State Police

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

Fatal crash

REDBANK TWP. Tpr. Donald Cloak reports a 54-year-old Brockway man died in a 2:37 p.m. Aug. 25 crash along State Route 28 in Redbank Township.

Deceased is Jeffrey J. Comito.

Comito was operating a northbound 2016 Chevrolet Equinox when for unknown reasons he drove off the roadway and struck an embankment and several small trees and bushes.

The vehicle then struck a large tree and caught fire.

Comito was wearing a seat belt.

New Bethlehem and Hawthorn volunteer fire departments assisted at the scene. Clarion Hospital EMMS and Clarion County Coroner Daniel Shingledecker also assisted at the scene.

Garage burglary

KNOX TWP. Tpr. Chandra Baughman reports someone entered a garage along Lawn Driver sometime Aug. 23 in Knox Township and took a music record valued at $2; a small speaker valued at $0; an amplifier valued at $45; a Black and Decker drill valued at $25; hand wrenches valued at $20; and two cross bows values at $100 each.

The victim is a $77-year-old Lucinda man. The investigation is ongoing.

Motorcycle crash

TOBY TWP. Tpr. Sean Floor reports Christopher P. Fox, 37, Rimersburg, suffered suspected minor injuries at 7:53 a.m. Aug. 25 along Cherry Run Road in Toby Township when he lost control of his 2002 Suzuki Volusia motorcycle and crashed into a grassy area.

Fox was not wearing a helmet. He was cited for a traffic law violation.

Shed burglary

HIGHLAND TWP. Tpr. Sean Floor reports an ongoing investigation of a shed burglary along Pappys Lane sometime between Aug. 16 and 17 in Highland Township.

Someone too a green portable generator valued at $500; a circular saw valued at $50; a power drill valued at $50 and a 50-feet long extension cord valued at $20.

The victim is an 86-year-old Clarion man.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact state police at 814-226-1710.

Liquor control enforcement

CLARION Sgt. Shawn P. Fischer of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement at Punxsutawney reports the PLCB conducted a check on a Clarion establishment based on a complaint the business was selling alcohol-based drinks to visibly impaired patrons. Fischer said the Aug. 19 check revealed no violations at that time.

Fischer said compliance checks will continue in the Clarion area.

Car hits deer

FARMINGTON TWP. Tpr. William Ritrosky of the state police barracks at Marienville reports Edward S. Santaniello, 24, Kane, escaped injury at 6:15 a.m. Aug. 15 along State Route 66 near Haggerty Drive when his 2021 Subaru Impreza struck a deer on the roadway. Santaniello was wearing a seat belt. The car was disabled and towed from the scene.

Drugs at prison

JENKS TWP. State police at Marienville report a 35-year-old Philadelphia woman faces charges of possession of a controlled substance at 12:55 p.m. Aug. 16 at the state correctional facility in Jenks Township, Forest County, after she allegedly had illegal drugs in her vehicle at the prison. The investigation is ongoing.

No recent reports posted

CLARION As of press deadline for this edition of the newspaper, state police at Clarion and Marienville had not posted any new releases since Aug. 26 and Aug. 25, respectively.

STRATTANVILLE - A woman accused of stealing more than $70,000 from the Strattanville Volunteer Fire Department was sentenced Oct. 6 in Clarion County Court to serve seven years on probation.

CLARION - A Clarion County jury Sept. 24 convicted Floyd Harry Watson, 45, Knox, on 111 charges relating to the rape of a girl over a six-year period.

ELK TWP. -- Pamela J. Raybuck, 66, Kossuth, Sept. 15 pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving resulting in death, a summary offense, and has paid a fine and court costs totaling $610.

LOWER BURRELL - A member of the Clarion-Limestone School Board faces an Oct. 19 preliminary hearing on charges he was driving under the influence of alcohol at 1:27 a.m. Aug. 21 in the City of Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County.