Police news – Jan. 17

Catalytic converter stolen

CASTANEA — A 50-year-old man from Lock Haven had a catalytic converter valued at $3,000 stolen from his Ford F-250 Supercab sometime between Jan. 11 and Jan. 14.

The catalytic converter was stolen from the vehicle at Nittany Road in Castanea Township according to state police at Lamar. There is no suspect at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact state police at Lamar at (570) 726-6000.

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle

MILL HALL — State police at Lamar were dispatched to Sagamore Drive in Bald Eagle Township for an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report on Jan. 9.

The 50-year-old victim, of Williamsport, reported that he allowed a friend to utilize his Chevrolet HHR and but did not return it.

The car was located later the same day by state police at Lamar and was returned to the owner.

Domestic assault

RAUCHTOWN — State police at Lamar were dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance that turned physical at Rauchtown Road in Crawford Township on Jan. 13.

Prior to the state police’s arrival, the 32-year-old victim, of Jersey Shore, was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained to her head. On the scene, police made contact with the 31-year-old arrestee, Christopher Eck, 31, of Jersey Shore. He reported the injuries caused to the victim were sustained by striking herself, police said in their report.

The victim was contacted in the hospital and was observed with an approximate four inch laceration on her forehead and her face was covered in blood, police said in their report. She reported to police that a physical altercation had taken place and Eck was the one who allegedly assaulted her. She told police that he hit her in the head with a RTIC Tumbler cup.

Eck was taken into custody and was transported to the Clinton County Correctional Facility. Judge Keith Kibler arraigned Eck and set bail at $7,500 monetary.


MILL HALL — On Dec. 22, 2021, Theodore Geyer, 45, of Mill Hall was pulled over and arrested by state police at Lamar for driving under the influence while traveling along U.S. state Route 220 South in Bald Eagle Township.

Police conducted a traffic stop on Geyer for failing to maintain his lane of travel and crossing lane markers on several occasions.

Upon police conducting the traffic stop, Geyer allegedly displayed signs of impairment and was asked to submit to field sobriety testing.

Geyer was taken into custody for DUI and was transported to the hospital for chemical testing. Charges were filed at magisterial district justice 25-3-02, Judge Maggs’s office.


RENOVO — On Jan. 4, state police at Lamar received a report of credit card theft after a 46-year-old man, of Renovo, found an unauthorized charge in a statement from December.

According to police, the victim found that the purchase was made on Nov. 23, 2021.


MILL HALL — On Jan. 8, state police at Lamar responded to Curtis Drive in Bald Eagle Township for a theft report that amounted to $9,000 of stolen bills.

Upon investigation, it was determined that the 60-year-old victim, of Mill Hall, was missing the approximate amount of $9,000 from a locked safe within her residence. The bills were mostly 100s and 20s according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

Terroristic threats

BELLEFONTE — On Jan. 3, state police at Lamar responded to 152 Middle Street in Centre Hall Borough for a report of terroristic threats.

The victim of the incident was a 27-year-old woman, of Burnham.

No arrests were listed by state police.

Two-vehicle crash

BELLEFONTE — State police at Rockview were called to the scene of a one-vehicle crash that took place along Interstate 99 in Benner Township, Centre County on Jan. 12.

According to police, a 2015 Mack Truck being driven by Lester Cole, 50, of Bethel Park, Pa., was traveling along I-99 when he fell asleep at the wheel. The Mack Truck struck a 2007 Mazda 6, traveled up an embankment and overturned. Cole extricated from the vehicle and taken to the Mount Nittany Medical Center by Centre LifeLink EMS for treatment of his injuries. The crash took place at 11:36 a.m., police said.

In addition to EMS, police were assisted at the scene by the Alpha Fire Department, PennDOT and Eagle Towing and Recovery.

Drug possession

HOWARD — State police at Rockview investigated a case of drug possession on Jan. 1.

According to police, a 2004 Toyota pickup truck was stopped for multiple traffic violations. The driver, Jarret Packer, 42, of Howard, Pa., was observed to be under the influence and was taken into custody for driving under the influence. A small amount of methamphetamine was seized at the scene.

The traffic stop took place at 11:36 p.m.

Two-vehicle crash

LOCK HAVEN — State police at Lamar were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash that took place on Jan. 15 in Gallagher Township, Clinton County.

According to police, a 2021 Dodge Ram 3500 was traveling northbound along Carrier Road when a Hyundai Accent swerved into its lane of travel. The diver of the Dodge Ram, Kenneth Higley, 36, of New Albany, Pa., swerved to miss the vehicle, struck a tree and overturned. No injuries were reported in the 5:20 p.m. crash.

The Dodge Ram was towed from the scene by Johnson’s Towing.

I-80 crash

LOCK HAVEN — State police at Lamar were called to the scene of a one-vehicle crash that took place along Interstate 80 in Greene Township, Clinton County, on Jan. 14.

According to police, a 2019 Volvo being driven by Metin Tunca, 64, of Staten Island, N.Y., was traveling East along I-80 when he lost control of his car. It left the roadway, overturned and rolled down an embankment. Police say that Tunca and a passenger, Ibrahim Urur, 42, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., were seriously injured in the crash. They were transported to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., by Lock Haven EMS and Goodwill Hose Ambulance.

The crash took place at 3:50 a.m.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper? *


Starting at $3.69/week.

Subscribe Today