State Police

All information contained in the following police reports is taken directly from official state police releases, unless otherwise noted.

Man assaulted

BEAVER TWP. Tpr. David McBride reports a 28-year-old Knox man faces charges of assault at 7:42 p.m. March 14 along Whitling Road in Beaver Township.

State police were dispatched to a physical domestic disturbance with a lot of yelling and screaming in the background.

At the scene, police determined the fight was between a father and son. The son was allegedly intoxicated and started the fight.

During the fight, the 55-year-old father was punched, kicked and poked in his eyes.

The father was bleeding from his arm and face and his eyes were swollen almost shut.

The son was arrested, arraigned, charged with simple assault and harassment. Bail was set at $5,000 cash. The suspect was unable to post bond and was placed in the Clarion County Jail.

Alleged DUI suspect brings gun to jail

PAINT TWP. Tpr. David McBride reports a 53-year-old Emlenton man faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a loaded firearm without a permit at 4:06 p.m. March 14 at the Clarion County Jail in Paint Township.

State police responded to a report of a disturbance in the jail parking lot. The suspect allegedly was seen shouting at two female corrections officers in front of the jail.

The suspect was "visibly highly intoxicated" and said he was there with his 13-year-old daughter to visit his sister.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of DUI and possession of a loaded firearm without a permit.

He was released to a family member.

Crash injures mother and daughter

CLARION TWP. Tpr. Dylan Jarrett reports two people were injured in a 9:33 p.m. March 7 two-vehicle crash along Stone House Road in Clarion Township.

Lloyd G. Bachman, 82, Clarion, was backing his 2012 Dodge Caravan from the right side of Stone House Road in attempt to back into his driveway.

In doing so, Bachman backed his vehicle into the path of a 2018 Jeep Wrangler operated by Michelle L. Lander, 37, Strattanville.

Lander attempted to avoid a collision by swerving to the left, but the vehicles collided.

Lander lost control of her vehicle and the Jeep went into a skid, crossed the roadway and overturned onto its roof in a ditch.

Bachman, Lander, and Lander's 9-year-old daughter all were wearing seat belts.

Bachman was not injured. He was cited for a traffic law violation.

Michelle Lander was suffered unspecified injuries. Her daughter suffered suspected serious injuries and was eventually flown to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh via medical helicopter.

Clarion Hospital EMS assisted at the scene.

Drug possession

STRATTANVILLE Tpr. Joshua McGinnis reports a 37-year-old Brookville man faces charges of drug possession at 4:45 p.m. March 11 along U.S. Route 322 in Strattanville Borough.

Christopher Leach, operating a 2001 BMW, was stopped for a traffic law violation.

During the stop, McGinnis determined Leach was the subject of a Clearfield County bench warrant. The warrant was confirmed and Leach was taken into custody and placed in the Clarion County Jail.

A custodial inventory of his vehicle occurred prior to being towed and police allegedly found methamphetamine, assorted pills, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Elderly man defrauded of $40,000

ELDRED TWP. Tpr. Christopher Smith of the state police barracks at Marienville reports an 89-year-old Sigel man was defrauded of $40,000 Feb. 5 in Eldred Township, Jefferson County.

The victim told police he was contacted by male caller claiming to be with Publishers Clearing House.

The caller told the man he had won $1.6 million in the well-known sweepstakes.

A lengthy set of instructions send via mail told the victim the prize could not be released until $40,000 in state and federal taxes were paid.

The caller provided further instructions for the payment of the alleged taxes and the victim complied and in doing so was defrauded of the $40,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

State police at Marienville warn the public to beware and use extreme caution when asked to provide personal information to anyone over the telephone.

Beware of overcomplicated instructions or fast-talking dialog with time restraints regarding sweepstakes or purported winnings.

Also, be aware of red flag statements that indicate the call or letter might be suspicious in nature.

If necessary, reach out for assistance or guidance to ensure the legitimacy of the correspondence or call.

Remember, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Firearms found

WASHINGTON TWP. Tpr. Jeremy Bloom of the state police barracks at Marienville reports an individual reported to state police at 9:40 a.m. March 12 finding a synthetic Remington 30-06 Model 710 rifle and a CVA Wolf .50-caliber muzzleloader rifle along Lake Lucy Road.

The investigation is ongoing.

Extortion, child pornography

WASHINGTON TWP. Tpr. Lee Bunyak of the state police barracks at Marienville reports a 16-year-old Lickingville Road, Washington Township male was contacted through Facebook by a person claiming to be a 23-year-old female on or about March 10.

The 16-year-old male identified himself as a juvenile and the other person claimed to be from another state.

The two individuals then had a video conversation during which both individuals showed their private areas.

The unknown female allegedly took screen shots of the 16-year-old boy's private areas and threatened to send the shots to friends and family of the boy if he did not send the unknown person money.

The victim refused and the online conversation ended.

One day later, the unknown individual, now in possession of child pornography, sent the images to acquaintances of the victim.

The investigation is ongoing.

Car hits deer/ditch

CRANBERRY TWP. Tpr. Justin Marvin of the state police barracks at Franklin reports Nicole J. Baker, 44, Lucinda, escaped injury at 7:22 a.m. March 12 along U.S. Route 322 in Cranberry Township, Venango County, when, while passing another vehicle, her 2016 Dodge Durango first struck a deer on the roadway then went off the road and struck a ditch.

Baker was wearing a seat belt. Seneca Volunteer Fire Department and Venango Towing assisted at the scene.

Theft by deception

JENKS TWP. Tpr. Jeremy Bloom of the state police barracks at Marienville reports a 35-year-old Marienville man agreed online to purchase a kayak for $92 and sent the money March 12. He instead received a small packet of stickers. The investigation is ongoing.

Identity theft

WASHINGTON TWP. -- Tpr. Jeremy Bloom of the state police barracks at Marienville reports a 35-year-old Tionesta-area man reported to police someone used his identity to file an unemployment compensation claim March 6. The investigation is ongoing.

Cash stolen

MONROE TWP. Tpr. Dylan Jarrett reports an unknown suspect took $150 in cash from a fundraising envelope sometime between March 7 and 8 at a location along Water Run Road in Monroe Township. The investigation is ongoing.

Two-vehicle crash

CLARION TWP. Tpr. Joshua McGinnis reports no one was injured in a 2:05 p.m. March 10 two-vehicle crash along South Fifth Avenue near Trout Run in Clarion Township.

Carolyn Himes, 87, Clarion, allegedly drove her 2000 Buick Century from a parking lot onto South Fifth Avenue and into the path of a 2002 Ford F-150 XLT truck operated by Christapher L. Troup, 29, Hawthorn, and the vehicles collided.

Both drivers and Troup's juvenile passengers were wearing safety restraints. Himes was cited for a traffic law violation.

Himes' vehicle sustained disabling damage.

One-vehicle crash

FARMINGTON TWP. Tpr. Jeremy Bloom of the state police barracks at Marienville reports Tawney A. Schwab, 18, Rimersburg, and her passenger, Claire I. Lees, 28, Harrisville, escaped injury at 5:50 p.m. March 11 along State Route 35 near Slocum Spring Drive in Farmington Township when Schwab lost control of her 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser and struck a guide rail.

The vehicle spun around and came to rest in the northbound lane facing south.

Shippenville/Elk Township Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

Schwab and Lees were wearing seat belts.

Vehicles collide near mall

MONROE TWP. Tpr. Dylan Jarrett reports no one was injured in a 7:32 a.m. March 9 two-vehicle collision along Mall Lane at Hospital Drive in Monroe Township.

Dorothy L. Whitmer, 57, Parker, allegedly failed to fully stop at a stop sign and drove her 2015 Ford Taurus into the path of a 2014 Hyundai Tucson operated by Lauren D. Hidinger, 25, Brockway, and the vehicles collided.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Whitmer was cited for a traffic law violation.

Car hits deer

BEAVER TWP. Tpr. Kyle Freeman reports Matthew M. Flandorfer, 38, New York, N.Y., and his passenger escaped injury at 6:30 p.m. March 14 along westbound Interstate 80 in Beaver Township when his 2020 Toyota Corolla struck a deer on the roadway. Flandorfer and his passenger were wearing seat belts.