Police News – July 21
BELLEFONTE — A three-vehicle crash was investigated by state police at Rockview on July 4.
According to police, a 2004 Mazda RX8 was traveling along state Route 64 when the driver, Steven Valdez Villalta, 25, of Shirley, N.Y., attempted to make a left turn onto Cemetery Lane in Walker Township, Centre County. However, he turned directly into the path of a 1998 Jeep Cherokee being driven by Jessica Sheasley, 44, of State College, police said.
The Jeep Cherokee was then rear-ended by a 2014 Ford Focus being driven by Jamison Bubb, 18, of Milroy, according to police.
A passenger in the Mazda, Cinthia Meza Garcia, 18, of Muskogee, Okla., was transported by Pleasant Gap EMS to Altoona Hospital. Her injury was believed to be serious. A third passenger, an infant, was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center by Centre LifeLink EMS, police said. Sheasley also sustained a serious injury and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center by Bellefonte EMS, police said.
Police say that Valdez Villalta was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. He was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Justice Thomas Jordan and lodged in the Centre County Correctional Facility.
The crash took place at 9:52 p.m., police said.
WILLIAMSPORT — State police at Montoursville investigated a case of driving under the influence on July 18.
According to police, a 35-year-old female from Lock Haven was stopped along 180 westbound in her 2019 Ford Escape for a traffic violation. She was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested for DUI, police said. Charges are pending blood results.
The traffic stop was made around 1 a.m.
Theft by deception
MADISONBURG — A case of theft by deception was investigated by state police at Rockview on July 19.
According to police, a 57-year-old man from Madisonburg had his identity stolen. The report was received at 8:33 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, police said.
LOCK HAVEN — A case of harassment was investigated by state police at Lamar on July 19.
According to police, a 22-year-old Lock Haven man spit in the face of a 55-year-old Lock Haven woman. The man then pushed a door and it struck the victim in the back. The man was charged with harassment through District Court 25-3-01.
The incident took place around 7:30 a.m., police said.
RENOVO — State police at Lamar investigated a DUI crash that took place on July 15.
According to police, a 2007 Toyota Rav4 was involved in a one-vehicle crash along state Route 144 in Noyes Township, Clinton County. According to police, the operator of the vehicle admitted to drinking an alcoholic beverage.
The investigation into the 6:47 a.m. crash continues.
MILL HALL Colton Wagner, 24, of Mill Hall, is suspected of driving under the influence of a controlled substance by state police.
Police said Wagner was stopped for having an expired registration plate at Second and Hepburn streets in Williamsport and was suspected of being under the influence.Inside the car in plain view, police said they found hypodermic needles and bags of methamphetamines.
Blood tests confirmed the driver had methamphetamines and amphetamines in his system and he was charged with DUI of a controlled substance, police said. Arraigned before Dist. Christian Frey, Wagner was released on A\$7,500 bail.