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State police are investigating an incident involving a fraudulent inspection and emission sticker stemming from a traffic stop in Tyrone last month.
The investigation began after the traffic stop at the intersection of Logan and 12th Street in Tyrone. A fraudulent certificate of inspection and emission was seized. As of last Friday, the police were continuing their investigation.

State police investigated what they described as a hit-and-run accident that happened at midnight on April 8.
Police said Scott A. Alter of Bald Eagle Avenue, Tyrone lost control of his vehicle, crossed the road and struck a utility pole. Alter was not injured and was reportedly wearing a seat belt.

A truck driver was involved in a one-vehicle crash on State Route 550 in Warriors Mark Township on April 12 at 6 a.m.
A Mack truck driven by Michael Deremer of Alum Bank, PA was traveling north on the road and failed to negotiate a left bend in the road. The truck traveled off the road and struck a guard rail. The truck then struck a concrete bridge tearing off all the axles on the truck.
The truck then rolled onto its right side coming to a rest on top of the guard rail and partially on the road. The truck caught fire and Deremer was able to escape without serious injury.
State police said the truck was hauling milk that spilled into a nearby stream. Hazmat and local units were able to contain the materials.

A Warriors Mark man, 48-year-old Loy A. Kurtz, was the victim of criminal mischief sometime between 5 p.m. on April 12 and 11 a.m. on April 13.
The incident happened when a post was broken and a mailbox was dented along Firehouse Road off of State Route 550.

A Duncansville man was involved in a DUI-related crash on Lower Riggles Gap Road in Antis Township on April 14 at 2:55 a.m.
State Police said 26-year-old Jeremy Gregg Boland was traveling south on the road. He said he swerved to avoid a deer. His car traveled across the oncoming lane and then into a ditch along the eastern edge of the road. The car hit an embankment, which caused it to pivot and flip end-over-end, coming to a final rest on its left side.
Boland was able to exit the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to the Altoona Regional Medical System Trauma Center for evaluation.
Police said the nature of the crash and Boland’s physical condition prompted a DUI investigation. Subsequent laboratory analysis of Boland’s blood alcohol content revealed he was under the influence at the time of the crash.
Criminal charges against Boland were filed at Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller’s office earlier this week. The case will proceed by summons.

A 25-year-old Tyrone woman was the victim of criminal mischief stemming from an incident that happened along Old Route 220 in Grazierville, Snyder Township on April 15 at 11 p.m.
Kristen LaVanish reported that 30-year-old Eric Stephen Patterson allegedly kicked and/or shoved open her car door beyond its mechanical limits. Damage to the door was listed at $1,685.96.
When state police interviewed Patterson, he admitted to having caused the damage. The case will proceed by summons.


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Two homes in Antis Township were hit by criminal mischief last month.
Police said the incidents happened around 2 a.m. on March 18 along Kerbaugh Road, approximately a 1/2 mile south of Becker Road. Police said four juveniles arrived in the area and threw large rocks at houses belonging to Ed Sessaman and Carol Cunningham. Both houses had considerable damage to the siding. Police said arrests were still pending.

A Bellwood woman’s home was burglarized sometime between March 30 and April 11.
Police said Debra Logue of 400 Stadium Drive reported that while she was away from home for a couple of weeks, someone entered her residence and stole a pistol and several items of jewelry.

An unidentified Antis Township resident was the victim of theft and forgery earlier this month.
State police said they have two suspects in the case that involved the passing of checks belonging to the victim at the 17th Street and Pleasant Valley, Altoona Sheetz stores and a branch of Omega Bank.
The checks were passed without the victim’s permission and $550 was obtained. The suspects were described as a 34-year-old male and a 36-year-old woman.
Police said the investigation is continuing, pending the arrests of the suspects.

A Warriors Mark Township woman was the victim of criminal mischief after an incident last Friday between 12:30 and 8 a.m. on Station Road in the township.
Someone is alleged to have kicked a mailbox belonging to Donna Zimmerman. The mailbox was knocked over and damaged. Anyone with information on the crime should contact state police in Huntingdon County at 627-3161.

A Tyrone man had a grill taken from his porch in Snyder Township sometime between last Thursday and Monday of this week.
Police said someone removed a large stainless steel gas grill from the porch of Robert Snyder. The residence is located off of State Route 4027 behind Red Lion lounge.

Someone tried to burglarize a home in Antis Township last Saturday between noon and 7 p.m.
Police said unknown person(s) arrived at the home of Harry Clemmens located on State Route 4015 in the area of the Asbury Church. Upon arrival, they attempted to enter the victim’s residence by breaking a basement window. Police said they were unsuccessful in the attempt and then fled the area in an unknown direction. Nothing was stolen.

Three people escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 1001 at the Locust Street intersection in Tipton, Antis Township on Sunday afternoon.
A pick-up truck driven by Donald Betke of Williamsburg and another vehicle driven by Jamie Focht of Tyrone were both traveling north on the road when Focht attempted to turn onto Locust Street. Betke’s pick-up approached from the rear and struck Focht’s vehicle pushing it off the road.
Betke was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Focht was also wearing a seat belt and was not injured. A juvenile passenger in Focht’s vehicle also was not injured.


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A rural Altoona woman was the victim of theft at her residence in Antis Township sometime between March 4 and April 4.
Police said Mary Earnest of Findley Avenue, Pinecroft had several pieces of jewelry removed from her home.

A 32-year-old Bellwood woman was injured in a domestic dispute on the last day of March.
State police said Jennifer Lehman sought treatment at Tyrone Hospital for minor injuries suffered during an alleged domestic dispute between her and a live-in boyfriend.
Police went to the hospital to take the woman’s statement.

A Bellwood man had items stolen from a semitrailer that was parked on State Route 453 just south of Tyrone in Snyder Township between 8 p.m. on April 5 and 10 a.m. on April 6.
Police said someone took a washer and refrigerator that belonged to Melvin Schandelmeir.

State police investigated a vehicle fire on Old Route 220 at Logan Bell Lane in Antis Township on April 2 at 1 a.m.
The owner of the truck, 53-year-old Michael Rubine of Altoona, was contacted about the fire and said he was not aware the vehicle had been stolen. Rubine then made a stolen vehicle report with the Altoona City Police department.

Several vehicles and a pedestrian were involved in an accident at the parking lot of Austin Texas Hotdogs in Antis Township on April 2, shortly after 6 p.m.
The crash happened when a vehicle driven by 80-year-old Raymond G. Creely was leaving a parked position and began backing up. Creeley’s vehicle accelerated in reverse and hit the front of an unattended car. That vehicle, a Honda Accord, had minor damage as a result of the collision.
Creeley’s vehicle continued to travel and struck the right rear side of a Chevrolet Cavalier. That vehicle was pushed into a pedestrian, 30-year-old Michael Travis Rhoades of Tyrone. The left side of that vehicle hit Rhoades’ right leg as he jumped out of the way. The Cavalier continued to travel sideways and the left rear corner of it struck the right side of a parked Nissan Pathfinder that was occupied by two people.
Rhoades was treated at Tyrone Hospital and released.
Creely and a passenger in his car were both wearing seat belts and suffered no injuries. The occupants of the Pathfinder also were not injured. The Cavalier and Pathfinder had to be towed from the scene. Both had moderate damage.


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State police are investigating an incident on McFarland Road in Grazierville, Snyder Township that happened sometime between the end of February and March 28.
Police said someone cut the copper ground cables from the bottom of seven Penelec utility poles.

Authorities are investigating an identity theft that occurred in Antis Township.
The 59-year-old victim reported someone used his identity to open an account with Atlantic Broadband. The victim was contacted by collection agencies to pay off the account.

A burglary happened along Beechwood Drive in Antis Township sometime between March 25 at 11 a.m. and March 29 at 5 p.m.
Police said someone forcibly entered the residence of Neil and Rebecca Grove and removed three rifles owned by the victims. The perpetrators then fled the scene. Police are continuing their investigation.

A 17-year-old Tyrone girl suffered a minor injury in a one-vehicle accident on Colerain Road in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon County last Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Police said the teen was traveling north on a state forest road and lost control of her car. It then went over a steep embankment. The car rolled over and struck several trees.
The girl was wearing a seat belt and her vehicle had severe damage according to the police release.