Criminal charges filed:
lDanielle Marie Hook, 27, Knox.
Charged with three counts of arson, one first and two second degree felonies; two counts of reckless burning or exploding, both third degree felonies; two counts of criminal mischief, both third degree felonies; and two counts of harassment, at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 13 in Beaver Township.
Knox Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a single-story residential house located at 990 Knox Road for a report of a building fire. Fire personnel encountered heavy fire conditions within the structure. Areas of the floor were collapsing, creating a substantial risk of injury during fire suppression operations.
The defendant previously resided at the residence with the victim. Hook and the victim separated approximately one week prior to the events on Oct. 13. The victim allegedly advised state police Tpr. Patrick Berggren the defendant had returned to the property on Oct. 12 at approximately 7:40 p.m.
An argument between Hook and the victim ensued. The victim allegedly reported Hook pushed her into a wall. The victim departed the property shortly thereafter.
The victim allegedly advised Hook called her at 12:14 a.m. on Oct. 13. Hook allegedly said she wanted to talk, or she would burn the house down. Hook allegedly informed the victim she was in the house with a gas can.
At 12:28 a.m. the victim called Hook. Hook allegedly stated, "You better call someone, I lit the (profanity)." The victim arrived a few minutes later and observed flames coming from the house.
State police fire marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti examined the scene and determined the fire was intentionally ignited by a human utilizing a direct flame device. Irregular fire patterns observed on the bedroom floor indicated the likely use of an ignitable liquid.
A red gasoline can located on the kitchen floor of the home contained approximately half a gallon of clear liquid demonstrating characteristics consistent with gasoline.
Filed by Agosti.
lMichael Lynwood Shultis, 32, Paramount, Cal.
Charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana, a third degree misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a third degree misdemeanor, at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 15 in Beaver Township.
Clarion-based state police received a phone call that two individuals were standing outside their vehicle along Interstate 80 westbound and peering over the mile marker 58 bridge. Tpr. Joshua McGinnis and Tpr. Kevin M. Doverspike Jr. arrived on scene at 10:45 a.m. and spoke to the individuals.
The driver was identified as Michael L. Shultis. During questioning, McGinnis looked inside the front driver's side window and saw a small bud of marijuana and a pipe in plain view.
The marijuana and pipe were taken and put into evidence at the Clarion barracks.
Shultis admitted the pipe and marijuana were his. Filed by Doverspike.
lMichael Thomas Shrecengost Jr., 22, Brookville.
Charged with strangulation, a third degree felony; simple assault, a second degree misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense, at 5:40 p.m. Oct. 19 in Salem Township.
State police Tpr. Timothy J. Reilly was dispatched to a report of a domestic assault at 1658 Route 338 in Salem Township. Upon arrival, Reilly was met by the victim, who allegedly explained her boyfriend, Michael Shrecengost Jr., had just assaulted her.
According to the victim, the two allegedly entered into a verbal argument that turned physical toward the victim. Shrecengost allegedly grabbed the victim by the neck with both of his hands, adding pressure to the victim's neck. The victim allegedly said the grab caused her to feel like she was going to pass out.
Shrecengost used enough force to leave marks on the victim's neck. Shrecengost also allegedly slapped the victim in the face during the incident. The victim exhibited marks and bruises on her arms and body from the attack by an unknown means. Filed by Reilly.
At an Oct. 29 session of Clarion County Central Court, all of the charges were withdrawn.
lBrett Alan Davis, 43, Rimersburg.
Charged with making a false written statement, a third degree misdemeanor, at 11:55 a.m. April 26 in Knox Borough.
According to a Knox Borough Police Officer Jason Bowen's report, Brett Davis attempted to acquire a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun from Sportsmen Outfitters in Knox. Davis is not authorized to possess a firearm.
In answering questions on a form to purchase the shotgun, Davis proceeded to answer the question with "no" when the answer to the question is "yes."
Filed by Bowen.
The following cases involve summary offenses punishable by up to a $300 fine and 90 days in jail upon conviction.
lCasey Michael Cotherman, 43, Knox. Charged with harassment (slapped a victim in the face with an open hand) at 5:42 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Beaver Township. Filed by Tpr. Joshua S. McGinnis.
lJeffery C. Gadley, 31, Cranberry. Charged with writing a bad check ($100 to Tom's Riverside, Knox) July 12 in Beaver Township. Filed by Tom's Riverside, Knox.
lShana Martha Ros Veling, 20, Strattanville. Charged with harassment (pulled victim's hair and punched victim) at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 in Beaver Township. Filed by state police Tpr. Joshua S. McGinnis.
lElijah Wood Burnside, 18, Emlenton. Charged with possession of tobacco while on school property (possessed tobacco on A-C Valley Junior-Senior High School property) Oct. 16 in Richland Township. Filed by A-C Valley High school.
The following cases were disposed of at Long's office.
lJoseph Clarence Byers, 57, Knox. Two charges of harassment (struck victim in the face) at 12 p.m. June 12 in Ashland Township were dismissed.