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State police investigated a burglary at a church in Sinking Valley earlier this month.
Someone broke into the Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church sometime between Sept. 7 and 9. Approximately $1 worth of nickels were stolen and damage was done to a filing cabinet.

A business is Tipton was the scene of criminal mischief between 7 a.m. on Sept. 7 and 8 a.m. on Sept. 12.
Someone damaged a soda machine outside the Chief Logan Museum and Gift Shop.

Two Antis Township residents were involved in a two-vehicle accident on old Route 220 about 1/10 of a mile north of State Route 4023 in Antis Township on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.
Mardell Miller was operating an SUV on the road and rear-ended a farm tractor operated by Bruce Knisely. Miller’s vehicle then rolled over and came to a rest on its left side.
Both operators reported minor injuries. Police said both operators were cited in the incident. Miller was issued a citation for careless driving. Knisely was cited for a violation of lighting requirements of the state vehicle code.

An out-of-state man was involved in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 220 in Snyder Township on Sept. 10 at 4:56 p.m.
Twenty-six-year-old Geoffrey Olpand of Michigan was driving south on the road near the Centre County line when he lost control of his car. The vehicle went into a ditch on the west berm of the road.
Olpand was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. His car had damage to its undercarriage.

State police arrested a 19-year old rural Hollidaysburg woman for DUI after a minor accident on Sept. 10 at 8:20 p.m. in Snyder Township.
Angel Madden was driving on State Route 220 about a half-a-mile north of Bald Eagle when her vehicle left the road and went into a ditch.
Police said charges were to be filed against Madden at Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller’s office.
Twenty-year-old Cory Michael McMahon of Bellwood was cited for underage drinking at the same time and location of Madden’s accident. The same trooper investigated both situations. However, police did not indicate if the two incidents were related. A citation against McMahon was filed at Judge Miller’s office.


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State police investigated a theft from a vehicle at Frito Lay in Antis Township earlier this month.
The incident happened sometime between Sept. 3 and 5 on Sandy Run Road.
Someone broke four windows and a mirror on delivery vans in the parking lot. A monitor for a backing camera was taken from inside one of the vans.
The monitor was valued at $50. The total damage was listed at $400.

Earlier this month, state police investigated a suspicious person/suspicious vehicle incident at the parking lot of Sheetz in Antis Township.
The investigation revealed what police called a “bevy of criminal activity”.
The vehicle had previously been involved in a minor accident on Interstate 99 just north of the Bellwood exit. The vehicle contained items that two suspects gave conflicting stories about to authorities.
It was determined the items were stolen from a private club in Centre County hours earlier. A consent search of the vehicle allowed troopers to recover the stolen property, which included rolled coins and formerly frozen food.
A male suspect from Centre County was taken into custody for possession of stolen property. While the female suspect, 24-year old Jessica Dawn Turiano of Altoona, was taken into custody for possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
The suspects were lodged in Blair County Jail on probation detainers.
At the time of their initial press release, police said the stolen property charges would be filed in Centre County. The drug paraphernalia charge was to be filed in Blair County. The DUI charge, pending lab results was also expected to be filed in Blair County.

Philipsburg state police investigated a one-vehicle accident on State Route 350 in Taylor Township, Centre County on Sept. 4.
The accident happened at 1:40 a.m. when a Maryland man, 22-year old Peter Mensah, was southbound on the road and lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the western edge. His vehicle struck a culvert and flipped over several times.
Mensah was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. A passenger, 10-year old Christina Lomo of Virginia, was wearing a seat belt and suffered a minor injury.
Mensah’s vehicle had major damage.

Hollidaysburg state police investigated an incident in Snyder Township that led to a DUI arrest on Sept. 4.
Police said a pick-up truck driven by 25-year old Todd L. Emigh of West Decatur was being operated in an erratic manner along State Route 350 near the intersection of Route 220.
A traffic stop was conducted and police alleged Emigh was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Police said charges were to be filed at Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller’s office.

A bad check incident was investigated earlier this month involving an auto dealership in Snyder Township.
Dan Sprankle Auto Outlet received a bad check for payment during a business transaction on Sept. 6. Police offered no other details in their report issued last week except to say they were continuing their investigation.

Police investigated criminal activity at another local car dealer in early September.
The incident occurred sometime between Sept. 6 and 7 at Nelson Chevrolet on old Route 220 in Snyder Township when someone cut a corner off the registration plate containing a validation sticker. They also broke a key off in the ignition of the same vehicle. Damage was estimated at $45.


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A Bellwood woman suffered severe injuries in a one-vehicle accident earlier this month in Antis Township.
State police reported 24-year-old Kristin A. Weiand was traveling along River Road on Sept. 2 when the accident happened at 5:20 p.m. Authorities said Weiand was traveling at an excessive rate of speed. Her vehicle traveled off the road to the left and struck a sign.
Weiand’s car then traveled over an embankment and into a creek. The vehicle came to rest on its roof and was partially submerged in the water. Fire and rescue personnel extricated Weiand.
She was then transported to the Altoona Trauma Center for treatment of her injuries. Police said she was not wearing a seat belt and her vehicle had severe damage.

A hit-and-run accident happened on State Route 764 at the intersection of Kings Highway in Antis Township earlier this month.
Police said the accident happened on Sept. 2 at 9:08 p.m. when 38-year old Mark Decker was stopped at the intersection of the two roads waiting for a red light signal.
The hit-and-run vehicle hit Decker’s car in the rear. When Decker pulled over to exchange information, the other driver pulled their vehicle around Decker’s car and struck its right front side. The other driver then fled the scene by traveling north on Route 764 at a high rate of speed.
The hit-and-run vehicle was described as a white SUV driven by a white male. The vehicle was said to have damage to its front, left front and left side.
Decker was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Hollidaysburg state police investigated another hit-and-run accident earlier this month.
The accident happened at 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 3 along State Route 4023 near the Tipton Reservoir in Antis Township. An unidentified motorcycle operator crossed into the oncoming lane and into the path of a car driven by 18-year old Norma Reifer of Houtzdale.
The motorcycle’s left side struck the left-rear quarter panel of Reifer’s car. The impact caused the bike’s driver to lose control and lay down the motorcycle.
Police said the motorcyclist appeared to have injuries to his arms and was not wearing a helmet. The biker reportedly became belligerent with Reifer who left the scene for safety reasons and to obtain a signal on her cell phone to call police. Reifer said it appeared the biker was under the influence of alcohol.
Reifer returned to the scene to meet with police, but by that point the biker had left the accident location.
The biker was described as a white male in his early 50s with dark but graying hair and dark but graying facial hair. He was said to be wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers.
Reifer was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Her car had minor damage.


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A 98-year-old Bellwood woman was the victim of a burglary in August.
Police said the incident happened sometime between Aug. 17 and 31 when someone entered the E. 8th Street residence of Ruth Miller Otley and rummaged through its contents.

State police investigated a case of criminal mischief last month at a cemetery in Snyder Township.
Someone broke a door off of a storage shed owned by the Baughman Cemetery Association sometime between Aug. 24 and 25. The total damage was listed at $100.

Huntingdon State Police investigated a two-vehicle accident in Penn Township on Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
One of the drivers was a 25-year old rural Tyrone man, Donald Hippo III.
He was driving north on T-430 and a vehicle driven by 26-year old Erik Gore was traveling south. Hippo’s vehicle slid on the wet road and went into the path of Gore’s car.
The two vehicles hit head on and came to a rest in the middle of the southbound lane.
Both men suffered minor injuries while both vehicles had severe damage.
Hippo III was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

A 19-year old Tyrone woman was involved in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 350, south of Warriors Mark Village.
Joanne Adams was traveling south on the road and failed to negotiate a left curve. Her vehicle went onto the embankment and rolled over.
Adams was transported to the Tyrone Hospital. Huntingdon-based state police were assisted by Warriors Mark-Franklin Fire Company.

A Warriors Mark man has been arrested for receiving stolen property in connection with an ATV theft incident earlier this year.
On Aug. 29, a 20-year-old Winburne man, Steven Kent Lutz, was arrested and arraigned on charges of burglary and theft. The charges stemmed from a burglary investigation involving a stolen ATV.
Lutz was charged with stealing the ATV from the residence of Brandon Diviney of Philipsburg. He was arraigned and a preliminary hearing was scheduled in early September in Centre County Court. Earlier this week, the county’s court administrator’s office said that hearing was continued to Oct. 5. After Lutz’s arraignment he was released, according to Philipsburg-based state police.
The Warriors Mark man, 25-year-old Chad Joseph Smith, was arrested and arraigned on charges of receiving stolen property stemming from the incident. The stolen ATV was found at Smith’s house in Warriors Mark. He was released after his arraignment and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 4 in Huntingdon County Court.

A Tyrone woman and a Warriors Mark man were involved in a two-vehicle crash on Aug. 31 in Warriors Mark Township.
Forty-year-old Sally Campbell of Tyrone was traveling south on State Route 350 while 70-year-old John Nearhoof of Warriors Mark was northbound. Campbell lost control of her vehicle on the wet road and it slid into the northbound lane and struck Nearhoof’s vehicle.
Police reported Campbell was not wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Nearhoof suffered minor injuries and was wearing a seat belt. A passenger in Nearhoof’s vehicle, 70-year-old Joanne Nearhoof suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Tyrone Hospital for treatment.
Both vehicles had heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene.
A citation against Campbell was to be filed for a “roadways lined for traffic” offense.

State police investigated a criminal mischief incident that happened at Graystone Apartments in Antis Township sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Someone broke the window of a 1993 Ford Ranger belonging to Robert Walker. Damage was approximately $150.