Monthly Archives: December 2008

MYERS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR DUBOIS ROBBERIES

DUBOIS – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr. announced today that a man charged with two DuBois robberies has been sentenced after tendering a plea of guilty to the charges.

Shaw identified the defendant as Michael D. Myers, age 24, of Treasure Lake, DuBois, PA. Myers is currently housed in the Clearfield County Jail awaiting transfer to a state prison.

On March 20, 2007, officer Randy Young of the DuBois City Police Department filed a criminal complaint charging Myers with the February 28, 2007, robbery of the Uni-Mart store located at 2 North Main Street in the City of DuBois. The same complaint also charged Myers with the March 7, 2007, robbery of the Choice store located at 100 West DuBois Avenue.

Following a joint investigation by the DuBois City and Sandy Township Police Departments, Myers was located in Oregon state where he was being held by officials on unrelated charges. Shaw stated that a Clearfield County arrest warrant was transmitted to Oregon and the District Attorney's office extradited Myers back to Clearfield to answer the charges filed by Officer Young.

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CHARGES FILED IN CONNECTION WITH MAHAFFEY DEATHS

CLEARFIELD - District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that charges have been filed against a Patton woman in connection with a motor vehicle crash causing the deaths of two victims along SR 36 in Mahaffey Borough.

Shaw identified the defendant as Bobbi Jo Morgan, 22, of 878 Magee Road, Patton, Pennsylvania.

The criminal complaint filed by Corporal Douglas Meko of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, charges Morgan with: 1) Homicide by Vehicle While DUI, F2, 2 counts; 2) Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While DUI, F2, 2 counts; 3) Homicide by Vehicle, F3, 2 counts; 4) Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, M, 1 count; 5) Involuntary Manslaughter, M1, 2 counts; 6) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, Summary, 1 count; 7) Careless Driving, Summary, 1 count; 8) Reckless Driving, Summary, 1 count; 9) Restraint Systems, Summary, 1 count.

An affidavit of probable cause filed with the complaint alleges that Morgan was operating a 1990 Buick LeSabre along SR 36 in Mahaffey Borough on July 25, 2007, when her vehicle traveled off the western side of the roadway striking and killing two pedestrians. State Police determined Morgan was returning from an appointment at the methadone clinic located in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County. The affidavit states one victim, a 63 year old female, was pronounced dead at the Clearfield Hospital by Clearfield County Deputy Coroner, Michael Polachek. A second victim, identified as a 3 year old female, was transported to the Punxsutawney Hospital where she was pronounced dead by Dr. John Shaffer. The affidavit further alleges that Morgan was taken to the Punxsutawney Hospital for blood testing after a State Police Drug Recognition Expert determined Morgan was incapable of safe driving.

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INMATE ESCAPES FROM COUNTY JAIL

20 inmate escapes beltowski.jpgCLEARFIELD– Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that an inmate has escaped from the Clearfield County Jail.

Shaw identified the inmate as Ronald James Beltowski, age 19, of 725 Stifflertown Road, Cherry Tree, Pennsylvania. Beltowksi is described as a white male, six feet tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair. Beltowski was last seen wearing an orange jump suit.

Beltowski was being held in the County Jail as the result of a criminal complaint filed on September 5, 2007, by Trooper Mark Rorabaugh of the Pennsylvania State Police, Punxsutawney, charging Beltowski with Theft by Unlawful Taking and Receiving Stolen Property

Shaw reported that Beltowski escaped from custody at approximately 2:30 pm on September 23, 2007.

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ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING CHILDREN

19 william stewart wanted.jpgDUBOIS – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr. announced today that an arrest warrant has been issued for a Rochester Mills man charged with sexually molesting four juvenile females.

Shaw identified the defendant as William Stewart, age 71, of 3950 Richmond Road, Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania.

The criminal complaint filed by Sgt. Rodney Fairman of the Sandy Township Police Department charges Stewart with: 1) Criminal Attempt, F1, 6 counts; 2) Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child, F1, 6 counts; 3) Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, F1, 6 counts; 4) Indecent Assault, F3, 6 counts; 5) Incest,F2, 1 count; 6) Corruption of Minors, M1, 6 counts; and 7) Endangering the Welfare of Children, M1, 2 counts.

An affidavit of probable cause filed with the complaint alleges that two 10 year old female cousins were molested by the defendant while camping at the Cayman Landing Campground, within Treasure Lake. A second set of victims identified as sisters being 9 and 8 years of age are alleged to have been molested by the defendant while camping at the Cayman Landing Campground, and again at the defendant's residence in Rochester Mills, Indiana County. The complaint states the molestation occurred between May 2007 and June 2007.

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FORMER STATE TROPPER ARRESTED

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr. announced today that charges have been filed against a former Pennsylvania State Police Trooper accused of soliciting sexual favors.

Shaw identified the defendant as Charles T. Butler, III, of Baughman Cemetery Road, Philipsburg. Butler was previously stationed at the State Police Barracks in Woodland, Pennsylvania, prior to his resignation from the State Police on August 15, 2007.

The criminal complaint filed by Corporal Gregory Bernard of the Pennsylvania State Police, Internal Affairs Division, charges Butler with: 1) Unlawful Use of a Computer, F3, 1 count; 2) Bribery in Official and Political Matters, F3, 5 counts; 3) Stalking, M1, 6 counts; 4) Official Oppression, M2, 7 counts; 5) Indecent Assault, M2, 1 count; and 6) Harassment, M3, 10 counts.

An affidavit of probable cause filed with the complaint identifies multiple victims that Butler solicited for sexual favors in exchange for Butler's representation that traffic citations would not be issued or enforced. The complaint further identifies multiple instances where Butler would have sexual relations with victims while on duty in a State Police vehicle. Butler also used a State Police computer to identify, locate, and contact potential victims in an effort to initiate personal relationships.

Shaw reported the complaint is the result of a year long investigation conducted by the State Police Internal Affairs Division

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CHARGES FILED FOR SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF CHILDREN

17 ross merritts.jpgCLEARFIELD - District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr. announced today that two separate criminal complaints have been filed against a Clearfield County man for sexually molesting two juvenile females.

Shaw identified the defendant as Ross Blaine Merritts, 35, 315 East Walnut Street, Clearfield.

The first complaint alleges the defendant molested a six year old female approximately six years ago when the child lived with her family along Shilo Road in Bradford Township. The complaint states that the defendant would move from one acquaintance's home to another. The defendant victimized the child while living with her family.

In a second complaint, the defendant is charged with molesting an eight year old female who was living in Woodland with her family. The defendant was supervising the child and two other siblings at the time. The complaint states the defendant put the two siblings to bed and then molested the child.

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DRUG ARREST MADE IN DUBOIS CITY

16 drug dealer charged.jpgDUBOIS - District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr. announces today that a drug operation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police has resulted in the arrest of Bruce Wilson, age 23, of Philadelphia.

Shaw reported that the State Police filed 2 criminal complaints today charging Wilson with Distributing Controlled Substances including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The criminal complaints allege that on July 24th, a police informant purchased $160.00 worth of cocain from Wilson at a residence located on East Scribner Avenue, in the City of DuBois. The State Police then obtained a search warrant for the residence. Early this morning, State Police Troopers executed the search warrant and seized marijuana, heroin and $3,200.00 in U.S currency.

Wilson was arraigned on the charges and bail was set at $150,000.00. Shaw stated Wilson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 3, 2007.

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TINGLE FOUND GUILTY OF HOMICIDE BY VEHILCE WHILE DUI

11 justice.jpgCLEARFIELD - District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that James John Tingle, of West Decatur, has been found guilty of various offenses including Homicide by Vehicle While DUI. Shaw reported the verdict was handed down today by President Judge Fredric Ammerman who presided over the July 13th one day non-jury trial.

The criminal complaint alleged that on December 4, 2005, Tingle was traveling West on SR 322 and struck a 1994 Dodge Shadow in the rear-end. Tingle's Vehicle then traveled into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck a 1998 KIA Sportage head-on. The occupants of the KIA Sportage, James Whited, James Whited, Jr., and Linda Whited were all transported to the Altoona General Trauma Center for injuries.

Shaw stated that Linda Whited died 18 days after the crash following complications from surgery. Tingle requested a non jury trial to contest the cause of Whited's death. To be guilty of Homicide by Vehicle While DUI, the Commonwealth must prove that the DUI was the cause of death.

During the one day trial, Shaw offered testimony from Dr. Jeanne Lumadue who conducted the autopsy on Whited. Lumadue testified that Whited died as a result of tiny blood clots in her lungs that resulted from surgery Whited received following the crash. The defense offered testimony from two expert witnesses to say that the blood clots did not cause Whited's death.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO CRIMESTOPPERS

14 crimestoppers.jpgCLEARFIELD - District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr. and Clearfield County Crime Stoppers invite the public to attend the June 27th meeting of Crime Stoppers to be held at the Clearfield County 911 Center at 5:00 pm.

Tom Semelsberger, a guest speaker, will be present at the meeting to provide a history of Crime Stoppers in Pennsylvania and to offer information to those interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program in their area. A short video presentation will also be provided.

Clearfield County Crime Stoppers has been working to promote Neighborhood Watch programs throughout Clearfield County and Mr. Semelsberger is a great resource to offer advice and suggestions. Shaw noted that "several Neighborhood Watch groups are actively operating in the County and there is increased interest in starting similar groups in our area".

Shaw reported that Semelsberger is currently the Vice President of Blair County Crime Solvers and a current board member for Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers. Semelsberger was an original member of Crime Solvers when the organization was first established through the Pennsylvania State Police.

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ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER

13 higgins wanted.jpgDUBOIS – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., and the Pennsylvania State Police, DuBois Barracks announce that an arrest warrant has been issued for Daryl Lynn Higgins, age 23 of DuBois City.

Shaw stated the State Police have filed two separate criminal complaints charging Higgins with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. The criminal complaints state that Higgins delivered packets of heroin stamped with the "New Era" red label to confidential sources.

Shaw reported that after laboratory analysis was conducted, the substances delivered were determined to be fentanyl. Shaw stated the substance is considered by law enforcement to be extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening.

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