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A woman reported a man known to her committed theft at a construction site in Snyder Township on April 29 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The unidentified woman reported the man who was operating as a business took numerous building materials from a residential construction site. The materials were estimated at $59,000.
Police noted they were continuing their investigation as of Monday.

An Antis Township business was the victim of a burglary sometime between May 18 and 19.
Police said the suspects broke into Caracciolo Steel & Metal on State Route 4019 by breaking into a front window. The burglars took $20 in cash and 25 of the company’s bankroll checks.

State police are looking into a case of prowling in Antis Township which happened on May 19 at 12:45 a.m.
The victim reported seeing a tall man standing on the porch of her house on Kerbaugh Road. The prowler was scared off when he observed headlights turning into the driveway.
Police think the suspect parked an ATV across the road from the victim’s house in a wooded area. After he was scared off the property, he returned to the ATV and fled into the woods along the east side of Kerbaugh Road.

A two-vehicle accident last Friday in Snyder Township left a Bellefonte woman with minor injuries.
The accident happened on State Route 8003, the off ramp of Interstate 99 at the Grazierville exit, shortly before 6 p.m., when 64-year-old Beverly McMurtrie’s vehicle hit a guide rail on the north side of the road while traveling west.
The other driver, 27-year-old Lance Conway of Duncansville, pulled to the left side of McMurtrie’s vehicle to check on her. McMurtrie’s vehicle then hit the right side of Conway’s and went diagonally across the road and hit a guide rail. McMurtrie’s vehicle then traveled back across the road and struck a cement bridge abutment and came to rest in a field on the north side of the road.
Police suspect McMurtrie was suffering from medical problems at the time of the accident. Conway and a passenger, 23-year-old Anthony Geist of Altoona, were both wearing seat belts and were uninjured.
McMurtrie was also wearing a seat belt. Her vehicle had damage to both sides of it.

Three people, two drivers and a passenger, escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 1001, just south of the Tipton intersection in Antis Township on Saturday, shortly before 11 a.m.
A vehicle driven by 50-year-old Joseph Ogershok, Jr. slowed down in the southbound lane of the road due to traffic. A pick-up truck driven by 31-year-old Bradley Clark of Tyrone was driving south behind Ogershok, Jr.’s vehicle and was unable to stop prior to hitting the rear end of it.
Clark’s vehicle had damage to the front end while Ogershok’s Chevy Blazer had rear end damage.
Clark, a passenger in his vehicle, 29-year-old Joyce Stiver of Tyrone and Ogershok were all wearing seat belts and escaped injury.

A 48-year-old Smithmill man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident on State Route 4015, approximately two-tenths of a mile north of Moser Road in Antis Township on May 21 at 3:35 p.m.
Edward Milton Ross was traveling south on State Route 4015, while rounding a slight curve. He lost control of his motorcycle and left the road and went into a drainage ditch on the east side of the SR 4015.
The bike then traveled out of the ditch into a yard. It continued for a short distance before rolling over. When the motorcycle rolled over, Ross was thrown from the bike. He landed in a drainage ditch about 36 feet from the bike.
Ross was taken to Altoona Hospital by Bellwood Ambulance. Police said he was wearing a helmet.
State police were also assisted on the scene by the Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Company.


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An Antis Township man filed a report regarding harassment at his residence on May 3 at 6:20 p.m.
William Young said he received hang up phone calls at his Potts Lane location.

A 17-year-old Tyrone teenager was reported as a missing runaway earlier this month.
The girl left her residence in RR 4, Tyrone with her 17-year-old boyfriend after an argument with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend on May 6 at 10:30 p.m. The girl failed to return home. The teen’s mother did not report her missing until May 10. The girl was then located at a residence in Altoona.

An unknown vehicle struck a railroad crossing sign at a location on Back Vail Road in Snyder Township on May 1.
State police said the incident caused substantial damage.

A Westmoreland County man’s car was forced off the road on Interstate 99 in Snyder Township on May 11 at 10:55 a.m.
Scott Perry of Ligonier lost control of his car he was operating in the left lane when another vehicle entered the lane forcing the vehicle off the road. Perry was reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time. Police did not report any injuries or vehicle damage as a result of the incident.

An Altoona man escaped injury after an accident on Sinking Valley Road, two miles east of the reservoir in Tyrone Township.
Benjamin Johnston was operating his Ford Ranger 4×4 and was negotiating a sharp curve to the left on State Route 4013. The vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole guide wire attached to the utility pole.
The impact shook the pole and the transformer broke loose on the pole, causing the transformer to fall partially down the pole. It then became lodged in the telephone cables on the pole.
The investigating officer said a more serious incident may have been avoided when the transformer became lodged in the cables. Had it not, trooper David Nazaruk said it could have potentially fallen onto the vehicle.
The driver left the scene and was later contacted at his residence in Altoona. Johnston was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. His vehicle had moderate damage.
As of a the public information release issued on Monday, several violations regarding the incident were still being investigated.

A 21-year-old Tyrone man was injured in a one-vehicle accident in Spruce Creek on May 14 at 6:55 a.m.
Jonathan David Holthouser was traveling west on State Route 45 and failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle struck an embankment and rolled onto its roof.
Holthouser was taken to Tyrone Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police said the driver had charges filed against him for violating safe speed law.

An 84-year-old man was the victim of a burglary at his residence on Nealmont Lane, off of State Route 550 in Warriors Mark.
David Morrissey’s home was forcibly entered and two rifles from in the residence were removed. The burglar(s) entered the rear door of the residence after damaging the outside of the door.
Huntingdon-based state police said witnesses at the scene observed a vehicle leaving the area that may be connected to the incident.
The investigation was continuing at the time of the police public information release on Monday.

State police are investigating a cruelty to animals incident which happened at 10 a.m. on Monday in Warriors Mark.
Someone shot and killed a big horned sheep ewe belonging to 38-year-old Eric O. Gilliland of Ginter. Police said the sheep was valued at $5,000. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at Huntingdon.


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Tyrone police caught up with a fugitive from justice last week after investigating a disturbance on April 24 at 1218 Logan Ave.
Tyrone Police Chief Joseph Beachem said while investigating the disturbance police came into contract with 39-year-old James Allen Rezac. Authorities learned Rezac was a fugitive from Maryland. He was wanted there on DUI and motor vehicle theft charges.
Beachem said there was some confusion regarding the matter but eventually Rezac turned himself over to authorities.
He was brought before Magisterial Judge Fred Miller and was released on $75,000 unsecured bail.

State police investigated a simple assault case in Tyrone Township which left two Claysburg residents injured on April 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Thirty-six-year-old Leslie A. Myers became involved in a verbal altercation with 56-year-old William H. Miller of Altoona. During the incident, Miller allegedly struck Myers in the face and head. The woman suffered a broken nose and severe lacerations to the face and right ear.
Thirty-five-year-old Donald E. Guess tried to stop the altercation and suffered a minor laceration to the side of his neck. Myers was taken to Altoona Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Police said the incident happened along Sinking Valley Road, near the intersection of Kettle Nursery Road.
Charges were filed against the accused with Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.

A car press belonging to a Milesburg man was damaged while it was parked just off of State Route 453 on Sinking Valley Road in Tyrone Township.
The incident happened sometime between 4 p.m. on April 28 and 7 a.m. on May 2.
The unknown suspect(s) used a large hammer to strike the press and broke a control panel, gauges and handles. Damage was estimated at $5,000. Police listed the victim as William Pequignot.
Any one with information is asked to contact either the Huntingdon or Hollidaysburg-based state police.

A Duncansville man was apprehended by Tyrone Police thanks to the action of a citizen after a purse snatching which happened at the Bilo at on W. 13th Street in Tyrone on May 3 at 12:45 p.m.
Police said 26-year-old Travis D. Brickner took a purse from an elderly woman from the front of her shopping cart. The woman started to scream and a bystander was able to grab Brickner and hold him until police arrived.
Brickner was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct. He was brought before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller and bail was set at $25,000 straight. Brickner was transported to Blair County Prison.


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Two men escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 4027 in Antis Township on April 19 at 5:20 p.m.
Seventy-two-year-old Walter Williams of Altoona was attempting to make a U-turn in front of a vehicle operated by 50-year-old Max Sharpless of Philipsburg.
The front of Sharpless’ vehicle struck the left front of Williams’ car.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts and both vehicles had severe damage.

State police report a case of criminal mischief on Sandbank Road in Antis Township on April 24.
Someone damaged three vehicle windows while they were parked at a business in the area.

A pick-up truck driver failed to stop at the scene of an accident along Becker Road in Antis Township.
The crash happened when another pick-up driven by 22-year-old Joseph L. Smith was traveling west on Becker Road. The unknown driver was traveling east and crossed over the center line, into the westbound lane and sideswiped Smith’s vehicle on the left side.
The unidentified driver left the scene, traveling east on Becker Road, without stopping to provide assistance or information as required.
Smith was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.
The unidentified vehicle was described as an older model, full-sized pick-up truck with damage to the left side.

A 36-year-old Bellwood man was involved in a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 22 and State Route 655 in Mill Creek Borough in Huntingdon County on April 27 at 4:50 a.m.
Jonathan Learn was eastbound on State Route 655, pulling a small camper with a pick-up truck, when the left rear wheel came off and struck the camper. The axle caught fire, according to information released by the state police. Learn stopped the vehicle in the eastbound lane of Route 22.
A member of the Smithfield Fire Company, Jeffrey Shaffer, was on his way to work and used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
Learn was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. A passenger in the truck, Michael Rightenour, 32, Altoona, was also belted and was not injured.
Police said the pick-up truck had moderate damage.

A 30-year-old Bellwood man was arrested for DUI on Allegheny Street in Hollidaysburg on April 27 at 9:50 p.m.
Police arrested Jason John Winklbauer and said the case would proceed by summons.


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Two female juveniles were in involved in an harassment incident in Warriors Mark Township at 6 p.m. on April 11.
State police said one of the girls threatened the other with physical contact. Police reported the incident was handled within the department.

Someone tried to break into a residence in Antis Township on April 11 between 8:30 and 10:05 p.m.
Police said the victims, Shawn Hagle and Sonia Fink of West 13th Street in Reightown, were away from their home when someone broke a window out of the rear door. The entry attempt was unsuccessful and the victims noticed the damage when they returned home.

The Tipton Fire Hall in Antis Township was the site of an attempted theft on April 11 at 11:05 p.m.
A white male was breaking into a vending machine, attempting to steal the money box from inside. The suspect was interrupted by a member of the fire department and fled on foot.
The vending machine was slightly damaged.

Martins General Store was the scene of a pump-and-run incident on April 11 at 11:30 p.m.
The unidentified driver pumped $29.79 worth of gas and then got back into his car and drove north on Old Route 220.
State police said the suspect is being described as a tall thin white male wearing blue jeans and driving a medium blue-four-door car. The press release said the vehicle may have been a Chevrolet.

State police in Philipsburg investigated a criminal mischief incident which happened at 7 p.m. on April 14 at a pasture off of Loveville Road near the intersection of Marango Road in Halfmoon Township, Centre County.
Someone knocked over several fence posts which caused several cows to escape from the pasture. Police said they have suspects in the case and their investigation is continuing into the incident. State police listed 18-year-old Chad M. Burke as the victim in the case.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Philipsburg-based State Police.

Rossi’s Corner Store in Antis Township was burglarized on April 15 at 3:50 p.m.
An unknown suspect smashed a window and entered the store. The suspect left the store without taking any items. Damage to a glass window was estimated at $125.

Machinery belonging to New Enterprise Stone and Lime was damaged in an area along State Route 220 in Taylor Township in Centre County sometime between April 1 and April 18.
Philipsburg state police investigated a report of suspects damaging and operating a 1994 F-250 equipment truck, a Caterpillar D9 dozer and an Hitachi 1800 track loader.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact state police in Philipsburg.

A 29-year-old Snyder Township man was cited for disorderly conduct after an incident at 2:50 a.m. on April 20.
John Updike was cited for playing his music too loudly which prompted calls from neighbors in the Dillon Drive area of Vail.


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Tyrone Borough Police investigated a suspicious vehicle sitting in the truck pull off beside the American Eagle Paper mill on April 5 at 6:15 p.m.
The investigating officer came into contact with Jennifer Treon of 617 N. 6th Street who was inside the vehicle.
Treon said her car had overheated and she was waiting for it to cool down. Officer Jeffrey Barr explained in his report he had seen the vehicle about an hour before parked behind a trailer in the truck pull off. He said Treon said she was waiting for her boyfriend to get off from work to come and assist her.
Officer Barr said he returned paperwork to Treon and advise her she could wait at the pull off if her vehicle was overheating to allow it to cool off.
Officer Barr then asked for Treon’s consent to search the vehicle and the woman agreed to it.
A white plastic container was found in the center console which contained one full packet of heroin, one needle and a spoon.
Treon was taken into custody and she was released on a misdemeanor waiver to her boyfriend.

State police offered little detail on a reckless endangerment incident on State Route 453 which happened on April 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Police said charges would be filed against a juvenile for reckless endangerment in regards to the matter.

Two teens were involved in an harassment incident at Greentree Village in Snyder Township on April 7 at 4:30 p.m.
The incident happened in the dining hall when 18-year-old Shane Cole Mundrinch and a 14-year-old juvenile were cited for allegedly pushing and threatening each other.

A 22-year-old Bellwood man was charged with harassment after a domestic incident on McFarland Road in Antis Township on April 7 at 10:55 p.m.
Scott Carl Evans was charged after he allegedly punched 19-year-old Dinene Krista Ford of Tyrone.

State police arrested a Bellwood man on a charge of retail theft for an incident which occurred at Mielnik’s Country Store on State Route 22 in Frankstown Township on April 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Gerald Leroy Hollabaugh III was accused of stealing $27 worth of gasoline. Hollabaugh III was charged with retail theft, a summary offense, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $300 fine, plus court costs.
A press release on the incident said if Hollabaugh III was found guilty or plead guilty, in addition to fines and costs, he’ll have to pay the $27 in restitution.

A Tyrone area man had an outboard boat motor taken from his boat which was parked at his residence on April 10.
Police said the incident happened at the residence of Thomas Calvin Kissell on Bell-Tip Road, approximately one mile west of Tipton. The suspect(s) in the case brought copper wire to the location and started a fire to burn the coating off of the wire. Police explained this has to be done prior to selling copper to a scrap metal company.

Two women were involved in a confrontation at 805 N. Cambria Street in Bellwood on April 10 at 5 p.m.
Police said 34-year-old Jennifer Ann Gensamer and 32-year-old Donna Marie Mitchell were involved in an argument that led to them pushing and/or punching each other.
Both women declined to have the other cited for harassment.