Monthly Archives: October 2011

SHAW ANNOUNCES CHARGES FILED IN DUI HOMICIDE CASE

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that Homicide by Vehicle while Driving Under the Influence and related charges have been filed against a Imler man.

Shaw identified the defendant as Leonard Dumin, age 49, of Natures Symphony Road, Imler, Pennsylvania.

On October 26, 2011, Trooper David Patrick of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Dumin with: 1) Homicide By Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence, F2; 2) Aggravated Assault By Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence, F2, 2 Counts; 3) Recklessly Endangering Another Person, M2, 2 Counts; 4) Driving Under the Influence, M; 5) Reckless Driving, S; 6) Careless Driving, S; 7) Driving On Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; and 8) Restriction on Alcoholic Beverages, S.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the complaint provides that on July 1, 2011, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the scene of a two vehicle crash on State Route 53 in Irvona Borough. At the scene of the accident, Troopers made contact with Dumin, and detected signs of impairment. Dumin was transported to the Altoona Hospital for medical treatment.

The investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police resulted in a finding that the vehicle operated by Dumin had crossed over the center line and struck another vehicle head on. The driver of the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and a passenger in the vehicle suffered serious injuries. Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 31, 2011

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CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 31, 2011.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Tesia Tkacik, age 21, of Coal Hill Road, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Tkacik is wanted for failure to appear at a Preliminary Hearing on October 12, 2011.

On September 15, 2011, Patrolman Charles Marshall, Jr., of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Tkacik with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M; 2) Careless Driving, S; 3) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S; and 4) Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Patrolman Marshall states that on August 7, 2011, the Lawrence Township Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a one vehicle accident on Mann Road in Lawrence Township. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Marshall detected signs of impairment and requested that Tkacik perform field sobriety tests.  After administering the field sobriety tests, Tkacik was transported to the Clearfield Hospital for blood testing.

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DA SHAW: INFORMATION WANTED TO SOLVE COALPORT BURGLARY

CLEARFIELD- Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that the Clearfield County Crime Stoppers is seeking information relating to a burglary at Donna's Wash N Dry in Coalport.

Shaw stated that the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary at  Donna's Wash N Dry located on 1321 Main Street in Coalport. The incident occurred in the late evening and early morning hours of September 28-29, 2011.

Upon investigation it was found the actor(s) had pried open the exterior door to gain entry then the actor(s) pried open another locked door. Once inside the establishment, the actor(s) used a wrecking bar and a reciprocating saw to loosen and remove a change dispensing machine that was attached to the wall. The actor(s) also opened a soda machine that was located inside the building. The actor(s) removed approximately $300.00 to $500.00 in U.S. Currency (all quarters), and caused approximately $2,000.00 worth of damage to the business.
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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 24, 2011

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CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 24, 2011.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Chris John O'Connor, age 52, of North Church Street, DuBois, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that O'Connor is wanted for failure to appear at a Preliminary Hearing on August 31, 2011, and for failure to appear at Arraignment Court on September 28, 2011.

On July 6, 2011, Officer Shawn Fye of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging O'Connor with: 1) Driving Under the Influence, M; 2) Driving While Operating Privilege Is Suspended or Revoked, S; 3) Careless Driving, S; 4) Driving on Right Side of Roadway, S; and 5) Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, S

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Officer Fye states that on May 20, 2011 the Lawrence Township Police Department was dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Park Avenue Extension. Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Fye detected signs of impairment and requested that O'Connor perform field sobriety tests.  After administering the field sobriety tests, O'Connor was transported to the Clearfield Hospital for blood testing.

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SHAW ANNOUNCES CHARGES FILED IN GOSHEN TOWNSHIP THEFT CASE

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that theft charges have been filed against a former employee of Goshen Township.

Shaw identified the defendant as Lisa Baumgartner, age 48, of Goshen Road, Shawville, Pennsylvania.

On October 19, 2011, Trooper David Patrick of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Baumgartner with: 1) Forgery, F3, 4 Counts; 2) Theft By Deception, M1, 15 Counts; 3) Receiving Stolen Property, M1, 15 Counts; 4) Access Device Fraud, M1, 21 Counts; 5) Theft By Deception, M2, 15 Counts; 6) Receiving Stolen Property, M2, 15 Counts; 7) Access Device Fraud, M2, 69 Counts; 8) Theft By Deception, M3, 71 Counts; and 9) Receiving Stolen Property, M3, 71 Counts.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the complaint provides that in March 2011, the Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation into the theft of funds from Goshen Township. Upon further investigation, it was found that Baumgartner, while an employee of Goshen Township, had created a bank account without the permission or knowledge of the Township Supervisors, and had fraudulently transferred funds into the account for her own personal use. It was also found that Baumgartner had forged the names of the Township Supervisors on the application for the bank account. The total amount that was embezzled through the bank account was approximately $4,776.65. Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 17, 2011

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CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 17, 2011.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Christine Saldukas, age 31, of Turnpike Avenue, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Saldukas is wanted for failure to appear at a Preliminary Hearing on October 12, 2011.

On September 8, 2011,  Officer Julie Wehler of the Lawrence Township Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Saldukas with: 1) Retail Theft, F3; and 2) Receiving Stolen Property, F3.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Officer Wehler states that on August 25, 2011, the Lawrence Township Police Department received a report of a theft at the Walmart Supercenter.  Upon investigation it was found that Saldukas had concealed several items of merchandise with the intent of unlawfully removing the items from the store.

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DA SHAW ANNOUNCES ARMED ROBBER SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a Clearfield County man has been sentenced to state prison for Robbery and Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery.

Shaw identified the defendant as Charles R. Snyder, Jr., age 33, of Spring Street, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania. Currently, Snyder is housed in the Clearfield County Jail pending transfer to the State Prison System.  

A Criminal Complaint filed by Trooper Mary McGinnis of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, charged Snyder with: 1) Robbery, F1, 2 Counts; 2) Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery, F1; 3) Robbery, F2, 2 Counts; 4) Theft By Unlawful taking or Disposition, M2; 5) Receiving Stolen Property, M2.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the complaint provides that on June 1, 2011, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to two armed robberies that occurred at the Snappy's and Fuel On convenience stores in Houtzdale Borough. Upon investigation it was found that Snyder first entered the Snappy's convenience store displaying a knife and said to the clerk, "I'm going to stab you, give me all your money." Snyder next entered the Fuel On and was again carrying a knife, and demanded that the clerk give him money and to open the safe.  Snyder obtained $150.00 in U.S. currency. Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 10, 2011

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CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 10, 2011.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Michael Gearhart, age 44, of Ogden Avenue, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Gearhart is wanted for failure to appear at Criminal Call on September 15, 2011.

On October 21, 2008, Agent Dave Jordan of the Office of the Attorney General, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Gearhart with: 1) Possession With the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, F, 10 Counts; 2) Delivery of a Controlled Substance, F, 8 Counts; 3) Criminal Conspiracy, F; 4) Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, F3; 5) Dealing In Proceeds of Unlawful Activity, F1; and 6) Corrupt Organization, F1, 2 Counts.  

The criminal complaint alleges that a grand jury investigation began in 2006, and the investigation targeted a large cocaine distribution network which was operating in Clearfield. Upon investigation it was found that Gearhart was one of several individuals who was part of the drug trafficking organization, and that the organization was responsible for financing, importing, and distribution of cocaine throughout Clearfield and surrounding counties from September 2004 to June 14, 2007.

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DA SHAW REPORTS CLEARFIELD COUNTY ACHIEVES 50th CAPTURE

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week program has reached a milestone.

Shaw reported that since running the first Fugitive of the Week on March 28, 2010, we have reached our 50th capture.  As of today, the Fugitive of the Week program has listed a total of 70 fugitives.  We have captured 62 of those wanted fugitives, and currently the program is operating at an 89% success rate.  Only eight of our wanted fugitives remain at-large.

Shaw stated that the success of our program comes from the willingness of community members to make anonymous reports disclosing the location of a wanted person.  Shaw emphasized that without community involvement, this program would not be as effective as it is. Continue reading

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK – October 3, 2011

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CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced Clearfield County's Fugitive of the Week for the week of October 3, 2011.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Brandon Ramos, age 24, of Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.

Shaw stated that Ramos is wanted for failure to appear at Pretrial Conferences on September 29, 2011.

On March 22, 2011, Trooper Mary McGinnis of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Ramos with Receiving Stolen Property, M1.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Trooper McGinnis states in November 2010 the Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation into the theft of copper piping and scrap metal from a private residence on Decatur Street in Philipsburg. Upon investigation, it was found that Ramos had received the stolen copper piping and other scrap metal, and that those items were valued at over $600.00. Ramos subsequently turned in the piping and scrap metal and received $134.90.

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