Lawrence twp. PD

Traffic stop ends in DUI

An officer conducted a traffic stop on April 25 at 1:12 p.m. in the Riverview Road and Fullerton Street area as a result of various traffic violations. Upon making contact with the operator, identified as James Gillingham, 42, of Woodland, it was discovered that he was under the influence of a controlled substance. Upon placing him under arrest, it was discovered that Gillingham was in possession of methamphetamine. Gillingham refused to provide a blood sample in relation to driving under the influence and he was housed in the Clearfield County Jail. Charges were filed for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as several traffic offenses.


Harassment reported

PSP DuBois charged two Brockway residents with harassment following a car fight at 2:52 a.m. April 14 on Clay Plant Road in Snyder Township. Police said Kayla Weir, 30, and John Carlson, 35, got into a verbal argument while riding in a vehicle. Weir hit Carlson in the face, causing minor injury to his left cheek. Carlson then grabbed Weir by the neck. Weir got out of the vehicle and started to walk down the road and Carlson went into a residence on Clayplant Road. Charges were filed in the office of District Judge David Inzana of Reynoldsville.

Teen DUI

State police in DuBois stopped a vehicle at 12:33 a.m. April 21 for a summary traffic violation on Route 322 in Winslow Township. While speaking to the driver, a 17-year-old girl from DuBois, signs of impairment were observed by police and a strong odor of burnt and raw marijuana was evident, coming from within the vehicle. Police searched the vehicle and found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. The driver was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia along with other summary traffic charges, pending blood results. Her passenger, an 18-year-old girl from Reynoldsville, was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. Charges will be filed in the office of District Judge David Inzana in Reynoldsville.


Fire ruled accidental

Chief Jake Snyder of the Summerville Fire Department requested assistance from a PSP fire marshal in determining the origin and cause of a fire that damaged a log home located in Beaver Township, Jefferson County. The fire was determined to have originated in the basement of the home at an electrical power strip and surge protector. The cause was accidental. No one was injured. Total damage valued at $25,000.

Theft of XBox

State police in Punxsutawney investigated the theft of an XBox, which occurred sometime between 2:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. April 12 in Bell Township. During their investigation police determined that Melissa Dillard, 23, of Punxsutawney had stolen the XBox. It was recovered and returned to Amber Hemphill, 26, of Punxsutawney.

Megan’s Law violation

State police in Punxsutawney were called to Glen Campbell to investigate a Megan’s Law violation at 8 a.m. on April 10. Police said the suspect failed to comply with his Megan’s Law registration/verification. He was notified by PSP Punxsutawney and official judicial proceedings have been filed.

Counterfeit money

On December 11, 2018, PSP Punxsutawney was called to Walmart for a reported incident of passing counterfeit U. S. currency/forgery on November 20. Three suspects were subsequently arrested by PSP Erie for a similar crime scheme. Police are continuing the investigation.

No injuries reported

PSP Punxsutawney investigated a one-car accident at 6:45 p.m. April 21 in Ferguson Township, Clearfield County. Police said Noah D. Mick, 19, of Houtzdale, was traveling on Thompsontown Road when an oncoming vehicle forced his 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis to drift slightly onto the shoulder of the road, where the passenger side tire went through a thick area of mud and caused the car to travel further off the roadway and into a bank. The car then struck a fallen tree, causing disabling damage to the front suspension and axle. The car continued to travel uphill and Mick tried to get it back onto the road, but due to the extensive damage traveled about 37 feet before stopping. Mick was not injured in the accident, but was cited following the accident.

Drug arrest

At 11:48 p.m. April 18, state police in Punxsutawney conducted a traffic stop in Young Township for a burned out headlight. The driver, a 34-year-old man from Punxsutawney, was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of marijuana.


One-car crash

No injuries were reported in a one-car crash investigated by PSP Clarion at 7:02 a.m. April 4. Police said Riley C. Smith, 22, of Carlisle, was traveling east on Route 322 in a 2018 Subaru Impreza when she failed to negotiate a left hand curve. The car went off the road and hit an embankment before stopping on the side of the road. Smith was not injured, but was cited for driving too fast. Her car sustained disabling damage.

Car misses deer

State police in Clarion investigated a one-car accident at 10:02 p.m. April 9 in Piney Township, Clarion County. Police said Devin T. Aughton, 22, of Rimersburg, was traveling west on Route 68 when he swerved to miss a deer. His 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt crossed the road, hit an embankment, then went over the embankment into a grassy area, then swerved off the embankment and went back onto the roadway before stopping. Aughton was taken to Clarion Hospital by Southern Clarion County Ambulance Service for treatment of minor injuries. Aughton was charged with driving too fast and operating a vehicle without a certificate of inspection. Charges were filed in the office of District Judge Jeff Miller of New Bethlehem.


Sugar in gas tank

On April 24 at approximately 12:45 p.m., state police was called to 219 Ridge Road, Fox Township, Elk County, for a report of someone putting sugar in the gas tank of the victim’s four-wheeler. Anyone with any information should contact PSP Ridgway.

Vehicle fire

PSP Fire Marshal investigated a vehicle fire on April 26 at 1:15 a.m. at 157 Laurel Lane, Fox Township, Elk County. Examination of the vehicle showed evidence that the fire started in the engine compartment area of the vehicle. The engine sustained major fire and heat damage. At this time, this investigation is classified as an undetermined fire. The vehicle was a complete loss. PSP was assisted by Fox Township Fire Department.


Speaker stolen

A residence on State Street in Rush Township, Centre County, was entered sometime between April 18 and April 22 by unknown suspect(s). Once inside, a 15-inch Rockville Bluetooth speaker, valued at $350, was stolen. Contact PSP Rockview at (814) 355-7545 with any information regarding this incident.

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