Hollidaysburg State Police recently reported a theft/crime by deception occurred on June 3, at 3:38 p.m. along Bell Tip Road in Antis Township. Jared Gummo, 20, of Tyrone, failed to follow through with an agreement that he had with a 21-year-old male victim from Tyrone. This agreement delt with the selling of a vehicle. The victim gave Gummo $400 to purchase his vehicle. Since the transfer of money, the victim has not been able to get in touch with Gummo and has not received the vehicle. Stolen is $400 in US currency.

Hollidaysburg State Police report a crash occurred on August 8, at 2:15 a.m. along Lower Riggles Gap Road, east of Kerbaugh Road. A vehicle, operated by Shawn M. Chathams, 29, of Hollidaysburg, was traveling east on Lower Riggles Gap Road in the area of the railroad bridge. Chathams lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp right curve in the road. The vehicle traveled into the west bound lane and onto the shoulder. The front driver’s side of the vehicle struck a guide rail. The vehicle came to final uncontrollable rest at this point of impact, facing north. Chathams then fled the scene after being picked up by another vehicle. The passengers in the vehicle were left at the scene. One passenger, Haley C. Williams, 24, of Tyrone, was transferred to UPMC Altoona for treatment of a possible injury. A 28-year-old male from Warriors Mark was not injured. The driver Chathams was also reported not injured. Chathams was cited for careless driving.

Huntingdon State Police report a crash occurred on August 11, at 8:27 a.m. at Raystown Road at the intersection of Shaner Blvd. in Smithfield Township. A vehicle, operated by a unnamed operator, was traveling north on SR 26 in the far right lane. The operator then attempted to turn left onto Towne Center Blvd. entering into the center lane and struck a vehicle with an unnamed operator. It is noted that the operator attempted to cross three lanes of traffic to make the turn on to Towne Center Blvd. and did not utilize the left turning lane. This operator was cited for turning movements and required signals.

Huntingdon State Police report a Megan’s Law failure to comply along Fairgrounds Road in Smithfield Township. This incident occurred as Rodney Leonard, 61, of Huntingdon, was working at the aforementioned fair grounds, as a ride operator. Leonard was also listed as a non compliant active Megan’s Law registrant. Leonard had failed to report to PSP and register as required.


Logan Township Police report a DUI occurred on August 10, at 8:46 p.m. along Pleasant valley Blvd. and Frankstown Road. Police were called to assist Altoona police on a reported hit and run that occurred on Pleast Valley Blvd. in the area of Frankstown Road that was later determined to be in Logan Township. Police located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Frankston Sheetz, where a male was found tending to his vehicle. Police identified the male as Michael James Howard, 35, of Altoona. While speaking with Howard, police detected a strong odor of intoxicating beverage was emitting from his breath and person, as well as watery and bloodshot eyes. Howard advised police that he was traveling to Walmart, at which time, in the area of Pleasant Valley Blvd. and the Pleasant Valley Shopping center red light, he got into a road rage incident with another driver, later identified as Matthew Hannah. After proceeding through the intersection, Howard told police that he let the driver the other vehicle in the adjacent lane of travel start before him, so he could pull behind him while traveling south on Pleasant Valley Blvd. in the area of Franstown Road. Howard stated that once behind the other vehicle, the driver hit his brakes causing Howard to strike the rear of the vehicle. Hannah’s passenger, Saleen Nostalgia, requested EMS to the scene. Howard then told police he fled the scene and drove to the Frankstown Sheetz so he could get his vehicle off of the roadway. Howard stated that he did not have any insurance on his vehicle. Blair dispatch did advise police that the license plate on Howard’s car had no record found in the system. Howard later advised police that he got the plate from a junkyard. Blair dispatch also advised that Howard’s driver license was DUI suspended. Howard was arrested for DUI as well as hit and run to attended vehicle.

Logan Township Police report a drug offense occurred on August 9, at 9:05 p.m. along Porta Road in Altoona. Police were dispatched to Porta Road for a report of three individuals at at vacant property that were not authorized to be there. Upon arrival, police identified three individuals, one being Justin Zeth, 32, of East Freedom. While speaking to Zeth, he became very anxious and nervous. Zeth was observed walking around the property looking for something. When asked what he was looking for, Zeth stated nothing. Zeth continued to walk around the property with his hands in his pockets and come over to police. Zeth was observed quietly taking two needles out of his pocket and dropping then onto the ground before being detained by police. Zeth was arrested for misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges.



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