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April 29, 2008
The Express
Aggravated assault on officer

CASTANEA — Bradley Bertin, 32, of 400 Wilson St., Jersey Shore, was arrested on Sunday at 2:45 a.m. for aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, several misdemeanor criminal counts, drunk driving, simple assault, resisting arrest and other crimes, state police at Lamar said.

Police said Trooper Eric Kline and Trooper Brian Kunes attempted to stop Bertin for a traffic violation at the intersection, when Bertin fled on Paul Mack Boulevard and then onto West Brown Street before fleeing on foot, pursued by Kline.

Police said Bertin resisted arrest and struck Kline on the left side of his face. He was eventually taken into custody with the assistance of Trooper Kunes.

Bertin suffered a leg injury during the incident, and was transported to Lock Haven Hospital where he was treated and released. Kline was also treated at the hospital for an eye injury and suffered numerous cuts and abrasions on his hands and arms, police said.

Bertin was arraigned and freed on $15,000 straight bail pending further legal action, police said.


AVIS — Cars collided on Central Avenue in front of the Dairy Queen Sunday at 4:05 p.m., state police at Lamar said.

Leslie Starr, of Jersey Shore, suffered a minor injury in the crash, police said.

Starr was stopped on Central Avenue waiting to turn onto the lot of Dairy Queen, police said, when her auto was rear-ended by a car driven in the same direction by Lewis Metzger of Jersey Shore.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage, police said, and Metzger was cited for careless driving.


MILL HALL — Somebody threw a hard object off the rear window of a parked vehicle owned by Charles Edward Barner, 41, of 2 First St., Mill Hall, state police at Lamar said.

The incident occurred near the Barner home Sunday at 2:20 p.m., police said. Damage was estimated at $150. Anybody with information is asked to call state police at 726-6000.

Drunk driving

MACKEYVILLE — John Lamey, 29, of Mill Hall, was arrested for driving while intoxicated Saturday at 11:55 p.m., state police at Lamar said.

Police said Lamey was stopped for a traffic violation and was determined to have been driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

Public intoxication

JERSEY SHORE — Brenda Lucas, 39, of Hill Alley, was arrested for public drunkenness early Saturday morning, borough police said.

According to police, officers where handling an assault call at the Flagstone Bar at around 12:45 a.m. on the 400 block of Railroad Street, when Lucas came staggering up the street from the tavern and walked right up to the officers.

When asked if she had too much to drink, police said, she told the officer “Yeah, just arrest me.”

She was taken into custody and cited.

Drunk driving

MILL HALL — Steven Garner, 23, of Lock Haven, was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday at 2:20 p.m. on Route 220 at the Mill Hall exit in Bald Eagle Township, state police at Lamar said.

Police said Garner was driving in that area when his vehicle left the road and became stuck in some mud. Police said Garner lost control due to excessive speed and it was later determined he was intoxicated.


MILL HALL — A two-vehicle crash occurred at Hogan Boulevard and Beau Newton Way in Bald Eagle Township Wednesday morning, state police at Lamar said.

Patricia Shoemaker, 38, of Jersey Shore, was driving her Chevy Impala north on Hogan Boulevard and Katherine Kitchen, 58, of Lock Haven, was driving south, when Shoemaker tried to make a left turn and was struck by Kitchen’s 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

A passenger in Kitchen’s auto, Wilma Boice, 46, of Lock Haven, was treated for minor injuries at Lock Haven Hospital.

Minor injuries

LOCK HAVEN — Brice Ohl, 18, of Lock Haven, escaped with minor injuries after crashing his 2004 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle on Route 220 Wednesday morning, state police at Lamar said.

Police said Ohl was traveling south when a vehicle cut into his lane. Ohl took evasive action and crashed his bike into the north side guide rail, police said.

Drunk driving

LOCK HAVEN — Andrew J. McDermit, 27, of Mill Hall, was stopped by a trooper for an equipment violation and was found to be driving while intoxicated Thursday evening at Bellefonte Avenue and First Street, state police at Lamar said.


LINDEN — David B. Beamer, 48, of Jersey Shore, was cited for harassment Sunday afternoon, state police at Montoursville said.

Police said Beamer was involved in a verbal dispute with Gloria A. Harer, 48, of Linden, at a Mifflin Township residence, when he pushed the victim in the back, causing her to strike her arm on a gate.


SALLADASBURG — A burglary occurred at the concession stand at Salladasburg Elementary School’s Little League complex in MIfflin Township, state police at Montoursville said.

The burglary was discovered Sunday. Police said various items were stolen and asked anybody who might have seen the incident to contact officers at 368-5700.

Criminal mischief

MUNCY — A 2008 Jeep Compass owned by Mariah L. Ross, 22, of Linden, was damaged by vandalism Wednesday at Anydae Sundaes in Muncy Creek Township, state police said.

Five arrested for drugs

STATE COLLEGE — Officers for the State Police Troop G Vice Unit and State College Police Department served five arrest warrants Monday as a result of an investigation into drug trafficking over the past year.

The five individuals who were arrested:

— Annmarie Kurilla-Muraca, 49, State College, one count of forgery and one count of criminal conspiracy.

— Justin J. Owens, State College, two counts delivery of a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of criminal use of communications, four counts of possession of marijuana and one count of drug paraphernalia.

— Kathryn Hill of State College, two counts each of delivery, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use and possession.

— Vasil Paraskevas of State College, one count each of delivery, possession, criminal use and possession of crack cocaine.

— Bridgette Bortle of Sayer, one count each of delivery, possession, criminal use and possession of cocaine.

Police said all five were released on $10,000 bail following arraignment and are scheduled for preliminary hearings in May.

Gas drive-off

MILL HALL — An individual pumped 182.9 gallons of diesel fuel into his vehicle at Flying J Travel Plaza in Lamar Township Sunday and left without paying for $790 in fuel.


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