Drug sting

Brookville police report that on October 30 a 38-year-old man agreed to take methamphetamine to a meeting with an undercover officer of the Brookville Police Department and Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. The man showed up, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and was taken into custody without incident.

DUI arrest

Brookville police conducted a traffic stop at 11:28 p.m. September 28 for a vehicle code violation. During their investigation police found the driver to be under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol, with drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for DUI of both alcohol and drugs. Through NMS labs the driver, who was under 21, had a BAC of .051 percent and tested positive for drugs. Charges for the DUI and related charges were filed through the office of District Judge Greg Bazylak.


Terroristic threats

State police in Punxsutawney investigated an alleged report of terroristic threats at 1:02 p.m. October 25. The victim was Skyler Robinson, 18, of Brookville.

False report

State police in Punxsutawney investigated an incident of fall reports to law enforcement authorities at 2:04 p.m. October 25. Arrested was Skyler Robinson, 18, of Brookville.

Bank incident

State police in Punxsutawney investigated an incident which occurred between midnight September 15 and 4:15 p.m. October 23 at the In First Bank in Punxsutawney. No charges were filed.

Deer damages vehicle

State police in Punxsutawney report that Craig E. Knapp, 64, of Corsica, was traveling south on Heathville-Ohl Road in Beaver Township at 6:14 p.m. October 31 when a deer ran in front of his 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, causing disabling damage to the vehicle. Knapp was not injured but the Traverse was towed from the scene.


Five injured

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle accident investigated by state police in Marienville. At 1:48 p.m. November 3 Toby J. Best, 31, of Parker was traveling north on Route 949. He stopped at the flashing red signal then entered the intersection into the path of a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Laura A. Holmes, 54, of Cheswick. The vehicles collided head on. Injured were Best and his passengers, Brittany D. Best, 31, of Clarion; a 6-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy. Also injured was Janice M. Markewinski, 68, of Pittsburgh, a passenger in the Holmes vehicle. Terry L. Biricocchi, 61, of Verona, was not injured. Four of the injured were transported by ambulance to Penn Highlands Brookville, according to police. Also assisting at the scene was the Sigel Fire Department. Best was cited in the incident and charges will be filed in the office of District Magistrate Greg Bazylak.

Theft by deception

State police in Marienville are investigating the theft of iTunes gift cards valued at $700 and a Google Play gift card valued at $50 from a 70-year-old man in Tionesta.

Police said at 7:59 p.m. October 29 an unknown man, claiming to be Malcolm from Tech Life Connect Company, called the victim and said he owed Malcolm money. The victim was told he needed to send Malcolm $750 in iTunes and/or Google Play gift cards to prevent legal action being taken against him. Malcolm then asked the victim to download software onto his desktop, giving Malcolm direct access to the victim’s computer.

Mailbox hit

State police in Marienville are investigating a one-vehicle accident which occurred at 10 p.m. October 28 on Route 36 in Green Township, Forest County. The driver of an unidentified vehicle was traveling north on Route 36 when the vehicle left the east side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. The driver failed to stop and notify the owner. The vehicle is believed to be a 2010-2012 GMC Canyon or Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.


Three-vehicle crash

All three drivers were cited following a crash investigated by state police in Clarion at 3:25 p.m. November 1 in Paint Township, Clarion County. Police said Erica N. Conner, 33, of Knox was stopped on Route 322 for a red light. Alexis K. Thompson, 20, of Sigel approached from behind. She didn’t see Conner was stopped, and at the last second attempted to avoid impact by braking, hitting the rear bumper of Conner’s 2016 Chevrolet Trax. Lance M. Huffman, 21, of Clarion then approached the vehicles, failing to observe they were stopped. Huffman then hit the rear bumper of Thompson’s 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan with his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, causing the Caravan to push the Trax approximately 5 feet before all vehicles stopped. Thompson and Huffman were cited for not driving at a safe speed and Conner was cited for not having required financial responsibility. No injuries were reported.


State police in Clarion are investigating a theft of scrap metal from a property in Strattanville, which occurred sometime between midnight October 29 and 2 p.m. October 30. Taken were a hot water tank, cook stove, refrigerator and air conditioner, each valued at $10.

Hit and run

State police in Clarion in investigating an accident which occurred at 4:11 p.m. November 2 on Interstate 80 in Monroe Township, Clarion County. Police said Jenny R. Campbell, 46, of Butler was traveling east on I-80 in the eastbound lane. A large chunk of metal came off an unidentified vehicle and hit Campbell’s 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer on the windshield. The unidentified vehicle did not stop. Campbell was abled to stop her Trailblazer. Neither Campbell nor her passenger, Joseph L. Reid, 37, also of Butler, were injured.

Disorderly conduct

State police in Clarion report that a 41-year-old man from Shippenville was arrested at 5:30 p.m. November 2 after he went to someone’s house and started yelling.

Runaway truck

State police in Clarion were called to the parking lot of Uni-Mart in New Bethlehem at 10:41 p.m. October 23. A man had parked his truck at a pump and went inside the store to pay for the gas. He thought hes put his truck in park, but it was in reverse. The 1988 Ford F150 drifted backwards by Newbie Wheel Alignment and into a stream. When the cashier asked what pump he was on, the driver gave a confused look when he looked out the window and saw his truck was gone. The driver ran outside and noticed his truck was in the stream. He got into his truck and drove his truck through the stream towards the peanut butter factory, underneath the SR 28 underpass. The driver said he thought he found a good spot to drive out, but got stuck on the bank. The truck had to be towed out of the mud.


State police in Clarion were called to Walmart in Clarion at 11:26 a.m. October 30 to respond to a retail theft. A non-traffic citation was issued to a 36-year-old woman from Shippenville. All items were recovered by Walmart.


State police in Clarion issued non-traffic citations to two Clarion women for harassment. Cited were Sabrina Clark, 37, and Tonya Bartlebaugh, 21, who exchanged name calling via social media. The incident was reported at 2:49 p.m. October 21.


State police in Clarion arrested Walter Walker, 36, of St. Petersburg after he was involved in a fight at 11:30 p.m. October 19 with a 40-year-old woman, who sustained visible physical injuries.

Boy shoved

State police in Clarion are citing Jason Lee Shook, 41, of Knox with one count of harassment after he shoved a juvenile at a junior high football game at Keystone High School.

Bad checks

State police in Clarion are investigating an incident of bad checks. On July 3 police said a known person attempted to pay rent with reported bad checks in the amount of $800.

Shoplifting arrest

State police in Clarion report that Justin Barr, 31, of Clarion, was arrested after taking a 4-pack of aerosol cans from Walmart without paying for them. The value of the cans was $13.75.



State police in DuBois are investigating a burglary which occurred on Lundberg Road in Snyder Township sometime between 11 p.m.October 30 and 12:30 a.m. October 31. Police said someone gained entry to an unlocked shed owned by a 58-year-old man in Brockway and removed a green 2013 Polaris 400 Sportsman H. O. 4x4 ATV. Prior to leaving the scene the person removed a pair of binoculars from the front porch of the victim’s camp. Anyone with information is urged to contact PSP DuBois.

Motorcycles wreck

State police in DuBois investigated an accident involving two motorcycles at 11:06 a.m. October 23.

Michael C. Burton, 59, of Breezewood, Dennis M. Wolfgang, 41, of DuBois, and a witness vehicle were traveling north on SR 255 in Huston Township, Clearfield County. The saddle bags on Burton’s 2007 Kawasaki made contact with Wolfgang’s 1989 Harley-Davidson XL 1200 after they had just passed a tractor-trailer in a passing zone. The Harley-Davidson crossed to the roadway and slid approximately 230 feet before it stopped against a mailbox in front of the Dollar General Store. Wolfgang and his passenger, Nikkol L. Kriner, 21, of DuBois, both fell off the motorcycle. Burton continued north on Route 255, turned around at the last station and came back to the scene. According to police Burton talked briefly with Wolfgang, then left the scene prior to emergency units arriving. Wolfgang and Kriner were taken tp Penn Highlands DuBois and Wolfgang was then taken to Altoona Regional Hospital by Life Flight.

One-car crash

State police in DuBois are investigating a one-car crash which occurred at 4:57 p.m. October 27 on Interstate 80 in Brookville borough. Police said Samantha L. Vida, 19, of DuBois, was traveling east in the left lane at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt on the wet roads. Her car left the road on the the south side, struck an embankment and overturned multiple times before stopping. She was taken to Penn Highlands Brookville for treatment of minor injuries. The car was towed from the scene.

Driver charged

Multiple citations were filed by state police in DuBois following a one-car accident at 4:20 a.m. October 28 on Bennetts Valley Highway in Huston Township, Clearfield County. Police said Amanda R. Duttry, 28, of DuBois, was traveling south on Route 255 when her 2015 Elantra Hyundai crossed the road, struck a dead deer in the northbound lane, left the road, struck a ditch and then shrubbery. According to police Duttry, who had been drinking, fled the scene following the crash and was located later. She sustained minor injuries during the crash, but did not seek medical attention. The car was towed from the scene.

DUI arrest

State police in DuBois arrested a 24-year-old woman from Weedville. Police said the woman was involved in a two-vehicle crash at 1:30 p.m. September 28 and was found to be under the influence of drugs.

Drug arrest

State police in DuBois arrested a 17-year-old boy at 12:59 a.m. September 9 for DUI pending blood results, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with other summary traffic charges. The arrest was made after police stopped him for a summary traffic violation and found him to be showing signs of impairment.

Car hits deer

A Brookville man escaped injury when his 2015 BMW X1 hit a deer on Interstate 80 in Pine Creek Township at 6:12 p.m. October 27. Stephen W. French, 54, was traveling west near the 84.8 mile marker when he was unable to avoid hitting a deer. The BMW sustained disabling damage to the windshield and transmission and was towed from the scene. French was not injured in the accident.

Truck hits SUV

The driver of a 2014 International Harvester truck tractor was cited by state police in DuBois following a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Washington Township. At 2:07 p.m. October 26 Blair A. Lockett, 55, of Philipsburg was traveling west in the left lane of I-80. Kenneth L. Groce, 44, of Shippenville, was also traveling west, passing Lockett’s truck in the right lane. Police said Lockett traveled from the right lane into the left, hitting the rear driver side fender of Groce’s 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The impact caused the Trailblazer to slide sideways across the left lane into the median, striking a ditch. Neither driver was injured.

Driver falls asleep

No injuries were reported by state police in DuBois after the driver of a 2009 Trailblazer fell asleep at the wheel. At 8:04 a.m. October 22 David J. Debranski, 63, of Pittsburgh was traveling east on I-80 near the 103.2 mile marker in Brady Township, Clearfield County, when he fell asleep and lost control of his vehicle. The SUV crossed both lanes of travel before hitting the guardrail with its front end, causing disabling damage. The Trailblazer was towed from the scene.

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