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| Monday, Feb. 25, 2008

The following reports were received from the state police:

WHITE (Indiana County) -- Charges of retail theft were filed against Amanda Marie Dingess, 20, of Kittanning after state police at Indiana said she allegedly drove from a Sheetz gas station on North Ben Franklin Road, without paying for gasoline on three occasions on Jan. 19, 21 and 26.

RAYBURN -- Police are investigating an incident in which the suspect, who police say is an 39-year-old male and an inmate at the Armstrong County Jail, allegedly threatened a 34-year-old female (not identified by police) who was visiting another inmate at the jail at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

NORTH BUFFALO -- Jennifer Lash, 28, of Kittanning lost control of her vehicle which traveled across the roadway and struck a guardrail on the east berm, before crossing the road again coming to rest in the southbound lane.

EAST FRANKLIN -- James H. Tarnek, 48, of Ford City was driving south on Route 28 at 2 p.m. Friday when his vehicle went onto the berm of the roadway into slush and struck a guardrail and overturned. No injuries were reported.

SOUTH BEND -- Linda M. Pruty, 41, of Vandergrift was driving north on West Lebanon Road and her vehicle slid on slush at 4:20 a.m. Friday, causing it to go off the east edge of the roadway, roll over and strike two mailboxes. No injuries were reported.

NORTH BUFFALO -- Ronald E. Aites, 59, of Kittanning escaped injury after he was driving north on Route 28 when he lost control of his vehicle and it slid across the roadway, struck a guardrail, spun around twice, struck the rails again and then struck a bridge rail at 4 p.m. Friday.

SOUTH BUFFALO -- Lee H. Kyu, 46, of Kittanning was driving north on Route 28 just south of Exit 18, when he attempted to merge from the left lane and lost control of his vehicle. It traveled off the roadway and struck a tree approximately 25 feet east of the roadway at 4:30 p.m. Friday. No injuries were reported.

MANOR -- Sara M. Stitt, 20, of Kittanning was driving west in the right lane of Route 422 at 3:36 p.m. Friday, and as she was negotiating a right-hand curve on a slush-covered bridge she applied her brakes. Her vehicle began to spin clockwise and she came to a stop on the roadway across both lanes of traffic. At the same time a UPS truck driven by Charles A. Cook, 49, of Apollo was traveling west and attempted to stop and travel off the shoulder but collided with her vehicle. The impact forced Stitt's vehicle to the right shoulder. No injuries were reported.

RAYBURN -- Kathleen L. Schwartz, 64, of Mayport was driving north on Route 28/66 at 4:55 p.m. Friday when she stopped in her lane after striking a guardrail. A vehicle driven by Steven B. Jarrett, 53, of Clearfield was traveling south and after steering around a slowed vehicle in front of him he was unable to stop and collided with Schwartz vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane. Neither Schwartz nor Jarrett were reported injured, nor were two passengers in Schwartz's vehicle. Rayburn Fire Department assisted at the scene.

PLUMCREEK -- Katherine C. Doubt, 19, of Ford City was driving south on Route 2027 at 5 p.m. Friday and a vehicle driven by Kenneth R. Clawson, 53, of Kittanning was traveling north. Police said Doubt lost control of her vehicle and struck Clawson's vehicle. Doubt and Clawson and two passengers in Doubt's vehicle, Nathan B. Batistig, 20, of Ford City and Jeffrey J. Kness, Jr., 19 of Kittanning sustained minor injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

HARRISON (Allegheny County) -- Julie A. Anthony, 42, of Kittanning was driving south on Route 28, and as she was negotiating a left-hand curve she lost control of her vehicle, which struck a guardrail at 10:55 a.m. Saturday. Neither Anthony nor a juvenile passenger were injured.

VALLEY -- Donald P. Shaw, 26, of Ford City was driving west on Route 85 at 6:05 a.m. Friday when he lost control of his vehicle on a snow-covered roadway and traveled off the north berm and stuck an embankment disabling his vehicle. Neither Shaw nor a passenger, Derek M. Shaw, 26, were injured.

MANOR -- Kelsey L. King, 22, of Pittsburgh was traveling west in the left lane of Route 422 and traveled onto a slush-covered bridge. As she applied the brakes her vehicle began to slide sideways and crossed into the right lane. It continued turning clockwise and struck a bridge wall twice. Her vehicle came to rest off the bridge on the shoulder of the road. No injuries were reported by police.

LIMESTONE (Clarion County) -- Danielle S. Stover, 20, of Kittanning was driving south on Route 66 at 4:56 p.m. Friday when she failed to negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway. Her vehicle traveled across the north lane and struck an embankment. Stover was transported to Clarion Hospital for treatment of injuries.

MADISON (Clarion County) -- James Rominski Jr., 19, of New Bethlehem was driving on Route 861 just east of Rimersburg when his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a house at 12:40 p.m. Friday. A traffic violation was filed, police said. Neither Rominski nor a passenger, Carmen Crissman, 18, of Rimersburg were injured.

MANOR -- John D. Bosco, 21, Lake City was driving west on Route 422 over a slush-covered bridge at 3:37 p.m. Friday. He observed the amber lights of a PennDOT vehicle and road flares that directed traffic into the left lane because of a vehicle accident. As he attempted to shift lanes his vehicle began to spin counter-clockwise. He attempted to steer out of the skid and his vehicle traveled back into the right lane and struck the side of a bridge twice before coming to rest. No injuries were reported.

SOUTH BEND -- A locked U-Haul trailer at Coleman Surplus, Shelocta, was entered between 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and various power tools valued at $450 were stolen.

The following reports were received from the Ford City police:

• Tires were slashed on three vehicles belonging to Ford City residents between 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Victims were: Steven Czekanski (no age listed) of 1207 Fourth Ave.; Jeffrey Pyle, 43, of 1226 Fourth Ave.; and Amber Claypoole, 19, of 1314 Fourth Ave.

• Brett Neupert (no age listed) of Harrisville told police that his 2001 Dodge Ram truck was struck by another vehicle that fled the scene while parked in the 900 block of third Ave., at 9 p.m. Saturday.

• A 14-year-old male Ford City High School student will be cited for criminal mischief after he removed a can of spray paint from the art department and used it to paint graffiti on the walls of a restroom on Feb. 19.

• Blair A. Green, 78, of Kittanning was driving north on Route 0128 when police said weather conditions caused his vehicle to crash into a parked vehicle belonging to Ronald E. Dillard, 62, of Ford City at 11:21 a.m. Friday. No injuries were reported.

• Jill A. Beatty, 37, Ford City, was transported to ACMH Hospital after the 1995 Ford Explorer she was driving, struck the southeast side of the Mantini Funeral Home. Weather conditions and alcohol were factors in the crash, according to police, who added she will be charged with driving while under the influence.

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