Monthly Archives: October 2010

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Benjamin Christopher Knight

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 25, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Benjamin Christopher Knight, age 25, of Rt 208, Knox, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Knight is wanted for failure to appear at Jury Selection on October 21, 2010.

On March 31, 2010, Trooper Michael Fletcher, of the Pennsylvania State Police, DuBois Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Knight with: 1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, M1; 2) Registration Card to be Exhibited, S; 3) Obedience to Traffic Control Devices, S; 4) Flashing Signals, S; and 4) Driving on Divided Highways, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Fletcher states that while on routine patrol, officers observed a Subaru Baja fail to stop for a flashing red light at the intersection of SR 219 and SR 830.  The vehicle then turn left heading north in the southbound lane of SR 219.  Upon stopping the vehicle, Fletcher detected signs of  impairment and requested Knight to perform field
sobriety tests.  Knight was then transported to DRMC for blood testing.
 

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SHAW ANNOUNCES THAT SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING WOMAN

  DUBOIS– Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that the search continues to locate a missing DuBois woman and reported that Clearfield County Crime Stoppers is seeking information to help with the search.

Shaw identified the missing woman as Ruth C. Ward, age 84, of South Stockdale Street, DuBois, Pennsylvania.

On September 23, 2010, the DuBois City Police Department was contacted and requested to check on the welfare of Ward.  Upon further investigation, officers determined that Ward was not at her residence and that her burnt orange 2010 Hyundai Elantra was missing.

Police contacted a relative of Ward, who lives out of the area, and learned that Ward may suffer from Alzheimer's disease.  Neighbors who were interviewed stated they have not seen Ward for more than a week.  Representatives from the Area Agency on Aging last had contact with Ward on August 30, 2010.  The Area Agency on Aging attempted contact with Ward on September 2, 2010, and again on September 10, 2010, without success.

On September 4, 2010, Ward was stopped by the Pennsylvania State Police in the Woodland area of Clearfield County without incident.

Ward is known to frequent the Valley Dairy in DuBois and enjoys going to casinos.  Ward is described as 5'5'',  with brown hair, a thin build and fair complexion.

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 18, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Destiney Dawn Bloom

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 18, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Destiney Dawn Bloom, age 27, of Old Valley Road, West Decatur, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Bloom is wanted for failure to appear at a Preliminary Hearing on October 13, 2010.

On September 20, 2010, Trooper Mary Jane McGinnis of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Bloom with: 1) Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, F1; 2) Statutory Sexual Assault, F2; 3)Corruption of Minors, M1; and 4) Indecent Assault, M2.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by McGinnis states that the State Police were investigating a report of Bloom having inappropriate sexual contact with a male juvenile under the age of sixteen (16). During the investigation, McGinnis interviewed witnesses who stated the sexual contact occurred at a residence in Grassflat.  Bloom and the victim were both staying overnight at the residence. 
 

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SHAW ANNOUNCES ARREST FOR DUBOIS ARSON

  DUBOIS – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that charges have been filed against a Sandy Township woman for her involvement with an arson fire on September 25, 2010.

Shaw identified the Defendant as Rebecca M. Alsbaugh, age 33, of Woolendean Road, Treasure Lake, Sandy Township, Pennsylvania.

On October 13, Sergeant Rodney Fairman of the Sandy Township Police Department filed a Criminal Complaint charging Alsbaugh with: 1) Criminal Solicitation to Commit Arson, F1; 2) Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Arson, F1; and 3) Corruption of Minors, M1, 2 counts.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Fairman states that at 4:35 am on September 25, 2010, the Sandy Township Police responded to a structure fire at an occupied home on Clear Run Road.  A mother and her thirteen year old daughter were asleep in the residence and awakened by the family dog.  The victims were able to escape the residence unharmed prior to arrival of the fire department.

On September 28, 2010, Fairman received information that the fire was intentionally set by two male juveniles, both age seventeen.  Upon further investigation, Fairman determined that Alsbaugh solicited the juveniles to set fire to the residence because Alsbaugh claimed the victim was having an affair with Alsbaugh's husband.  Alsbaugh developed a plan for the juveniles to start the fire.  When the juveniles met Alsbaugh at her residence, Alsbaugh provided the juveniles with dark colored clothing, as well as a disposable lighter and instructions on how to start the fire.  Alsbaugh then drove the juveniles through the rear gate of Treasure Lake and dropped the juveniles off at the I-80 bridge. After the juveniles started the fire, the juveniles fled the scene and sent Alsbaugh a coded text message to be picked up at the church located near the rear entrance of Treasure Lake. Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 11, 2010

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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Michael Wayne Blauser, Jr.

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 11, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Michael Wayne Blauser, Jr.,  age 29, of South Brady Street, DuBois, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Blauser is wanted for failure to appear at Arraignment Court on October 1, 2010.

On August 10, 2010, Officer Steve Maholtz, of the DuBois City Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Blauser with: 1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, M; and 2) Turning Movements and Required Signals, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Maholtz states that at approximately 8:20 pm on June 5, 2010, the DuBois City Police stopped a vehicle operated by Blauser after observing vehicle code violations.  Upon observing Blauser, Maholtz detected signs of intoxication and requested Blauser to perform standard field sobriety tests.  After administering the field sobriety tests, Blauser was transported to the DuBois Regional Medical Center for a blood test.
 

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INFORMATION WANTED TO SOLVE VANDALISM AT LONG MOTOR BUSES

INFORMATION WANTED TO SOLVE VANDALISM AT LONG MOTOR BUSES

PHILIPSBURG – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that the Clearfield County Crime Stoppers is seeking information relating to ongoing vandalism and criminal mischief at Long Motor Buses, Inc., along the Troy-Hawk Run Highway, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Shaw stated that Long Motor Buses has been the victim of  repeated acts of vandalism and criminal mischief over the past several weeks.  Shaw reported that rocks are being thrown at signs and lights at the business causing considerable damage and economic loss.  Similar acts of vandalism have been reported from homeowners living in the Troy Hill and Hawk Run areas of Philipsburg.

Shaw stated that the Clearfield County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism.  Shaw also noted that Long Motor Buses will pay an additional reward of $500.00.

Anyone with knowledge or information about a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crimestoppers at (800)-376-4700.

All calls to Crimestoppers are confidential.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at "www.ClearfieldDA.org" and selecting "Report A Crime". Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 4, 2010

  FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK - Paul Brennam

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 4, 2010.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Paul Brennam, age 49, of Hopkins Road, Irvona, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Brennam is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on April 14, 2005.

On September 17, 2004, Trooper John Brown of the Pennsylvania State Police, Woodland Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Brennam with: 1) Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, M1; 2) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; and 3) Careless Driving, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Brown states that on August 24, 2004, the State Police were dispatched to the area of Market Street, in Coalport Borough, for a report of a one vehicle crash.  Upon arrival, Brown observed a 1983 GMC suburban on the side of the road adjacent to a utility pole.  Brown further observed approximately forty feet of damaged fence line on the south side of the roadway.  Brown further observed an open 12 oz Budweiser beer can inside the vehicle.   Brennam was taken to the Altoona Hospital prior to police arrival.  A witness at the scene identified Brennam as the driver of the vehicle. 

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