Police News — July 10

Man injured when car hits house

MILL HALL — The driver of a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am was suspected to be seriously injured after he crashed into the steps of a house on South Water Street in Mill Hall, said state police at Lamar.

Gregory Hoy, 40, of Beech Creek, was driving north on State Route 64 (South Water Street) on July 6 at 3:50 p.m. when he failed to make a slight left curve on the road and struck guide rails on the right side of the roadway, said police. The impact caused his car to veer to the right, cross the north and south lanes of traffic and hit the steps of 405 S. Water St., police said.

Goodwill Ambulance Company transported Hoy to Geisinger Medical Center, police said. He was charged with not driving on roadways laned for traffic, police said.

Marijuana plants found on property

PLEASANT GAP– State police at Rockview found 13 marijuana plants growing on a Pleasant Gap man’s property on July 4.

While searching his property, police also found Russell R. Lehman, 55, to be in possession of processed marijuana for personal use and drug paraphernalia, police said. Police collected evidence and transported it to PSP Rockview.

Lehman was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; unlawful possession of a controlled substance by a person unregistered; possession of a small amount of marijuana; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia were filed against Lehman through Magisterial District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker’s court Wednesday.

Restraining order violation

BELLEFONTE — State police at Rockview stopped Charles Lose, 31, of Bellefonte for a traffic violation on East Linn Street July 8 at 7:28 p.m. but found he was driving with the plaintiff of an active Protection From Abuse (PFA) order in the passenger seat.

Lose was arrested and taken to Central Booking Center, police said. He will have a contempt hearing in county court on July 17, according to police.

No injuries in two-vehicle crash

HYNER — No one was injured in a two-car crash on Renovo Road near Strawberry Lane around noon on July 8.

Richard Kirkwood, 56, of Glen Rock, Pa., was driving in a Ford F250 along Renovo Road and was anticipating making a left hand turn into a driveway while a 2004 Audi driven by Kenneth Riggle, 49, of Blanchard, was behind him, police said.

Riggle believed Kirkwood was making a right hand turn and tried to pass him in the westbound lane, but in doing so, Riggle’s passenger side door collided with Kirkwood’s front driver side corner panel, police said.

Riggle’s car suffered disabling damage as a result of the crash and was towed from the scene by Miller Brothers Auto, said police. Riggle was not charged with careless driving, police said.

DUI checkpoint arrest

LAMAR — Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police Station at Lamar conducted a sobriety checkpoint over the July 4 holiday period, said police.

One hundred seventy-six motorists came through the checkpoint and one DUI arrest was made, said police.

No injuries in two-car crash

LOGANTON — No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash that left both cars totaled on July 4 at 7:01 a.m, said state police at Lamar.

Taylor L. Kissell, 38, of Gallatin Gateway, Mont., was driving south in a Subaru Forester on State Route 477 (South Mill Street) in Loganton and Donald J. Barnard, 40, of Loganton, was driving north on Route 477, said police.

After Kissell negotiated a right hand turn in the roadway, Barnard’s Dodge Ram began traveling into the opposite lane of travel toward Kissell, said police. Barnard collided with Kissell in the southbound travel lane, causing disabling damage to both cars, police said.

Barnard was charged for careless driving, police said. Valley Collision assisted on the scene, police said.

No injuries in one-car crash

LAMAR — No one was injured in a one-car crash during a rain storm on Interstate 80 on July 4 at 2:59 p.m., said state police at Lamar.

Gabriel Campuzano, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was driving west over the speed limit on I-80 near mile marker 171.1 when his speed combined with the wet roadway and rain caused him to lose control of the vehicle, a 1997 Mercedes-Benz, said police.

The car went off the south side of the roadway and struck the embankment, said police. Neither Campuzano nor his passenger was injured. Both were wearing seatbelts, police said.

Campuzano was charged with not driving a vehicle at a safe speed, said police.

Disorderly conduct

LOCK HAVEN — City police cited Cy Bitner, 21, of Lock Haven, on July 8 at 10:55 p.m. for disorderly conduct after he threw firecrackers at buildings.

Retail theft at Walmart

MILL HALL — Christina Bugielski, 43, of North Bend, was charged with retail theft after she allegedly sole a CD, a bottle of water and a bottle of Dr. Pepper, according to state police at Lamar.

Police said the theft occurred at 5:45 p.m. June 16, at Walmart on Hogan Boulevard. Value of the stolen merchandise was $15.34.

Altercation leads to

assault charges

MILESBURG — Andrew McMahon, 31, of Milesburg, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment following an incident at the intersection of Mill Street and Turnpike Street at 3:07 p.m. July 8.

Police said McMahon and Travis McMurtrie, 31, no address listed, were involved in a physical altercation. During the altercation, McMurtrie went to his vehicle and retrieved a wooden axe handle and swung at McMahon, striking him in the head. McMurtrie’s left forearm was injured as he attempted to shield himself, police said. Charges are pending on McMurtrie, police said.

Coins taken from gaming machines

CLARENCE — The Moose lodge in Clarence was entered through a window and coins from two gaming machines were removed, state police at Rockview report.

Police said the incident occurred overnight between July 8 and 9.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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