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June 12, 2008
The Express
Speed bump leads to charges

POTTERSDALE — A Pottersdale man was cited for harassment and criminal mischief Tuesday after allegedly building a speed bump in the middle of West Keating Road, state police at Lamar said.

Police said complaints that Richard Graydon Aton, 58, made the bump resulted in a response by troopers to the location.

Officers also said the roadmaster for West Keating Township, Victor Ronald Shepardson, contacted Aton, who refused to remove the speed bump and threatened him over the telephone.

Charges pending in pursuit

MILL HALL — Charges are pending in the pursuit of a motorist from Central Mountain High School to the trails on Beech Creek Mountain Saturday, police said.

State police at Lamar said Jadon Vittorio, 22, of Lock Haven, was driving a red Jeep Wrangler when a trooper tried to stop him for a traffic violation.

Vittorio took off and led police onto the rocky forest trails. During the pursuit, police said, a positive identification was made of the suspect driving the vehicle.

Once on top of the mountain, police said, Vittorio drove behind a cabin and had nowhere else to go. He and the other occupants then fled on foot into the woods.

The vehicle was towed back to the barracks in Lamar. Charges against Vittorio are pending, police said.

Truck backs over motorcycle

BELLEFONTE — A truck apparently failed to see a motorcyclist behind his vehicle and backed over the cycle Monday afternoon on the North Eagle Valley Road in Boggs Township, state police at Rockview said.

The cyclist, Carl Gerlach, 51, of Beech Creek, was not injured in the accident, police said.

According to troopers, Thomas Garrett was driving his Volvo truck with a trailer, when he began backing his truck on the road. Gerlach attempted to walk his motorcycle backwards to avoid being struck, but the trailer hit the motorcycle and Gerlach got off and rolled away to avoid being injured, police said.

Jeep crashes

ORVISTON — A driver fled the scene after crashing his Jeep Comanche on the Monument-Orviston Road Monday at 3:30 p.m., state police at Rockview said.

Police said the operator lost control while attempting a left curve of the road.

The Jeep traveled off the road and down an embankment before crashing into a tree and coming to rest on its passenger side, police said.

Attempted suicide

ROCKVIEW — A 40-year-old inmate attempted suicide Tuesday at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, state police said.

Police said the inmate attempted to hang himself in his cell using a bedsheet secured to the bars above his cell door.

A corrections officer conducting a security check located the inmate and summoned help. The man was resuscitated and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, then was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for further treatment, police said.

Resisting arrest

DUNNSTOWN — Larry Dean Eisenhower Jr., 23, of 213 E. Hillside Drive, Woodward Township, was cited by city police for simple assault and resisting arrest Thursday, state police at Lamar said.

Police said Eisenhower was involved in a domestic argument that involved his father, Larry Eisenhower Sr., 51, and the father’s spouse, when the argument turned physical.

Police said the suspect allegedly assaulted his father, then assaulted a state trooper who arrived to investigate the incident.

Eisenhower was placed in the Clinton County Correctional Facility in default of $5,000 bail, police said.

Driver fled scene

MILL HALL — State police at Lamar are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred Friday at 9:15 p.m. along the parking lot at the Clinton Country Club in Bald Eagle Township.

Police said a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Ronald Clapper Jr. of Montoursville crashed into a tree at that location.

While police were investigating the crash, Clapper fled the scene on foot into the restaurant and then onto the golf course, troopers said. A search of the area was conducted, but Clapper was not found. The investigation is continuing and anybody who has information is urged to contact police at 726-6000.

Traffic cones stolen

LAMAR — Twelve traffic cones were stolen late Monday or early Tuesday at a construction site along Route 64 south of Stone House Road, state police at Lamar said. Police are asking anybody with information to call 726-6000.


CASTANEA — Ray Crissman Jr., 64, of 2 Nittany Road, told state police at Lamar a bottle was thrown through the window of his home Thursday morning.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police, 726-6000.

Criminal mischief

RENOVO — Amanda Marie Nyman, 27, of Renovo, was cited for criminal mischief after allegedly throwing a rock through the window of a home occupied by Lynne Denise Moriarty, 28, of 149 14th St., state police at Lamar said.

The mischief occurred Friday at 4 a.m., police said.


ORVISTON — A hit-and-run accident occurred Saturday morning on the Orviston Mountain Road in Liberty Township, state police at Lamar said.

Police said an unidentified male driving a 1989 Ford Thunderbird failed to negotiate a sharp right curve and veered into the opposing lane, where his auto struck a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Danielle M. Jones, 27, of Jersey Shore.

Police said the man stopped briefly at the scene then fled the area. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending police said.

Theft, harassment

LOCK HAVEN — Samuel A. Zuback Jr., 24, of 659 E. Bald Eagle St., was cited by city police for theft and harassment Friday at 6:56 p.m.

Police said Zuback slapped another individual in the face and took his possessions, including a pack of cigarettes and a bottle of vitamins. The incident occurred on the 200 block of East Main Street, police said.

Underage drinking

LOCK HAVEN — Brittany Megan Condo, 18, of Lock Haven, and a 15-year-old female were cited for underage drinking Monday at 11:57 p.m., state police at Lamar said.

Police said they conducted a traffic stop on Route 120 about a half-mile west of Lock Haven University in Allison Township and detected an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle.


LOCK HAVEN — A two-vehicle crash occurred at Commerce Street and James Alley Friday at 3:51 p.m., city police said.

According to police, Randy Bonds of Williamston, N.C., was driving his sport utility vehicle on James Alley when he attempted to cross Commerce Street and cut into the path of a car driven by James Swartwood, 304 James St., Lock Haven.

There were no injuries, police said.

Natural death

CURTIN — State police at Rockview investigated a death Wednesday at 356 Haagen Road, Curtin Township.

Police determined the death of a 58-year-old male at that location was due to natural causes.


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