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A 21-year-old Bellwood man and three 17-year-old males were charged with harassment after an incident in Frankstown Township in May.
State police said that around 12:40 a.m. on May 18, the man and the teens arrived at 17-year-old girl’s home on Promise Lane. Eggs were thrown at the victim’s house. The suspects fled in a vehicle and they were later identified.
Citations against the suspects were filed against them in district court.

An ATV was stolen from a property on Graham Drive in Antis Township between 8 p.m. on July 21 and 1 p.m. on July 23.
According to police, someone removed the ATV from Daniel S. Cessna’s property. The ATV is described as a Suzuki, LT-Z400, four-wheeler, white in color with black decals. Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call Hollidaysburg state police at 696-6100.

Two people escaped injury in an accident on State Route 550 in Warriors Mark Township on July 22 at 11:05 a.m.
A Winber man, 33-year-old Christopher Lafferty, was driving a truck west on the road and came to a stop. A car driven by 33-year-old Denise Rupert of State College stopped behind the truck.
Lafferty then backed up on the road and struck the front of Rupert’s vehicle. Lafferty was cited for careless backing on the road.
Police said Lafferty’s truck had no damage while Rupert’s car had minimal damage.

The swimming pool area at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park was the scene of a theft on July 23 at 4:45 p.m.
Someone removed a “Nike” carry bag belonging to Virgil Hunter of Tyrone. The bag was next to a chair Hunter was using at the side of the children’s pool. The incident happened while Hunter was in the pool with his family members. When he returned to his chair he found the bag missing. The bag contained a small amount of cash, identification items and several credit cards.
A bystander saw two persons walk off with the bag. One person was described as a white female approximately 18 to 22-years-old with dark shoulder length hair, wearing a flame-colored top. The other person was described as a white man, 18 to 22-years-old with short sandy hair. The man was missing a tooth from his upper jaw.
Anyone with any information on the crime are asked to call state police in Hollidaysburg at 696-6100.

The Uni-Mart in Warriors Mark Village was the scene of a pump-and-run incident on July 25 at 3:45 p.m.
According to a police press release, the suspect pumped $18 in gas and fled the scene. The suspect was described as a black man driving a small red car.


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DelGrosso’s Amusement Park was the scene of two incidents around the same time on July 4.
State police report two people were cited for underage drinking at 9:45 p.m.
Jennifer D. McFarland, 18, of New Paris and Kurtis R. Dively, 20, of Sproul were both cited for the offense.
Police also cited 21-year-old Michelle Lynn Bittner of New Paris for disorderly conduct. She allegedly set off fireworks that caused injuries to another person.

A 41-year-old Tyrone man has been accused of driving under the influence after an incident along State Route 865 and State Route 4021 in Antis Township on July 7 at 1:35 p.m.
Police said Jeffery Eugene Sprankle was observed operating his vehicle in an erratic manner. A traffic stop was conducted and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was detected on Sprankle’s breath.
Sprankle was taken into custody and committed to the Blair County Prison, on a parole detainer. In a press release on Sunday, state police said charges were to be filed at Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller’s office for DUI and related offenses.

Three people were involved in an accident on July 13 in Warriors Mark Township at 12:25 p.m.
A truck driven by 62-year-old Donald Foster of Warriors Mark was traveling east on State Route 550 at the same time a car operated by 21-year-old Heather Young was stopped in the same lane waiting to turn left into a diner.
Foster’s truck struck Young’s car in the rear and pushed it into the oncoming lane where Young’s car struck the front of truck driven by 60-year-old Charles Gault of Tipton.
Young suffered minor face injuries while Gault had a minor head injury. Both were taken to Tyrone Hospital for treatment. Foster was not injured. All three drivers were wearing seat belts.
State police said all three vehicles had severe damage.

A 19-year-old Tyrone man was involved in a domestic simple assault case in Snyder Township on July 13 at 12:48 p.m.
State police said Rickie Owen Bollman, Jr. allegedly hit the victim, 18-year-old Heather Marie Mueller, at a residence on Teaberry Street. Bollman was arrested and charged with simple assault. He was committed to Blair County Prison in lieu of posting 10 percent of $3,000 bail.

Huntingdon-based state police investigated a report of harassment in Birmingham Borough on July 16 at 1 p.m.
An 18-year-old woman, Alice Rose Scott, reported a 40-year-old woman, LaRue Cecelia Golemboski grabbed her by the arm and injured her foot. The investigation concluded the harassment charge was unfounded.
However, authorities said they determined Scott and Golemboski were yelling obscenities at each other outside a residence at 4055 Market Street. State police said both parties were cited for disorderly conduct.


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An Altoona man was involved in two separate accidents in Antis Township on July 1, shortly before 9 p.m.
A vehicle operated by Adam Clarkson was stopped at a red light in the left turn lane of State Route 1001 (old 220).
At the same time, a vehicle driven by Richard Rabenstein of Altoona was traveling north on old 220 in the southbound lane. Rabenstein sideswiped the left side of Clarkson’s vehicle.
After the impact, Rabenstein’s vehicle traveled north on old 220 and left the scene.
Police said they learned Rabenstein’s identity when they investigated another accident he was involved in shortly after the first collision.
Rabenstein is facing misdemeanor hit and run charges along with several summary traffic charges as a result of the first accident.
Rabenstein, Clarkson and a passenger in Clarkson’s vehicle, Heather Clarkson, all were wearing seat belts and were uninjured.
As for the second accident, police said a vehicle operated by Philip Kimberling of Tyrone was stopped at a red light at the intersection of State Route 1001 and 4023.
Rabenstein was northbound and struck Kimberling’s pick-up truck from behind. Rabenstein was arrested for DUI.
Both men in the second accident were wearing seat belts and were uninjured.

A 59-year-old Portage woman was involved in an accident with a tractor trailer at the intersection of Route 220 and State Route 350 in Snyder Township on July 2 at 12:38 p.m.
The crash occurred when Mildred Smith was traveling north and reached the intersection at the same time the tractor-trailer operated by Brian Hollem was making a left turn from State Route 220 in order to continue traveling south on 220. As a result, the truck’s left front struck the right side of Smith’s mini van.
Smith had three children in her vehicle: a 14-year-old and 12-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy. All the occupants were wearing seat belts. The three children were transported to Tyrone Hospital.
Hollem was wearing a seat belt.
The mini van had severe left side damage while the tractor-trailer had damage to its left front side.

Hollidaysburg-based state police are investigating a burglary that happened at a business in Antis Township sometime between 5 p.m. on July 2 and 7:30 a.m. on July 4.
Police said unknown suspects entered Maple Mountain Industries by breaking the glass in the rear door window. Once inside, the suspects removed approximately $40 in change from a cash drawer. Several other items were also taken including John Deere T-shirts, ball caps, work gloves, air pressure gauges and approximately 10 John Deere Home Maintenance kits.
State police have asked if anyone has information regarding the items they should contact the Holidaysburg barracks.


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A vehicle driven by 52-year-old Harvey J. Maines was traveling south at the same time a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Andrew Steele was northbound on 453.
Upon approaching an intersection, Maines failed to see Steele’s car approaching from the other direction. Maines began to make a left turn onto State Route 1015. While he was turning, his truck traveled into the path of Steele’s car.
Steele recognized Maines’ truck was turning in front of him and he applied his brakes, leaving approximately 78 feet of skid marks. However, he was unable to stop his vehicle without hitting the truck. Steele’s car hit the right-front side with its front end.
Upon impact, Steele’s vehicle rolled onto its roof and came to rest on the east side of Route 453.
Steele suffered minor injuries and was taken to Altoona Hospital by Bellwood Ambulance.
State police said they were assisted at the scene by firefighters from Tyrone and the Tyrone Fire Police.

A 25-year-old Warriors Mark man was involved in a DUI-related accident on June 23 between 1:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.
James Updike was allegedly driving on State Route 350 on a four-wheeler when he wrecked into a guide rail. Updike was arrested at his residence in Warriors Mark.
After being taken into custody, he tried to run while in handcuffs. He was eventually booked before a magisterial district judge and placed in jail in lieu of $5,000 straight bail.

State police investigated a case of agricultural vandalism that happened in Tyrone Township sometime between 11 p.m. on June 24 and 1 a.m. on June 25.
Authorities said the incidents happened on Black’s Farm when two vehicles drove through several crop fields along Kettle Road between Fort Roberdeau Road and Golf Course Road.
Earlier last week, Hollidaysburg-based state police said the incident was “pending further investigation based on witness descriptions of the suspect vehicles.”

An American flag was stolen from a residence along North 2nd Street in Antis Township some time shortly after midnight and 9 a.m. on June 25.
State police said the flag was taken from a holder on the porch of the residence of Wesley T. Weaver. The top of the staff had a white metal eagle. Anyone with information is being asked to call state police.

Two Antis Township residents were cited for harassment stemming from actions in a domestic incident that happened on June 25.
Kimberly Joy Umbower, 36, and John Dayne Umbower, 38, both of Cedar Lane, were charged.

State police investigated a criminal mischief incident that happened in Antis Township, sometime between 6 p.m. on June 25 and 7 a.m. on June 27.
Authorities said unknown persons smashed a window out of a truck at the Frito Lay Warehouse.

An unidentified victim reported his vehicle was entered into while it was parked at a residence last month along State Route 4025 in Tipton in Antis Township.
The man reported $25 was taken from the middle console during the theft that happened sometime between June 27 and 28.


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State police are investigating a case of unlawful taking which occurred last month in Antis Township.
The press release offered little detail. It listed the victim as 46-year-old Joseph M. Damiano of Tyrone. Police said the incident happened between June 19 and 20 on Igou Road.

Tyrone Auto Salvage in Snyder Township was the scene of a theft incident on June 20.
A tire and rim was stolen from a totaled vehicle.

An Altoona man was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 99 South, in a construction zone located in Snyder Township, on June 20 at 12:34 p.m.
Charles Fisher fell asleep while driving south on the road. His van struck a west guardrail with the right front part of the vehicle. Fisher’s van then traveled back across the lane and struck the cement barrier before coming to a rest.
Police said Fisher was wearing a seat belt. His vehicle had moderate damage.

Snappy’s in Snyder Township was the scene of a pump-and-run incident on June 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Police said Snappy’s reported the gas drive off. Employees were able to retrieve a license plate number.

A beauty salon in Snyder Township was burglarized sometime between 1 p.m. on June 20 and 8:40 a.m. on June 21.
Someone broke into Styles by Jennette located on old Route 220 in Grazierville.
Police said a sum of money was taken from the establishment owned by Jennette Novak.


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Philipsburg-based state police investigated a three-vehicle crash on State Route 220, near the Centre/Blair County line, in Taylor Township, Centre County on June 13 at 4:40 p.m.
Police are looking for a fourth vehicle, a dark blue Dodge Neon operated by a white male, which created the accident situation.
Authorities said the vehicle passed a tractor trailer in a no passing zone. The move by the driver forced three vehicles off the road.
A vehicle operated by 21-year-old Timothy Hauser of Slinger Lands, N.Y. struck a utility pole while it took evasive action. A vehicle operated by 41-year-old Mary Mitchell of Altoona also took evasive action and as a result hit a pick-up truck operated by 19-year-old Lucas Lorson.
Hauser was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. Mitchell and Lorson were also wearing seat belts and were not injured.
Police said the Dodge Neon continued south on Route 220. Anyone with information on the incident should contact state police at Philipsburg.

An Altoona woman was victimized by a Tyrone woman in an harassment incident shortly after midnight on June 13.
Twenty-eight-year-old Julie L. Fisher was cited for harassment, after striking 32-year-old Bonnie Lazor on the left side of the face, while she was seated in her vehicle on Hancock Street in Snyder Township.

A Tyrone man and woman were involved in a domestic dispute which led to disorderly conduct charges after an incident on June 13 between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m.
Police said 31-year-old Eric William Johnson and 28-year-old Julie Sue Fisher began yelling and swearing at each other which created the disturbance.
A non-traffic citation was filed before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.

Bruce Cox Construction was hit by theft sometime between June 16 at 8 p.m. and June 17 at 7 a.m. on Laurel Lane off of State Route 350 in Warriors Mark Township.
Police said the unknown suspect(s) arrived on the scene and took three spools of copper electrical wire from a construction site. The wire was valued at approximately $500.
State police at Huntingdon are asking for help regarding the crime.

State police are investigating a theft at a Bellwood-area business which happened sometime between June 17 and 18 in Antis Township.
Someone broke into the soda machine located outside the Bopin Brew Beverage and took money from it.