Police News — Wednesday, Dec. 31

Change stolen

JERSEY SHORE – Two Piatt Township homes were broken into and change was stolen sometime on Christmas Eve, troopers from the state police at Montoursville report.

A thief broke into the property of Amos McClain, 35, of Jersey Shore, along Route 287, by removing a basement window sometime between 3:15 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, Tpr. T. R. Morse said. The thief broke Amos’ piggy bank and stole about $208 in loose change, police said.

A burglar kicked in the back door of the residence of Angela Richardson, 40, of 54 Losch Lane, Piatt Township, sometime between 7:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve and 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, Tpr. John A. Knepp said. The burglar stole two small plastic containers containing coins from the bedroom and fled, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

Theft attempted

LINDEN – Around 5:20 p.m. on Christmas Day, a thief entered the residence of Trevor Hennessy, 20, of 126 Harvest Moon Park, Linden, and began disconnecting Hennessy’s Play Station 4 from his bedroom television, when Hennessy returned home and the thief used a pipe wrench to break out the bedroom window and escape, Tpr. John A. Knepp of the state police at Montoursville reports.

Criminal burglary

JERSEY SHORE – On Dec. 27 between 2 and 10 p.m., someone broke a window on the garage of Dixie Brandt, 69, of 267 Willits Road, Piatt Township, and used force to enter the door leading to her home, Tpr. Daniel R. Switzer of the state police at Montoursville reports.

The thief then stole $50 worth of pennies and fled the scene, police report.

Possession of a firearm without a license

LINDEN – Stephen William Richards, 24, of Lock Haven, was found with a loaded firearm in his possession on Dec. 29 at about 7:55 a.m. when he was pulled over at a traffic stop in Route 220 northbound, Woodward Township, Tpr. T. R. Morse of the state police at Montoursville reports.

Richards was charged for firearms not to be carried without a license and driving without an inspection, police said.

Device fraud

LINDEN – On Dec. 23 around 3 p.m., Erica Ross, 38, was told that she won $950,000 and a 2014 Mercedes Benz, and was told to send $200 to the person informing her, so she could receive the prize, Tpr. Scott Maskowski of the state police at Montoursville reports.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Montoursville at 570-368-5700.

DUI alleged

MILESBURG – An unidentified 40-year-old man of Bellefonte was stopped for a traffic violation around 7:07 p.m. on Dec. 29 and was subsequently taken for a blood draw and found to be in the possession of drugs and paraphernalia, state police at Rockview report.

Two-vehicle accident

MONTOURSVILLE – On Dec. 24 at about 11:55 a.m., a two-vehicle accident occurred along Reeder Road in Upper Fairfield Township, as one of the vehicles crossed over the center line of the roadway, Tpr. Blake Brown of the state police at Montoursville reports.

Eric R. White, 34, of Jersey Shore, was traveling east and Edward L. Mutchler, 60, of Williamsport, was traveling west on Reeder Road, police said.

White was negotiating a right-banked curve in the middle of the road as Mutchler negotiated a left-banked curve, and White struck Mutchler at the apex of the curve, according to police.

White’s 1993 Dodge Dynasty stopped in the middle of the road facing east and Mutchler’s 2014 Ford E-350 stopped along the right berm, facing west, police report.

No injuries were reported and White’s vehicle was towed from the scene, police said.

White was charged for failing to drive on the right side of the road, according to police.

Theft charge dismissed

JERSEY SHORE – A theft charge was dismissed against 45-year-old Gayle Lynn Burkholder of Locust Street by District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.

Burkholder was charged with theft after she kept a new pair of $39 boots that Fed Ex accidentally delivered to her home at 124 Locust St. on Oct. 17, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police said.

The address label on the package left at her front door said Wilson Street, but Burkholder kept the boots and gave them to her teenage daughter, police said.

Burkholder paid $170 in court costs and reimbursed the victim, Crystal Merryman, police said.

DUI alleged

BELLEFONTE – Krystal Koch, 25, of Lock Haven, has been charged for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 19, Tpr. Jeremy Hoy of the state police at Rockview reports.

Koch was pulled over for a traffic stop along Interstate 80 eastbound around 5:25 p.m., near Mile Marker 163, in Marion Township, and was subsequently transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for a blood test, police said.

Koch’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .149 percent, according to police.