Police news — Saturday, Jan. 20
Driver fair at
Geisinger after crash
JERSEY SHORE– A Jersey Shore driver was injured in a one-vehicle crash on Little Pine Creek Road in Cummings Township at 3:25 p.m. Jan. 15, according to state police at Montoursville.
Police said Taylor C. Wallen, 22, was southbound on Little Pine Creek Road and negotiating a right curve when his 2008 Hyundai began to rotate clockwise and then counter-clockwise before going over an embankment and striking a tree. The vehicle bounced off the tree and came to a position of final rest about five feet down a steep embankment with the front ended pointed downward, police said.
Wallen was wearing a seatbelt and sustained suspected serious injuries, police said. Flown to Geisinger Medical Center, he was listed in fair condition on Friday.
Police said the vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene.
Also responding to the scene were Jersey Shore EMS, Lifeflight, Waterville Fire Department and Aikey’s Towing.
Leash law violation
SNOW SHOE — Cathi Bittinger, 50, of Clarence, has been charged by state police at Rockview for violation of the leash law.
Police said they responded to a complaint about two dogs off their owner’s property at 648 Clarence Road, Snow Shoe, at 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 and after further investigation filed charges against Bittinger for confinement and housing of dogs not part of a kennel.
Theft of planter reported
LOCK HAVEN — City police received a report of the theft of a planter with a tree decorated for Valentine’s Day from atop a parking meter at 308 N. Grove St., between Jan. 15 and Jan. 18. Police said the planter is valued at $50.
Antes Fort woman charged
with felony shoplifting
WILLIAMSPORT– Sarah Elizabeth Baire, 31, of 472 Front St., Antes Fort, was charged by Williamsport city police with felony shoplifting and receiving stolen property after she was caught allegedly trying to steal $218 worth of merchandise from Wegman’s, 201 William St., Williamsport, on Jan. 17.
Baire was released on $10,000 signature bail in this case, but jailed on a probation violation.
This was her fourth shoplifting offense, police said.
Renovo man charged
WILLIAMSPORT — Jesse Charles Shields, 30, of Renovo, was charged by Old Lycoming Township police in Lycoming County with strangulation, simple assault and harassment for allegedly assaulting Selena Yingling at 2295 Lycoming Creek Road on Jan. 11.
Shields was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was initially jailed but is now free on $25,000 bail, police said.
Renovo man has
drugs in prison
WILLIAMSPORT — Clayton S. Policastro, 32, of Renovo has been charged with possession of contraband for allegedly having hydrocodone and zolpidem without a prescription as well as having a bag of spice while an inmate at the Lycoming County Prison on Oct. 24.
Policastro is currently an inmate at the state Correctional Institution at Frackville.
He remains jailed in lieu of an additional $15,000 bail.
LH man charged with
possession of heroin
WILLIAMSPORT — Brett Dascenzo O’Brien, 41, of Lock Haven was charged by Williamsport city police with possession of three envelopes of heroin, possession of Alprazolam without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 200 block of Hepburn Street on Aug. 8.
Initially jailed, he is now free on $25,000 bail.
MILL HALL — According to state police at Lamar, an investigation is underway after an unknown white male stole $169.99 worth of merchandise, at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, from Tractor Supply, located at 124 Hogan Blvd., Bald Eagle Township.
Trooper Lauren Pohlig said, “the stolen property consisted of a pair of size 13 Justin Work Boots.”
LOGANTON — Ezeldeen Elfawair, 36, of Tinley Park, I.L., was uninjured after he lost control of his Columbia Freightliner while traveling West on I-80 near mile marker 194, at about 8:40 p.m. on Jan 15, according to state police at Lamer.
Elfawair swerved off the highway, then drove back onto it, reported police.
“The tractor-trailer overturned onto its passenger side, slid across the roadway and spun about 90 degrees,” said Trooper Grant Ralston.
The vehicle finally came to a rest facing Northeast on its passenger side, blocking the left lane of travel, according to police. Police reported that Sugar Valley fire company reported to the scene in order to aid in accident recovery.
McElhattan — James Fedele, 22, of McElhattan, rear-ended Sandra Probst, 66, of Lock Haven, while the two where traveling on Route 220 near the 114 mile marker in Wayne Township, at about 8 a.m. on Jan. 15, according to state police at Lamar.
Fedele’s Volvo S40 was approaching Probst’s Nissan Altima when Probst began to break, reported police.
“Then Fedele began to break, at which time he ran over a patch of ice and was unable to avoid striking the rear portion of Probst’s vehicle,” said Trooper Adams Andrew.
Probst’s vehicle then traveled off the roadway, rotated clockwise about 180 degrees and then struck several small trees on the drivers side, before coming to a rest, according to police. Fedele’s vehicle drove safely to a stop in the median, reported police.
According to police, Probst was suspected of minor injury but was not transported by emergency services.
BEECH CREEK — Shawnea Traxler, 19, of Bellefonte, caused a two-vehicle crash which left her passenger, a 17-year-old male, with minor injuries, according to state police at Lamar.
Traxler, operating a Dodge Neon, pulled out from a parking lot onto Route 150 Southbound, in front of Michael Capparelle, 46, of Howard, operating a Jeep Grand Cherokee and his passenger, Kristin Dann, 36, of Howard, at 12:18 p.m. on Jan. 13.
“Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed by Martin Motors,” said police.
According to Trooper Jared Homan, Goodwill Hose assisted at the scene and transported the 17-year-old to the Lock Haven Hospital.
MILL HALL — Edward Moyer, of Lock Haven, allegedly walked pass the point of sale without paying for items at Walmart on 167 Hogan Blvd., Bald Eagle Township, at about 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 11, according to state police at Lamar.
“Moyer was taken into custody and charged for retail theft,”said Trooper Jared Homan.
Alleged thief found
RENOVO — Charles Brennan, 35, of 141 14th st., Renovo, allegedly stole merchandise from an unidentified business, on the 100 block of E. Main St. valued at $178.05, at 10:20 a.m. on Jan. 10, from a local business and was later found with illegal narcotics, according to Lock Haven city police.
Police report that Brennan stole three smoking devices labeled for retail sale and left.
“When Brennan was located, he has possession of drug paraphernalia, being a syringe to inject illegal narcotics,” said Police
Brennan was taken to the Clinton County Correctional facility and charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.
Police report that Brennan’s bail was set at $2,500.