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A Tyrone man was charged with passing a bad check after an early August incident in Port Matilda.
State police issued a report last week that 21-year-old Joshua D. Shuey was charged with passing a check at Lykens Market for $24.77 that failed to clear the bank. Charges were filed at Magisterial District Judge Allen Sinclair’s office.

A Fallentimber woman escaped injury during an incident on State Route 865 near the Bellwood Sportsman’s Club in Antis Township on Oct. 8.
State police said while Fonetta I. Gates was traveling through the area between 4 and 4:15 p.m., someone threw an unknown object that struck the right side rear passenger’s door of her 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix.

State police investigated a case of criminal mischief at the Martin’s Food Store parking lot in Antis Township on Oct. 12.
The incident happened sometime around 8:45 p.m. when someone cut the right front tire of a 1989 Ford Bronco belonging to Peggy Shawley of RR 7 of Altoona.

A 17-year-old male reported he was the victim of harassment at a location on Teaberry Street in Snyder Township on Oct. 20 around 7:45 p.m.
Police said the teen claimed a male known to him assaulted him. However, based on the statements of witnesses and a lack of evidence of an assault police determined the report was unfounded.

Huntingdon County-based state police investigated a criminal mischief at a business in Warriors Mark Township that happened between 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 4 a.m. on Oct. 21.
Someone damaged a Pepsi machine belonging to the Pepsi Bottling Company of Johnstown. The machine was located at the New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Asphalt plant on Route 350.
New Enterprise’s location in Snyder Township on Route 453 was the scene of a theft between 12 midnight and 5 a.m. on Oct. 21.
Someone broke into a soda machine there and removed a small amount of money.

Conner Heating and Air in Tipton was the scene of burglary sometime between 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 21.
State police said someone entered the business and broke into a safe. Money was taken from inside the safe and a cordless drill was taken from one of the company’s trucks.

Two teenagers suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Oct. 22 at 8:15 a.m. in Snyder Township.
A vehicle driven by 17-year-old Mattea N. Kauffman was traveling south on State Route 4027. She was rounding the “paper mill curve” and lost control of her vehicle on the wet road. Her car went of the road and struck a warning side on the west berm of the road.
After striking the sign, Kauffman’s vehicle continued to travel and struck a large rock with its front end. The vehicle came to rest against the rock.
Kauffman was wearing a seat belt and suffered a minor injury. Her passenger, 16-year-old John Vanallman, was also wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.
Kauffman’s vehicle had moderate damage.


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Warriors Mark Burglaries
State police are investigating two burglaries that happened in Warriors Mark Township on Tuesday.
The first incident happened sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 10 p.m. when someone gained entry into the residence of Rebecca and Mark Walter by entering a rear door.
Once inside the Blackberry Lane residence, the burglar went into the master bedroom and removed several items of jewelry from a jewel box. Police said the approximate value of the stolen items was $12,000. They reported nothing else was taken from the house.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact state police at 814-627-3161.
The other burglary happened on Pennington Road between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. when someone attempted to gain entry into a residence by opening the basement storm cellar doors.
Nothing was taken from the home of Crystal and Brandon Beamer. The suspect(s) fled the scene in an unknown direction.


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State police have released information about a bad check incident in Port Matilda in June.
A 30-year-old Tyrone man, Jason W. Gummo, was charged with passing a bad check after an incident at Lykens Market on Plank Road in Port Matilda. A check in the amount of $32.32 failed to clear the bank, according to Philipsburg state police.

A Tyrone-based company was the victim of theft at an I-99 construction site along State Route 220, just south of Port Matilda between Oct. 7 and Oct. 10.
Police said someone entered the site and removed two oxygen tanks valued at approximately $500. The tanks belonged to A & L Inc. Philipsburg-based state police said the tanks are used in conjunction with acetylene for cutting steel.
Authorities said they are continuing their investigation and are seeking the public’s help to solve the crime.

Several people escaped injury after a two-vehicle accident on Oct. 8 at 11:34 a.m. at the intersection of State Route 4019 and Sandbank Road in Antis Township.
A vehicle operated by Leroy Cox of Johnstown was southbound on the road and rounded a curve. His vehicle slid on the wet road and hit a vehicle operated by Joann Gortney of State College. Gortney was traveling north on the road.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were not hurt. Three passengers in Cox’s vehicle also were wearing their seat belts and escaped injury.
Cox’s vehicle had moderate damage and had to be towed from the scene. Gortney’s vehicle also had moderate damage, but was able to be driven from the scene.

Huntingdon-based state police investigated a one-vehicle accident on State Route 350 in Warriors Mark Township near the Blair County line on Oct. 12.
Police said 20-year-old Nicholas Stibitz of Port Matilda was traveling north on the road when a deer came into his lane of travel. Stibitz attempted to avoid the deer. However, he lost control of his vehicle and the back end of it began to slide. As it was sliding, Stibitz attempted to counter-steer, but the vehicle’s front end impacted with a berm on the side of the road and it rolled onto its roof.
Stibitz was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Stibitz was cited for not keeping his vehicle within its lane of travel.

The Warriors Mark Uni-Mart was the scene of a pump-and-run incident on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Someone drove off without paying after pumping $20 worth of gas. Police said the driver was operating a white Chevy Lumina and fled on Route 350 North. Anyone with information on the incident should contact Huntingdon state police at 814-627-3161.


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State police investigated a two-vehicle accident early last week in Warriors Mark Township that sent a Tyrone woman to the hospital.
The crash happened on Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. on State Route 550 in the area of Ridge Road when 63-year-old Donald Bard of McConnellsburg was operating a 1992 Chevrolet Silverado with a Great Plains no-till drill attached to it.
Bard was southbound while a vehicle operated by 20-year-old Erika Latchford was northbound, according to Huntingdon-based state police. The trailer portion of Bard’s vehicle crossed the center double line and hit Latchford’s vehicle as it passed. Both drivers were able to stop after the crash and pull to the side of the road.
Latchford was wearing a seat belt and was injured in the accident. She was transported to Tyrone Hospital by AMED. Police said Bard and a passenger in his vehicle, 70-year-old Gerald Bard of Warfordsburg, were both wearing seat belts. Bard was to be cited for failure to yield half of the highway.
Warriors Mark-Franklin Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Two Bellwood women were involved in a two-vehicle accident on old Route 220, approximately 1/2 mile north of State Route 764 in Antis Township on Oct. 6.
The accident happened at 3:20 p.m. when a vehicle operated by 18-year-old Danielle Blattenberger was traveling behind a pick-up truck operated by 46-year-old Debra Ann Loucks.
The pick-up truck was stopped for a school bus that was discharging children. Police said Blattenberger did not notice this and her vehicle hit the truck from behind.
Blattenberger was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. Loucks was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. Both vehicles had severe damage.

A Tyrone driver escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 99 that happened last Friday, shortly after 5 p.m.
Police said both vehicles were on the highway southbound near mile marker 46, when 35-year-old Tiffany J. Treese of Hollidaysburg attempted to pass a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Delores E. Corbin.
Corbin lost control of her vehicle and hit Treese’s vehicle. After the initial impact, Corbin’s vehicle spun out and came to rest in the center median. Treese’s vehicle traveled off the road to the right and struck the west guiderail barrier. Her vehicle flipped over the barrier and rolled over down a steep embankment.
Corbin was wearing her seat belt and was not injured. Treese was also wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries. Authorities said Corbin was to be cited for failure to operate her vehicle within a single lane of traffic.
Both southbound lanes of I-99 were closed for approximately two hours, at various times, until both vehicles could be removed from the scene. The press release from Hollidaysburg-based State Police did not indicate the agencies that assisted on the scene.

A Huntingdon woman’s vehicle was damaged after an incident on State Route 453, west of Silver Barn Road in Snyder Township last Friday at 5:48 p.m. Barbara Detwiler was westbound on the road, when her vehicle struck a large rock that was in the middle of the road. Police said the undercarriage of her vehicle was damaged.


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State police investigated a robbery earlier this month at the Adult World Book Store in Antis Township.
The incident happened on Oct. 1 at 1:45 a.m. when the suspect entered the store and brandished a shotgun at the clerk. The robber demanded money from a 64-year-old clerk who was on duty at the store.
The clerk complied with the demand and the robber left the store with a small amount of cash. The clerk was not injured during the incident.
Police described the suspect as a white man between the ages of 20 and 30. He was described as being five feet, eight inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. His hair and eye color were unknown. The suspect was wearing a large green jacket, a plaid shirt and a light-colored stocking cap/ski mask with stripes and baggy blue jeans.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the crime to contact Hollidaysburg-based state police at 696-6100 or Crimesolvers of Blair County at 695-7555.

A registration plate was stolen from a vehicle in Snyder Township sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 5:50 p.m. on Oct. 2.
Police said someone removed the registration plate from a vehicle that was parked along Meade Street in the Village of Northwood. Police said the vehicle belonged to Todd L. Mertiff of Tyrone.
The stolen plate had a Pennsylvania registration number DVS9545, according to the police release.

Police arrested a 43-year-old Altoona man on suspicion of DUI after a report from a Sinking Valley resident that he had put his vehicle in a ditch.
State police said Logan Township police stopped Joseph S. Finegan III along State Route 1013 in Tyrone Township. The Sinking Valley resident who initially contacted authorities said he had been in contact with Finegan and reported him to be highly intoxicated.
After Logan Township Police detained Finegan they waited for Hollidaysburg-based state police to arrive at the scene.
Finegan was arrested for DUI and transported to Bon Secours Hospital for a blood test. Authorities said charges were pending based on the results of the tests.

Two Tyrone women escaped injuries in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 220 at the intersection with Halloran Drive in Tipton, Antis Township on Oct. 3 at 8:05 a.m.
State police said a car driven by 51-year-old Kathy H. Cowher went through a steady red light and struck a vehicle operated by 47-year-old Marilyn J. Kirkpatrick.
Both women were wearing seat belts. Police did not list any damage estimate to the vehicles.


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A rural Tyrone woman was arrested for suspicion of DUI on Sept. 25 after an incident at 1:20 a.m. at the intersection of Juniata Gap Road and 25th Avenue in Altoona.
Twenty-four-year-old Elisha Danielle McDonald, RR 5, Tyrone was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence after failing to stop for a red traffic light.

A church in the Bellwood area was the scene of burglary sometime between noon on Sept. 25 and 1:25 p.m. on Sept. 26.
State police reported someone entered the Bellwood Church of the Brethren at the intersection of North Tuckahoe and 12th Street.
Authorities said damage was caused to the inside of the church.

Reese’s Saw Mill on Old Bald Eagle Pike in Taylor Township, Centre County was the scene of a theft on Sept. 25.
Two individuals were seen stealing scrap metal at the mill on two separate occasions. Police said the suspects were known in the case and the planned to make arrests.
The items were valued at about $1,500.

A one-vehicle accident caused injury to a 53-year-old Altoona man on State Route 4019 in Antis Township on Sept. 26 at 5:35 p.m.
Police said Mark J. Cassidy was driving south on the road when he attempted to negotiate a right curve and lost control of his vehicle. His car traveled off the east berm and rolled over onto its roof.
Cassidy was wearing a seat belt and suffered a minor injury. His car had severe damage.

A 49-year-old Sandy Ridge woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 350 near Bald Eagle Sportsman Road in Snyder Township.
The accident happened at 7:45 a.m. when Emma L. Ridder was traveling north on the road and lost control on the wet roadway. Her vehicle slid off the road and into a ditch. Ridder’s vehicle traveled for approximately 200 feet along the ditch then overturned onto its right side when it struck a large rock.

A 30-year-old Tyrone woman suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident in Antis Township on Sept. 29 at 8:38 a.m.
A vehicle driven by 40-year-old Joann Stulz of Altoona was headed north on State Route 4019 when a vehicle driven by Charity Goddard came to a stop at a stop sign at the State Route 4018/19 intersection. Goddard turned her vehicle left into the intersection and Stulz’s vehicle struck the left side of Goddard’s vehicle.

A Tyrone man, 43-year-old George P. Kaup, escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident near Port Matilda Borough on Sept. 29 at 5:15 p.m.
The accident happened about 1/2-mile south of town on State Route 220 in Worth Township when a vehicle driven by a 65-year-old Connecticut man, William E. Aneshensel was traveling north on 220 and was in the process of slowing down because a construction truck was making a left turn approximately four or five vehicles in front of him.
A pick-up truck driven by Kaup approached Aneshensel’s vehicle from the rear and was not able to stop from hitting it. Kaup’s vehicle skidded approximately 65 feet prior to hitting Aneshensel’s vehicle.
Neither man was injured and both were wearing seat belts.
Kaup was cited for a summary traffic violation. Both vehicles had minor damage.


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A 22-year-old Altoona man was injured in a motorcycle accident on State Route 220 North in Snyder Township.
The crash happened when David W. Wilt was operating his vehicle in what police called “a careless manner.”
State police said the motorcycle was being driven on its rear wheel only. Wilt lost control of his vehicle and crashed the bike.
Wilt was wearing a helmet and suffered moderate injuries. His bike had moderate damage.

Huntingdon-based state police released a report earlier this week regarding a burglary and theft at a farm on Dry Hollow Road in Warriors Mark Township.
The incident happened during what police called “diverse” times between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3 on the property of John Gilliland.
During that period, someone gained entry to the victim’s garage/storage shed by cutting a piece of side panel. The unknown suspect also entered an open barn at the rear of the farm. Items such as radiators, stainless sinks, aluminum frames, brass and copper fittings and a torch set with a cart were removed. The suspect(s) left the scene in an unknown direction of travel.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Huntingdon State Police at 627-3161.

A Tipton woman’s vehicle was damaged in a criminal mischief incident on Tipton Manor Road in Antis Township last month.
Police said an automobile owned by Anne Winterstein was parked outside her residence and was last seen intact at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23.
Someone hit the glass on the passenger side smashing the window. Dents were also made in two places on the passenger side door.
The damage was noticed around 7 a.m. on Sept. 24. Police said the damage was estimated at $500.

Two mailboxes were struck during a hit-and-run incident on State Route 1008 in the Village of Skelp, Tyrone Township on Sept. 23 at 8:10 p.m.
Police said an unknown vehicle struck two mailboxes belonging to Robert Lannen and James Lannen.
The driver left the scene without providing any information to the victims.

A pick-up truck driven by 24-year-old Christopher Hedberg of RD 3, Altoona was involved in an accident on State Route 1015 near Ironville in Snyder Township on Sept. 24 at 1:25 a.m.
Police said Hedberg was going south on the road when he failed to negotiate a curve and skidded off the west side of the road.
The pick-up truck rolled onto its roof. Hedberg was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. His truck was towed.

A 43-year-old Tyrone man was arrested on a DUI charge after being stopped for traffic violations on State Route 764 on Sept. 24 at 11:25 p.m.
Police said Randy Estright was found to be under the influence of alcohol. After failing a field sobriety test, he was placed into custody. Upon conviction, Estright faces fines and/or imprisonment as well as a loss of license.


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Someone engaged in a rock throwing incident along Interstate 99 last month and the act damaged the vehicle of a Windber woman.
State police said the incident happened on I-99, just south of the Pinecroft exit in Antis Township on Sept. 18 at 2:45 a.m.
An unknown suspect threw a rock, which struck the vehicle of Sharon A. Wilt. The vehicle had $400 in damage. Police were seeking the public’s help regarding the case.

A hit-and-run incident occurred at the Tyrone Hospital parking lot on the morning of Sept. 19.
The incident happened when a pick-up truck was parked in the lot unattended. The unidentified driver hit the left rear corner of the truck with their vehicle and left the scene without providing information as required by the state’s motor vehicle code.

A New York City driver suffered major injuries in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 453 in Snyder Township on Sept. 19 at 2:44 p.m.
Police said 40-year-old Selwyn T. Morgan was traveling north on the road and for unknown reasons, lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment east of the road. The vehicle traveled across the southbound lane and struck another embankment west of the road, causing it to flip over.
Morgan was taken to Altoona Hospital for head and back injuries. Police said he was wearing a seat belt. Morgan’s vehicle had major damage.
In their press release, authorities said they were continuing their investigation because they suspected Morgan might have been under the influence of controlled substances.
Tyrone and Warriors Mark-Franklin fire companies assisted police.

A 36-year-old Altoona woman was injured along with a passenger in her vehicle in an accident that happened in Antis Township on Sept. 19 at 7:25 p.m.
Erin Sue Luciano was going north on State Route 4015 when she crossed the east berm and went off the shoulder of the road. She attempted to steer back onto the road but lost control, skidding across the road to a ditch on the west side of the road. The vehicle’s right front struck a cement pipe and rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side.
Luciano and her passenger, 24-year-old Thomas Edward Stahl were both taken to Altoona Hospital and admitted.
Luciano’s vehicle had severe damage.

State police investigated a theft from two motor vehicles in September that happened at Himes Motor on State Route 4019 in Antis Township.
Police said someone broke the passenger’s side door on a 1997 Dodge Dakota truck, but the vehicle was not entered. After breaking the window, the unknown suspect apparently noticed the truck had an alarm system. The thief then entered a 1996 Geo Metro and removed a CD player from the vehicle.