Police News – Feb. 11

Beech Creek woman steals

thousands from Dollar General

BEECH CREEK — Kelly Smith, 38, of Beech Creek, was arrested and accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise over the course of three years while working as the assistant manager at Dollar General in Beech Creek, state police at Lamar said.

Smith is also accused of ringing up damaged items through the register that were not and taking money from the register when she was promoted to manager, police said.

Smith was charged with theft all other and arraigned before a district judge, police said.

Woman assaults

officers after DUI crash

MILL HALL — A 24-year-old Mill Hall woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and aggravated assault after attacking multiple state troopers who were transporting her to their barracks on Jan. 30, state police at Lamar said.

Marita Dorman was traveling west on East Peale Street, Mill Hall, when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a bridge, police said.

After determining Dorman was driving under the influence troopers placed her in the back of their cruiser, police said.

During transport, Dorman unbuckled herself and attempted to climb from the rear seat into the front seat, police said.

While troopers attempted to further restrain her she kicked one trooper in the head and another in the crotch, police said.

Once at the station, Dorman bit one trooper in the forearm and another in the hand, police said.

Dorman was transported to Clinton County prison and arraigned before District Judge John Maggs who set her bail at $3,500, police said.

Vehicle overturns

LOGANTON — The driver of a 2012 Freightliner Tractor suffered injuries of unknown severity during a one vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in Greene Township, state police at Lamar said.

Yeffri Peraltalopez, 24, of Freeport, N.Y., was traveling west on the roadway when he failed to negotiate a left hand curve, police said.

While Peraltalopez was attempting to keep the vehicle on the roadway it overturned, striking a street sign, police said.

Peraltalopez was charged with not driving a vehicle at safe speed and was transported to the Jersey Shore Hospital for unknown injuries, police said.

Assault leads to arrest

LAMAR — Joshua Ardner, 35, of Mill Hall, was arrested on Feb. 2 and charged with simple assault after a physical altercation involving a 35-year-old Avis woman, state police at Lamar said.

Ardner is accused of punching the victim in the eye and mouth as well as pushing her to the ground at a home along Woodward Avenue, Porter Township, police said.

Ardner was arraigned before a district judge and jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail, police said.

One vehicle crash

MILL HALL — No one was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred on Feb. 3 along Shade Hollow Rd., Bald Eagle Township, state police at Lamar said.

Jeremy L. Walker, 32, of Mill Hall, was traveling south on the roadway when he attempted to apply the brakes while going downhill, police said.

Walker was unable to stop however due to ice on the edge of the road, causing the 2008 Toyota Tundra to travel partially off the roadway and strike a tree, police said.

No charges were filed and police were assisted on the scene by Martin Motors.

Drug possession

LAMAR — Macee Raub, 27, of Columbia, Pa., was charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia after a her vehicle was searched on Feb. 5 at 5284 Nittany Valley Dr., Porter Township, state police at Rockview said.

The items were found after police were searching for a suspicious vehicle in the area, police said.

Icy road leads to crash

FARRANDSVILLE — Ice on a roadway led to a one vehicle crash along Carrier Road, Gallagher Township on Feb. 3, state police at Lamar said.

Maxwell T. Trainor, 25, of Westfield, Pa., was traveling north on the roadway when he failed to maintain control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve downhill due to ice, police said.

Trainor’s 2003 Ford Excursion drove onto the west shoulder of the road and into a small stream, damaging the undercarriage of the vehicle, police said.

Trainor’s vehicle then struck a small tree before stopping several feet away from the tree, police said.

No charges were filed and Trainor was not injured as a result of the crash, police said.

Diesel fuel stolen

LAMAR — State police at Lamar are looking for a person who stole approximately $35 worth of diesel fuel from a truck owned by Richard Rumsey, 35, of Lexington, N.C., at the Flying J, 5609 Nittany Valley Dr., Porter Township.

The fuel was stolen from a 2018 Kenworth Motor Truck between Feb. 7 and 8, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Trooper Cory Gates at 570-726-6000.

Crime by deception

MILL HALL — A 42-year-old Bellefonte man was scammed out of $1,200 on Feb. 4, state police at Lamar said.

The victim found a 2009 Nissan Maxima listed for sale costing $1,200, police said.

The victim contacted an email address and was told to gather $1,200 worth of Ebay cards to pay for the vehicle, police said.

Once the victim purchased the Ebay cards he gave the authorization numbers to a male with a foreign accent over the phone, police said.

The next day the victim received a second email requesting another $1,200 for fee’s, police said.

When the victim attempted to call the number the person on the other line hung up, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Ben Campana at 570-726-6000.

No injuries

RENOVO — No one was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred on Renovo Road, Grugan Township, on Jan. 27, state police at Lamar said.

William H. Minihan, 37, of Mill Hall, was traveling west on the roadway with his two passengers when he lost control of his 2005 Dodge Ram, police said.

Minihan was unable to regain control of the vehicle and it hit an embankment, causing disabling damage, police said.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and Minihan was cited for not driving on roadways laned for traffic, police said.

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