Police news – May 19

Strangulation alleged

LOCK HAVEN — Joseph Michael Durren, 25, of East Main Street, Lock Haven, was charged with strangulation, false imprisonment, simple assault and terroristic threats after allegedly holding a woman against her will for multiple days, Lock Haven City Police said.

Durren is also accused or assulting the victim, police said.

Duren was taken into custody and placed in the Clinton County Correctional Facility, police said.

Minor faces charges

MILL HALL — A 17-year-old Mill Hall man faces charges after a traffic stop along Route 220 in Bald Eagle Township at 12:31 p.m. on May 6, state police at Lamar said.

The teenager was pulled over by police who noticed the 2001 Dodge Chrysler was operating with a “dead tag” which belonged to a different vehicle, police said.

While speaking with the teenager, police noticed he displayed signs of impairment and after a field sobriety test was taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, police said.

Brass knuckles and a half a case of beer were also found in the vehicle, police said.

Charges related to DUI and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon will be filed, police said.

Chase ends in crash

LOCK HAVEN — A police pursuit of a domestic abuse suspect ended in an accident on Bellefonte Avenue on May 3 at 1:31 a.m., Lock Haven City Police said.

Joseph G. Morales, 20, of 53 Hackmatac St., Central Islip, N.Y., was stopped along the 100 Block of Susquehanna Avenue in connection of a domestic incident in Renovo, police said.

Morales fled the scene in his vehicle when police pursued him, police said.

The chase eneded when Morales crashed his vehicle along Bellefonte Avenue, police said.

Morales was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officers and driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance, police said.

Charges were filed through District Judge Frank Mills office and Morales was jailed in the Clinton County Correctional Facility, police said.

Three vehicle


LOCK HAVEN — The driver of a Chevrolet Equinox attempted to ask another person to say she were driving the vehicle when it rear-ended another vehicle along East Walnut Street at its intersection with Grove Street on March 16, Lock Haven City Police said.

Harry L. Braim III, of Lock Haven, was traveling on the roadway when he struck a Subaru Crosstrek, driven by Natalie McCafferty, of Blanchard, who in turn struck a 2002 Dodge Dakota, driven by Cainan Haywood, of Lock Haven, police said.

McCafferty told police she saw Braim coming at a fast speed without slowing down behind her so she pulled forward hoping he would notice and stop, police said.

Haywood told police he stopped at the intersection while a tractor trailer turned onto Walnut Street from Grove, police said.

Both drivers said Braim left his vehicle and went to the Save A Lot to use the restroom, police said.

When police spoke with Braim, who was driving without a license, he told them the sun was in his eyes and he could not see, police said.

Braim was on the phone with Janeva Askey, the owner of the vehicle he was driving, when approached by police.

Askey arrived on scene later and told police Braim was trying to get her to come and act as the driver for him, police said.

Askey and McCafferty’s vehicles suffered disabling damage and were towed from the scene. All three drivers declined EMS services, police said.

Braim was charged with operating a vehicle with suspended or revoked license and following vehicle closer than was reasonable and prudent for existing conditions, police said.

Harassment alleged

MILL HALL — Keith Adams, 60, of Mill Hall, faces charges of harassment with no legitimate purpose after multiple incidents that occurred between Nov. 1, 2019 to May 13, state police at Lamar said.

Adams is accused of directing lewd and obscene language and gestures towards his neighbors Richard and Sherri Kirkwood, of Glen Rock, Pa., along Strawberry Lane in Grugan Township, police said.

Verbal argument turns physical

MILL HALL — Two people were arrested for harassment following a verbal argument that turned physical on May 4 at 300 Hogan Boulvard, Bald Eagle Township, state police at Lamar said.

A 46-year-old Coalport, Pa. man is accused of tossing a lamp at a 38-year-old Lock Haven woman, striking her side, police said.

The Lock Haven woman then picked up the lamp and struck the 46-year-old man in the foot before leaving the hotel room to call 911, police said.

Speaker stolen

MILL HALL — State police at Lamar are investigating a theft at Walmart, 167 Hogan Boulevard, Mill Hall, that occurred on May 2.

Car stereo speakers valued at $64.92 were taken from the store by an unknown suspect, police said.

Trail camera stolen

BEECH CREEK — A trail camera was stolen on George’s Trail in Beech Creek Township on April 12, state police at Lamar said.

The camera and it’s accessories are valued at $145, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Verbal altercation

REBERSBURG — State police at Rockview received a complaint on May 17 of a verbal altercation occurring between the caller’s mother and father along Brush Valley Road, Miles Township.

It was determined that a 64-year-old Rebersburg woman threw hot soup on a 60-year-old Rebersburg man during the altercation, police said.

The 64-year-old was cited for harassment, police said.

Theft from vehicle

HOWARD — Multiple items were stolen from a 2015 Mitsubishi along Black Street in Howard on May 14, state police at Rockview said.

$15 worth of change, a $10 bill, $20 worth of CDs and a pink/orange flower change purse were all stolen from the vehicle, police said.

Currently there are no suspects, leads or solvability factors, police said.


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