Police News-October 2, 2013
Hit and run, DUI alleged
JERSEY SHORE – Charges have been filed against a 42-year-old man after his SUV slammed into the West Co., 347 Oliver St., about 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 13, according to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police.
John Dennis Shaffer, of 278 Shaffer Lane, has been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and accidents involving damaged to attended property (hit-run), police said.
When Shaffer’s vehicle hit the building, it hit the structure’s gas line, forcing the evacuation of the building and neighboring properties, police said.
Shaffer fled the scene in his 2007 GMC Denali, but a witness followed him to to his home, where police soon caught up with him.
An officer detected alcohol on Shaffer’s breath a noticed that his eyes were watery, police said. Unstable on his feet, Shaffer did poorly on field sobriety tests and his blood-alcohol level at the time was .16, police said. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.
WOODWARD TOWNSHIP – Police said unknown actors entered a garage 87 Riverside Terrace on Sept. 29 and stole tools estimated at $1,000. Anyone with information are asked to contact the Woodward Township police.
Girl returns home
MILL HALL – Police said a 16-year-old girl ran away 7 a.m. Sept. 19 from her residence at 12 S. Chestnut Steet. Through investigation, the girl was found and returned to her parents.
Breaking and entering
MILL HALL – Police said someone broke into a residence at 2190 Bald Eagle Mountain Road and damaged several doors.
Police said the incident occurred between 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 17, and the suspect made entry into the residence by damaging an outside door. Once inside, they kicked in the locked bedroom door of the victim’s son room and caused minor damage to the door. The actors fled in an unknown direction. Nothing was reported missing.
Anyone with information are asked to contact PSP Lamar.
Charged with DUI
WILLIAMSPORT – The following local residents were charged with driving under the influence by police agencies in Lycoming County.
r Robert C. Seeley, 67, of Lock Haven; Tiadaghton Valley Regional (TVR) police following a crash in the 300 block of Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore on Aug. 24, also charged with careless driving.
r Scott A. Marshall 2nd, 34, of 1240 1/2 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore; TVR police in the 13000 block of Route 220 in Jersey Shore on Aug. 6.
r Jack L. Lowmiller, 64, of 114 Central Ave., Avis; TVR police following a crash in the 1100 block of Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore on July 31.
r Ronnie Ray Cullison, 30, of 18 Harvest Moon Park, Linden; state police at Third and Market streets in Williamsport on July 21.
Exposure, lewdness alleged
OVAL – Matthew Wayne Bachman, 25, of 8032 Route 44 South, has been charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness as a result of incidents in the 200 block of Middle Road on June 30 and again July 1, state police said.
He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.
Two accused of sexual abuse
WILLIAMSPORT – Two men, in separate cases, face sexual abuse charges, according to Lycoming County court records.
r Travis Gregory Lurch, 21, of 6235 Route 220, Linden, has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, state police said.
The charges stem from Lurch allegedly having inappropriate contact with a male child under 5 in Piatt Township in early August.
Already in the Lycoming County Prison on probation violation, Lurch was arraigned last week before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley and recommitted in lieu of $125,000 bail.
r Colton Daniel Lord, 21, of 293 Northway Road Extension, Linden, has been charged by Old Lycoming Township police with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corrupting the morals of a minor for allegedly engaging in sexual activity on several occasions with a female between the ages of 12 and 16 between January and last month.
Police said the criminal acts occurred in Old Lycoming and Woodward townships.
Following his arraignment last week before District Judge James H. Sortman, Lord was released on $20,000 bail.
Roller blades found
WOODWARD – Police said they found a pair of roller blades. The owners can call Woodward Township Police at 858-5676 to identify and claim them.
Logging tool theft
HAINES TOWNSHIP – Rockview State Police are investigating a theft of logging tools from SR 45 around 1.5 miles east of Woodward and Haines Township.
Police said the incident occured between Sept. 20 and 24 when unknown actors cut the lock that was securing a utility trailer and removed two chainsaws, a generator and a torch set. The value of the items is at $2,000. Anyone with information are asked to call PSP Rockview.
Car collides with tree
BALD EAGLE TOWNSHIP – Police said an accident occured at around 1 p.m. Sept. 27 when the vehicle driven by Charles L. Klobe, 82, of Mill Hall, veered right and left on the roadway of Munro Road and then struck a large tree with the right front portion of the car.
Klobe and passenger Ethel M. Klobe were taken by EMS to Lock Haven ER for minor injuries. The vehicle suffered sever damage to where it struck the tree.
House keys stolen
PORTER TOWNSHIP – Police said a burglary ended with the theft of house keys.
Police said an unknown criminal broke into the residence at 344 Peach Orchard Road through a sliding glass door on the ground floor. The investigation continues.
Dine and dash
NOYES TOWNSHIP – A patron of Green Lantern Inn left the restaurant without paying for his meal, police said.
Police stated that around 6 p.m. Sept. 29, an unknown suspect entered the establishment and ordered food but left without paying. The investigation continues.
PORTER TOWNSHIP – Police said a resident of Lamar was the victim of a scam.
Police said the incident occured when the victim was called by a man with an accent that was described as Indian telling her that her computer required repair. She was then coerced into entering a code provided by the mail into her computer to grant remote access to her computer. He then demanded $10 for waranty and an additional $199 to “fix” it. When she refused, the man on the other end began deleting files off her computer. A female with an accent, also possibly Indian, also spoke briefly as the “computer technician.”
State Police in Lamar said that if anyone receives a similiar call, they are advised to hang up immediately and to not allow anyone to instruct them to type in codes to their computer, as it may be a scam.