department, drug-related charges have been filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. Drug-related materials, state police said, were discovered at a room at Johnnie’s Motel, which 22- year-old Timothy Maurice Powell occupied on February 1 at 12:20 p.m.

Statutory Sexual Assault Reported

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported an alleged statutory sexual assault case currently remains open. Police were alerted of the allegations on January 15 when an official from Fulton County Services for Children reported they received a complaint that a 15-year-old female was pregnant to a 20-year-old Needmore man. The sex, police added, was consensual, and the girl was approximately eight months pregnant without the mother’s knowledge. The suspect in the case was not identified by state police investigators.

Needmore Man Jailed After Police Chase

Joseph Netz, 29, Needmore, was remanded to the Franklin County Prison Saturday morning in lieu of $50,000 after he led state police troopers on a three-mile chase.

Netz was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming on charges of fleeing and eluding, reckless endangerment, driving under the influenced and various traffic summaries. Charges against Netz stem from an attempted 2:03 a.m. traffic stop along Great Cove Road at the intersection of Back Run Road. Police said as they approached Netz’s burgundy Buick sedan he sped off travelling southbound through Ayr Township.

Troopers followed Netz at speeds reaching up to 80 miles per hour until he crashed in a field south of Union Cemetery.

Netz was taken into custody and a strong odor of alcohol was detected on his breath, police stated. He was taken to Fulton County Medical Center where it was found he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Jailed For Retail Theft

McConnellsburg resident Tiffany Marie Edmonds was remanded to the Franklin County Jail for retail theft following an incident at the Dollar General in Hamilton Township, Franklin County. According to state police in Chambersburg, Edmonds allegedly stole nail-polish remover and a notebook from the store on Tuesday, January 26. Edmonds reportedly fled the scene at 4:43 p.m. in a vehicle, but Dollar General officials were able to obtain the vehicle’s license plate number that led to Edmonds’ apprehension.

Police Investigate Disorderly Conduct

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg investigated an alleged incident that involved harassment and disorderly conduct on the 100 block of West Market Street. Fifty-six-year-old Luke Hill of McConnellsburg is accused of grabbing and shoving a 48-year-old Mc- Connellsburg man on Wednesday, January 27, at 12:45 p.m.

Harassment Reported

Timothy Maurice Powell, 22, McConnellsburg, has been accused of striking a 28- year-old McConnellsburg woman on the chest and arm during a domestic dispute on Tuesday, January 26, state police reported. The incident occurred at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments between 2:15 p.m. and 2:46 p.m.

Hustontown Man Jailed

Forty-five-year-old Hustontown resident Peter Michael Taraschi was arraigned on charges of simple assault and harassment on Sunday, January 24, by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg reported. Taraschi was remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Taraschi, state police said, was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with a Hustontown woman at 8 a.m., which resulted in the charges.

Gun, Jewelry Stolen

A pistol and two rings were stolen from an apartment at 423 Woodside Drive, Ayr Township, between noon January 22 and 3:35 p.m. January 26. Victim in this burglary and theft is a 27-year-old McConnellsburg woman. Anyone with further information pertinent to this break-in should call state police Trooper Kirsch at 717- 485-3131.

Children Removed From Home

Four children ranging in age from 11 months to 3 years old have been removed from a Brush Creek Township home last Tuesday after their living conditions were deemed unacceptable, according to state police in Mc- Connellsburg.

Reports indicate the 535 Spade Road, Crystal Spring, home “contained extremely deplorable living conditions.” In addition, the parents of the children, who were identified by state police as Joseph Black, 29; Geena Shauntel Davis, 23, and Megan Sue Butler, 24, all of Crystal Spring, were found to be physically impaired as a result of being under the influence of synthetic marijuana. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the home, police said.

Criminal charges, including endangering the welfare of children and drug-related accusations, are pending against the trio through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Heming. The children were placed under the supervision of Fulton County Services for Children.

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