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State police are investigating an ongoing harassment case in Sinking Valley, Tyrone Township.
Police said an unidentified victim has been receiving phone calls where the caller hangs up. The incidents started in the first week of July and continued through Tuesday.

A Tyrone woman and another driver both escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident on I-99 in the northbound construction zone in Snyder Township on July 19 at 1:55 p.m.
Police said 47-year-old Carol L. Hampton of State College was slowing her vehicle for stopped traffic and was hit in the rear by a vehicle operated by 47-year-old Barbra G. Curley.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Curley’s SUV had severe damage while Hampton’s pick-up truck had minor damage.

State police are investigating the theft of a motor home from the J and B Car Lot in Bald Eagle, Snyder Township, which happened sometime this past weekend.
While leaving the lot, the thief struck three cars that were for sale on the lot. State police from Lamar recovered the motor home along Interstate 80.
The motor home owned by Huey Jones of State College was being stored at the lot owned by Bernie Sherwin of Tyrone.

An Antis township woman reported a theft that happened sometime between 10 p.m. on Monday and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police said Louann Closson said the right-front wheel and tire of her car were taken from her car that was parked at an apartment building on Parkway Drive.

A man reported the theft of gasoline during the overnight hours on Wednesday from his farm property located on State Route 865 in Antis Township .
Police said Rick Sprankle said someone took about 2 and 1/2 gallons of gas valued at about $7 from his riding lawn mower.

Two men and two juveniles have been accused in a theft case that happened at Caracciolla’s Scrap Yard in Antis Township on Wednesday at noon.
Police said the four were allegedly trespassing on the property located along the NorFolk Southern Railroad tracks. They allegedly took a large piece of aluminum and then took it to Caracciolla’s Scrap Yard and tried to sell it to them.
The victim recognized the item as being his property. The two men: John Thomas Albright of Altoona, Donald Christopher Dodson of Cresson and the two juveniles were all charged with theft, trespass and conspiracy.


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A Port Matilda man has been accused in a retail theft at Rossi’s store in Tipton.
State police said the incident happened on July 7 at 1:44 p.m. when Eric Dasher allegedly drove off without paying for gas. Police said the incident was captured on a video camera. Prosecution is pending according to the police press release.

A Snyder Township man was the victim in a rubbish scattering incident sometime between 4 p.m. on July 8 and 10 p.m. last Saturday.
Police said someone dumped a pile of shingles on the property of James Lego along Thomastown Road during the time period reported.

A 38-year-old Tyrone man, Robert Writner Engle, has been accused of in a DUI-related incident that happened on July 15 at 11:38 p.m. along State Route 865, near North Sixth Street, in Bellwood.
Police said Engle was stopped at the location by police for traffic violations. He failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DUI. Engle was taken to Bon Secours Hospital for a blood test that showed he was above the legal limit.
Police said in their release last week that charges where to be filed against Engle for DUI and other traffic offenses.

Two drivers escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 220, 1.6 miles north of State Route 350, in Snyder Township on July 16 at 10 a.m.
State Police said a vehicle operated by 57-year-old Jeffrey L. Myers of Spring Mills rear-ended a car operated by 47-year-old Shari Zingle of West Bloomfield, MI.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Myers’ vehicle had front-end damage while Zingle’s vehicle had rear-end damage. State Police said Myers would be cited for a traffic violation.

Three people escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 1013 in Tyrone Township on July 16 at 1:45 p.m.
Police said 23-year-old Johnathan L. Hammel of Hollidaysburg was driving west on the road. Hammel told police an east bound vehicle partially crossed into his lane and was approaching his vehicle. Hammel swerved to the right and his vehicle hit a tree with its left side off the north berm.
Police said there were two passengers in the car, a 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old Tiffany M. Caswell of Bellwood.

Snappy’s in Bald Eagle was the scene of another pump and run incident on July 18 at 12:59 p.m.
Police said two black men arrived at the store and pumped $34.50 in gas and left without paying for it. Police were able to develop suspects in the case by viewing store surveillance. A recent press release said police were continuing their investigation.

A 28-year-old rural Altoona man had his bike stolen from his residence on Dominy Lane in Antis Township sometime between last Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and last Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Police said Preston Harry Kephart II had left his bicycle unsecured on an open front porch at the home for the last two months. An unknown person arrived at the scene during the suspected time frame and took the bike and fled undetected.
The bike was described as a dark blue, 15-speed “mountain style bike” with 26-inch wheels.

A Tyrone man has been accused in a theft case that happened on State Route 4027 in Snyder Township on July 19 at 9:25 p.m.
Police said Jeremy Mountz was caught using a pair of bolt cutters to cut pieces of copper wire from utility poles.

A 30-year-old employee at Green Tree Village was the victim of simple assault at the facility in Bald Eagle, Snyder Township last Friday at 10:05 p.m.
Police said Christopher Lee Hopkins was assaulted by a 16-year-old Tyrone juvenile who was a resident at the facility.
The assault allegedly happened when the teen became upset and did not want to stop an activity he was doing. Hopkins approached the boy and the teen began punching him in the head and face several times. Hopkins was able to take the teen down to the ground and gain control over him.
Charges were to be filed against the boy before Blair County Juvenile Probation.

An Altoona man, Randal Martin, was involved in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 220 in Taylor Township, Centre County on Sunday at 5:40 a.m.
Police said Martin was south on the road when he swerved to avoid a deer. His vehicle traveled off the west side of the road and slid several feet before flipping. The car landed on all four tires and came to rest along the west berm, facing east.
Martin was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. His vehicle had severe damage.


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A 29-year-old Altoona woman was charged with theft after an incident at the Bellwood Sheetz on Route 865 in Antis Township on July 6 between 10:40 and 11:01 p.m.
State police said Amie Jo Ringler allegedly stole $60 from a cash register while she was working at the store. Charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on July 11.

Two Altoona residents were involved in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 4019 in Antis Township last Friday at 1:05 p.m.
Police said Heather Roland was driving north on 4019 when Timothy Porta was pulling out of a private parking lot and failed to see Roland’s vehicle. The two vehicles then collided. All parties were wearing seat belts according to the investigating officer.

An Altoona driver, Royal Flurry, was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Tipton Mountain Road in Antis Township on Monday at 3:40 p.m.
Flurry was driving south on the road and was going too fast to negotiate a curve. The vehicle struck a guide rail and went over it and then down an embankment, rolling onto its roof.
A passenger in the vehicle, Terry Driggers, was taken to the hospital for injuries. Neither Flurry or Driggers were wearing seat belts.

A 40-year-old Altoona man was identified as the driver in a hit-and-run incident on Tipton Mountain Road near the Tipton Fire Hall in Antis Township on Monday at 4:20 p.m.
Police said Brien Haun was traveling south on the road and lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole, which caused a power outage in the Tipton area.
The vehicle rolled onto its side and Haun fled the scene. He was later identified and will be charged with numerous violations including driving under suspension and hit and run.

State police are investigating an incident where someone scattered rubbish on private property on Lower Riggles Gap Road in Antis Township sometime between Monday and Tuesday.
Police said a known, but unidentified suspect dumped a pile of garbage on the property of Ruth N. Long. The investigation was continuing as of this morning’s press release.


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A 50-year-old Tyrone area woman was the victim of a burglary that happened sometime between 7 a.m. on June 7 and 10 p.m. on July 8 in Warriors Mark Township.
Huntingdon County-based state police said someone went into the residence of Rita Riggleman on Big Dream Lane by entering through a side window where an air conditioning unit was located. Once inside the home, they searched for and removed several items.
Police said the investigation was continuing. Anyone with information should contact state police at 627-3161.

A 40-year-old Tyrone woman, Peggy Suzann Sprankle, escaped injury in a DUI-related incident on old Route 220 and State Route 4023 in Antis Township at 4:58 p.m. on July 7.
Sprankle was seen driving north in the southbound lane of old 220 when she veered left and hit a PennDOT “no parking sign”. Sprankle continued north and attempted to turn left on State Route 4023, almost striking two other vehicles in the process. Bystanders were able to convince Sprankle to stop her vehicle and wait for police.
An investigation revealed Sprankle to be under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested without incident.
A criminal complaint charging Sprankle with DUI and related traffic offenses was filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. The case will proceed by summons.

An 18-year-old Tyrone man, Trent Lee Smith, was charged with disorderly conduct for an incident at the DelGrosso Amusement Park parking lot on July 10 at 9:50 p.m.
Police said Smith was doing “donuts” in the parking lot. They listed the victim in the case as “society.”


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A Bellwood woman was the victim in an access device fraud case that happened sometime between June 19 and June 22.
State police said someone used a debit card belonging to Victoria Lynn Lowery to pay for several services and items before it was discovered that they were making unlawful transactions on the victim’s account.

Brandon Krolic of Cherry Tree was arrested on old Route 220 shortly after midnight on July 5 for underage drinking and possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop after the fireworks at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park.

A Tipton man was the victim of a burglary at his home on Tipton Manor Road on July 5 between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Police said someone entered the home of Robert L. Miller by climbing through an open bathroom window. Once inside, the burglar removed approximately 280 quarters from two bedrooms and then fled the scene.
The burglar took the new quarters with the different states on them. Anyone receiving a large amount of state quarters should contact the state police in Hollidaysburg at (814) 696-6100 and refer to incident G01-1039931.

A rural Altoona man, Richard David Campbell, reported a forced-entry into his residence along Creamer Road in Antis Township sometime between Thursday and Sunday.
The police press release said three televisions, two laptop computers, four long guns and a washer and dryer set were stolen. Anyone with information on the crime should contact state police at 696-6100.

A Tyrone teen suffered severe injuries in a two-vehicle accident on South Mountain Road in Taylor Township on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Police said a 13-year-old boy was operating an off-road motorcycle east and drove the vehicle in the opposing lane of travel as he rounded a left-hand bend in the road. The bike came in contact head-on with the left front end of a Ford Bronco, which was being operated west bound by 41-year-old Terence L. Conrad of Tyrone.
The teen was transported from the scene by AMED and later flown to Altoona Trauma Center for treatment of severe injuries. Conrad was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. The teen was wearing a helmet. His motorcycle was disabled while the Bronco had moderate damage.

An unidentified Blair County juvenile suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 4021 on Saturday at 9:40 p.m.
The accident happened about 1.6 miles from the intersection of State Route 865 when the driver lost control of his vehicle when he swerved to miss a deer. His car hit a guide rail.
The driver was wearing a seat belt. A Cambria County juvenile was a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

A Morrisdale man was the victim of a theft from his motor vehicle and criminal mischief during an incident in the parking lot of Snappy’s convenience store in Snyder Township on Monday between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Police said someone threw a large chunk of concrete through the rear window of Brian Meek’s SUV while it was parked in the lot. The vehicle’s registration plate, FCS3164, was stolen.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact Hollidaysburg state police at 814-696-6100.


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Two 19-year-old Tyrone women escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident on Route 22 in Brady Township in Huntingdon County on June 29 at 10 p.m.
Huntingdon-based state police said 19-year-old Ashley Whitesel of Mt. Union was traveling west on the road and struck large trees in the lane of travel.
After the collision, the vehicle became disabled and Whitesel drifted the vehicle off the road and into a parking lot of a Martin’s store.
Whitesel was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. Monique Davis and Anna Jennett, both of Tyrone were passengers in the vehicle. They were also wearing seat belts.
The vehicle had moderate damage. The Mapleton Fire Department assisted state police at the scene.

Fireworks were stolen from the parking lot at Bickles Surplus Store along state route 4019 in Antis Township around 1 a.m. on Monday.
According to state police, someone entered the rear of a parked tractor-trailer by cutting off the master lock. The thief then removed some of the fireworks and fled the scene undetected.
Anyone with information on the theft should contact Hollidaysburg state police at 696-6100.

A hit-and-run accident occurred on Monday between 2 and 6 p.m. on Interstate 99, north of the Bald Eagle exit in Snyder Township.
An unidentified driver was approaching the Bald Eagle exit and failed to make the turn and struck a sign and a piece of portable equipment on a closed construction road.
The vehicle was described as a 1991 Mercury Topaz and had moderate damage.

State police investigated two theft cases on the Fourth of July in Antis Township.
The first one happened sometime between 12:01 and 8 a.m. along Grazierville Road in Tipton. Someone forcibly entered a vehicle belonging to 26-year-old Jerry Lynn McCahan, Jr. of Tyrone and removed cash and a knife and then fled the scene.
In the second incident, someone entered a vehicle belonging to Maryann Diveglia of RR 5, Tyrone while it was parked in the rear of the Tipton Baptist Church in the parking lot.
A camera, a CD case and a carton of cigarettes were taken from the vehicle. Police also said the car was damaged during the break-in. Anyone with information on the theft and criminal mischief should contact state police in Hollidaysburg at 696-6100.