Monthly Archives: September 2010

SHAW ANNOUNCES COUPLE CHARGED WITH ANIMAL HOSPITAL BURGLARY

DuBois – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that charges have been filed against a Stump Creek couple.

Shaw identified the defendants as Jeffrey Allen Knapp, age 30,  and Katherine Jean Knapp, age 30, of Cramer Road, Stump Creek, Pennsylvania.

On September 29, 2010, Sergeant Kris Kruzelak of the Sandy Township Police Department filed criminal complaints charging the couple with: 1) Burglary, F2; 2) Criminal Trespass, F2; 3) Theft by Unlawful Taking, F3; and 4) Possession of Controlled Substance, M.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Kruzelak states that at approximately 7:15 am on September 28, 2010, Kruzelak and Sergeant Rodney Fairman, also of the Sandy Township Police Department, were dispatched to the Animal Hospital of DuBois, located along Shaffer Road in Sandy Township.  Employees of the Animal Hospital came to work and discovered the building had been burglarized and items including controlled substances, syringes, a safe and U.S. currency had been removed.  Surveillance cameras captured two individuals in the building shortly after midnight on the 28th.

After observing the surveillance video, Kruzelak and Fairman responded to the Knapp's residence in Stump Creek.   While at the residence, Kruzelak and Fairman recovered a majority of the controlled substances, as well as the safe that was removed from the Animal Hospital.  The safe had been pried open.  The investigation further revealed that Katherine Knapp was a prior employee of the Animal Hospital.

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CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION

 
CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION
 
CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that the Clearfield County Crime Stoppers is seeking information relating to a burglary in Coalport Borough.

Shaw stated that a private residence in Coalport Borough was broken into between July 3, 2010, and July 7, 2010.  Personal property belonging to the victim was taken during the burglary.

While investigating the incident, the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, located a number of items that were stolen during the burglary in a wooded area off of Hegerty Road in Coalport.  The stolen property recovered includes:

Makita DPC7301 Concrete Saw
Homelite Chainsaw
North Star Air Compressor 130 PSI
Road Shock Wrench
Powermax XP400WGE Generator
Cutting torches and gauges
Craftsman ½" drill
Craftsman screwdriver
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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – September 27, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Russel Walter, II

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of September 27, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Russell Walter, II, age 25, of 18th Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Walter is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on September 16, 2010.

On February 24, 2010, Trooper Terry Jordan of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Walter with: 1)  Burglary, F2, 5 counts; Criminal Trespass, F2, 5 counts; 3) Theft by Unlawful Taking, M2, 5 counts; and 4) Receiving Stolen Property, M2, 5 counts.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Jordan states that between December 1, 2008, and February 1, 2009, the State Police were investigating a series of burglaries that occurred at the Kwik Check Market in Bigler Township, the Royal Oak in Guilich Township, and the Rainbow Inn in Beccaria Township.  During the course of the investigation, Jordan interviewed several suspects.  On June 19, 2009, Jordan interviewed a suspect who provided information supporting the arrest of Walter.  The suspect interviewed was also arrested and charged with conspiracy for participating in the burglaries.
 

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CAPTURED – Corey Kubiak

  CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced the capture of a wanted fugitive.

Shaw identified the fugitive as Cory James Kubiak, age 41, of Madera, Pennsylvania.

Kubiak was added to the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week list on September 20, 2010.  

On July 3, 2002, Trooper Matthew Reifer, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Kubiak with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M2; 2) Drivers Required to be Licensed, S; and 3) Restraint Systems, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Reifer states that on June 21, 2002, the State Police were dispatched at approximately 5:30 pm to investigate a two vehicle crash on SR 153 approximately one mile south of SR 2027.  Upon arrival, Reifer made contact with Kubiak who was identified as the driver of a pick-up truck involved in the crash.  Kubiak lost control of his vehicle while trying to pass another car.  Kubiak struck the other car causing the crash.  After administering field sobriety tests, Reifer transported Kubiak for a blood test.

The victim, who was driving the other vehicle, reported that he was traveling south on SR 153 when a pick-up came from behind and struck his vehicle.  The victim reported that the pick-up went off the roadway and then returned to the roadway.  The victim's vehicle was then struck again before Kubiak's pick-up went up the roadway and overturned.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – September 20, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Corey James Kubiak

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of September 20, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Corey James Kubiak, age 41, of Madera, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Kubiak is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on July 8, 2004.

On July 3, 2002, Trooper Matthew Reifer, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Kubiak with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M2; 2) Drivers Required to be Licensed, S; and 3) Restraint Systems, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Reifer states that on June 21, 2002, the State Police were dispatched at approximately 5:30 pm to investigate a two vehicle crash on SR 153 approximately one mile south of SR 2027.  Upon arrival, Reifer made contact with Kubiak who was identified as the driver of a pick-up truck involved in the crash.  Kubiak lost control of his vehicle while trying to pass another car.  Kubiak struck the other car causing the crash.  After administering field sobriety tests, Reifer transported Kubiak for a blood test.

The victim, who was driving the other vehicle, reported that he was traveling south on SR 153 when a pick-up came from behind and struck his vehicle.  The victim reported that the pick-up went off the roadway and then returned to the roadway.  The victim's vehicle was then struck again before Kubiak's pick-up went up the roadway and overturned.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK SENTENCED

  FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK SENTENCED

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a Fugitive of the Week has been sentenced.

Shaw stated that Jeffery Rexford Powell was sentenced after spending nearly two years on the run from law enforcement.

On May 5, 2008, Officer Jon Walker, of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Powell with Aggravated Assault by Vehicle while DUI, as well as  DUI and related offenses.  An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Walker states that at approximately 4:48 p.m. on March 21, 2008, the Lawrence Township Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident on Washington Avenue, in Hyde, Pennsylvania.  Upon arrival, officers observed a head-on collision.  A 2000 Ford pick-up truck driven by Powell had collided with a 1996 Hyundai occupied by a mother and her four children. 

A preliminary hearing was held on May 28, 2008, at which time Powell waived all charges to court.  On February 10, 2009, Powell was scheduled to appear for sentencing on the charges.  Powell failed to appear and a warrant was issued for Powell's arrest.

On March 29, 2010, Powell was listed as the Clearfield County Fugitive of the Week.  Shaw reported that on June 10, 2010, the Clearfield County Crimestoppers received an anonymous tip reporting that Powell was possibly living in or around Missoula, Montana.  Through investigative leads, the Clearfield County Sheriff's Department was able to determine a possible location for Powell.  The Sheriff's Department coordinated efforts with the U.S. Marshal Service to positively identify Powell's location.  Deputies from the United States Marshal Service took Powell into custody on June 21, 2010, after locating Powell at a residence in Arlee, Montana.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – September 13, 2010

 FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Angela Owens

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of September 13, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as  Angela Jean Owens, age 37, of Main Street, Woodland, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Ownes is wanted on two separate cases for failure to appear at Criminal Call.

On September 6, 2006, Trooper  Richard Hoover of the Pennsylvania State Police, Philipsburg Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Owens with: 1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, M; 2) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; 3)Restraint Systems; and 4) Notice of Address Change, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Hoover states that while on routine patrol on SR 53 near Glendale Avenue, in Morrisdale, Hoover observed a grey in color Jeep Cherokee cross over the fog line and make several abrupt swerves while crossing the double yellow line before crossing back to the correct lane of travel. The vehicle was stopped after observing the vehicle for approximately two miles.  Upon stopping the vehicle, Hoover detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver's breath, as well as other signs of intoxication.  After administering field sobriety tests, Hoover took Owens into custody and transported her for a blood test.

 A Preliminary Hearing was held on November 1, 2006, at which time Owens waived the charges to Court.  On July 24, 2007, Owens failed to appear for Criminal Call and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – September 7, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Joshua Willoughby

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of September 7, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Joshua Matthew Willoughby, age 26, of Robinson Avenue, Hyde, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Willoughby is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on September 21, 2006.

On December 30, 2005, Officer Crystal Panebianco of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Willoughby with: 1) Theft by Unlawful Taking, M1; 2) Receiving Stolen Property, M1; 3) Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received, M1; and 4) Retail Theft, M1.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Panebianco states that the Lawrence Township Police received a complaint on November 16, 2005 from the owner of the Hyde Uni-Mart reporting an employee theft.  The owner stated that he received a call from the manager of the Choice store located on South Second Street in Clearfield Borough.  The manager stated that a male individual entered the Choice store to cash in multiple lottery tickets.  The manager was suspicious because of the amount of lottery tickets being cashed in and because the numbers on the tickets were so close in sequence.  The manager of the Choice store was able to determine that the tickets were obtained from the Hyde Uni-Mart because of identification numbers located on the tickets.

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