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Police news – March 23

MH man charged with ditching

loaded gun

MONTOURSVILLE — Randall McIntosh, 61, of Mill Hall, has been charged with recklessly endangering and disorderly conduct after state police learned he had ditched a loaded handgun into some bushes near the Williamsport Regional Airport on the night President Trump was making a quick campaign stop there in October.

Police said McIntosh admitted that he realized he would not be allowed to go through security with the handgun and did not want to walk back to his car, so put the gun in some bushes at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 31.

A short time later, a county sheriff’s deputy working the presidential security detail found the weapon, which was registered to McIntosh, hidden in the bushes, police said.

McIntosh told police it was a “poor choice,” adding that someone else could have found the gun.

Arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman, McIntosh was released on $5,000 bail.

Grave markers

stolen

SWISSDALE — Woodward Township police are investigating the theft or four stone corner markers from a family plot at the Swissdale Cemetery.

The stone markers were gray in color, approximately 6- by 6-inches deep with a “Buck” (deer) head engraved on the top. Estimated value $400, police said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Woodward Township police at 570-858-5676.

Driver charged after hit and run

LOCK HAVEN — City police have charged Timothy Kunes, 41, Mill Hall, with DUI of alcohol and controlled Substances, possession of a small amount of marijuana, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, public drunkenness, reckless driving, driving on roadways lanes for traffic, driving vehicle as safe speed, restrictions on alcoholic beverages, and required financial responsibility.

Officers were dispatched to a Hit and Run at Puff’s Express, 328 Bellefonte Ave. on Jan. 29, as the vehicle had turned onto North Fairview St. While en route, officers observed a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle traveling north on Susquehanna Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then crashed into a utility pole.

Upon further investigation, it was found that Kunes had been inside Puff’s Express, was yelling at customers then kicked the door upon leaving the store causing $886 in damage, police said.

One-car accident

LOGANTON — Michael Cretella, 60, of Monroe, Ct., was the driver of a car involved in an accident on I-80 in Greene Township on March 20, at 4:34 p.m., according to state police at Lamar.

Police said Cretella’s Nissan Rogue struck a vehicle rim in the middle of the road causing damage to the underside of the vehicle.

Neither Cretella nor a passenger in his car were hurt, police said.

Criminal mischief

RAUCHTOWN — State police at Lamar are investigating an incident involving throwing eggs at a garage an vehicle in Crawford Township on March 9 at between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Damage was estimated at $50 to the garage vinyl siding, police said.

PFA violation

LOCK HAVEN — Kenneth Caris, 44, of Lock Haven, has been charged with a PFA violation after he attempted to enter the car of the victim. The incident occurred on Hublersburg Road in Walker Township on March 19, according to state police at Rockview.

$4,000 scam

investigated

MILESBURG — State police at Rockview are investigation a theft/scam where an employee at Milesburg McDonald’s was scammed out of $4,000.

Police said an individual claiming to be a CEO/CFO for McDonalds directed a manager at the restaurant to remove money go to local convenience stores, namely Sheetz and Rutter’s and purchase gift cards, then scratch the PIN off the back and provide them to the individual on the phone. Approximately $4,000 was purchased on gift cards before PSP was contacted.

PSP contacted representatives from Sheetz and Rutter’s and where able to have the transactions canceled and reversed.

Police are reminding residents not to fall for this scam where they are directed to purchase gift cards while remaining on the phone with someone and provide them with a PIN number.

The incident occurred on March 19.

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