Aggravated assault

Brookville police were called to assist probation at Brookville Hospital at 4:10 p.m. March 29. Officer William Gallagher said a detainee was being rowdy and as officers were attempting to handcuff her she opened her mouth and attempted to bite one of the probation officers on the hand. Officer Gallagher pushed her head back onto the pillow to stop her from biting, and told her to stop screaming and yelling. Charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct were filed in the office of District Judge Greg Bazylak.


Weapon seized

PSP Punxsutawney reports that an officer with the Fish and Boat Commission stopped a vehicle for a Title 30 violation at 4:30 p.m. April 7. During that time he seized marijuana, cash and an unregistered firearm from Ty Berringer, 23, of Brookville. The incident happened on SDA Camp Road/Lowmaster Road in Banks Township, Indiana County.


Two injured in crash

Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident at 11:52 p.m. March 14. PSP Clarion said that Alec J. Davis, 21, of Brownstown Township, Michigan, was driving on Interstate 80 when his 2017 Ford Focus went off the road on the north berm then hit an embankment and a tree. Davis and his passenger, Joey C. Kelly, 21, of Detroit, Michigan, were taken to Clarion Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Davis was cited in the incident.


  • On March 18 at 1:27 p.m. PSP Clarion received a call from a woman reporting a 16-year-old boy had sent a sexually explicit photo to her daughter through Snapchat. Police found the boy had sent sexually explicit photos to four girls, ages 10 and 11, through Snapchat. Police said a written allegation was completed on the boy through Clarion County Juvenile Probation.
  • State police in Clarion were called to a fight between two women from Emlenton at 5:30 p.m. March 28 in Licking Township, Clarion County. Police said Johanna Terwilliger, 32, punched Kelly Adkins, 39, in the left eye, causing bruising and discomfort. Adkins pulled Terwilliger’s hair, causing hair removal and discomfort. Both were cited for harassment, with charges filed in the office of District Judge Jeff Miller in New Bethlehem.
  • PSP Clarion responded to a residence on Pine Lane in Lucinda for a reported domestic at 8 p.m. April 10. Charges are pending against an 18-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man.
  • At 1:03 a.m. April 14 state police in Clarion were called to 41 Ikeytown Lane in Perry Township, Clarion County, where Chad Smith, 29, of Parker, had punched Brianna Graham, 25, of McKeesport, in the face. A charge of harassment against Smith was filed in the office of District Judge Jeff Miller of New Bethlehem.
  • PSP Clarion reports that Frank Csorba, 60, and Thomas Csorba, 20, both of Lucinda, were cited with harassment following a verbal argument which turned physical. The incident occurred at 7 p.m. March 21 on Route 66 in Knox Township, Clarion County.
  • Police are investigating an incident which occurred at 8:45 p.m. March 24 in Salem Township, Clarion County. Police said a 14-year-old boy was riding an ATV on a township road when he was struck by a 42-year-old man’s hand/fist while passing by.

Camp burglarized

State police in Clarion are investigating a burglary at a camp on Master Road in Richland Township, Clarion County. The camp is owned by a 79-year-old man from Pittsburgh. The burglary occurred between 2 p.m. February 11 and 3 p.m. April 11. Stolen items and their value included: Old kerosene lantern, $10; denim jackets, $20; denim jeans, $20; cordless and corded drills, $60; slow cooker, $10; inflatable mattress, $50; and personal paper bathroom items, $10. Damaged were a double pane exterior glass window, $300; and a Dynex 32-inch flat screen TV, $200. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Clarion at 226-1710.


  • PSP Clarion investigated a retail theft at Walmart in Clarion at 1:41 p.m. April 13. Audrey Allshouse, 36, of Sligo, was taken into custody at the store after taking ladies socks and earwax removal, valued at $26.42. Charges will be filed in the office of District Judge Timothy Schill in Shippenville.
  • On March 30 PSP Clarion received a call regarding a shoplifter at Walmart in Clarion. A 38-year-old woman from Clarion stole three movies valued at $15. Charges have been filed through the office of District Judge Timothy Schill of Shippenville.

Truck hits truck

State police in Clarion investigated a two-vehicle accident at 3:45 p.m. March 30 on Interstate 80 in Beaver Township, Clarion County. Edel Ramos, 61, of Cape Coral, Florida, was traveling west on I-80 in a 2005 Freightliner Columbia 120. He was behind a 2016 Volvo VNL driven by Nicholas J. Hesman, 39, of Watsontown. Ramos traveled into the right lane and began to pass Hesman, then attempted to travel back into the left lane in front of Hesman. Ramos failed to get past Hesman’s truck while merging and struck the front passenger side, then continued on I-80 without stopping. Hesman was able to drive his truck from the scene. He traveled to the next exit and contacted PSP Clarion regarding the crash. Ramos was charged with careless driving following the accident.

Trailer stolen

At 2:19 a.m. April 5 it was was reported that someone stole a black CarMate dump trailer from J and J. Feed Services/Trailer Sales in Paint Township, Clarion County. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Clarion at 226-1710.

Identity theft

State police in Clarion report that a 38-year-old man from Fairmount City had his identity stolen and used for different purchases. The incidents occurred between 8 a.m. December 17, 2018, and 4:31 p.m. April 4.

Fire investigation

Chief Barry Fox of the New Bethlehem Fire Department requested assistance from a PSP fire marshal in determining the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a 24-foot by 30-foot two-stall garage on Summit Ridge Road in Porter Township, Clarion County at 4 p.m. April 3. The fire was determined to have originated near the rear of the garage, but an exact cause was not determined. Due to high winds, the fire department also had to extinguish a brush fire that ignited in a nearby area. No injuries were reported. The garage, valued at $150,000 and not covered by insurance, was a complete loss. The garage was owned by two men, ages 27 and 65, both from New Bethlehem.

Theft by deception

  • At 5:22 p.m. March 6, a 31-year-old woman from Strattanville, was frauded of approximately $3,795 via an online credit card, according to PSP Clarion.
  • On March 21 PSP Clarion received a report of a lost credit card that had been used fraudulently by someone else in the amount of $3,539.34. Through further investigation, the individual reporting the fraud is under current investigation for false reports. Police are continuing their investigation.

Two-vehicle crash

PSP Clarion investigated a two-vehicle crash at 6 p.m. January 14 on Route 68 in Monroe Township, Clarion County. A 59-year-old woman from Sligo was placed into custody for suspicion of DUI.

Disorderly conduct

State police in Clarion arrested David Reynolds, 39, of Summerville at 12:22 p.m. April 3 after he threw trash from a vehicle and put trash under the windshields on two other vehicles, owned by women ages 28 and 37, both of New Bethlehem.

DUI arrests

  • At 1:32 a.m. April 3 at 26-year-old man from Emlenton was arrested for suspicion of DUI after PSP Clarion observed him committing traffic violations. Charges are pending blood results.
  • On March 29 at 1:43 a.m. PSP Clarion was dispatched to a one-vehicle hit and run crash in Hawthorn, with the victim being a 59-year-old man from Hawthorn. The driver, a 54-year-old man from Hawthorn, was located and arrested for DUI. Charges are pending.

Criminal mischief

State police in Clarion investigated an incident on March 30 at Indian Lane in Millcreek Township, Clarion County. A mailbox owned by a 65-year-old man had been shot with a firearm the evening before. Damage was set at $40. PSP are continuing their investigation.

Domestic dispute

• State police in Clarion were called to Dolby Street in Monroe Township, Clarion County at 8:30 p.m. March 30 for a domestic dispute. Charges were filed against the 40-year-old woman and 48-year-old man, both from Shippenville, in the office of District Judge Timothy Schill of Shippenville.

• PSP Clarion investigated a domestic dispute at 129 Dolby Street in Clarion at 8:30 p.m. March 30. Charges were filed against Sherry Ganci, 40, and Richard Ganci, 48, both of Shippenville, in the office of District Judge Timothy Schill in Shippenville.

Parking lot crash

State police in Clarion were called to the parking lot of Tractor Supply at 5:43 p.m. March 31 for an accident involving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2007 Toyota Tundra. Rodney L. McLaine of Knox was driving the Silverado. Neither McLaine nor his passenger, Dale L. McClaine, also of Knox, was injured.

Arrest warrants

• At 4:08 p.m. March 31 PSP Clarion received a call from Dollar General in Clarion regarding garbage bags that were placed on top of their dumpster. Through investigation police found a name and address in the garbage. Police reported to the residence to conduct an interview. During the interview PSP learned that Faheem Haynes, 27, of Newark, New Jersey, was wanted on warrant in New Jersey. He was taken into custody, arraigned and placed in Clarion County Jail until extradition. Charges of arrest prior to requisition, theft of services and scattering rubbish were filed in the office of District Judge Duane Quinn of Clarion.

• On March 30 at 9:48 a.m. PSP Clarion initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Pain Township, Clarion County. During the traffic stop the driver, a 28-year-old man from Hazleton, was placed under arrest for a misdemeanor warrant out of Luzerne County.


PSP Clarion is investigating a report of solicitation to commit harm to others. The incident occurred between 8 a.m. February 1 and 11 p.m. March 28 in Ashland Township, Clarion County.

Truck hits bridge

On March 7 at approximately 10 a.m. PSP Clarion said a tractor trailer, traveling east on Jefferson Road in Beaver Township, Clarion County, traveled across the Jefferson Road bridge and damaged the right bridge rail. The driver did not stop at the scene.

Firearms violation

PSP Clarion is investigating a report of a firearms violation that occurred at 5:23 p.m. October 23, 2018, at Route 66 Sporting Goods in Paint Township, Clarion County.


PSP Clarion reports that at 8:18 p.m. March 19 a 49-year-old man from Shippenville attacked a 79-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman in their home in Shippenville. He was located and taken into custody.

Corruption of minors

State police in Clarion are investigating a report of sexual abuse that was brought to the attention of Clarion County Children and Youth Services. The victim, a 13-year-old girl, reported being abused by a known man when she was 3 years old.

Death investigation

State police in Clarion are investigating the death of David Troup, 36, of Clarion, who was found at 3:04 a.m. February 16, lying unresponsive on his bed with a knife handle sticking out of his chest.

Criminal mischief

PSP Clarion received a call at 9 p.m. March 21 from a 65-year-old man in Strattanville who reported his soda machine was vandalized. Through their investigation police identified the 13-year-old boy who damaged the soda machine. Charges were filed through the office of District Judge Duane Quinn in Clarion.

Car misses deer

State police in Clarion investigated a one-car accident at 5:40 p.m. April 11 in Paint Township, Clarion County. Margaret A. Ochs, 33, of Lucinda was traveling a 2007 Chevrolet Impala on Doe Run when she swerved to miss a deer. She drove off the left side of the road and hit a tree. Ochs sustained minor injuries and was treated by EMS. Her passenger, Scot W. McDermid, 30, of Fryburg, was not injured.

Car hits deer

PSP Clarion said Franklin G. Ritacco, 62, of New Rochelle, New York, was traveling west on I-80 when a deer ran in front of his 2017 Subaru Impreza. Ritacco was not injured but his passenger, Lucia L. Ritacco, 62, of New Rochelle, was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. The car was towed from the scene.

Two-car crash

PSP Clarion investigated a two-car accident at 8:57 a.m. April 5 on Route 208 in Elk Township, Clarion County. Police said Christopher M. Stephens, 26, of Knox, and Mark E. Strandburg, 61, of Clarion, were both traveling west on SR 208 outside of Shippenville. Strandburg had slowed down to make a right turn when Stephens’ 2014 Dodge Avenger rear ended Strandburg’s 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, due to traveling too fast on the wet road. Neither driver was injured but two passengers in Strandburg’s car, Louann A. Strandburg, 58, of Warren, and Ceredwin C. mail ford, 18, of Knox, wee taken to Clarion Hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries. Stephens was cited for driving too fast.

No injuries reported

PSP Clarion said no injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at10:58 a.m. April 4 on Paint Boulevard in Paint Township, Clarion County.Police said Jesse R. James, 49, of Leeper slowed down suddenly and was rear ended by Lee M. Snaveley, 30, of Clymer. Snavely was driving a 2015 Ford Transit and James was driving a 2015 Ford Escape. Snavely was cited for following too closely.


Endangering children

State police in DuBois are investigating a case of endangering the welfare of a child in Falls Creek. Police said two children, a five-year-old boy and three-year-old girl, were neglected because they were not provided dental care, resulting in severe decay in their mouths.


State police in DuBois are investigating a burglary which occurred at 9:15 p.m. April 12 at a home at 932 Pancoast Street in Reynoldsville. Police said someone entered the home through the back door and took a dirt bike that was located in the living room, along with black knee-high dirt bike boots. The dirt bike was located behind a brown love seat couch. The burglar(s) also took a black handgun from a room on the second floor. Police said the victims are Terry Reitz, 36, of DuBois and Christopher Farren, 31, of Freeport.

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